Despite Tier 3 restrictions, the military air museum will be opening its doors to visitors again in December.
The Newark Air Museum (NAM), like many similar organisations it has been closed throughout the second Covid-19 lockdown. The good news is that the museum will re-open to the public on Saturday 5 December at 10am. Throughout December and the Christmas Holiday period it will also be open on the following days; however, some restrictions will be in place:
- Saturday 5 and Sunday 6 December
- Weds 9 December
- Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 December
- Weds 16 December
- Saturday 19 to Wednesday 23 December (inclusive)
- Sunday 27 to Thurs 31 December (inclusive)
- Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 January 2021
To comply with the regulations, NAM will not be able to open the two Aircraft Display Hangars, the Engine Hall or the Small Object Display Hall to visitors, so only the outdoor exhibits will be accessible. There is no need to pre-book to pay NAM a visit. However, visitors will need to comply with Tier 3 Covid regulations and guidance. The museum has well-proven Covid-secure measures in place, allowing everyone to enjoy a socially distanced visit.
Under this revised method of opening visitors will be able wander around NAM’s 16-acre site and be able to see:
- 26 aircraft and helicopters (c/w ongoing restoration work on some days)
- Three fuselage restoration projects
- Five aircraft cockpits
- The Museum Memorial Garden
- The Dig For Victory Garden
- Various munitions – Yellow Sun, Blue Steel, ZPU-4 etc.
- The NAM Red Barrows
- The famous ex RAF Swinderby Post Box
In recognition of this much reduced offer the trustees have lowered the admission cost to £5 per adult (all ages), with free admission to accompanied children under the age of 16. Visitors with Motability needs should be aware that some exhibits are displayed on grass and these can be difficult to access during wet conditions.
To comply with the regulations, there will only be a takeaway service from the Museum café. This means that there will be no indoor seating available to eat or drink any purchases. The picnic benches outside will be accessible but visitors should comply with the Tier 3 Covid regulations. The food options will be limited to pre-packed sandwiches – cakes, snacks, hot and cold drinks, toasties and paninis – please remember that these have to be consumed outside the café. The Museum Shop will be open as normal, for all of those aviation purchases such as aircraft kits, modelling supplies, books etc.
The revised opening times for this month are 10am-3pm (last admission at 2pm). The Museum café will close 30 minutes before closing time. The Museum shop will close at the same time as the museum, with last admissions for shoppers into the shop being 20 minutes before closing time. See www.newarkairmuseum.org for latest news.
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