Unfortunately, the museum will be closed to the public until further notice due to the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic


The Museum collections are open to the public most Tuesdays from 10am to 4pm for visitors and some other times especially during school holidays. Please check Events here and also Next Major event here

We are usually open one Saturday each month – check Events here

We also hold two annual special weekend events in April and October, details of which are advertised on our “next major event” page and social media sites several weeks beforehand.

If you would like to visit outside these times, or if you would like to arrange a group visit for a school, college, university or other educational organisation, please contact us.

Our events are open to everyone, but we are a charity so we do ask visitors to leave a small donation, or why not become a member? Donations and member subscriptions are vital so we can continue to run such a varied programme of events throughout the year and maintain the museum building and its collections.

DISABLED ACCESS:  We have disabled access to the Lecture Hall and also the ground floor via a stair-lift. We will endeavour to make specific items available to view on request.

PARKING: Our premises have limited parking (25 spaces).  These spaces are only for members, visitors to the museum or others on Society business. Additional free parking can be found on Annerley Road (200 yards walk) or pay and display parking is available on the surrounding side roads (e.g. Knyveton Road, Derby Road and Manor Road).

BICYCLE:  We have two Sheffield bike stands at the front of our building where bicycles can be locked securely.

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: MORE Buses M2, U1, X3 and Yellow Buses 1, 1a, 1b stop directly outside the building at the Derby Road stops on Christchurch Road (A35).  All major Yellow Buses routes stop at Lansdowne (a 5-10 minute walk to the BNSS); including the 2, 3, 4, 4a, 5, 5a, 6, 6a, N5.  We are a 10-15 minute walk from Bournemouth train & National Express coach station.

Map to BNSS