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Plan your visit

Plan your Visit

Your support is vital in enabling us to fulfil our mission to preserve, promote and share our collection with the world. In these unprecedented times, your help and support is more essential to us than ever. Every donation makes a difference. If you are able to, please consider supporting The Novium Museum by donating online today. Thank you.

COVID-19 update:  We are pleased to confirm that The Novium Museum has now reopened. Our summer opening hours are 10:00 - 16:00 Tuesday - Saturday, and 10:00 - 15:00 Sunday. Admission is free, with donations gratefully accepted.

Booking in advance is recommended. Click here to book your visit

Please keep an eye on our website, social media channels or sign up to our Novium Newsletter for updates.

Thank you for your continued support.



Planning your visit

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have made some changes in line with government guidelines to help manage our visitor numbers and ensure we maintain social distancing to protect you, our visitors, as well as our staff during your visit.

Admission will remain free of charge, with donations gratefully accepted, but advance booking is required. Tickets must be booked online now via Chichester Box Office - Click here to book your visit

A limited allocation of tickets will be available on the door to allow for Chichester Tourist Information Centre drop-in enquiries.   

For more information about our COVID secure reopening measures, please visit Museum Reopening Information

What can I expect on my visit?

  • On arrival, you will be greeted at a safe distance by our Front of House staff, where you will be asked to present your pre-booked ticket (This can either be printed or presented on your smartphone)

  • If you have not booked in advance, you may be required to wait outside until we can safely accommodate you in the museum, due to social distancing requirements. Please note that we will be collecting contact details for everyone who enters the museum building to support the NHS Test and Trace system. You can find out more information on this in our Frequently Asked Questions section below.

  • Hand sanitiser will be provided for you to use at the entrance to the museum. There will also be hand sanitiser situated at the museum lifts on each floor.

  • For your safety, and for the safety of other visitors and staff, and in line with government regulations, face coverings are now mandatory in our museum and shop.

  • We will be operating one-way circulation throughout the museum to help enable social distancing. Please adhere to this system and follow the arrows on the floor wherever possible. You can download a PDF museum map from this page.

  • Our museum shop will be open, but we ask that payment is made by card (or contactless device) only. We are currently unable to accept cash payments.

  • The museum cafĂ© is currently closed. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this.

  • Although our exhibitions cannot be as interactive as usual, we will have pencils and activity sheets for children available in the galleries.

  • Our reference library will be open. We ask that any books that you look at during your visit are placed into the 'book bins' provided, where they will then be quarantined for 72 hours.


The Novium Museum is located in the city centre on Tower Street directly opposite the library, a two minute walk from the Cathedral entrance.

The Novium Museum
Tower Street
West Sussex
PO19 1QH
United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1243 775888

Buses and coaches stop outside Chichester Cathedral on West Street, which is a two minute walk from the museum. It is a 15 minute walk from Chichester's train and bus stations.

Children aged 16 and under must be accompanied by an adult at all times.

No food, drinks or smoking are permitted on the museum site. Visitors are allowed to use cameras without flash and personal recorders, except in galleries where signs are posted prohibiting their use.

Admission prices

FREE entry. Some events may charge, please check the What's on listings for further information or contact the museum.