Mining museum to re-open

Wednesday August 19th 2020


Written by Midlothian View Reporter, Luke Jackson

The National Mining Museum Scotland in Newtongrange will re-open its doors to visitors on Thursday 20th August at 10am. The museum at the former Lady Victoria Colliery is adopting a phased approach to reopening, as the cultural sector in Scotland begins to remerge after five months of lockdown.

In line with the Scottish Government guidelines, a range of measures have been put in place to ensure the safety of visitors, staff and museum. These include pre-booked timed entry, an online ticketing system, new digital tours, enhanced cleaning, sneeze screens, hand sanitising stations and a one-way system.

Chief Executive, Mhairi Cross said “We are looking forward to welcoming our visitors back after such a long time. We have worked hard to adapt our visitor offer and our site to make it safe and enjoyable for everyone and have now achieved VisitBritain’s “Good to Go” accreditation.”

“Two key changes for our visitors are that we will be offering new digital tours and visitors will have to book an online timed slot before visiting. This new ticketing system will help us manage visitor capacity and ensure that physical distancing can be observed. Our new digital tour will allow visitors to independently explore the museum, following a new route and one-way system around the site.”

The museum’s café will be open to visitors who have booked through our online ticketing system. This restriction is only in place until early September, due to the need to track and trace our visitors. The café will be open from 11am – 4pm offering takeaway food and drinks.

Initially the museum will operate Wednesday to Saturday from 10am-4pm. This will be reviewed following feedback from staff and visitors.

Timed slots can be booked at HERE.

For full information before visiting visit

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