Chiltern Open Air Museum COVID-19 Update


Our grounds and gardens have now re-opened. Our new opening days will be Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays. We will also be open on Tuesdays in Bucks school holidays. All tickets MUST be pre-booked online including Annual Pass tickets.

Our museum shop will re-open on Monday 12th April.

School visits will re-start from Tuesday 27th April and will take place on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. More details can be found here.

Opening plans are subject to government restrictions. We will publish dates for allowing visitors inside our historic buildings once further guidance is released.

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Booking your visit

To ensure that we can open and operate safely and protect our staff, volunteers and visitors we are limiting the number of visitors on site and operating pre-booked arrival slot times. All tickets must be pre-booked via our website.

What will be open?

Our collection of historic buildings will not be open for you to go inside but the doors to most are open and you can have a peek inside over the barrier. You can still explore our 45 acre site with its period gardens, ‘Dig for Victory’ allotment, fruit orchards, woodland and adventure playground. You’ll also be able to say hello to our sheep, cows, goats and chickens.

COAM’s toilets will be open and you will be able to purchase take-away hot and cold drinks and snacks from the Village Kitchen but the Museum’s café will remain closed. There are picnic tables on site and dogs on leads are welcomed. Our shop will re-open on Monday 12th April.

Additional cleaning and safety measures

Additional handwashing facilities have been put in place and we ask that all visitors wash their hands regularly. We are operating a regular contact point cleaning schedule.

All visitors must abide by social distancing measures and stick to the government guidelines on how many people or households can visit together. In some areas of the site one-way systems are in place, we ask that you follow these signs.

The Museum is only accepting card payments for onsite products but you can put cash in onsite donation boxes and into the Museum’s well.

Do not visit if any member of your household has had symptoms in the last 10 days.

Face Coverings

It is mandatory to wear a face covering when in a shop or public building, so all visitors (except those who are exempt and children under 11 years) will need to wear a face covering while in our ticket office, toilets and shop. The remainder of the site is outdoors and therefore a mask is not required.

Please help our team by sticking to the rules when visiting.

Government advice is continually changing so please check the Museum website for the latest information before you visit.

Supporting us

It’s been a worrying time for us because we are an independent charity, so it’s a great opportunity to show your support by booking a ticket. If you are unable to visit on your booked day please let us know so that we can offer your slots to other visitors.

School Visits

We are re-opening school bookings for our outdoor learning programme as soon as government restrictions allow. Our authentic and immersive workshops are ideally placed to promote positive mental health and wellbeing, build resilience and team working and nurture re-socilialisation of your pupils. You can find out more here

Workshops are available with limited capacity onsite to factor in COVID-19 guidelines, with a dedicated lunch space for each school. We are also able to offer self-led visits and orienteering as further enrichment opportunities.

We will be taking all reasonable measures to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

We thank you for your support. Stay safe everyone.

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