Temporary change to museum’s opening hours

From Monday 2 November 2020, the museum’s winter opening hours will temporarily change and will only open for Stockton-on-Tees Borough school holidays. This is due to the significant reduction in visitors during off-peak times as a result of Covid-19.

New temporary museum opening times

Museum open from 19 December 2020 – 3 January 2021 (closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Years Day), and 13 February – 21 February 2021


The park, car park, toilets, café in the park, play area, and skate park will remain open as usual.


When will the museum close?

From Monday 2 November 2020, Preston Park Museum will temporarily change its winter hours and will only open for Stockton-on-Tees Borough school holidays (including Christmas and February half-term).



Why is the museum closing in between school holidays?

Understandably, we have seen a significant reduction in visitors due to Covid-19, particularly coach parties, schools, care homes and organised groups, so we have made the decision to close the museum during quieter, off-peak times.

The good news is that despite reduced numbers, families are still visiting during school holidays so the museum will continue to open during these periods, with a range of activities and trails to keep everyone entertained.

Will the park remain open?

Yes – the park grounds, skate park, café, play area and toilets will remain open. The Park Rangers will continue to work on improvements and maintenance to the parkland.

I have an annual pass. Can I get a refund?

All those with annual tickets to the museum can have their pass extended for the period of closure.

Will any changes be made to the museum whilst it is closed?

During the closure, staff will have the opportunity to carry out essential maintenance work, which would not usually be possible when open to the public.

Staff will also support priority tasks across Council services, making sure the people of the Borough are looked after this winter.

Will schools still be able to access loan boxes?

Yes, by arrangement with the Learning team. We also have digital resources for teachers to access.

Where can I get more information about Preston Park Museum?

Preston Park Museum & Grounds will continue to keep in touch by sharing digital content on its website and social media pages, as well as providing virtual school workshops.