Chiltern Open Air Museum COVID-19 UPDATE

Our gardens and grounds will be open on Saturdays and Sundays until our Christmas Weekend on the 5th and 6th December. All tickets must be pre-booked via our website, where there are timed entry slots and limited ticket numbers to ensure staff and visitor safety.

Our collection of historic buildings will not yet 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 shop and toilets will be open and you will be able to purchase hot and cold drinks and snacks form the Village Kitchen but the Museum’s café will remain closed. There are picnic tables on site and dogs on leads are welcomed.

Additional handwashing facilities have been put in place as well as a regular contact point cleaning schedule. All visitors must abide by social distancing measures.

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.

From the 14th September, by law, you are only allowed to visit us in groups of up to six people (unless you are visiting as a household or support bubble which is larger than six). Please help our team by sticking to the rules when visiting.

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.

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

We thank you for your support. Stay safe everyone.

Face Coverings

From the 24th July it is mandatory to wear a face covering when in a shop. Our ticket office is in our shop 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 and shop. The remainder of the site is outdoors and therefore a mask is not required.

School Visits

We are pleased to be able to re-open school bookings for our outdoor learning programme during the Autumn term 2020. Our authentic and immersive workshops are ideally placed to promote positive mental health and wellbeing, build resilience and teamworking and nurture re-socilialisation of your pupils.

Choose from our cross-curricular core offer of:
• Iron Age in and around our replica roundhouse
• Stone Age in our dedicated woodland camps
• Pre-historic Shelterbuilding in the woodlands
• Anglo-Saxons in our thatched barn
• Archaeological dig inside a barn
• History and Science of toolmaking inside a barn

Why not mix and match to create your own theme day? Workshops are available from 28th September 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 – come to COAM to experience our beautiful outdoors, visit the farm animals and travel back in time.

We are hopeful that we will be able to run our full programme from 2021 (subject to guidelines).

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

Our learning team are available to help you carefully plan your visit and suggest the workshops best suited to your school so if you would like some more information please contact us via email 

Please note: our Learning Team are currently working reduced hours so it may take us a little longer than usual to respond to communications.

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