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Visit the BHI Museum with its timeless collection of clocks, watches and other timepieces. It is a world of wonders that renders you speechless.

The Museum is based at the home of the British Horological Institute, at Upton Hall, near Newark-On-Trent in Nottinghamshire. Find out more about the museum’s seasonal opening arrangements, special events and how to pre-book group visits:

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Seasonal Opening Arrangements

General Opening of the Museum has now ended for the winter season.

The museum is currently undergoing an exciting time of development and will re-open regularly from Spring 2018. If you wish to visit at an alternative time we host a range of special events throughout the year, please see the listings below for further details.

Alternatively, you can pre-book group visits throughout the year.

 

Wednesday 15 November 2017 – 10.30am - 12.30pm

Winter Winding Wednesday: November

For visitors who can’t wait for the Museum to re-open in Spring 2018, why not join us for Winter Winding Wednesday.

Browse the museum and discover more about a selection of the museum’s most fascinating objects as our Museum team demonstrate the winding of some of the many clocks on display. Led by the Museum Manager and Collections Officer these pop-up demonstrations will be an opportunity to chat with the museum team and find out more about their weekly winding duties to keep the Museum’s treasures ticking!

Admission:

  • £5 per person
  • Free to Friends of the BHI Museum Trust
  • Children under 12 Free

Buy your tickets in advance at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/bhi-museum-trust-12802318275

Or Cash on the door

Due to limited availability any group bookings must be received in advance and are limited to 8 people maximum.

Event dates also available in January and February 2018 (see below)

Wednesday 24 January 2018 – 10.30am - 12.30pm

Winter Winding Wednesday: January

For visitors who can’t wait for the Museum to re-open in Spring 2018, why not join us for Winter Winding Wednesday.

Browse the museum and discover more about a selection of the museum’s most fascinating objects as our Museum team demonstrate the winding of some of the many clocks on display. Led by the Museum Manager and Collections Officer these pop-up demonstrations will be an opportunity to chat with the museum team and find out more about their weekly winding duties to keep the Museum’s treasures ticking!

Admission:

  • £5 per person
  • Free to Friends of the BHI Museum Trust
  • Children under 12 Free

Buy your tickets in advance at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/bhi-museum-trust-12802318275

Or Cash on the door

Due to limited availability any group bookings must be received in advance and are limited to 8 people maximum.

Event dates also available in February 2018 (see below)

Wednesday 21 February 2018 – 10.30am - 12.30pm

Winter Winding Wednesday: February

For visitors who can’t wait for the Museum to re-open in Spring 2018, why not join us for Winter Winding Wednesday.

Browse the museum and discover more about a selection of the museum’s most fascinating objects as our Museum team demonstrate the winding of some of the many clocks on display. Led by the Museum Manager and Collections Officer these pop-up demonstrations will be an opportunity to chat with the museum team and find out more about their weekly winding duties to keep the Museum’s treasures ticking!

Admission:

  • £5 per person
  • Free to Friends of the BHI Museum Trust
  • Children under 12 Free

Buy your tickets in advance at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/o/bhi-museum-trust-12802318275

Or Cash on the door

Due to limited availability any group bookings must be received in advance and are limited to 8 people maximum.

Event dates also available in February 2018 (see below)

Sunday 25 March 2018 – 10am - 4pm

Spring Forward Show 2018

Join us to mark the clocks going forward at the start of British Summer Time.

Sunday 20 May 2018 – 10am - 4pm tbc

Steampunk Sunday

Join us for this special event in conjunction with Newark Steampunk Society.

Further details to be released in early 2018.

Sunday 1 July 2018 – 10am - 4pm tbc

BHI Summer Show

Join us to celebrate the BHI’s 160th anniversary.

Sunday 28 October 2018 – 10am - 4pm tbc

Fall Back Show 2018

Join us to mark the clocks going back in October 2018.

Further details to be released mid-2018.

Group visits:

In addition to the museum’s summer opening arrangements and special events, organised groups can pre-book a guided tour of the unique collection.

Group visits to the Museum are led by our knowledgeable staff and volunteers, who provide a warm welcome and an informative tour featuring the museum’s fantastic collection of clocks, watches and other timepieces.

Visits can be tailored to meet the needs and interest of the group, and we advise groups allow up to 2 hours for their visit.

Group Visit Admissions:

  • £10 per person
  • Please note a minimum charge per group applies of £100 for visits during offices hours and £200 for evening and weekend visits.
  • Free car parking

It is also possible to tie in a group reservation for refreshments before or after your tour at the independent onsite Clock House Cafe. The cafe offer a range of special offers for museum tour groups booking with them menus can be found on at the link here. For bookings and to discuss your requirements please contact the café directly by telephone +44 (0)1636 919591 or email info@clockhousecafe.co.uk

Finding Us:

BHI Museum
British Horological Institute, Upton Hall,
Main Street, Upton,
near Newark, Nottinghamshire
NG23 5TE (UK)

(When travelling from Newark direction on the A612 the museum and car park entrance is situated on the Main Road, on the right, after the bend with Hockerton Lane adjoining.  If approaching from the Southwell direction on the A612 we are situated on the Main Road, on the left, 200m beyond the Cross Keys pub and before the bend with the Hockerton Lane adjoining.)

Museum Office

Tel: +44 (0)1636 817 601

Email: bhimuseum@bhi.co.uk

Clock House Cafe:

Refreshments are available onsite at the Clock House Café which is open every day from 10 am to 4.30 pm.  We advise groups wishing to visit the café for a tea or coffee, or to sample the cafe’s wide ranging & tasty delights, to book in advance.

The Clock House Cafe offer a range of special offers for museum tour groups who wish to dine with them as part of their visit to Upton Hall.  More details and menus can be found on at the link here.

Please contact the café directly to discuss your requirements, by telephone +44 (0)1636 919591 or email info@clockhousecafe.co.uk

Access Statement:

Disabled parking is available, with ground floor wheelchair access. 

During ‘Special Event Days’ and ‘Group Visits’ Some of the museum displays and activities may be located on the first floor, accessed via stairs.  A slideshow of photographs of some of these items is presented on the ground floor for visitors unable to access these areas.

Reviews:

Here is a reaction we received from Best Foot Forward, Age UK Nottingham and Nottinghamshire: “Our group wanted to say a big thank you to you for your excellent tour last week. You were an excellent and very knowledgeable guide. We had a fascinating time at Upton Hall.”

From a primary school who had an enjoyable day in Upton Hall: “The children are still buzzing and excited over it, and lots of parents came up to me on Friday to say how much their children enjoyed the trip and how much they had learnt and were telling them.”

For more information and bookings, please contact the BHI Museum by phone on +44 (0)1636 817601 or email bhimuseum@bhi.co.uk.