In line with the Scottish Government move to Phase 3 we are excited to be able to once again welcome visitors.
To ensure all of our visitors have a safe and enjoyable visit we have made several changes and we will detail these here:
What will be open?
We are very excited that after an amazing and heart-warming response from visitors in supporting our initial limited reopening we are now in a position to open up even more areas of our museums.
As of Wednesday 12th August the full Discovery Point museum will fully reopen allowing you to explore all 11 galleries, enjoy 9 audio-visual film shows and view over 150 historic polar artefacts on display. All of this and then stepping on board the world famous RRS Discovery which allows you the chance to follow in the footsteps of Captain Scott and Ernest Shackleton as you explore the decks of this incredible 119 year old ship. A one way system will ensure you can enjoy your visit in safety, while break out spaces will let other visitors pass you in comfort should you wish to spend longer in any one area, soaking up the atmosphere of a ship that has visited Antarctica on three scientific expeditions.
We have been working hard behind the scenes to ensure we are “Good to Go”, letting you discover our museum with the confidence and peace of mind we all need at this time.
Our gift shop will also be open, allowing you the opportunity to buy RRS Discovery themed items with everything from jackets and t-shirts through to whisky and wine. We also hold a wide range of polar books and locally sourced Scottish gifts. The gift shop can be visited for free even if you do not wish to explore the ship at this time.
This is a very new offering for us. You may be aware that the area in Antarctica where the Discovery overwintered for two years with Captain Scott and his men is known as Hut Point – well we now have Hut Point at Discovery Point! This is our brand new takeaway cafe, selling tea, coffee and cakes as well as locally sourced homemade snacks made by our in-house cafe team. Relax in the sunshine* on our new quayside outdoor cafe seating area and enjoy the best view in the city: the RRS Discovery of course! Hut Point is available to all and you do not need a ticket to enjoy our award winning food and drink!
*Sunshine cannot be guaranteed (we are good but not that good!)
What will it cost?
Adult: £11.50 Concession: £8.95 Child: £6.40 Family: £32.00 Under 5: free
All paid admission costs will also include a free annual pass, allowing you to revisit as many times as you wish within a 12 month period for no extra cost.
What are the opening times?
Opening times are: 10:00 – 16:30 Monday – Saturday (11:00 on Sundays)
Do I need to book? How do I pay?
There is no need to book a ticket in advance. Initially we will follow the system in place at all supermarkets as we feel everyone is now comfortable with how this works and it is the most “normal” situation for all to experience. This will involve a managed queue with social distance markers in place and hand sanitiser stations also provided. There is no need to book a ticket in advance. We will be operating a cashless system with contactless payment encouraged where possible – remember the increased limit of £45 for contactless!
Will I need a face covering?
Yes. All visitors are required to wear a face covering. Our staff will also be wearing these. These measures are to match government guidance and to also provide peace of mind for all of our visitors and staff and we ask you to comply with this rule.
Do I need to leave my contact details?
You may have heard or read that for the purpose of Test and Protect you will have to leave your details. We appreciate that some people will have concerns relating to this and we would like to reassure you the reasons we are taking part and also what will happen with your data.
For the health and safety of our visitors and staff we are recording the name and contact details of everyone who visits (or the lead person in a party) to support NHS Scotland’s efforts in tackling COVID-19. This information will be used to enable NHS Scotland and statutory partners to contact you should you have been in the premises around the same time as someone who has tested positive for coronavirus. Contacting people who might have been exposed to the virus is an important step in stopping the spread.
In order to assist in the containment of the virus, we will only share your data when it is requested directly by NHS Scotland and statutory partners. This will only be in the unlikely event there is a cluster of coronavirus cases linked to the premises.
We will only collect: Your name and contact telephone number or postal address/email address.
For further information on the NHS Scotland Test and Protect strategy please visit the NHS website
Can I contact you before visiting?
Of course! We would love to hear from you!
We can be contacted through the following options:
T: 01382 309060