Wartime History Brought to Life
Normal Opening Times: The Museum is open 10:00-16:00, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. We are also open to the public every Bank Holiday. Admission Prices: Adults £7 ~ Children under 16yrs £5 ~ Children under 4yrs free ~ Family admission (2 Adults & 2 Children) £19. Assistance dogs are aways welcome throughout the site. If you have a well-behaved family dog with you, provided it's kept on a lead you are welcome to bring it onto our site, but not into the exhibition halls, the Ration Book Cafe or its adjacent eating areas. There are other seating areas and picnic tables throughout the site that you can make use of. Thanks for your understanding.
In the Homefront Hall there is a typical ‘shop’ counter of the period displaying numerous products and packaging items, from breakfast cereal to Sunlight Soap to Spam! The cash till, weighing scales and glass jars of sweets all add to the effect. Elsewhere there are Women’s Land Army artefacts, nurse’s uniforms, children’s toys, equipment used in the home at that time from mangles to mincers, 1940’s fashions and items that many older visitors will see and say, ‘I remember those!’.
Members of the public have been very generous, and on occasion have donated WW2 items that have been in their possession for years or been owned by a close family member who has passed away and they wished to share their memories with others. One such item is an Andeson Shelter which is on display at the edge of the Parade Ground along with some wartime bicycles.
Our Lancaster bomber cockpit which was featured in the 2019 film Lancaster Skies, has been fitted with a computer system delivering a 3D VR (virtual reality) flight experience. Adjacent seats are available for the pilot’s family or friends and there is a large screen where they can see what the pilot is seeing through their goggles.
In the Main Hall we have a Blitz Experience which offers a very impressive view of what it was like to be exposed to a WW2 bombing raid. The recorded narrative is delivered by an American WW2 reporter of the time. There are recorded sound effects, spotlights and smoke effects. Seating is provided and all in all, it's a memorable example of what it must have been like for those who experienced it. Please note that as all the main lights are turned off, in order to maintain the safety of visitors in the hall The Blitz Experience is generally reserved for private group visits.
If you run a group, or perhaps you support veterans, senior citizens or disabled people and would like to arrange a mid-week (Monday to Thursday) private group visit to the museum then please get in touch to find out more. Parking, disabled parking, room for coaches and special event overflow parking available, free of charge.
We have a group of young pupils and students who have been working in our 'display' trenches and running tours of the WW2 gunline for our visitors. Fully kitted out in uniform they are knowledgeable, helpful and polite. Visitors are always most complementary about the way they act. We always welcome young people with a wish to learn more about the war years. Children too (with adults) are welcome to visit the Museum and those who do come regularly, frequently return with other relatives for additional visits.
The main Exhibition Halls, pathways, Ration Book Café, outdoor and covered eating areas are wheelchair accessible. In the halls there are seating areas and seating outside is also available. We offer disabled toilet facilities and disabled parking and our volunteers are always ready to help and arrange contact with certain exhibits when asked. Assistance Dogs are always welcome. We are also proud to be recipients of the YMCA Age-friendly Business award. Thanks to Tesco's Community Grant and the Lincolnshire CO-OP Community Fund we also have a Defibrillator available for use in case of emergencies. (Electrician Mark pictured)
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