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We have to close the Silk Museum again …

Following the government’s latest announcement on the new national restrictions, Macclesfield’s Silk Museum will close to visitors from 5pm on Wednesday 4 November. Whilst these restrictions are disappointing news for us, the safety of our staff and our visitors is our priority.

Please note Paradise Mill and West Park Museum will also remain closed.

We will continue to care for our collections and buildings and look forward to welcoming you back as soon as we can.

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We have been very grateful for the support from our visitors during these challenging times. Your donations will help us continue to provide quality experiences for all our visitors and communities. Your support makes a real difference – thank you.



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From the 17th September, The Silk Museum is open again and we can’t wait to see you!

Open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays between 10 – 4pm

Visitors will need to pre-book hourly slots which start at 10am with each hour slot having capacity for up to six visitors. This means that there’s plenty of space to explore and enjoy the collections in our largest ground floor gallery – the Red Room.

We are keeping your visit safe by –

Advance booking only
Limiting visitor numbers
Providing hand sanitisers
Protective screens
Regular cleaning
Friendly & helpful staff

Please remember to –

Wear a face covering unless you are exempt
Sanitise your hands
Maintain social distancing
Do not visit if you have Covid-19 symptoms

The Museum Shop is open and stocked with many lovely new products and we accept both cash and debit/credit cards with contactless transactions up to £45. However, our café is currently closed.

Wondering what your visit will be like? We’ll take you on a tour of the museum showing how we’ve prepared everything to make your visit as safe and enjoyable as we can. See you soon!


Booking your ticket

Entry is by advanced booking only via Art Tickets.   
We are operating a timed entry system with a limit of 6 visitors per hour to keep you safe.
Book your tickets here

Art Tickets is operated by Art Fund_ as a free online ticket booking service for UK museums and galleries.


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What to expect – Safety & Hygiene

Test and Trace
As part of the NHS Test and Trace scheme the name and contact details of visitors will be required (if two or more people book and come together you only need one name/details) If you come to the Silk Museum without a timed ticket booking, you will be asked to provide your name and a contact telephone number at reception.

Do I need to wear a face mask?
To help keep each other safe and well, we’re asking all visitors aged 11 and over, who are able, to wear face coverings in the museum.

Will museum staff be wearing protective equipment?
We have introduced PPE for our staff, some will wear face coverings or visors. Acrylic screens have been installed at points where there is face to face interaction between staff and visitors.

Are you checking temperatures?
We will not check your temperature on arrival.
Please do not visit if you feel unwell or have a temperature. If you feel unwell during your visit, we ask you to alert a member of staff immediately.

How will I be able to social distance?
We have set a limit of 6 visitors in the Silk Museum with a 1 hour timed ticket entry system. You will have plenty of space to explore our wonderful collections and remain socially distanced.

Can I clean my hands?
We’ve provided hand sanitisers at key points around the museum.

When are you cleaning the museum?
There will be regular cleaning of touch points and toilet facilities throughout the day, during timed visits and at the beginning and end of the day when the museum is closed.

What to expect – our facilities

Is Paradise Mill open?
Not currently. Paradise Mill is scheduled to re-open at a later date as part of our phased reopening plan.

Is the whole of the Silk Museum open?
Not currently. The building will re-open in stages: initially you will be able to visit our largest gallery ‘The Red Room’. We have new displays focused on the history of silk in Macclesfield. The story of the rise and fall of the industry that shaped our town is told through the work and experiences of the people who powered it: mill owners, mill workers and even silk designers who trained in the Silk Museum building (the former Macclesfield School of Art & Design) all feature in the new display.

Our famous Ancient Egyptian collection will be on display once again. Come and find out about the lives of these fascinating people through the artefacts and inscriptions they left behind as you explore the oldest objects in our museums. Learn about the connection between silk and Egypt through the lives of Marianne Brocklehurst and Mary Booth, the two Victorian explorers who gave their collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts to Macclesfield.

What about access?
The Silk Museum is all on the ground floor and is suitable for baby buggy/ pram, wheelchair, mobility scooter, crutches and zimmer frame users. The main entrance to the museum does have steps, but if you either call beforehand (01625 612045) or ring the bell to the side of the front door a member of our staff will open our disabled access entrance.

Can I get a drink in the café?
Our café is currently closed. There are plenty of cafes, bars and eateries within 5 minutes’ walk of the museum. Please ask a member of staff and they’ll be delighted to give directions.

Are the toilets open?
You are welcome to use the unisex disabled access toilet, with baby changing facilities. These are open only to our visitors who have booked a timed entry ticket to the museum. The toilets will be cleaned regularly at the end of each timed session. Public toilets are available around the corner from the museum on Park Green, SK11 7NA.

Is the shop open?
Yes, and we have lots of lovely new products displayed. We accept both cash and debit / credit cards with contactless transactions up to £45.

Is there parking?
Yes, there is free 1 hour on-street parking available directly outside the museum. If on-street parking is unavailable, less than 2 minutes walk away is council run The Old Library car park, with 28 spaces, with 1 disabled space. Located on the corner of Park Green SK11 7NA.

Can we visit as a group?
Initially, the maximum number of tickets you can book online is 6. As more or our Silk Museum galleries gradually re-open we will have greater capacity for larger numbers while still having the space for social distancing. When Paradise Mill reopens we will have more capacity again.


Please see our FAQs for full details about the changes we’ve made to ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable visit. If you have any other questions please contact us.