CHARD MUSEUM IS OPEN - here is an update of opening times in July, August and September and then through to December 10th 2021.
In July, August and September the Museum will be open from 10:00 - 13:30 for the general visitor and tours and from 14:00 - 15:30 for a Booked Tour only. Saturday we will be open from 10:00 - 13:00.
From Wednesday 29th September through to 09th December the Museum will open only for Booked Tours, School and other Groups.
To support everyone venturing out and to celebrate the easing of lockdown and Government guidlines the Museum is not charging an entrance fee throughout 2021. We will encourage donations or Become of Member of Chard Museum.
Chard Museum is situated on the A30 in Chard High Street. Coming from the centre of Chard it is on the right hand side 200 metres past the Choughs public house and opposite Ammonite Guest House.
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There is very limited parking for vehicles outside the Museum. The nearest Car Park is the Minnows Public Parking, 8-9 Bath St, Chard TA20 2ET (next to Sainsbury’s)
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If you park in The Minnows and walk to the Museum then - go back to the top of the small hill; turn right and walk to the T-Junction. Look right and you will see a pedestrian crossing, cross to the other side of the A30 and turn left. The Museum is on your right as you walk up the shallow hill. The Museum is approximately 500 metres from the Minnows Car Park.
The museum is housed in a Listed Building. Many parts are accessible for all but some areas have restrictions
Entry is via the ground floor of Godworthy House and is accessed by a large front door that has a 4 inch step on the outside. There is access via a side door that Stewards will open. Inside there is a stair lift to access the first- floor display.
As you move through the Museum the courtyard and paths leading to the paddock have concrete and stone ramps. Leaving Godworthy House to enter the New Inn building exhibits is flat. The small patio is only accessible via 4 steps. As you enter the old public house building, and pass the Apple Press there are two steps down leading to the Old Kitchen. Near the Victorian Schoolroom there is a Fire Door that leads to set of stairs that are narrow. These lead to the Costumes and Clothes displays. As you move past the Victorian School there is one step to go past the pulpit and church exhibit.
Stewards can open double doors where necessary. There is a wheelchair available for loan in the Museum.
The remainder of the Museum is accessible. There are plans in place to review our accessibility issues given the environment of the Museum. Any ideas from Visitors would be welcome and should be shared through our LiveChat on the Home Page.
The Museum welcomes well behaved dogs. Dogs should be kept on a lead in the buildings and the courtyard. There is a paddock at the end of Dave Hill Way where they can run free. Please use poo bags to clean up after your dog.
The Museum does not have a formal refreshment facilty. Howeever, and depending on how busy we are our Stewards will often offer visitors a cup of tea or coffee. If you want a snack or more comprhensive meal we recommend you visit our friends at Eleos. Turn left out of the Museum, walk down the High Street and past the Guildhall. You will see Eleos on the right hand side of the road.
The Field and Patios offer an exhibit of agricultural machines made in Chard. It provides a lovely setting to have a family picnic. It is also easy to maintain social distancing. All we ask is that you put any rubbish or recycling in the appropriately marked bins.