Visiting us

Opening Times:
Late May Bank Holiday weekend: The Museum is open as normal on Saturday 25th May but will be closed on Sunday 26th and Monday 27th May.

We are open Monday to Friday from 9.30am to 4.00pm. Saturday 9.30am-1.30pm, Last entry one hour before closing.  Other times can sometimes be available for groups by appointment.

Entry is free but donations are very welcome. We rely on your donations to run the Museum.

Dogs We are dog friendly to well behaved people on leads.

We can supply a free quiz for children. 

Parties are welcome on the same basis. We can also arrange a curious object quiz £25 and a guided tour £25 but both need to be booked beforehand. Please telephone 01777 838234 or email

School Visits

School parties are very welcome. We are preparing a variety of suitable packages. Please tell us what you would like.


One minute off the A1, Tuxford and Ollerton turn off  A6075 at the end of the slip road you will come to a junction and the Museum is in front of you.

You will see the building as you drive into Tuxford. Turn into Newcastle Street beside the Museum and immediately right under the archway into our free private car park but access is only suitable for low vehicles. Taller vehicles please use next turn right at the end of the building and follow lane round to our car park.

Coaches normally disembark on Newcastle Street and then park at the lorry park at Markham Moor.

There is pedestrian access through our courtyard.


There is free parking in our car park behind the museum accessed off Newcastle Street. Please look out for pedestrians! 

You can access the museum via the courtyard off the car park. It can also be accessed via the front door on the main road.

There is a coffee shop in the courtyard serving light lunches, cream teas and drinks,

There are lavatory facilties in the coffee shop and the gallery.

Disabled Access

We have disabled access and facilities to the gallery below the museum where you can see the sleigh and the Mail coach but sadly being a grade 11  listed building we are not allowed disabled access to the museum. If you cannot access the museum please contact us beforehand with your particular interests and we will try to show you film and objects downstairs in the gallery. We can offer a wheelchair upstairs in the museum if required.

The Gallery

Below the museum is the Internationally known Sally Mitchell Galleries, specialising in original paintings, limited edition prints and greeting cards, featuring animals and the countryside. 

The business was created by Sally, author of The Dictionary of British Equestrian Artists and several other books on artists. It is now run by her son, John.

The gallery also has a small range of secondary market high quality gift ware including fine cut glass at amazingly reasonable prices, some delightful dog figurines and jewellery.

There is also a second-hand book department specialising in animals and country subjects, art and antiques and topography.

Please feel free to browse if you visit the museum.

Other services

We hold seminars for other societies. 

We offer exhibition space in the gallery

We offer meeting room space.


We are always very grateful for donaions of funds or of unusual items. We have to raise a large fund to enable the museum to grow and survive long after Sally no longer does!