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Opening Times

STEAM Museum is open every day of the year (except 24 - 26 December): 

Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm (last admission 4.00pm)

Sunday 11.00am to 4.00pm (last admission 3.00pm) 

STEAM has a very busy school programme. Please be aware that there will be school children on organised visits to the Museum every week day during school term time. Most schools visit us between 10am and 2pm.

Please do check this website in good time before you visit for any updates regarding opening times.

To get the most enjoyment from your experience at STEAM, we recommend you allow approximately two hours for your visit. ​


Christmas and New Year Opening Times

Tuesday, 24 - Thursday, 26 December - Closed
Friday, 27 December (10.00am - 5.00pm)
Saturday, 28 December (10.00am - 5.00pm)
Sunday, 29 December (11.00am - 4.00pm)
Monday, 30 December (10.00am - 5.00pm)
Tuesday, 31 December (10.00am - 5.00pm)

Wednesday, 1 January 2020 (11.00 - 4.00pm)
Thursday, 2 - Saturday, 4 January 2020 (10.00am - 5.00pm)
Sunday, 5 January 2020 (11.00am - 4.00pm)

(Please note: STEAM will be closed 6 - 10 January for essential maintenance. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.)


*Important Notice*

On Saturday 11 and Sunday 12 January, we will be welcoming the Great Western Wedding Show in to STEAM. This spectacular 2-day event will feature over 60 exhibitors throughout the Museum, in addition to gorgeous inspiration zones, demonstrations, live entertainment, and so much more!

Please note that  many Museum exhibits may not be accessible due to exhibitor stalls set up around the Museum and we would advise general visitors to consider an alternative date to visit STEAM to avoid disappointment.

Platform One Café 

Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 4.00pm

Sunday 11.00am to 3.45pm  

STEAM Shop Opening Times

The STEAM Shop inside the Museum is open every day:

Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.00pm

Sunday 11.00am to 4.00pm

You'll find a wide range of high quality GWR themed gifts - from souvenirs, railway books and pocket money items, to exclusive and limited edition railway models.

To view the STEAM Online Shop please click here


STEAM Bespoke Photo Gifts