Visit us Safely

As of May 22, our galleries, café & shop will be open for all visitors

Visiting us

Before you visit

This page outlines the safety measures you will see when you visit. Please read through this page so you know what to expect.

Please remember, stay at home if you’re feeling unwell with coronavirus symptoms, or have been in contact with someone who has coronavirus, and make sure to follow NHS coronavirus guidelines.

During your visit

  • We are welcoming groups of up to 6 people
  • All visitors aged 16 or over will be asked to check-in using the NHS COVID-19 app, or via a QR code or tablet provided by Nottingham Contemporary. We will keep your details for 21 days and we will only share them with NHS Test and Trace if asked to do so.
  • Please observe social distancing and leave 2 metres between yourself and other visitors and staff
  • We are asking that all visitors wear a face mask in all areas apart from when seated in the café. If you are exempt from wearing a mask, please let our team know – you will be welcome to visit without.
  • Staff will be wearing face masks
  • Please wash your hands frequently - there will be hand sanitiser points throughout the building
  • Please keep left on the stairs
  • Please keep children close to you at all times
  • There will be increased cleaning throughout the building, including door handles, handrails and other areas of the building
  • Please pay with contactless/card wherever possible
  • Entry remains free but we are limiting our capacity, so please be prepared to queue if the building is busy
  • Please note that due to these safety measures we will not be offering activities for families in The Space on weekends.
  • Lockers will not be available.

We are not offering timed slots at the moment but will be reducing the capacity of the building and promoting social distancing. We will keep this under constant review.

Quiet Hour

The first hour of each weekday (10-11am Tue-Fri) is our Quiet Hour. If you were previously asked to shield through lockdown, or are over 65, we would love to see you during this first hour of the day when the building will be quieter.


  • The main entrance to Nottingham Contemporary is on Weekday Cross, on the corner of High Pavement (next to Pitcher and Piano).
  • There will be 2 metre-spaced queue markers outside the entrance
  • You may need to queue momentarily while you and other visitors check-in for NHS Test and Trace and while we greet each visitor and give a brief outline of our safety measures
  • We will be asking every visitor to sanitise their hands upon arrival


  • Our shop will be open. We’ve changed the layout to allow more space for social distancing
  • Contactless/card payments are preferred


  • Our cafe will be open with reduced capacity and more space
  • We'll be providing table service
  • Contactless/card payments are preferred
  • We'll have seating outside and inside


  • All four of our main galleries will be open. Gallery Zero will remain closed for the time being
  • The capacities of our galleries have been reduced to enable social distancing


  • Toilets, including accessible toilets, will be open for our visitors and café customers, as well as baby changing facilities
  • We'll be cleaning the toilets frequently throughout the day

Group visits - schools, colleges and universities

We are currently asking schools, colleges and universities not to bring groups during normal opening hours. Teachers, students and their families are welcome to visit independently, and we can work with schools and colleges to help prepare students for a visit and provide resources to help them to connect with the exhibitions.

If you are interested in bringing a group to see our exhibitions, or in how we can bring our exhibitions into the classroom, please do still get in touch. We are interested in hearing from you.

There are many other ways to engage with our work including experiencing the exhibitions online through our virtual reality tour. These can be found here.

Risk assessments have been carried out for both staff and visitor operations. These are regularly reviewed and take into account the latest guidance from the government, NHS and HSE.

You can read our COVID-19 Venue/Workplace Risk Assessment here.

If you'd like to ask any questions about our safety measures, please email: