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Dorich House Museum VISIT Autumn 2021

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Timed entry to visit Dorich House Museum, the former studio home of the sculptor Dora Gordine and her husband the Hon. Richard Hare

About this event

Kingston University’s Dorich House Museum is now open.

To help protect our staff, students and visitors, we will be keeping a number of Covid safety measures in place during the coming months; please see below for more details about what to expect during your visit.

How to visit

The museum will be free of charge, but you will need to book a timed slot before you visit. Slots are available on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays for one hour self-guided visits, starting at 11:00, 12:30, 14:00 & 15:30 each day. Please try to arrive as closely as possible to the start time listed on your ticket to allow for adequate time to see the museum. You are welcome to visit our café at any point during your time slot.

Please note that this listing is for self-guided visits only. We will also be offering guided tours on some Fridays and Saturdays at 11:00, which you can book here.

You might also like to visit our partner venue Stanley Picker Gallery, which is located on Kingston University's Knights Park campus, and is a short journey from Dorich House Museum by car, cycle, or the free KU bus. You can book a visit here.

What we ask of you in line with current university guidance:

• We ask that you bring a face covering to wear inside the museum, unless you are exempt

• Stay at home if you are feeling unwell

Our commitment to our visitors

• We are limiting visitor numbers to aid social distancing

• Our staff and volunteers will be wearing face coverings

• We are leaving the windows in our building open for ventilation

• We have installed sanitisation points at the entrance and around the building

• We have trained our staff to manage your visit in a safe and friendly manner

• We have amended our exhibition displays and visitor experience to reduce contact points

• We will be keeping your booking details for 21 days after your visit for NHS Test & Trace. We require a name and contact number or email address for each visitor aged 16 or older.

• Our onsite free car and bike parking allow you to travel independently to the museum

Group visits

We can accommodate small group bookings for KU staff & students, local schools and community groups. If you would like to arrange a group visit, please contact us directly at or call us on 020 8417 5515.


Can I visit without booking a timed slot?

We recommend booking a timed slot in advance to guarantee your entry. We may be able to accommodate walk-ins if we are not fully booked, but we cannot guarantee entry without a booking.

Do Kingston University students & staff need to book timed slots?

If you would like to visit on a Thursday, Friday or Saturday, we advise booking a timed slot, though we may be able to accommodate some walk-ins.

If you would like to arrange a group visit for your students or peers, please contact us directly at or call us on 020 8417 5515.

How many people can I book for?

You can book for up to six people.

How many people will be visiting at the same time?

On public open days there will be a maximum of ten people per timed visit.

What if I am running late?

Timed visits are for one hour. You can arrive any time within that hour but you may have less time to visit the museum if you arrive late.

I have booked a timed slot and I’m now unable to visit. What shall I do?

If you, or anyone in your group is feeling unwell or has been in contact with someone with symptoms of Covid-19 please do not visit. You can cancel your booking by emailing or by logging into your Eventbrite account.

What facilities will be open?

There are toilets available onsite. Our shop is open. Our café is open and serving a selection of cakes, tea, and coffee. We are accepting card and cash payments.

Is there somewhere to store my bike during a visit?

We have bike racks adjacent to the museum available for parking your bike while visiting.

Are you taking commercial and private bookings?

Please email for more information about commercial and private hire of the museum spaces.

Please note, the museum is located over four floors. There are 78 steps to the top floor, which is accessed via a narrow staircase. The museum currently has no wheelchair accessible toilets. We apologise that we are unable to offer full access for all physical abilities at this time. Kingston University is working to improve access for all visitors. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions in advance of your visit.

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Museum of Kingston University with sculpture, Russian imperial art and modernist interiors.

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