Due to the national lockdown our building is closed to the public until further notice. We are continuing to bring art and creativity directly to you through our Brain Fresh emails – sign up to our mailing list here.

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Opening Hours

**Please note:
Following the government announcement to move Colchester into Tier 4, we will be temporarily closing our building to the public from 8:00pm on 24 December.
Our phone lines will not be available during closure – to contact us please email [email protected] **


Whether you are coming to see our exhibitions, meeting with friends or looking for somewhere to work remotely, Firstsite is free to visit.

Welcome area and Box Office

Mon–Fri: 10am–10pm

Art Gallery

Mon–Sun: 10am – 5pm

Firstsite Shop

Mon–Sun: 10am – 5pm


Mon–Sun: 10am – 5pm


Mon–Sun: Currently closed

Box Office

You can book tickets for our cinema and events online, in person or over the phone.

In person at our Welcome Desk at the entrance (Mon–Fri: 9am–9pm)

By telephone: 01206 713 700 (Mon–Fri: 9am–9pm)

By email: [email protected]

Collecting Tickets

We are currently only issuing print at home/e-tickets. If you are unable to access online facilities, please call us for alternative arrangements to be made.

Annual Closures

Firstsite is closed on 25 & 26  December and 1 January.

Exhibition changeovers

Firstsite offers a vibrant programme of changing exhibitions. This does mean that at times a gallery space may be closed as a new exhibition is in the process of being installed. However, the programme is planned to ensure closure of a space is kept to a minimum and that there is always an exhibition open to the public.

Welcome area at Firstsite. 'Big Hello' (2018) Peter Liversidge. Photo by Jayne Lloyd.

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