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Natural History Museums set to reopen

The Natural History Museum in London and Hertfordshire will reopen their doors to visitors on Wednesday 5th August following almost five months of closure – the longest period since the second world war.

London’s famous South Kensington building, home to one of the most important scientific collections in the world, will initially open Wednesdays to Sundays, with the Museum at Tring in Hertfordshire, first opened in 1892 by Walter Rothschild to exhibit his zoological collection, open all week. 

Entrance is free, although tickets will need to be booked in advance online to ensure visitors have a safe and enjoyable experience as both museums follow social distancing guidelines.

Museum Conservator Cheryl Lynn checks specimens are in line with social distancing regulations at Natural History Museum

Director of the  Natural  History  Museum  Sir Michael Dixon says: “We’re delighted to be able to safely share our wonderful buildings, spacious galleries, and gardens once again.

“The nation has reconnected with the natural world during lockdown and there is no better place to discover all it has to offer than our Museum. From visiting our world-leading dinosaur gallery to seeing our awe-inspiring blue whale Hope plunging from the ceiling in Hintze Hall, we look forward to  offering  a  uniquely relaxed visit

Visitors  will  be  able to  explore  our  magnificent  halls  and galleries without the crowds – something only our staff usually experience outside opening hours.”

For those unable to visit, the Museum also offers a digital experience allowing visitors to browse millions of specimens from the collection, take a  virtual tour, become citizen scientists and access learning resources online. Highlights include an interactive blue whale experience, audio guides narrated by Sir David Attenborough, and activity ideas to try at home.

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