London’s Museums Prepare for August Reopenings and Vastly Reduced Capacities

London’s Museums Prepare for August Reopenings and Vastly Reduced Capacities

Three of London’s biggest queue magnets are getting ready to reopen their doors in August, with the Natural History Museum, V&A and Science Museum preparing for a post-normal return to some semblance of business.

None of them will offer similar experiences to the rammed tourist hotspots of old, mind, primarily due to the hugely reduced numbers that’ll be allowed in. The Natural History Museum say it’ll take just 2,80o guests each day from August 5, a mere 20 per cent of the site’s usual capacity. The neighbouring V&A is introducing a similar limited visitor level when it opens on August 6, with the London branch of the Science Museum opening on August 19 for booked guests only.

The NHM is also requiring everyone to pre-book, and is operating a timed system to spread everyone out through the day. It may make it a lovely place to be in for a change, with a bit more room and no queuing down the road to get in; as long as you can handle the weird background of dread that’ll come with being in public spaces from now on. Ticket sales for the NMH start on July 16 at 10:00am, if you fancy seeing the place half empty, with even more warnings not to bloody touch things about the place. [BBC]

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