The Kensington museum is set to open its doors to the public on the 5th August.

Following on from nearly five months of being closed, it has been announced that the Natural History Museum will reopen to the public on the 5th August, initially on Wednesdays to Sundays only and from 11am to 6pm (last entry at 5pm).

To ensure everybody’s safety, the museum has put in place a number of measures including a reduced capacity, with visitors having to pre-book a free timed ticket in advance either online or on the phone. Museum Members and Patrons will have priority booking 48 hours before it opens to the public; they will also benefit from fast-track entry.

Talking about the news Director of the Natural History Museum Sir Michael Dixon said: “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.”

The majority of the museum’s galleries will be open alongside its five-acre gardens. Meanwhile, food and drink will be able to purchase either as takeaways or to enjoy at socially distanced seating. Transactions will be contactless where possible, but cash will be accepted.

The Museum’s perennially popular Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition is planned to open in October with brand new winning images to captivate audiences. The Museum’s Ice Rink is set to also open in October with new measures in place to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for skaters.

It was also confirmed the major new exhibition, Fantastic Beasts: The Wonder of Nature, will continue to be created on-site with the aim of opening this winter; with more news on an opening date will be shared soon.

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