Main entrance to Imperial War Museum in London 160714 CREDIT PA

Imperial War Museums Welcome Visitors Back After Lockdown

Limited number of visitors will be allowed on site and social distancing measures will be in place.

Main entrance to Imperial War Museum in London 160714 CREDIT PA

The Imperial War Museums (IWM) have reopened their doors to visitors for the first time since the coronavirus lockdown.

People will now be able to visit IWM London, IWM Duxford, IWM North and the Churchill War Rooms.

A number of changes have been made to ensure safety because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

Key changes include limiting the number of people who are able to visit the museums and social distancing measures.

Free timed tickets can be pre-booked before arrival to make sure there is more space to browse through the sites.

It is also possible to visit the museums without pre-booking, but people may need to be prepared to wait before being allowed in or may be refused entry if capacity has been reached.

Everyone is being asked to comply to two-metre social distancing guidelines.

From 8 August, face masks will need to be worn in line with Government guidance, although the IWM are already recommending visitors to have masks with them even before next week.

Second World War warship HMS Belfast, which is also part of the Imperial War Museums, will not be reopening at this stage.

Because of the unique space, which is mostly unaltered since its operational days, most of the ship can only be accessed through narrow corridors and small rooms, which make it difficult to enforce social distancing guidelines.

However, this will be assessed regularly and the IWM hope to reopen HMS Belfast "before too long".

Cover image: Library photo of the Imperial War Museum London (Picture: PA).