Illuminated Globe next to Whale Skeleton

As of yesterday, the Natural History Museum in London reopened to the general public. With significantly limited tickets, you can get a chance to experience it in a completely different way.

With so few people in the museum, you’re free to go through exhibitions at your own pace. With no rush from tourists wanting to “do” the entirety of London within 48 hours. 

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

Sir Michael Dixon, Director of the Natural History Museum

This being said, it’s a very strange experience. As you walk in seeing the giant whale skeleton hanging above you, what used to be a packed great hall is now a rather empty great hall. When we went, the museum was full to capacity and we only saw 10 or so other groups heading around the museum.

As with most places that are reopening at the moment, there was a one way system in place in the exhibits. Hands-free hand sanitiser was available at all entrances, cafes, shops, toilets and lifts. Staff were protected behind acrylic protective panels.

The Museum has achieved Visit Britain’s ‘We’re Good To Go’ industry standard by demonstrating adherence to the respective Government and public health guidance and the implementation of new safety measures.

For those who are unable to make it to the museum for whatever reason, NHM has launched a digital museum. This includes an interactive experience about Hope the blue whale; audio guides narrated by Sir David Attenborough and activity ideas to try at home.

By Benjamin Lewis

Benjamin Lewis is the executive producer of UTCR.Live.

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