Yorkshire Times
Voice of the North
9:00 AM 16th September 2020

Royal Armouries Museum To Re-open

The Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds reopens today following a six-month closure.

And Master of the Armouries and Director General, Dr Edward Impey, says they are poised to welcome tourists back after the Museum's unprecedented Covid shutdown.

“We have been keeping in touch with audiences via digital activity during closure," he said, "however, we have missed welcoming visitors through our doors since their engagement with the collection is core to our vision.

“We will be opening most of our galleries during September and will be focusing on preparations to unveil our new Second World War display this autumn, as well as launching our new membership scheme.”

Visitors to the museum can explore displays of arms and armour from across the world and through time, with over 4,500 objects on display.

Highlights include the spectacular Hall of Steel, record-breaking Indian elephant armour, the famous ‘pulse rifle’ used in the film Aliens and an exquisite 18th-century Tula Garniture made for a Russian empress.

This latest announcement represents the final part of a phased reopening plan for the Royal Armouries’ three sites: Fort Nelson in Hampshire opened in August shortly after Historic Royal Palace’s reopening at the Tower of London.

New measures will be in place to ensure that visitors have a safe and enjoyable visit, including pre-booked arrival times, support for social distancing, contactless payments and an enhanced cleaning regime. Entry to the museum is free.

The museum will be open for five days a week initially from Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5pm. Online pre-booking will be essential.

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