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Guggenheim Museum Bilbao first major museum to reopen in Spain

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The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao was the first major museum to reopen in Spain on June 1, as the country eased its national lockdown to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The museum has created a series of green pictograms that display all the new guidelines. These are available throughout the attraction and online.

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s capacity has been reduced to one third of its usual capacity. Before visiting, guests must purchase a ticket online.

The attraction’s opening hours have been adjusted, and guests are asked to bring a face mask to keep themselves and others safe.

The cloakroom is temporarily unavailable, and visitors are not allowed to attend with bags larger than 35cm x 35cm or with non-folding umbrellas.

Visitors should download Guggenheim Bilbao Audio, the institution’s official audio guide sponsored by BBK. This is available via the App Store and Google Play.

Only card payments will be accepted, both at the admissions desk and retail outlet.

Upon arrival, visitors will undergo temperature checks and those with a temperature higher than 37º C will not be allowed to enter.

Green pictograms display the new guidelines

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Visitors should remain 2 metres apart, and must wear face masks. They should also use hand sanitiser, which is supplied throughout the museum, and wash their hands regularly.

In addition, all visitors should follow a one-way itinerary, which begins on the third floor. They can follow instructions, signs and arrows.

In order to incentivise visits, all of the museum’s members will receive free admission throughout June. It has more than 20,000 members.

Non-members will also receive a three-month membership for the price of a standard ticket purchased in June.

Visitors must wear face masks at Guggenheim Bilbao

Guggenheim Museum Bilbao
Guggenheim Museum Bilbao

Elsewhere, the Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum has installed an innovative sanitation gate to ensure the safety of visitors.

The Louvre Museum, Musée National Eugène-Delacroix, and Louvre-Lens Museum are set to reopen amid the coronavirus crisis in France from June 3.

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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