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National WWII Museum reopening on Memorial Day

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The National WWII Museum is set to reopen on Memorial Day (May 25). The attraction closed in March to protect the health and safety of staff and visitors during COVID-19.

The National WWII Museum will operate at 25 percent of its total capacity. It will also implement new safety measures.

These include booking advance tickets online, social distancing guidelines throughout pavilions and galleries, and enhanced sanitising and cleaning protocols.

The museum has spent the past eight weeks developing reopening guidelines with the help of national organisations, state institutions, local health experts, and the American Alliance of Museums (AAM).

Museum will operate at 25% of total capacity

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The National WWII Museum

Operations staff have also gathered safety supplies, including masks, gloves, plexiglass sneeze guards, touchless sanitising stations and directional signage.

During the first phase of reopening, the majority of galleries, exhibits and experiences will have controlled attendance for social distancing.

Guests will arrive through one entrance, follow a guided path, and leave through a designated exit. This will prevent visitors from crossing paths.

Most interactive exhibits will be accessible with disposable stylus, which will be given to visitors. Some interactive exhibits will be turned off.

Higgins Hotel & Conference Center remains open

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The National WWII Museum

Cleaning will be enhanced, with additional disinfecting of high-traffic surfaces. Initially, staff, volunteers and visitors will be required to wear complimentary face masks.

The Beyond All Boundaries 4D experience will run hourly at a reduced capacity, while the American Sector will reopen for counter service.

The Higgins Hotel & Conference Center, which remained open despite coronavirus, will continue to provide accommodation and dining options at Rosie’s on the Roof and Provisions.

In addition, the museum is offering free admission to medical professionals and first responders. It will also offer half price admission to Louisiana residents on Mondays.

Audubon Nature Institute has also received approval for a phased reopening of its family of parks, museums, and zoos in New Orleans.

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