The last few months have been difficult for all of us in some way. Whether that’s not being able to see loved ones, not being able to travel, we have all had our struggles. Some of you reading this might not feel ready to start visiting more public places and that’s absolutely fine. However, if you are thinking about visiting a museum or other attraction, I thought I’d put together these tips to help you. Having recently visited a museum, here is some of the things you might want to consider.
Check their website
This is something I always like to do beforehand anyway because I like to know what facilities there are. This is especially important now because there might be certain things you have to adhere to with the current restrictions. A lot of museums, even those that are free entry, require you to book an arrival time. This is so that they can manage the numbers on site at any one time. Another thing to check is whether everything is open and if not, how will this affect your visit. If there is one main thing you want to see, but its currently closed off, you might be better postponing.
Expect to queue
You should expect to queue not only at the entrance but to see some of the exhibits too so make sure you factor this in. As the weather starts to turn, you might want to think about taking an umbrella in case it starts to rain. If you go with the mindset that you will queue, it will be an added bonus if you end up not needing to.
Take a drink
If the museum you want to visit is indoors, you will be required to wear a mask (unless exempt). With this in mind, you are probably going to be feeling quite hot a lot quicker than normal and with any queues you may have to stand in, you will almost certainly feel thirsty.
Allow extra time
One of my main tips is definitely to allow extra time. Everything takes so much longer these days and with social distancing in place, museums are not exempt. So try to research how long you need and add a bit more time onto that figure. We recently visited Eden Camp, which they recommended 3-4 hours, when in actual fact, you needed more like 4-5 hours.
Ask if you are unsure
If you are not sure about something, whether that is can you go back to something, even if there is a oneway system in place or is your time at the museum restricted, just ask a member of staff. They will be more than willing to answer your questions because they want you to enjoy your visit and want both themselves and their visitors to be safe too. If you want to ask in advance, try looking at their social media, as someone else might have raised the same question. If all else fails, give them a ring and I’m sure they will answer you when they can.
Be conscious of children
There will no doubt be a few families at the museum and whilst parents will most likely have explained about covid and social distancing, if something catches their attention, they are likely to quickly forget. So its best to be conscious of any children around you and make sure that if they happen to be too close to you, as the adult, you move away slightly to comply with social distancing. We were all children once and can probably remember a time when safety went out of the window when you had suddenly seen that toy and automatically gone over to it, so just remember that.
So these are my tips for visiting museums post lockdown. You could probably apply them to other attractions too. A lot of it is down to common sense, but if you don’t feel ready to explore, add the museum to a bucket list instead.