Our beloved attractions are opening back up following recent advice from the ACT Government. In accordance with the announcement made there can be 20 visitors at a time. Find out when each location is reopening and what measures are being put in place.
National Gallery Australia Reopens 2 June
The National Gallery of Australia will welcome people back into the gallery from Tuesday 2 June. Guests to the gallery will follow a sign-posted route of the exhibitions Belonging: Stories of Australian Art and XU ZHEN®: ETERNITY VS EVOLUTION, as well as the International Art collection display. All other exhibitions and displays will be closed for now.
National Gallery Director Nick Mitzevich said: “We are excited to be able to lift the covers off the art and once again share our collection and exhibitions with everyone.”
“Art has been a salvation for many people in these uncertain times and we know immersion in art and culture will play an important role in bringing our local and national community back together,” he said.
“I am delighted the National Gallery will again be open to the Australian public to provide inspiration, joy and the opportunity for reflection. Safety measures designed to protect visitors will include timed entry, a 20-person limit in galleries, sanitiser stations throughout the building, additional cleaning and the closure of small exhibition spaces.
Visitors to the Gallery will also need to pre-register for a timed ticketing session.
The National Zoo & Aquarium re-opens Saturday 30 May
The National Zoo & Aquarium is excitingly re-opening from Saturday, 30 May. Visitors will need to ensure they are in groups of no more than 20 people (including children) with physical distancing of 1.5 metres whilst visiting the zoo.
Whilst there will be strict social distancing measures and capacity restrictions on indoor areas inline with ACT Government regulations, the zoo and aquarium will be otherwise wise be open as normal.
Business Manager, Russell Jackson said both the zoo staff and animals cannot wait to welcome people back.
“We are extremely excited to be able to welcome back our members and visitors from Saturday. We know our animals will be delighted to see all the smiling faces also.”
“ We have had a few exciting arrivals since we closed who we can’t wait to introduce to everyone, as well as a few little ones that have grown over the last couple of months such as our giraffe calf Nzuri. Not to mention some of our visitor favourites who are keen to see everyone such as Hummer the giraffe, Solo and Zama our cheetah and dog duo and of course the big cats, meerkats and rhinos”
The zoo will operate with the standard opening hours of 9:30am – 5:00pm and will be open 7 days a week from Saturday. Dedicated entries will be available to members.
National Museum of Australia reopens Tuesday 2 June.
You’ll be able to walk through the doors at NMA as of Tuesday, 2 June. Aligning with health & safety rules, there will be enforced social distancing and boosted hygiene on-site, visitor number capacity guidelines and pre-booked tickets for major exhibitions.
The Museum look forward to re-connecting with guests in person and sharing their collection and exhibitions. The power of ideas, objects and history awaits to nourish locals lives.
Questacon – yet to announce open date
Questacon are working on a different 2020 experience while the pandemic persists. Currently on a mission to create an exciting immersive guided experience to gradually re-introduce visitors to Questacon in a safe and enjoyable way. These special experiences will be for small numbers of pre-booked groups. We will update the article when they release more news. In the meantime Questacon asks you to stay safe, stay curious and wash your hands!