Hartlepool's National Museum of the Royal Navy re-opens after Covid-19 closure: Here's how to book tickets
A major Hartlepool tourist attraction re-opened today after being shut down since March because of the pandemic.
Bosses at The National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool said they were delighted to re-open and continue to play a vital role in the area’s tourist industry.
General Manager Roslyn Adamson said the staff were ‘very eager to welcome visitors back through our doors.
"The Covid-19 crisis has had a devastating effect on our finances, as even though we are a National Museum 81% of our revenue is generated through our visitors. Now that we are able to reopen we are excited to see what the rest of the year will hold.”
It is only through emergency funding from the Treasury that the site which includes HMS Trincomalee has been able to re-open.
The loss to the Hartlepool site over the same period was around £100,000.
Because of the escalating Coronavirus crisis, NMRN closed all of its sites, including the National Museum of the Royal Navy, Hartlepool (NMRNH) in March.
But Hartlepool is re-opening although some aspects of the museum will look a little different due to social distancing and safety measures.
Roslyn added: “We have been working hard to ensure that our museum will be a safe and welcoming place for visitors to enjoy.
"In order to do this we will be implementing a timed ticketing system and all visitors must be pre-booked online before they arrive as this will ensure that we can accurately manage our capacity levels safely.”
As well as managing capacities, the museum will also adhere to social distancing measures.
Roslyn said: “Covid-19 safety measures have presented a unique challenge for us when we reopen. We are keen to ensure visitors that they will still have a great day out with us and their safety and enjoyment is extremely important to us.
"In order to ensure their safety and make guests feel comfortable we will be introducing a one-way route on board HMS Trincomalee as well as protective screens and cashless payments.”
Book tickets here.