The Australian War Memorial is gearing up to re-open its doors on 1 July, providing three booking options for its free, timed tickets to manage crowd numbers safely as the ACT continues to ease COVID-19 restrictions.
The Memorial has a COVID-safe business plan and is following ACT Government-recommended measures to ensure the safety of staff and the public.
Visitors will need to book to visit the Memorial so social distancing can be properly maintained, and there are also separate free, timed entry tickets to attend the Last Post Ceremony.
The three booking options are :
- Visit Museum galleries and Commemorative Area – this two-hour ticket provides access to the Memorial’s First World War and Second World War galleries, Conflicts 1945 to Today galleries, and the Commemorative Area.
- Visit Anzac Hall galleries – this one-hour ticket provides access to the Memorial’s Anzac Hall galleries featuring G for George and the Japanese midget submarine.
- Attend Last Post Ceremony– this one-hour ticket allows you to attend the Last Post Ceremony held daily in the Memorial’s Commemorative Area. Visits to the Research Centre will be by appointment only.
Memorial Director Matt Anderson said staff were eager for the return of visitors after being visitor-free for two months.
“We are looking forward to welcoming visitors back to the Memorial’s galleries, and we appreciate the patience shown in this time as we make arrangements to reopen,” he said.
“The safety of Memorial visitors and staff remains our key priority as we reopen on 1 July. Visitors will notice that we have made a few changes to our operations, but it is important that we all continue to play our part as we move through the stages of easing restrictions.”
The Memorial has a number of suggested itineraries on its website to assist people to plan their visit, depending on how much time they may have. Visitors will need to register for each individual session.
For those with only a short time to visit the Memorial, it suggests a one-hour itinerary visiting the Anzac Hall galleries.
A half-day itinerary includes the First World War and Second War galleries in the afternoon, then register to attend the daily Last Post Ceremony.
For a full day, the Memorial suggests starting with the popular First World War and Second War galleries, lunch or a coffee at Poppy’s Café, the Anzac Hall galleries in the afternoon, then register for the Last Post Ceremony.
Tickets, which come with a range of COVID-19-related conditions, can be booked at AWM.