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Strasbourg museums prepare to reopen with free access

Strasbourg museums prepare to reopen with free access

The reopening of cultural institutions in France is scheduled for mid-May

Cultural institutions in France are getting ready for a long-awaited reopening, after months with no public visitors due to the coronavirus restrictions in place. To celebrate this, Strasbourg authorities decided to offer free temporary access to the entire city's museum network.

Regaining our habits from before the pandemic needs a little boost

On 27 April, the website of Strasbourg announced an exceptional measure aimed to facilitate the return of the public to cultural institutions: as soon as the city museums are allowed to reopen, entrance will be made free.

The free access will apply to both temporary and permanent exhibitions and will be valid until 30 June 2021. After this date, the usual ticket price, which is around 7 euro without discount, will be charged.

The measure will be valid for all museums – about 10 establishments. The only exception is the Zoo Museum, which is closed for renovation until 2024. Also, the L'Aubette 1928 museum has already been accessible for free from the time before the pandemic.

The museums of Strasbourg have been closed since 30 October due to the restrictions aimed to curb the spread of COVID-19. There is no fixed date for their reopening, but it is expected to happen in mid-May, according to the plan for a gradual reopening announced by French government last week.

Therefore, the programme will be unveiled in the upcoming weeks, with the announcement of a new cultural calendar. Normally, expositions that were planned for the autumn of 2020 should now become available.

Anyone can benefit from the offer, as long as they make a preliminary online reservation – another measure aimed to prevent waiting in line and grouping of people and ensure a balanced occupancy of space in cultural establishments. More information should soon be published on the website of Strasbourg Museums.

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