National Dinosaur Museum general manager David Barker, pictured with tour guide Nicole O'Donnell, said the team are looking forward to reopening this weekend after a two-month hiatus.

The National Dinosaur Museum will be open for business from this Saturday, after a two-month closure due to COVID-19.  

The museum will adhere to ACT Government guidelines announced on Tuesday, which outlined only 20 people were allowed in a tourism venue at one time.

Museum general manager David Barker said the venue was looking forward to opening in time for the Reconciliation Day long weekend.

“We have been missing our customers and our staff haven’t had the contact with one another in a long time, so we are looking forward to reopening,” he said.

The National Dinosaur Museum has decided on an online ticketing system, allowing up to 20 people to book in for a one-hour time slot. Photos: Kerrie Brewer.

“We had built a whole new dinosaur garden that was ready for the Easter long weekend and no one has had a chance to enjoy that yet.”  

The venue has decided on an online ticketing system, allowing up to 20 people to book in for a one-hour time slot.

The venue will have seven time slots available between 10am and 5pm each day.

Mr Barker said the museum had made some changes to its visits system to ensure the safety of staff and customers.    

“The online ticketing process will be our main change but we will also be looking to cut down high contact points, reduce the use of cash and we will have more sanitation around the place,” he said.

“Our staff will be going about cleaning high contact points more often and we are asking people in the shop to only touch things they intend to purchase.”

Visitors will have one hour to browse the museum but will be free to then move on to the garden or gift shop.

Mr Barker said the venue was looking to ease into the new restrictions and monitor the success of its one-hour time slots.

“We will monitor people per space this weekend and see how it goes and if we can increase the amount of people per different space in the venue,” he said.

“The government advice at the moment is that if things go well, by 19 June we can open up to 50 people per session.”

The museum had made some changes to its visits system to ensure the safety of staff and customers.  

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