The Royal Armouries are looking forward to providing a warm welcome to visitors to their Leeds museum, which displays objects from one of the largest collections of historic arms and armour in the world.

Visitors to the museum can explore displays of arms and armour from across the world and through time with over 4,500 objects on display. Highlights include the spectacular Hall of Steel, the record-breaking Indian elephant armour, the famous ‘pulse rifle’ used in the film Aliens and the exquisite 18th-century Tula Garniture made for a Russian empress.

This announcement represents the final part of a phased reopening plan for the Royal Armouries three sites. Fort Nelson in Hampshire opened in August shortly after Historic Royal Palace’s reopening of our historic home at the Tower of London.

There will be plenty on offer to do and see once the Leeds museum reopens. The War Gallery on floor 2, and the Hunting, Oriental and Self-Defence galleries on floor 4 will be open, and we will have digital trails available to download. The Tournament Gallery and fifth floor will remain closed for now.

New measures will be in place to ensure that visitors can have a safe and enjoyable visit, including pre-booked arrival times, support for social distancing, contactless payments and an enhanced cleaning regime. Entry to the museum is free.

The museum will be open for five days a week initially from Wednesday to Sunday, 10 am to 5pm. Online pre-booking will be essential and bookings will open from Tuesday 1st September 2020.

The museum shop will be open with a range of gifts and souvenirs and The Master’s will offer seated and takeaway refreshments. All purchases and donations go towards supporting the Royal Armouries work as guardian of the national collection of arms and armour and all support is much appreciated at this time.

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