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Covid-19 could lead to longer exhibitions in British museums

Social distancing will be in place and masks will be strong recommended when the museums reopen
Social distancing will be in place and masks will be strong recommended when the museums reopen

The Victoria and Albert, Science, and Natural History museums could offer longer exhibitions to boost revenues with dwindling numbers of returning visitors.

Bosses of the three South Kensington institutions have announced doors will reopen to those craving culture in August, but capacity will be reduced by around 80%.

In light of visitors numbers and revenues being slashed due to coronavirus, V&A director Tristram Hunt has suggested future shows could last longer and give the public more time to attend.

It is hoped extended exhibitions could buy museums time to make returns on their displays, while also giving visitors the chance to peruse in peace without the usual crowds of tourists or school trips.

“The exhibitions are going to stay on show longer, in order to make the return on them,” said Mr Hunt.  “And

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