Visitors welcomed back to Australian War Memorial after it closed its doors in accordance with a COVID-19 safe business plan

The Australian War Memorial reopened to visitors today, after its doors closed to the public on Monday, March 23 this year.

The Dougas family walks along the cloisters in the Memorial's Commemorative Area

The Dougas family walks along the cloisters in the Memorial's Commemorative Area

From 10 am on Wednesday, July 1, visitors with pre-booked tickets were welcomed into the Memorial in accordance with a COVID-safe business plan and ACT Government-recommended measures, prioritising the safety of staff and the public.

Director of the Australian War Memorial Matt Anderson said it was a good feeling to have welcome members of the public back into the galleries and Commemorative Area of the Memorial.

"We have been looking forward to having visitors back to the Memorial since the day we closed our doors more than three months ago.

"Tickets were almost exhausted for our first day, so we encourage people to book their free tickets online before they visit to avoid missing out.

"Wednesday night's Last Post Ceremony told the story of Private Leslie James Hanlon, who died at the age of 24 during the last major Australian ground operation of the Second World War at Balikpapan. The Last Post Ceremony at the Australian War Memorial is a truly memorable experience, and we are pleased that people will be able to experience it in person again," he added.

The Last Post Ceremony is also streamed live on the Memorial's Facebook and YouTube pages.

Mr Anderson said the Memorial has remained active, despite temporarily closing its doors, finding other ways to share the stories of the Australian experience of war and military service and to engage with people over the past few months.

"The Anzac Day 2020 commemorative service, broadcast live by the ABC, was watched by Australians in their living rooms and driveways across the country," he said.

"Our online Museum At Home has also brought together digital interactive experiences, award-winning podcast series and online exhibitions and programs for schools, students and the general public. We will continue to build on these resources to ensure the Memorial remains accessible to as many people as possible.

The Royal Military College Duntroon Band performs on the Memorial's Parade Ground as visitors arrive.

The Royal Military College Duntroon Band performs on the Memorial's Parade Ground as visitors arrive.

"The Memorial is where we honour, we learn and we heal."

Visitors will need to book free, timed tickets to visit the Memorial's Commemorative Area and galleries in order to ensure social distancing can be properly maintained. Separate free, timed entry tickets to visit Anzac Hall and attend the Last Post Ceremony are also available.

Tickets can be booked through the Memorial's website at www.awm.gov.au/visit.

Members of the public are able to visit the Memorial's grounds, including the Sculpture Garden, outdoor exhibits and Poppy's Café, without a ticket.

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