Last March, the Porsche Museum was officially closed to the public due to the on-going COVID-19 that swept across Europe. Even though the museum was closed, interested visitors from around the world could still go on a tour and view the exhibits at the museum safely from the comforts of their homes. How so? By going on the Porsche Museum Virtual Tour.
Nearly two months later and Europe has begun emerging from their strict lockdown measures. In fact, Porsche has already begun restarting production at its plants. Now, the Porsche Museum has also been made open to the public once more – a whole eight weeks since it was closed last March.
According to Porsche, the restart of museum operations will be in line with the requirements of the Federal Government and the State of Baden-Württemberg for “protection against infection with the coronavirus”. As a result, new measures have been put in place for both visitors and staff of the museum. One of these includes a new guidance system in the entire building to ensure a minimum distance of 1.50 m between visitors. Furthermore, the museum will be providing face masks and disinfectants to visitors. The number of visitors will also be limited by a “control entrance” to ensure that social distancing measures are followed.
“We carry out regular occupational safety training for staff relating to hygiene and conduct recommendations. We are extending the validity of the annual tickets by two months, by the duration of the museum closure during the Corona crisis,” said Achim Stejskal, Head of Heritage and Porsche Museum.
During the closure, the Porsche Museum also took the time to do maintenance and renovation measures. This allowed the museum to start on the conceptual reorientation of the entrance to the permanent exhibition, the so-called "Prologue", which presents the early days of the company up to 1948.
As a result of the ongoing renovation work, ticket prices have been temporarily halved. Operation hours, however, remains unchanged – Tuesdays to Sundays from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
So if you happen to be living in Stuttgart and was interested in seeing what saw in the virtual tour, why not go for a tour of the Porsche Museum in real life and see the cars in metal.