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Following Terror Attacks, London Museums Pledge to Remain “Safe, Open, and Welcoming to All”

Museums in London have stepped up security measures following a recent wave of terror attacks in the UK, including the London Bridge attack, which killed seven people and injured dozens more last Saturday, and a suicide bombing, which targeted children at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester on May 22, killing twenty-two.

According to the Art Newspaper, the Tate Modern and the Hayward Gallery as well as ten other cultural organizations located in central London, near where the June 3 attack unfolded, issued a joint statement stating that in the wake of the terrorist incidents their institutions will remain “safe, open, and welcoming to all.”

While the threat level in London remains critical, museumgoers should expect stricter security policies and procedures including barring people carrying luggage and backpacks from entering venues, bag searches, and limited vehicle access. Many institutions are working with local police to keep their guests safe. A spokeswoman for the National Gallery said, “The safety and security of our visitors are our absolute priorities—particularly following these recent tragic incidents.”

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