News item | 14-07-2020
As of Wednesday 15 July 2020, the Visitor Centre of the Peace Palace will be open to the public again, of course in compliance with the current COVID-19 measures. The opening hours have been adjusted during the summer months and visitors are kindly requested to make a reservation for a time slot prior to their visit. From Saturday 18 July, guided tours of the Peace Palace premises will once again be offered.
After the Visitors Centre was closed for four months following the national governmental measures concerning COVID-19, it will open its doors again for local, national and international visitors on Wednesday 15 July. Visitors will be able to visit the centre from Wednesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 16.00 hrs.
In order to be able to regulate the number of visitors and to guarantee enough distance, it is necessary that visitors book a time slot prior to their visit. The costs for a reservation are €3.00 per person, children up to 7 years old can enter for free. The audio tour, which is available in ten languages, is included in the price.
Over the past few weeks, the Carnegie Foundation has drawn up a COVID-19 protocol for guests of the Visitors Centre and participants of guided tours, see the link below. The most important measures are clarified by means of posters and flyers at the entrance. From the reopening, extra staff will also be deployed to ensure compliance with the measures and to guarantee sufficient distance between visitors. Both the Visitors Centre itself and the equipment will be cleaned frequently and carefully. Visitors can also choose to bring their own headphones or earphones for the audio tour and they are advised to wear a protective mask.
From Saturday 18 July, guided tours will be available again at the Visitor Centre. For now, these guided tours will take place in the surroundings of the Peace Palace. Under the accompanied supervision of a guide, participants can explore the premises and visit the historic gardens. In this way they will get acquainted with the various institutions, the buildings, their special architecture and the way they relate to each other and the garden. Costs for this guided tour are €11 per person including admission to the Visitors Centre.
At a later stage, guided tours of the Peace Palace will also be offered. These visits will mainly be possible during weekends when there are no court sessions.
Impact of COVID-19 on the Peace Palace
Because of COVID-19, the Visitors Centre of the Peace Palace was closed for four months, no guided tours could be offered and no halls for events could be rented out. However, these are important sources of income for the Carnegie Foundation, owner and manager of the Peace Palace. Even though the Visitors Centre is open again, the foundation still lacks income. These revenues are needed to finance public activities and educational projects. That is why the Carnegie Foundation asks its visitors and partners to become a “Friend of the Peace Palace”, see the link below, or to support the Peace Palace with a donation.
Links and further information
- Book your visit here.
- Read the covid-19 protocol for visitors of the Visitor Centre and participants of the guided tours and events here.
- View here the flyer with the most important measures for the Visitor Centre.
- Become Friend of the Peace Palace.