London’s Imperial War Museum will be closed for the first six months of 2014 after building works revealed that the building’s infrastructure needed important restorative work. The museum had already been closed between January and July 2013 to allow for demolition works in preparation for the installation of new galleries to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of the First World War this year.
The museum said, “Throughout this major redevelopment project, there has been a high level of discovery on site which has widened the scope of the building works, and a number of substantial infrastructures have been upgraded. It has been important for IWM to deal with these issues now to further improve the building for future generations.”
In a typical year, the Imperial War Museum in London attracts 1.3 million visitors. Children under 15 make up nearly a quarter of all visitors to the museum’s various branches, which include Duxford air museum and HMS Belfast.