Current information about coronavirus measures at the Memorial
This page explains how the current regulations of the state of Lower Saxony for combatting the coronavirus pandemic are being implemented in the visitor facilities of the Memorial and the Learning Centre M.B. 89.
The indoor areas of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial are open to visitors who can show proof of full vaccination, a negative test or recovery from COVID. This particularly applies to the Documentation Centre with the information desk, permanent exhibition, bookshop, cafeteria, library and archive, as well as the administrative and seminar building. This may result in delays when entering the indoor areas.
Please follow these rules to reduce the risk of infection:
- Visitors must wear a surgical mask that covers the nose and mouth or an FFP2 face mask when entering the building.
- Please use the hand sanitiser in the dispensers provided to disinfect your hands.
- Maintain the recommended distance of at least 1.5 metres from other visitors.
- Please follow the marked paths in the building.
- Please do not visit the Memorial if you have any symptoms of a COVID-19 infection (cough, sore throat, loss of sense of smell or taste)
We are once again offering guided tours for individual visitors. Participants are required to reserve a slot in advance. More information can be found on the following page.
The situation may change at short notice, so please consult the information on this page, which we will update regularly. There are no restrictions on visiting the external grounds of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial, but please follow the recommended distancing guidelines even outdoors.
If you want to visit the Memorial with a group, please bear in mind that there could be a delay before you can enter the exhibition, and it might not be possible for everyone in your group to enter the exhibition at the same time if there are too many visitors inside. Please also follow social distancing rules, particularly when encountering other visitors. Please leave all bags and rucksacks in your car, as the cloakrooms are currently not available. It is not possible to reserve a visit for a large group, but we would appreciate it if you would let the Memorial know in advance that you are planning to visit with a large group.
The library and archive of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial are once again open to visitors who have registered in advance and can show proof of full vaccination, a negative test or recovery from COVID.
Information for groups registered for educational events
We are delighted to welcome you back to the Memorial. Please note the following information and advice for your visit:
- Proof of a same-day negative SARS-CoV-2 viral test is required for participation in our educational events. Please take the test before arriving at the Memorial. This rule also applies to visitors who have been vaccinated or have recovered from COVID. There are no options for taking a test at the Memorial itself.
- Please observe the usual hygiene and social distancing measures during your entire visit.
- You are required to wear a surgical or FFP2 mask in all buildings as well as the Education and Documentation Centre. Face masks can be removed once you are seated in the group seminar room. Masks can also be removed outdoors if you are at a safe distance from others. However, you should wear a mask if your group is moving around.
- Please avoid congregating in groups when coming and going, during breaks, when moving from the seminar room to the exhibition, and when you arrive at the Memorial and are waiting for your event to begin.
- Participants should bring their own writing tools with them.
- Our lockers are currently not available for use. If you are visiting the exhibition, please leave your bags in the seminar room or on the bus.
- The Museum Café of the Bergen-Belsen Memorial currently only has a drink and snack vending machine available. The room cannot be used as a group break room.
- We are required to collect the contact details of all participants and store them for four weeks for tracing purposes. Please provide a list of the participants which includes the name, address, telephone number and email address of your institution, as well as a point of contact and the dates of your visit.
You can use the provided form for this:
Basic information about visiting the Memorial, such as directions and opening hours, can be found on the linked pages. Updates on the current regulations for curbing the coronavirus pandemic are available on the websites of the state of Lower Saxony and the Celle district. [These external websites are only available in german.]