Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Coronavirus and Art #4: Art Galleries, Museums and Auction Houses close in London

The list of art galleries, museums and auction houses in London which have announced a temporary closure due to the Coronavirus Pandemic are as listed below. 
  • I will update this post periodically as new closures are announced.
  • Links in the name are to the website or the page where there is an announcement.
The home page of the Serpentine Galleries is unequivocal about what has happened.

Art Galleries and Museums in London



  • British Museum
  • Tate - has closed all four galleries including Tate Modern, Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives until at least 1 May.


  • The whole Southbank Centre, including the Hayward Gallery, has now closed
  • The ICA is closed - this includes exhibition spaces, cinema, theatre, bookshop and canteen.



Art Galleries in London still open


  • The National Gallery remains open for the time being but its new exhibition about 17th century Italian artist Artemisia Gentileschi. has been postponed.
  • The Wallace Collection also remains open - but has a lower footfall than some others.
The Wallace Collection is open as usual to welcome visitors, and there are no changes to our opening hours because of coronavirus. We are continuing to monitor the advice of Public Health England and the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, and will update our visitors if the situation changes.

Art Galleries elsewhere in the UK


National Galleries Scotland have closed temporarily - until further notice.


Auction Houses


The auction houses are not so much closed as very busy rescheduling sales.



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