Saturday, July 04, 2020

Which London art galleries and museums reopen next week?

Here's a summary list of the art galleries and museums in London which begin to open from next week  PLUS
  • what you need know in order to visit 
  • which are offering extra benefits for essential workers who have kept us all supported through this health emergency. 

The RA reopens next week

I won't be venturing out to see any of them in the near future. I've got a risk factor re Covid-19 so am more content viewing art online right now.

All Galleries REQUIRE pre-booking in order to manage numbers and social distancing

Masks will be recommended by all galleries.

The list below is ordered in terms of date of reopening and amount of information available on the website.

Royal Academy of Arts

The health and safety of our visitors and staff is paramount. We will be following government advice on health and safety as a minimum, with additional measures and standards also in place. Among these measures will be a limited number of visitors at any one time, and asking that all visitors wear a face covering while at the RA.
Open to Members: Thursday 9 July
Open to the Public: Thursday 16th July
Days of the week: Thursday–Sunday
Hours: 11am–4pm
Advanced booking: ESSENTIAL
the UK’s Emergency Services, NHS and social care workers, Blue Light Card holders will be able to visit for free. Simply book online using the promo code THANKYOU. We'll require employee ID when you arrive for your visit.

National Gallery

added social distancing, one-way art routes and a contactless experience.
Open to Members: Monday 6th July
Open to the Public: Wednesday 8th July
Days of the week: daily
Hours: 11am–4pm

Wallace Collection

A one-way fixed route will be in operation to visit the galleries, starting on the upper floor. Not all galleries will be open for visitors.
The café and cloakroom will be closed.
Open to Members: ?
Open to the Public: Wednesday15 July
Days of the week: ?
Hours: 11am - 3pm
Exhibition Programme


One-way routes and safe distancing guidelines are in place throughout the galleries. Prepare for a bit more walking than usual. Access information for each gallery will be published mid-July.
Open to Members: ?
Open to the Public:  All Galleries reopen on Monday 27th July
Days of the week: ?
Hours: ?
Advanced booking: ESSENTIAL - see
Exhibition Programme - see individual Tate Museum website for programmes. Some exhibitions are extended; some are cancelled

Serpentine Galleries

Please only come if you can get to the gallery safely. Group size is limited to maximum 6 people.
Open to Members: ?
Open to the Public: 4th August
Days of the week: ?
Hours: ?
Advanced booking: ESSENTIAL

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Open to Members: ?
Open to the Public: AUTUMN 2020
  • 4th July - open for gardens, pop-up shop and café
Days of the week: ?
Hours: ?
Advanced booking: ESSENTIAL
Exhibition Programme: ?

Victoria & Albert Museum 


British Museum 


National Portrait Gallery 

- Closed for the next 3 years - see my previous blog post National Portrait Gallery not reopening - until 2023

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