Monday, May 17, 2021

Art Galleries and Museums in London are open again!

Just a reminder - as if you needed one(!) - that the larger art galleries and museums (i.e. those which are not commercial/retail art galleries) have reopened today and you can now visit art exhibitions and permanent art collections!

See also my earlier post about Art Exhibitions in London opening in May 2021


The National Gallery - photographed before recent times

In general, in order to contain numbers, timed tickets are required for all visitors - which need to be booked in advance - hence details of how to contact in listings below


Below is a reminder of art galleries and museums in London.
This is by no means an exhaustive list - but hopefully might remind people of a few places which need their support - and a visit!

Later this week I'll be looking at the Art Fund's Summary Report of "Looking ahead: Museum Sector Research May 2021 Summary Report.

The future is not completely bleak - but neither is it totally rosy!
The past year has given many organisations an opportunity to refocus and experiment. They are determined to show their resilience, to evolve and carve out new futures. However, this is tempered by significant levels of overstretch and exhaustion.

Central London

Free to all | Some exhibitions have priced entry | Opening this week

British Museum

Great Russell Street, London, Greater London, WC1B 3DG
020 7323 8181 | Website
Opening times:  Daily: 10.00–17.00 

National Gallery

Trafalgar Square, London, Greater London, WC2N 5DN
020 7747 2885 | Website
Opening times: Daily 11am-6pm (Fri 11am-9pm) 

A different way round the National Gallery

Tate Modern 

Bankside, London, Greater London, SE1 9TG
020 7887 8888 | Website
Opening times: Daily 10am-6pm 

Tate Britain

Millbank, London, Greater London, SW1P 4RG
020 7887 8888 | Website
Opening times: Daily, 10am – 6pm (last admission 5.15pm) 

Bankside Gallery

Thames Riverside, 48 Hopton Street, London, Greater London, SE1 9JH
020 7928 7521 | Website 

The Queen's House

Romney Road, Greenwich, London, Greater London, SE10 9NF
020 8858 4422 | Website
Opening times: Daily, 10.30am – 4pm (reduced hours due to COVID-19). 

William Morris Gallery

Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, Greater London, E17 4PP
020 8496 4390 | Website
Opening times: Opening 18 May 
Within The Reach of All: The Century Guild at the William Morris Gallery

V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum)

Cromwell Road, London, Greater London, SW7 2RL
020 7942 2000 | Website
Opening times: Temporarily closed - Opening 19 May 

Sir John Soane's Museum

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, Greater London, WC2A 3BP
020 7405 2107 | Website
Opening times: Opening 19 May 

South London Gallery (Art Fund Museum of the Year 2020)

65-67 Peckham Road, London, Greater London, SE5 8UH
020 7703 6120 | Website
Opening times: Opening 19 May 

Whitechapel Gallery

77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, Greater London, E1 7QX
020 7522 7888 | Website
Opening times: Opening 19 May 

Priced entry | Opening this week 


Barbican Art Gallery

Level 3, Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, Greater London, EC2Y 8DS
020 7638 8891 | Website

Garden Museum

Lambeth Palace Road, Lambeth, London, Greater London, SE1 7LB
020 7401 8865 | Website
Opening times: Daily 10.30am-5pm

Queens Gallery 

Buckingham Palace, Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA 
Opening times: 10am - 5.30pm (last admission 4.15pm)

Design Museum

224-238 Kensington High Street, Kensington, London, Greater London, W8 6AG
020 3862 5900 | Website
Opening times: Opening 18 May  
  • 10.00 – 18.00 (Sunday - Thursday)
  • 09.30 – 21.00 (Friday - Saturday)

Apsley House

149 Piccadilly, Hyde Park Corner, London, Greater London, W1J 7NT
020 7499 5676 | Website
Opening times: Opening 19 May

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

39a Canonbury Square, London, Greater London, N1 2AN
020 7704 9522 | Website
Opening times: Temporarily closed - Opening 19 May

Reopening on future dates


A few galleries and museums are opening at a later date. They're listed below in order of their date of opening

Royal Academy of Arts

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, Greater London, W1J 0BD
020 7300 8090 | Website
Opening times: Opening 18 May 

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Gallery Road, London, Greater London, SE21 7AD
02086935254 | Website
Opening times:Temporarily closed - Opening 19 May

Whitechapel Gallery

77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, Greater London, E1 7QX
020 7522 7888| Website 
Opening time: Temporarily closed - Opening 19 May

Guildhall Art Gallery

Guildhall Yard, London, Greater London, EC2V 5AE
020 7332 3700 | Website
Opening times: reopening on 2nd June

The Wallace Collection

Hertford House, Manchester Square, London, Greater London, W1U 3BN
020 7563 9500 | Website
Opening times: reopening on 3rd June

Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road, London, Greater London, W14 8LZ
020 7602 3316 | Website
Opening times: Temporarily closed - Re-opening 9 October 

The Courtauld Gallery

Somerset House, Strand, London, Greater London, WC2R 0RN
+44 (0) 20 3947 7600 | Website
Opening times: Temporarily closed for a major transformation project. DUE TO reopen in late 2021.

Temporarily Closed and not reopening this year

House of Illustration

Website | Reopening 2022 at a new location

We’re currently developing our new home, the historic site of New River Head in Clerkenwell. Find out more about the future Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration.

National Portrait Gallery

St Martin's Place, London, Greater London, WC2H 0HE
020 7306 0055 | Website
Temporarily closed until 2023 
The date for reopening will depend on how much work got done during lockdown

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