Museums and Galleries Opening

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Museums reopen

Museums and Galleries Opening Timetable


Museums reopen

Image: National History Museum

Calling all mini museum lovers and your grown ups – museums and art galleries in England are opening next week, as lockdown restrictions continue to ease.

Venues will have to stick to Covid-19 safety rules in order to be allowed to reopen, such as limiting visitors and offering pre-booked time slots. So double check museum websites below before you visit (all opening on May 17th unless stated otherwise):

The British Museum Entry to the Museum will be ticketed, both for the free collection and paid exhibitions. Book a timed slot in advance.

Natural History Museum All visitors must book a free ticket in advance online for guaranteed entry. There are a limited number of walk-up tickets available.

Victoria and Albert Museum Reopens on Wednesday May 19th. Museum entry is still free but you’ll need to pre-book a timed ticket online.

Science Museum Reopens on Wednesday May 19th. Book free tickets online.

Royal Museums Greenwich National Maritime Museum (free entry), Cutty Sark, Queen’s House and Royal Observatory will all reopen. Book timed slots. You can also buy a Royal Museums Greenwich Day Pass for entry to all sites.

Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands Reopens on Wednesday May 19th. Book free tickets online.

The National Gallery Check websites for updates on how to book visit.

Horniman Museum and Gardens The Museum and Butterfly House are expected to open while the Gardens have remained open. Check website for booking updates.

The Tate Book tickets for Tate Britain and Tate Modern online.

Design Museum Reopens on Tuesday 18 May. Online booking needed for both free and paid exhibitions.

London Transport Museum Book a timed entry slot before you visit. Kids go free, with adults receiving unlimited daytime return entry for a year. Families can also go behind-the-scenes at the Museum Depot in Acton for May half-term.

Imperial War Museums IWM London and Churchill War Rooms reopening on Wednesday May 19th. Tickets are available to prebook. HMS Belfast closed for refurbishment with plans to reopen in summer 2021.

Dulwich Picture Gallery Reopening on Wednesday May 19th. Opening times will be Wednesday to Sunday, 10am–5pm. Book tickets in advance.

The Postal Museum Reopening on Thursday May 20th. Book tickets in advance.

The Charles Dickens Museum Reopening Wednesday May 19th.  Open Wednesday to Sundays 10am – 5pm. Book in advance, walk ups will be accommodated subject to availability.

Saatchi Gallery Reopening on Wednesday May 19th. Pre-booking advised.

Museum of Brands Reopening on Friday May 21st. Flexi-tickets on sale so you can pencil in your visit.

Brunel Museum Reopening on Saturday May 22nd.  Weekends and school holidays 12-4pm.

Pollock’s Toy Museum Book tickets in advance online and some walk up tickets will also be available.

Royal Air Force MuseumBook free time slot online.

The Clink Prison Museum Book tickets online in advance.

London Canal Museum Reopening on Friday May 21st with reduced hours.

London Museum of Water and Steam Reopening on Saturday May 29th. Open every day for half term until Sunday June 6th. Then open on Saturdays and Sundays during term time. Book time slot online.

Museum of the Home Reopening on Saturday June 12th. Entry is free but for now all visitors need to book a timed ticket in advance. Open Tuesday to Sunday 10am–5pm.

National Army Museum Reopening on Wednesday May 19th. Book a free time slot online before visiting.

The Cartoon Museum Reopening on Tuesday May 18th, Booking is not necessary to visit the museum. Closed on Mondays.


Some museums to look forward to visiting in the future. For now check their websites for online resources, online events and updates on opening:

The Wallace Collection No opening date yet.

V&A Museum of Childhood Currently closed for refurbishment.

Bank of England Museum Planning to open early 2022.

The National Portrait Gallery Gallery closed until 2023. During this time, hundreds of their portraits will travel across the UK.

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