january, 2021

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Museums reopen

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Calling all mini museum lovers – enjoy a cultural day out with your grown ups as London museums and art galleries are open, with lots of great exhibitions to explore.

Venues will have to stick to Covid-19 safety rules for now, such as limiting visitors and offering pre-booked time slots. Double check museum websites on the links below before your visit.

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 Museum entry is still free but you’ll need to pre-book a timed ticket online.

Science Museum Book free tickets online.

Royal Museums Greenwich for National Maritime Museum (free entry), Cutty Sark, Queen’s House and Royal Observatory 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. 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 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. Tickets are available to prebook. HMS Belfast open open from Thursday July 8th to Sunday September 5th.

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

The Postal Museum Book tickets in advance.

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

Saatchi Gallery Pre-booking advised.

Museum of Brands Flexi-tickets on sale so you can pencil in your visit.

Brunel Museum Open 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 with reduced hours.

London Museum of Water and Steam  Open daily in school holidays and on Saturdays and Sundays during term time. Book time slot online.

Museum of the Home 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 Book a free time slot online before visiting.

The Cartoon Museum  Booking is not necessary to visit the museum. Closed on Mondays.

The Wallace Collection Book free tickets online.


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

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 the gallery’s portraits will travel across the UK.

For more things to do head to our What’s On page

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