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exhibitionsMuseums and Galleries in London

London has hundreds of museums and galleries, many of which have temporary exhibitions. This is one of the ways they earn money and stimulate interest.

Many of the establishments provide free access to view their normal collections but charge for the temporary exhibitions. A few have free exhibitions. Some charge for both.

Below are links to about fifty museums and galleries we visit from time to time. Where possible the link takes you straight to what's on/temporary exhibitions.

Establishment About
Bank of England Museum Bartholomew Lane EC
Barbican Gallery various, Barbican
British Library exhibitions related to their collection, St Pancras
British Museum Artefacts from arround the world, Russell Square
Canal Museum Canals in London, Kings Cross
Cartoon Museum Britain’s cartoon, caricature, animation and comic art heritage, Wells Street W1A
Courtauld Gallery Fine Arts, Somerset House
Design Museum Design, living, Holland Park
Dulwich Picture Gallery Fine Arts, Dulwich
Estorick Collection Italian art, Islington
Fashion & Textiles Museum Bermondsey Street
Garden Museum Garden History, church tower views, Lambeth Palace Rd SE1
Horniman Museum Natural History, 100 London Road, SE23/Forest Hill sta
Imperial War Museum war & holocaust galleries, Lambeth Road SE1
Leighton, Sambourne House Moorish influences, Victorian artists & living, Holland Park, Kensington
London Museum moving to Smithfields, opens 2026
London Transport Museum Covent Garden
LT Acton Depot historic vehicles, signs, maps plus, limited times, Acton
Museum of Brands 200 years of consumer culture, Lancaster Road W11
Museum of Docklands History of London's Docks, North Quay West India Dock
Museum of the Home living through the ages, former Geffrye Museum Hoxton
National Archives Exhibitions based on items from their collection, Kew TW9
National Gallery Fine arts, Trafalgar Square
National Maritime Museum, Queen's House Marine oriented exhibitions plus, Greenwich
National Portrait Gallery portraits from Britain and overseas, St Martin's Place, WC2
Natural History Museum The Natural world, South Ken
Postal Museum Underground railway and postal artefacts, 15-20 Phoenix Place WC1X
Queen's Gallery Buckingham Palace
Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration New River Head in Clerkenwell - reopens 2024
Royal Academy Fine Arts, Piccadilly
Science Museum Science & Technology, South Ken
Sir John Soane Museum architecture, Lincolns Inn Fields
South London Gallery 65–67 Peckham Road SE5 & Police Sta
Tate Modern Non-british art, south bank
Tate Britain British art, Pimlico
2 Temple Place William Waldorf Astor's house, temporary collections, off Embankment
Victoria & Albert Applied arts, living, South Ken
Wallace Collection Fine Arts, Manchester Square
Wellcome Collection the connections between science, medicine, life and art, Euston
Whitechapel Gallery artists’ gallery, screenings etc. Whitechapel

Other locations: Charles Dickens Museum, Cinema Museum, Cutty Sark, Dennis Severs' House, Film Museum, Foundling Museum, Freud Museum, Jewish Museum, Thames Barrier, Young V & A,


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