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London Museums and Galleries
London Museums and Galleries
London Museums and Galleries
London Museums and Galleries
 

 

London is home to over 300 museums and galleries, making it the epicentre of culture and collections in the northern hemisphere. From the world's largest Maritime Museum to an art gallery in an old power station, London delves into the history of everything from boats to Botticellis and mosaics to manuscripts. Also worth checking out is our London Museums Late Openings article.

 
 

British Museum

World-renowned museum of human history and culture - 6 million annual visitors

Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 
 

Over eight million objects from all over the world are housed in this impressive museum of human history and culture (many of the artifacts are stored underneath the museum due to lack of space). Founded in 1753, the British Museum displays ranging from prehistoric to modern times were primarily based on the collections of physician and scientist, Sir Hans Sloane. Notable objects include the Parthenon Marbles, the Rosetta Stone, sculptures from the Parthenon, the Sutton Hoo and Mildenhall treasures, and the Portland Vase. The hieroglyphics and classical sculptures are instantly recognisable and world famous, but more surprising is the workmanship and beauty of the Saxon jewellery collection. The treasures assembled here, from Britain's Dark Ages, reveal a period of original and brilliant artistry. The museum's Great Court with its magnificent glass and steel roof by Sir Norman Foster is an exhibition piece in itself. Regular events include talks, films, performances and demonstrations.

 
 

Events at British Museum

Krishna In The Garden Of Assam: The Cultural Context Of An Indian Textile
OngoingFree Event

21st January to 14th August 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Krishna In The Garden Of Assam: The Cultural Context Of An Indian Textile British Museum 2016-01-212016-08-14 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
The Waddesdon Bequest: A Rothschild Renaissance
OngoingFree Event

1st October 2015 to 31st December 2016 - 10am-5.30pm | Free

 
The Waddesdon Bequest: A Rothschild Renaissance British Museum 2015-10-012016-12-31 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
The Way Of Tea
Free Event

Friday 27th May 2016 at 2pm and 3pm | Free

 
The Way Of Tea British Museum 2016-05-272016-05-27 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

Tea-making demonstrations accompanied by a talk.

The Greeks In Southern Italy And Sicily
Free Event

Friday 27th May 2016 - 1.15pm-2pm | Free

 
The Greeks In Southern Italy And Sicily British Museum 2016-05-272016-05-27 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

Talk by Peter Higgs.

Sicily: Culture and Conquest Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st April to 14th August 2016 | £10, children under 16 Free

 
Sicily: Culture and Conquest British Museum 2016-04-212016-08-14 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

19th May to 27th November 2016 | £16.50, children under 16 Free

 
Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds British Museum 2016-05-192016-11-27 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Light, Time, Legacy: Francis Towne's Watercolours of Rome OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st January to 14th August 2016 | Free

 
Light, Time, Legacy: Francis Towne's Watercolours of Rome British Museum 2016-01-212016-08-14 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
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National Gallery

Huge range of European art, ranging from 1260 to 1900 - 4 million annual visitors

Trafalgar Square, Westminster, London, WC2N 5DN

Tube: Charing Cross Station, Leicester Square Station, Embankment Underground Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

The National Gallery dominates London's Trafalgar Square with its neo-classical columns and portico designed by William Wilkins adjoining the square where it has been pedestrianised. Some of the finest examples of European art, ranging from 1260 to 1900, are included among the 2300 paintings filling its halls and rooms. Holbein's 'The Ambassadors', 'The Hay Wain' by Constable, and Jan Van Eyck's 'Arnolfini Marriage' are just some of the major attractions. Works on display also include those of Botticelli, Monet, Constable, Van Gogh and Rembrandt. This really is the place to come for top quality artwork spanning a wide spectrum of styles and periods. From the Early Renaissance to the Post-Impressionists, every significant stage in the development of painting is represented in its collection, often by masterpieces. Originally established by Parliament in 1824, the collection belongs to the British public and every effort is made to encourage the public to visit, view and experience the art: free entry, free events, free talks and free tours support this ethos of encouragement and enthusiasm. Regular activities include: audio tours, guided tours, sessions for visitors with a visual impairment, lunchtime talks, live music and late night openings on Fridays.

 
 

Events at National Gallery

Dutch Flowers
OngoingFree Event

6th April to 29th August 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Dutch Flowers National Gallery 2016-04-062016-08-29 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Urban Leisure And Pleasure In The Industrial Age
Free Event

Friday 27th May 2016 - 6.30pm-7.30pm | Free booking essential

 
Urban Leisure And Pleasure In The Industrial Age National Gallery 2016-05-272016-05-27 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries

BSL-interpreted talk.

George Shaw: My Back To Nature OngoingFree Event

11th May to 30th October 2016 | Free

 
George Shaw: My Back To Nature National Gallery 2016-05-112016-10-30 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries
Magic Carpet Storytelling (Under 5s)
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 29th May 2016 at 10.30am-11am and 11.30am-12noon | Free

 
Magic Carpet Storytelling (Under 5s) National Gallery 2016-05-012016-05-29 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries

Stories inspired by pictures in the National Gallery.

Musical Magic Carpet
On SoonFree Event

29th May, 5th Jun, 12th Jun, 19th Jun and 26th Jun 2016 - Various Times | Free booking essential

 
Musical Magic Carpet National Gallery 2016-05-012016-06-26 Where:
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square London, WC2N 5DN
Category: Art Galleries

Storytelling sessions for 2-5 year olds.

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Tate Britain

British art and the Turner Prize, Blake, Spencer and Stubbs - 1.5 million annual visitors

Millbank, Westminster, London, SW1P 4RG

Tube: Pimlico Station

 
 

Overlooking the River Thames, Tate Britain was originally founded through the philanthropy of the sugar magnate Sir Henry Tate. The Tate legacy now encompasses three other galleries around the UK, including Tate Modern also in London. Dedicated to showcasing Britain's artistic talent, Tate Britain is home to the greatest collection of British art from 1500 to the present day. Since it opened in 1897, the collection has expanded to include works from Blake, Rossetti, Spencer and Stubbs. It also hosts the Turner Prize - the contemporary art world's premier award. Turner's Gallery (another tribute to the artist himself) is a virtual reconstruction of the room in which Turner showed his own paintings.

 
 

Events at Tate Britain

Art In Focus: Sir Luke Fildes' The Doctor
Now OnFree Event

26th, 28th and 31st May 2016 - 1.15pm-1.30pm | Free

 
Art In Focus: Sir Luke Fildes' The Doctor Tate Britain 2016-05-032016-05-31 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries

Join a Tate guide for a short talk on this painting.

Chloe Cooper: Bronzin' (Totally Bronze)
OngoingFree Event

25th April to 15th July 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Chloe Cooper: Bronzin' (Totally Bronze) Tate Britain 2016-04-252016-07-15 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
BP Spotlight: Shoot Shoot Shoot: The London Film-Makers' Co-operative 1966-1976
OngoingFree Event

27th April to 17th July 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
BP Spotlight: Shoot Shoot Shoot: The London Film-Makers' Co-operative 1966-1976 Tate Britain 2016-04-272016-07-17 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Pablo Bronstein: Historical Dances In An Antique Setting
OngoingFree Event

26th April to 9th October 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Pablo Bronstein: Historical Dances In An Antique Setting Tate Britain 2016-04-262016-10-09 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Vanilla And Concrete
OngoingFree Event

9th November 2015 to 19th June 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Vanilla And Concrete Tate Britain 2015-11-092016-06-19 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
BP Spotlight: Art And Alcohol
OngoingFree Event

16th November 2015 to 22nd September 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
BP Spotlight: Art And Alcohol Tate Britain 2015-11-162016-09-22 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
Bp Spotlight: Hockney's Double Portraits
OngoingFree Event

19th October 2015 to 30th September 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Bp Spotlight: Hockney's Double Portraits Tate Britain 2015-10-192016-09-30 Where:
Tate Britain, Millbank London, SW1P 4RG
Category: Art Galleries
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Natural History Museum

Interactive, life and earth science museum - 5 million annual visitors

Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station, Gloucester Road Station

 
 

An 8-metre long giant squid, a walrus from Hudson Bay overstuffed by a London taxidermist in the 1880s, the skeleton of a Triceratops, a life-size Blue Whale and a sea cow are just a few of the 70 million items to call this exciting, interactive, life and earth science museum home. Highlights of the Natural History Museum include: Dinosaurs - the ultimate prehistoric exhibition, Creepy-Crawlies - guaranteed to have you scratching in seconds, Human Biology - the must-see exhibition about the evolution of the species, The Power Within - a sensational earthquake experience, and Ecology and Mammals. Investigate - a hands-on science centre - is especially great for children and kids can also follow gallery trails and try their hand at art activities. The annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year also demands attention and is a highlight of the museum's temporary exhibitions. For those wanting to explore further a visit to The Darwin Centre in its magnificent cocoon building is highly recommended. Regular lectures and demonstrations combined with interactive exhibitions aim to bring to life the millions of preserved specimens on show. There is also a tranquil wildlife garden containing native fauna and flora.

 
 

Events at Natural History Museum

Bauer Brothers Art Exhibition
OngoingFree Event

25th April 2016 to 26th February 2017 - 10am-5.50pm | Free

 
Bauer Brothers Art Exhibition Natural History Museum 2016-04-252017-02-26 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
Images Of Nature
OngoingFree Event

1st September 2015 to 31st December 2016 - 10am-5.30pm | Free

 
Images Of Nature Natural History Museum 2015-09-012016-12-31 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
The Wunderkammer
Ongoing

27th May, 24th Jun, 29th Jul and 26th Aug 2016 at 6.45pm-8pm and 8.30pm-9.45pm | £12, mems £10.80

 
The Wunderkammer Natural History Museum 2016-04-292016-08-26 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
Sensational Butterflies Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th March to 11th September 2016 | £5.85 (Adults, Children and concessions), £19.80 (Family)

 
Sensational Butterflies Natural History Museum 2016-03-242016-09-11 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
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Science Museum

IMAX, interactivity, twiddling, tweaking and technology - 3 million annual visitors

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

Home to one of the world's most magnificent collections of science, industry, technology and medicine, the Science Museum is one of London's most hands-on and interactive museums. Funded by the profits of the Great Exhibition of 1851, it started life in the 19th century as part of Prince Albert's grand scheme to promote industrial technology. Today, it occupies a purpose-built gallery and contains some 300,000 objects, covering the entire history of Western science, technology and medicine. Visitors are invited to learn about forces and motion in Launch Pad and discover how aircrafts are built in the Flight gallery. The Wellcome Wing allows visitors to morph their faces to look older or younger, manipulate their voices and create digital music, or be sucked into the 3D world of the stunning IMAX cinema. The scientific questions of the day are hotly debated in Antenna.

 
 

Events at Science Museum

2016 Wellcome Image Awards
Now OnFree Event

4th May to 19th June 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
2016 Wellcome Image Awards Science Museum 2016-05-042016-06-19 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums

See science from a new perspective with these 20 ground-breaking biomedical and clinical images. Highlights include Alfred Anwander's representation of pathways in the brain's nerve fibres, and a photomacrograph showing delicate golden scales on a ...

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th February to 4th September 2016 | £10 (Adults), £7 (Concessions)

 
Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius Science Museum 2016-02-102016-09-04 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Miss Nellie Rumble
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 28th May 2016 at 12.30pm and 2pm | Free

 
Miss Nellie Rumble Science Museum 2016-05-282016-05-28 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums

An in-character talk with telephone operator Miss Nellie Rumble, discovering how a manual telephone switchboard works.

Nancy The Waterseller: Talk
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 29th May 2016 at 12.30pm and 2pm | Free

 
Nancy The Waterseller: Talk Science Museum 2016-05-292016-05-29 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums

An in-character talk.

Thomas Edison (Over 5s)
On SoonFree Event

Monday 30th May 2016 at 12.30pm and 2pm | Free

 
Thomas Edison (Over 5s) Science Museum 2016-05-302016-05-30 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums

An in-character talk about Mr Thomas Alvar Edison, the man whose phonograph and kinetoscope entertained millions with sound and vision from the 1880s onwards.

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National Portrait Gallery

Portraits from the 14th century to the present day - 4 million annual visitors

St Martin's Place, London, WC2H 0HE

Tube: Leicester Square Station, Charing Cross Station, Piccadilly Circus Station, Embankment Underground Station, Covent Garden Station

 
 

This isn't the place to come for serious works of exceptional artistic merit - the overriding aim of this gallery is to reflect the status of the sitter, not the artist - but where else in London could you hope to find The Beatles, Henry VIII, Fatboy Slim and Joan Collins all hanging out together? The appeal of the National Portrait Gallery (opened in 1856) rests simply in its comprehensive commemoration of British history from the late 14th century to the present day through the medium of portraiture. The sense of progression and the feeling of familiarity with many subjects are what make the gallery so appealing. Having said that, critically acclaimed self-portraits by William Hogarth, Sir Joshua Reynolds and other notable British artists are also displayed alongside the 10,000 portraits of everyone from statesmen to showbiz stars and media barons. The collection represents Britain and is arranged thematically, starting with the Tudors and ending with present day politicians and pop stars. Look out for the only surviving portrait of Shakespeare taken from life in The Ondaajte Wing, the Hans Holbein cartoon of Henry VIII, the anamorphic portrait of Edward VI, and the sculpture of Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in medieval costume. Photographs, caricatures, drawings and sculpture are included in the collection which also boasts 250,000 archived images. The National Portrait Gallery also hosts the annual BP Portrait Prize competition alongside ever-changing collections of contemporary work.

 
 

Events at National Portrait Gallery

Leon Golub Powerplay: The Political Portraits
OngoingFree Event

18th March to 25th September 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Leon Golub Powerplay: The Political Portraits National Portrait Gallery 2016-03-182016-09-25 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948
OngoingFree Event

18th May to 11th December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Black Chronicles: Photographic Portraits 1862-1948 National Portrait Gallery 2016-05-182016-12-11 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Winston Churchill In Photographs
OngoingFree Event

27th October 2015 to 5th June 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Winston Churchill In Photographs National Portrait Gallery 2015-10-272016-06-05 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
National Portrait Gallery
OngoingFree Event

1st January to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
National Portrait Gallery National Portrait Gallery 2016-01-012016-12-31 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries
Drop-In Drawing: Gaynor Pelham
Free Event

Friday 27th May 2016 - 6.30pm-8.30pm | Free

 
Drop-In Drawing: Gaynor Pelham National Portrait Gallery 2016-05-272016-05-27 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries

An informal class suitable for everyone from complete beginners to accomplished artists.

Life Drawing: Russia And The Arts: Poses, Characters And Gestures

Friday 27th May 2016 - 6.30pm-8.30pm | £9, concs/mems £7

 
Life Drawing: Russia And The Arts: Poses, Characters And Gestures National Portrait Gallery 2016-05-272016-05-27 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries

Drawing session with artist Andy Pankhurst.

Live Music: Concordia Foundation: Shakespeare & Love
Free Event

Friday 27th May 2016 - 6.30pm | Free

 
Live Music: Concordia Foundation: Shakespeare & Love National Portrait Gallery 2016-05-272016-05-27 Where:
National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place London, WC2H 0HE
Category: Art Galleries

Musical settings of Shakespeare texts and stories of love by composers from around the world.

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Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum

Museum of decorative and applied arts - 5 million annual visitors

Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

With over 145 galleries to explore and over 4 million items, the V&A is one of the most influential museums of decorative and applied arts in the world. It was originally founded in 1852, with the aim of enthusing and educating British manufacturers and designers. It is now home to a stunning collection of European, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Islamic artefacts ranging from ceramics, glass, metalwork and sculpture to costume, armour, weaponry and furniture. The gallery also houses the national collection of photography. Visitors can delve into the fascinating dress collection that features samples from historical dress to 21st century haute-couture or examine the celebrated Arts and Crafts interiors of the Morris and Gamble Rooms. The gallery is often cited as housing the greatest collection of Italian Renaissance sculpture outside Italy, while the British Galleries - which opened to great acclaim in November 2001 - are unique in their exploration of British design from Chippendale to Morris, Adam to Mackintosh. Highlights include the Great Bed of Ward as mentioned in Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', and James II's wedding suit. In recent years the trend at the V & A has been towards style retrospectives of entire periods like Art Deco, Art Nouveau and shows focusing on individual designers like Armani and Ossie Clarke. The museum is second-to-none in this regard. The building itself - a mix of Victorian and Edwardian design - also presents a truly formidable display. The two halls (Cast Courts), in particular, form a major focal point for the gallery - with their high glass roof, elevated corridors and walkways.

 
 

Events at Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

Unearthed: A History Of Gardens From Medieval To Modern
Ongoing

28th April to 30th June 2016 - Various Times | £425, concs £365

 
Unearthed: A History Of Gardens From Medieval To Modern Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-04-282016-06-30 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Iconic Houses 1850-2000 Part 2
Ongoing

26th May, 2nd Jun, 9th Jun, 16th Jun, 23rd Jun and 30th Jun 2016 - Various Times | £425, concs £365

 
Iconic Houses 1850-2000 Part 2 Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-04-212016-06-30 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Master Strokes: Dutch And Flemish Drawings From The Golden Age
OngoingFree Event

14th May to 13th November 2016 - 10am-5.45pm | Free

 
Master Strokes: Dutch And Flemish Drawings From The Golden Age Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-05-142016-11-13 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Alison Britton: Conent And Form
OngoingFree Event

26th January to 4th September 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Alison Britton: Conent And Form Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-01-262016-09-04 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Chardin To Cezanne: Art And Innovation In Europe: 1720-1900: Courses
Ongoing

26th May, 2nd Jun, 9th Jun, 16th Jun, 23rd Jun, 30th Jun and 7th Jul 2016 - 11.10am-3.30pm | £70, concs £55, per day

 
Chardin To Cezanne: Art And Innovation In Europe: 1720-1900: Courses Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-09-242016-07-07 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Display: Exhibition Road Building
OngoingFree Event

27th November 2015 to 15th October 2016 - 10am-5.45pm | Free

 
Display: Exhibition Road Building Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-11-272016-10-15 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Silver Speaks
OngoingFree Event

8th March 2016 to 31st January 2017 - 10am-5.45pm | Free

 
Silver Speaks Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-03-082017-01-31 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
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National Maritime Museum

Navigation, navy, the sea and the Empire - 2.5 million annual visitors

Park Row, London, SE10 9NF

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 
 

Located in the heart of historic Greenwich, the National Maritime Museum houses the most important collection of objects relating to the history of Britain at sea. The collection, partly housed in former royal palace Queen's House, dates back to 1823 when a National Gallery of Naval Art was established, featuring some 300 portraits, paintings and artefacts. The museum occupies a former asylum and hospital school, and enjoys fantastic views of the Thames from its elevated position. With the addition of the covered Neptune Court, the museum now boasts galleries dealing with topics ranging from navigation, naval exploits and Nelson, to exploration, the ecology of the sea and emigration. Visitors can try their hand at signalling and gunnery, explore the expansion of the Empire or just revel at the power, majesty and romance of the sea through poetry, painting and photography. While you're here leave time to visit the Peter Harrison Planetarium as well as the Meridian line by which time across the globe is measured.

 
 

Events at National Maritime Museum

Above and Beyond Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th May to 29th August 2016

 
Above and Beyond National Maritime Museum 2016-05-272016-08-29 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums
Insight Astronomy Photographer Of The Year OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th September 2015 to 26th June 2016 | Free

 
Insight Astronomy Photographer Of The Year National Maritime Museum 2015-09-182016-06-26 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums
Jutland 1916: WWI's Greatest Sea Battle Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th May 2016 to 1st January 2018

 
Jutland 1916: WWI's Greatest Sea Battle National Maritime Museum 2016-05-202018-01-01 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums
Cast Away
On Soon

Saturday 28th May 2016 - 10.30am-11.30am | £5-£6

 
Cast Away National Maritime Museum 2016-05-282016-05-28 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums

Literary & Education, Author Event.

Out of this World: Mission To Mars
On Soon

31st May, 1st Jun, 2nd Jun and 3rd Jun 2016 - 10am-12.30pm | £6

 
Out of this World: Mission To Mars National Maritime Museum 2016-05-312016-06-03 Where:
National Maritime Museum, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums

A chance to learn about the planet.

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Museum of London

Record of London from the prehistoric to the present day - 300,000 annual visitors

150 Wall, City, London, EC2Y 5HN

Tube: Barbican Station, St. Paul's Station

 
 

Experience the real flavour of London life from the prehistoric to present day at the Museum of London, a modern museum boasting over 1.1 million objects - many rescued from archaeological digs or discovered during building works in The City. A chain of chronological galleries guide visitors through the history of this ancient city; 50,000 objects from Roman London pave the way to buckles, brooches and belt-fittings of the medieval period, 17th century glassware leads onto vivid Victorian street scenes, interiors and shop fronts. From the skulls of those thought to have been massacred by Queen Boudica to boots worn by the Duke of Wellington, Queen Victoria's parliamentary robes and paraphernalia from the Suffragettes' Movement, the history of London and its inhabitants is brought back to life with startling intensity. Don't miss fragments of the old London Wall located just outside the museum.

 
 

Events at Museum of London

We Are London
OngoingFree Event

25th to 31st May 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
We Are London Museum of London 2016-03-212016-05-31 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
Under London
OngoingFree Event

21st March to 3rd July 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Under London Museum of London 2016-03-212016-07-03 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
Aim For The Sky
On SoonFree Event

28th May to 2nd Jun 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Aim For The Sky Museum of London 2016-05-282016-06-02 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

Build the tallest structure you can.

Timeline traveller
On SoonFree Event

28th May to 2nd Jun 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Timeline traveller Museum of London 2016-05-282016-06-02 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

Create a spinning timeline of London's architecture.

Amazing Buildings Of London
On SoonFree Event

28th May to 5th June 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Amazing Buildings Of London Museum of London 2016-05-282016-06-05 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

Interactive storytelling and a quiz.

Landmark Larks
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 29th and Monday 30th May 2016 at 12.30pm and 2.30pm | Free

 
Landmark Larks Museum of London 2016-05-292016-05-30 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

Create a silhouette of a London feature.

Nelly Block Is Moving House
On SoonFree Event

29th May to 3rd Jun 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Nelly Block Is Moving House Museum of London 2016-05-292016-06-03 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

Interactive storytelling about finding the perfect home.

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Tate Modern

The Turbine Hall, 20th century art, Matisse to Moore.

Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

Tube: Blackfriars Underground Station

 
 

Located along the banks of the River Thames, Tate Modern opened to great acclaim in 2000 and has since welcomed millions of visitors through its imposing doors. If you are visiting for the first time, you should approach from Blackfriars (Tube / Rail) station, crossing Norman Foster's 'Blade of Light' Millennium Bridge, walking towards this spectacular modernist masterpiece with the dome of St Paul's Cathedral behind you. Housed in the former Bankside Power Station, the gallery pays homage to art from 1900 to the present day. The awesome Turbine Hall creates a stunning entrance and a vast space, used to display temporary installations on a grand scale. There are three levels of galleries enclosed by a spectacular two-storey glass roof that provides fantastic views of London and a great cafe. Full of the jokey eccentricities of contemporary art, it's one of the few art galleries that children and teenagers will enjoy, but it also offers the full set of iconic 20th century artists, from Matisse to Moore, Dali to Picasso. Justifiably the most popular art gallery in Europe.

 
 

Events at Tate Modern

Giacometti
Ongoing

9th May to 10th September 2016 - Various Times | phone for prices

 
Giacometti Tate Modern 2016-05-092016-09-10 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Nordic Art And Its Discontents
Ongoing

25th to 31st May 2016 | phone for prices

 
Nordic Art And Its Discontents Tate Modern 2015-11-262016-05-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Artist Rooms: Phyllida Barlow
OngoingFree Event

11th January to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Artist Rooms: Phyllida Barlow Tate Modern 2016-01-112016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Assemblage
OngoingFree Event

11th January to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Assemblage Tate Modern 2016-01-112016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Between Man And Matter
OngoingFree Event

11th January to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Between Man And Matter Tate Modern 2016-01-112016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Expanded Painting
OngoingFree Event

11th January to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Expanded Painting Tate Modern 2016-01-112016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
Gustav Metzger
OngoingFree Event

11th January to 31st December 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Gustav Metzger Tate Modern 2016-01-112016-12-31 Where:
Tate Modern, Bankside Power Station, 25 Sumner Street London, SE1 9TG
Category: Art Galleries
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Somerset House

Gallery and former Tudor palace

Strand, Covent Garden, London, WC2R 1LA

Tube: Temple Station

 
 

Somerset House, once the site of a spectacular Tudor palace, now includes a magnificent 18th century art gallery housing celebrated collections belonging to the Courtauld Institute Gallery, as well as the Embankment Galleries (which replaced the Hermitage Rooms and The Gilbert Collection - the latter re-opened at the Victoria and Albert Museum in June 2009). Edward Seymour, Duke of Somerset and Lord Protector of Edward VI, built the great mansion on the banks of the river to match his new-found status and rank. Following the Duke's execution for treason in 1552, the house passed onto Queen Elizabeth I and then Anne of Denmark and Norway - wife of James I - who christened it 'Denmark House'. Charles I's Queen, Henrietta Maria of France, was the next royal occupant. Having lived through the Civil War, the Great Fire, various refurbishments and other regal guests including Queen Catherine of Braganza, the palace fell into disrepair in the 1700s and was eventually demolished. Sir William Chambers was commissioned to design a replacement building whose purpose was to house various learned societies of the day. The current building still looks and feels like a palace with its great courtyard and elegant fountains, riverside terrace and magnificent collection of art and sculpture. It's easy to imagine a time when kings, queens and courtiers graced its grounds. Modern-day concerts now held in the courtyard echo the dramatic and musical masque entertainments popular during the reign of Anne of Denmark. While visitors have to pay to view the main galleries, admission to the courtyard, riverside terrace, restored Seamen's Hall, Nelson Stair, interpretation gallery and 18th century Commissioner's Barge are all free.

 
 

Events at Somerset House

Hiatus Kaiyote Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Thursday 7th July 2016 | £29.50 & £49.50, tickets on sale Mar 18, 9am

 
Hiatus Kaiyote Somerset House 2016-07-072016-07-07 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Historic Buildings

2015 was a fantastic year for Australian four-piece Hiatus Kaiyote, receiving their second Grammy nomination and performing sell out shows across the world. And 2016 is turning out to be just as memorable as the ...more

Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 8th July 2016 | £35 & £55, tickets on sale Mar 18, 9am

 
Paul Heaton & Jacqui Abbott Somerset House 2016-07-082016-07-08 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Historic Buildings

Paul Heaton and Jacqui Abbott, formerly of The Beautiful South, perform songs from What Have We Become, the album which saw them reunite for the first time since the multi-million selling days of The Beautiful ...more

Benjamin Clementine Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 9th July 2016 | £29.50 & £49.50

 
Benjamin Clementine Somerset House 2016-07-092016-07-09 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Historic Buildings

The Mercury Prize-winning poet and musician from north London sings of love and loss, despair and hope, pride and self-belief in his haunting debut album At Least For Now. "There are echoes of French-language chansons ...more

Laura Mvula Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Sunday 10th July 2016 | £29.50 & £49.50

 
Laura Mvula Somerset House 2016-07-102016-07-10 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Historic Buildings

She appeared at the Proms two years in a row, in 2013 and 2014, and now Laura Mvula returns to London to headline a gig at Somerset House. Having sung in a church choir as ...more

Everything Everything Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Monday 11th July 2016 | £29.50 & £49.50

 
Everything Everything Somerset House 2016-07-112016-07-11 Where:
Somerset House, Strand London, WC2R 1LA
Category: Historic Buildings

The Manchester-formed quartet, fronted by the singer Jonathan Higgs, performs art-rock infused indie-pop from the third album Get To Heaven in the outdoor courtyard of Somerset House. "Confusing references to soft-boiled eggs and toad-in-the-hole are ...more

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Design Museum

Furniture, fashion, architecture and art - 250,000 annual visitors

28 Shad Thames, Bankside, London, SE1 2YD

Tube: Tower Hill Station

 
 

Located on the banks of the Thames, the Design Museum has two floors and showcases contemporary design in all forms, including fashion, graphic and architectural. There are two main galleries, and the collections trace the history of design developments, from the origins of mass production to contemporary works. This was the first museum in the world to focus on the exhibition of mass-produced items and today boasts a celebrated collection of everyday objects from the 20th and 21st centuries. While the items allow visitors to reminisce about the past, the Design Museum also provides an opportunity to examine innovative prototypes for the future. The objects relate to engineering, technology, furniture, fashion and architecture. Housed in a 1950s building re-designed by the Conran Group, the museum lies just downriver of Butler's Wharf and the old spice-importing warehouses. And, if you start to get peckish during your visit, the Blue Print Cafe on the first floor overlooking the river is a bit of a treat.

 
 

Events at Design Museum

Cycle Revolution Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th November 2015 to 30th June 2016 | Adult £13, student £9.75

 
Cycle Revolution Design Museum 2015-11-182016-06-30 Where:
Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames London, SE1 2YD
Category: Museums
Weekend Punk
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 25th and Sunday 26th June 2016 - 12noon-5pm | Free

 
Weekend Punk Design Museum 2016-06-252016-06-26 Where:
Design Museum, 28 Shad Thames London, SE1 2YD
Category: Museums

A chance to learn how to make flyers, posters, fanzines and fashion with limited resources.

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Whitechapel Gallery

Britain's first purpose-built arts gallery

77-82 Whitechapel High Street, Tower Hamlets, London, E1 7QX

Tube: Aldgate East Station, Aldgate East Underground Station, Aldgate Station

 
 

Designed in a distinctive Arts and Crafts architecture style by Charles Harrison Townsend, the Whitechapel, Britain's first purpose-built arts gallery, is renowned both for the beauty of its light, airy space and for embracing the local community in its work. Founded in 1901, extensive refurbishment saw the gallery, reopened in April 2009, double in size. The gallery does not have a permanent collection, preferring instead to host a constantly evolving programme of works and there is always something free to see. Community projects and retrospective exhibitions now rest alongside landmark examples of contemporary work. The Pop Art 'This is Tomorrow' exhibition of 1956 is often hailed as the gallery's most iconic event, although there are a number of other exhibitions worthy of note. Picasso's 'Guernica' was displayed here in 1938, Jackson Pollock had work exhibited at the gallery in the 1950s, David Hockney's first show was held here in 1970 and Lucian Freud had a major exhibition in 1993. With its pillared supports and high ceilings, The Lower Gallery, in particular, is a fantastic exhibition space. The expansion means the Whitechapel has a number of new exhibition spaces offering a fantastic backdrop for corporate and private events.

 
 

Events at Whitechapel Gallery

Eva & Franco Mattes And Tor Jorgen Van Eijk
Now OnFree Event

12th April to 5th June 2016 - 11am-6pm | Free

 
Eva & Franco Mattes And Tor Jorgen Van Eijk Whitechapel Gallery 2016-04-122016-06-05 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries

An exhibition of the video works Dark Content Episodes 1, 2, 3 by Eva and Franco Mattes, plus Purgatory by Tor Jorgen Van Eijk.

Barjeel Art Foundation Collection: Imperfect Chronology – Mapping the Contemporary I
OngoingFree Event

26th April to 14th August 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Barjeel Art Foundation Collection: Imperfect Chronology – Mapping the Contemporary I Whitechapel Gallery 2016-04-262016-08-14 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Children's Commission: Edwina Ashton: In The Winter Hours
OngoingFree Event

26th April to 14th August 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Children's Commission: Edwina Ashton: In The Winter Hours Whitechapel Gallery 2016-04-262016-08-14 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Harun Farocki: Parallel I-IV (2012-14)
OngoingFree Event

15th December 2015 to 12th June 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Harun Farocki: Parallel I-IV (2012-14) Whitechapel Gallery 2015-12-152016-06-12 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Imprint 93
OngoingFree Event

19th March to 25th September 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Imprint 93 Whitechapel Gallery 2016-03-192016-09-25 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
Unlimited Action
On Soon

Saturday 28th May 2016 - 1pm-6pm | £12.50, concs £10.50

 
Unlimited Action Whitechapel Gallery 2016-05-282016-05-28 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries

A conference about the limits of performance.

Drawing Clubs: Whitechapel Gallery Afternoon Aged 10-14
On Soon

28th May, 4th Jun, 11th Jun, 18th Jun, 25th Jun and 2nd Jul 2016 - 2pm-4pm | £200

 
Drawing Clubs: Whitechapel Gallery Afternoon Aged 10-14 Whitechapel Gallery 2016-04-302016-07-02 Where:
Whitechapel Gallery, 77-82 Whitechapel High Street London, E1 7QX
Category: Art Galleries
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