London Christmas Museum Guide 2017 – What’s Open, What’s Closed

Artlyst has produced a helpful guide to the closing times of the major London museums and galleries.  The majority of commercial galleries will be closed for the whole holiday period so check first if you intend to visit. However, the museums and public galleries stay open with only Christmas Day and Boxing Day closures. Here’s a list with a helpful reminder of what exhibitions are showing.

Basquiat Colour

Barbican Centre

closed 24-26th December

Current exhibitions:

Barbican Art Gallery – Basquiat: Boom For Real until 28 Jan  

The Curve – John Akomfrah: Purple  until 7 Jan 

British Library

closed 24-27th December  and 1st Jan

British Museum

closed 24-26th  and 1st Jan

Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia until 14 Jan

Camden Arts Centre

closed 24-27th December  31st Dec and 1st Jan

Current exhibition:

Nathalie Du Pasquier: Other Rooms until 14 Jan

Soutine The Courtauld Gallery

Soutine The Courtauld Gallery

The Courtauld Gallery

closed  25 and 26th December (closing at 4pm on 24 December last admission at 3.30pm)

Soutine’s Portraits: Cooks, Waiters & Bellboys until 21 January 

Design Museum

closed 25th and 26th and closing at 2pm on 24th last admission at 1pm

Dulwich Picture Gallery

closed 24th-26th December and 1st Jan

Current exhibition:

Tove Jansson  until 28 January

Freud Museum

closed 24th-26th December  and 1st Jan

Guildhall Art Gallery

Closed 24-26th December and 1st Jan

Current exhibition:

Nature Morte  until 2 April

Imperial War Museum

Closed 24-26th December

Current exhibition:

Age of Terror: Art since 9/11 until 28 May 2018

Monochrome National Gallery

Monochrome National Gallery

National Gallery

Clopsed 24th-26th Dec  and 1st Jan

Current exhibitions:  

Monochrome: Painting in black and white until 18 Feb

Reflections: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites until 2 April 

National Portrait Gallery

Closed 245h, 25th and 26th December

Current exhibition:

Cezanne Portraits until  11 feb

Newport Street Gallery

Closed 24-26th December 31st December and 1st January

Current Exhibition: Dan Colen until 21 January

Royal Academy of Arts

Closed 24-26 December

12-6pm 1 January

Current Exhibitions:

Dali / Duchamp until 3 January

From Life until 11 March

Saatchi Gallery

Closed 25th and 26th (closes at 4.30pm on 24th and 31st Dec)

Current exhibition:

Art Riot: Post Soviet Actionism until 7 Jan

Rose Wylie, Queen with Pansies (Dots), 2016, Oil on canvas, 183 x 331 cm, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Soonhak Kwon

Rose Wylie, Queen with Pansies (Dots), 2016, Oil on canvas, 183 x 331 cm, Courtesy the artist, Photo: Soonhak Kwon

Serpentine Galleries

Both the Serpentine Gallery and The Serpentine Sackler Gallery are closed 24-26th December 31st December and 1st January

Current Exhibitions:

Serpentine Gallery – Wade Guyton until 8 February

Serpentine Sackler Gallery – Rose Wylie until 11 February

Sir John Soane’s Museum

Closed 24-26th December and 1st Jan

Somerset House

Closed 25th December

South London Gallery

Closed 24-26th December and 1st Jan

Current exhibition:

Michael Armitage: The Chapel until 23 Feb

Tate Britain

Closed 24-26th December

Current exhibitions:

Rachel Whiteread until 21 Jan

The EY Exhibition Impressionists in London until 7 May


Tate Modern

Closed 24-26th December

Current exhibitions:

Modigliani until 2 April 2018 

Ilya and Emilia Kabakov until 28 Jan

Red Star over Russia: A revolution in visual culture 1905-55 until 18 Feb


Closed 24-26th Dec

Current exhibition:

Opera: Passion, Power and Politics until 25 Feb

Winnie the Pooh: Exploring a Classic until 8 April

Wallace Collection

Closed 24-26th December

Wellcome Collection

Closed 24-26th Dec  and 1st Jan

Current exhibition:

Can Graphic Design Save your Life until 14 Jan

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