Guide to UK Museums and Galleries Reopening

Following the Prime Minister’s announcement that museums and galleries may reopen from Saturday 4 July providing they adhere to COVID Secure guidelines, the following museums and galleries have released details. Here is a useful guide to the planned reopenings. Artlyst will update the list as new information becomes available.

The National Gallery

8 July

Reopening with Titian: Love, Desire, Death and Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age

For more information see Here

The Foundling Museum

8 July 2020

‘Portraying Pregnancy: from Holbein to Social Media’ the first exhibition to explore the representation of the pregnant female body in portraiture, over 500 years

For more information see Here

Focal Point Gallery (Southend-on-Sea)

8 July 2020

Reopening with Hannah Quinlan and Rosie Hastings: In My Room

See Here

Picasso and Paper RA

Picasso and Paper, Royal Academy of Arts

The Royal Academy of Arts

9 July 2020

Reopening of “Picasso on Paper” exhibition in a first phase of four weeks until 2 August. From early August the RA will embark on a second phase with a different exhibition and expanded hours.

For more information see Here

The Mosaic Rooms

9 July 2020

Reopening with ‘Homeland Under My Nails’ – solo exhibition by Mohammad Omar Khalil.

For more information see Here

Wallace Collection

12 July

Reopening with reduced opening hours and with a timed entry booking essential.

The Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company exhibition will open on Wednesday 29 July – Sunday 13 September.

Tickets will be available to book online from Wednesday 22 July.

For more information see Here

Barbican Art Gallery

13 July 2020

Barbican Art Gallery will welcome visitors back to Masculinities: Liberation through Photography from Monday 13 July 2020, with the show’s run being extended until 23 August 2020. A Countervailing Theory, the first-ever UK commission from Toyin Ojih Odutola, will open in The Curve on Tuesday 11 August 2020.

For more information see Here

Morton Broffman Turner Contemporary

Morton Broffman James Baldwin, Montgomery, Alabama 1965, We Will Walk – Art and Resistance in the American South, Turner Contemporary

Whitechapel Gallery

14 July 2020

Reopening with Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium; Carlos Bunga’s Something Necessary and Useful; In the Eye of Bambi – ‘la Caixa’ Collection of Contemporary Art Selected by Verónica Gerber Bicecci; The Return of the Spirit of Painting; Rachel Pimm: Plates; Artist Film International

For more information see Here

The Photographers’ Gallery

14 July 2020

Reopening with The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2020and Jan Svoboda: Against The Light

For more information see Here


16 July 2020

Reopening with Alex Urie: Silo

For more information see Here

Turner Contemporary

22 July 2020

Reopening of “We Will Walk – Art and Resistance in the American South” and “Barbara Walker – Place, Space and Who”

For more information see Here

Kara Walker’s Hyundai Commission Fons Americanus

Kara Walker Hyundai Commission Fons Americanus, Tate Modern

Tate Galleries

27 July 2020

Reopening the collection displays at all four galleries: Tate Britain, Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. Tate Modern will reopen with Andy Warhol and Kara Walker’s Hyundai Commission. Tate Britain will reopen with Aubrey Beardsley and Steve McQueen’s Year 3 installation. Tate Liverpool will unveil new work by Mikhail Karikis, and Tate St Ives will reopen the Naum Gabo exhibition.

For more information see Here

Hayward Gallery

1 August 2020

After more than 20 weeks closed due to the Coronavirus pandemic, the Hayward Gallery will reopen five days a week with Covid-secure health and safety measures in place to keep visitors and staff safe

NHS workers and Southbank Centre Members can visit for free and tickets are just £5 for under 30s and Lambeth residents
All visitors are asked to pre-book their ticket at;
Among the Trees will later be joined by a new free outdoor exhibition, Everyday Heroes , from September to November . The art and poetry exhibition across the Southbank Centre’s 11-acre site celebrates key workers and ordinary people who have risen to the occasion during the crisis

For more information see Here

The Hepworth Wakefield

1 August 2020

Reopening with Bill Brandt / Henry Moore which has been extended until 1 November

For more information see Here

Serpentine Galleries

4 August 2020

A phased reopening beginning with the exhibition Cao Fei: Blueprints on 4 August at the Serpentine Gallery (until 13 September).

Formafantasma: Cambio opens in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery on 29 September (until 2021).

For more information see Here

Nottingham Contemporary

4 August 2020

Reopening with three solo exhibitions:

Denzil Forrester, Diane Simpson, Sung Tieu

For more information see Here

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography Barbican Art Gallery

Masculinities: Liberation through Photography Barbican Art Gallery

Natural History Museum

5 August 2020

Reopens with a pre-bookable timed entry system with only a limited number of people allowed in the galleries.

Free tickets must be booked in advance.

For more information see Here


6 August 2020

The V&A is opening the museum in phases. Initially, from 6 August reduced opening hours Thursday – Sunday, 11:00 – 15:00. Then from 27 August Thursday – Sunday, 11:00 – 19:00. Museum entry is still free but you’ll now need to pre-book a timed ticket online. Temporary exhibitions are currently closed. Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk is reopening on 27 August and tickets are available to pre-book now. Booking for Bags: Inside Out, Epic Iran and Alice: Curiouser and Curiouser will open soon.

For more information see Here

Freud Museum

12 August 2020

The museum reopens with new measures in place, a new online booking system and will feature drawings by American artist, Ida Applebroog, from her Mercy Hospital series. These drawings were executed during a period in 1969 when she was struggling with her mental health.

For more information see Here

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art

13 August 2020

Reopening with Abel Rodríguez exhibition. Access to further exhibitions and areas of the building will gradually increase in the forthcoming weeks

For more information see Here

Ashmolean Museum

10 August 2020

Reopening with Young Rembrandt now extended until November

For more information see Here

Kettle’s Yard, Cambridge

14 August 2020

Kettle’s Yard House and galleries will be re-opening on Friday 14 August. You need to book a free, timed ticket in advance of your visit. The shop and café will also re-open on Friday 14 August. You will not need to book tickets to visit but may be asked to queue during busy periods.

For more information see Here

Hastings Contemporary

14 August 2020

Tickets must be booked in advance. Tickets will be released on a weekly basis every Friday for the following week. All visitors including Hastings Contemporary members must book in advance. Please ensure you have a ticket booked before arriving at the gallery.

For more information see Here

Science Museum

19 August 2020

Free entry but pre-booking required.

For more information see Here

Manchester Art Gallery

20 August 2020 (TBC)

For more information see Here

British Museum

27 August 2020

Visitors will need to book a free timed ticket in advance, as there will be reduced numbers in the Museum to ensure visitors can keep a safe distance apart.

Tickets will be available to book online on Wednesday 12 August.

The Museum will open 10.00–15.00 on the 27–28 August, moving to 10.00–17.00 from Saturday 29 August.

A new easy-to-follow one-way route signposted around the Ground floor galleries will allow visitors to experience extraordinary objects from ancient Egypt, Greece, Rome and Assyria, before exploring Africa, Mexico, North America and the Enlightenment gallery. More galleries will reopen later in September.

The postponed special exhibitions Tantra: enlightenment to revolution and the Citi exhibition Arctic: culture and climate will reopen later in the autumn

For more information see Here

The Whitworth

Early September 2020 (TBC)

Both Manchester galleries will reopen with existing programme and collections displays. New programmes from Spring 2021.

For more information see Here


4 September 2020

Reopening with Elizabeth Price: SLOW DANS; Longplayer 20thAnniversary including: Longplayer Assembly

(26 September) and

Sonic Ray

(3 October).

For more information see Here

Drawing Room

10 September 2020

Reopening with ​Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist As Medium,a major exhibition of artists and works inspired by mediumistic methodologies and their deep cultural history. A Hayward Gallery Touring exhibition developed in collaboration with Drawing Room, curated by Lars Bang Larsen, Simon Grant and Marco Pasi.

For more information see Here

MK Gallery

11 September 2020

Partial reopening from 11 September.

Full service and usual opening hours resumed on 21 November. Opening of new exhibition on 20 November.

For more information see Here

Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art (Goldsmiths CCA)

18 September 2020

Reopening with SOLOS– four new solo exhibitions across four galleries; Hollis Frampton, And Then: Xerographs and Photographs; Episodes #5 Sophie Barber – The Greatest Song A Songbird Ever Sang; Episode #6 Kobby Adi – pending upending

For more information see Here

Chisenhale Gallery

26 September 2020

Chisenhale Gallery reopens with a solo exhibition of Ho Chi Minh City-based artist Thao Nguyen Phan:Becoming Alluvium

For more information see Here


30 September 2020

Reopening with new exhibition by Eduardo Navarro. A reduced number of international artists in residence will arrive week of 28th September.

For more information see Here

The Showroom

1 October 2020

Reopening with “Recetas Urbanas: Affection as Subversive Architecture ”

For more information see Here

Wellcome Collection

Autumn date tbc

Wellcome Collection will reopen its doors in Autumn 2020. More information about the reopening programme, onsite and online, will be announced closer to the opening date.

For more information see Here

Southwark Park Galleries

Autumn date tbc

Reopening with Fans Parali “AONYX and DREPAN & THE MINDERS OF THE WARM” across both galleries.

For more information see Here


6 October 2020

The Stuart Hall Library will be open from by appointment only.

For more information see Here

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