London museums & exhibition spaces (updated)

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The Top-10
 
The British Museum
 
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Description: Human history, art and culture. 3rd most visited museum in the world!
Address: Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG (map)
Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (Friday: 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.)
Admission: Free (a ticket is required for most temporary exhibitions)
Visit the museum's website.

 
The National Gallery
 
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Description: Paintings from the mid-13th century to 1900. 4th most visited museum in the world!
Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN (map)
Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Admission: Free (a ticket is required for most temporary exhibitions)
Visit the museum's website.

 
Tate Modern
 
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Description: British art from 1900 to present day and international modern & contemporary art.
Address: Bankside, London SE1 9TG (map)
Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Friday, Saturday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Admission: Free (a ticket is required for most temporary exhibitions)
Visit the museum's website.

 
Tate Britain
 
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Description: Art of the United Kingdom since Tudor times
Address: Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG (map)
Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: Free (a ticket is required for most temporary exhibitions)
Visit the museum's website.

 
Victoria & Albert Museum
 
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Description: The world's largest museum of decorative arts and design
Address: Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL (map)
Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. (Friday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Admission: Free (a ticket is required for most temporary exhibitions)
Visit the museum's website.


Royal Academy of Arts
 
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A privately fund art institution with a bust art exhibition program
Address: Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD (map)
Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Friday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Admission: Every exhibition has a different ticket price
Visit the academy's website.

 
National Portrait Gallery
 
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Description: A collection of portraits of important and famous British people
Address: St. Martin's Pl, London WC2H 0HE (map)
Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Thursday, Friday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)
Admission: Free (a ticket is required for most temporary exhibitions)
Visit the gallery's website.


Saatchi Gallery
 
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Description: A contemporary art gallery exhibition Charles Saatchi collection and a series of important exhibitions
Address: Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY (map)
Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission: Free  
Visit the gallery's website.

 
The Queen's Gallery
 
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Description: Located at Buckingham Palace exhibitionns works from the Royal Collection on a rotating program
Address: Buckingham Palace Road, London SW1A 1AA (map)
Open every day from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Closed from April 18 to May 18 and November 13 to December 7.
Admission: £10.30 (Adult) - £9.40 (Over 60/Students) - £5.30 (Under 17/Disabled)
Visit the gallery's website.

 
The Barbican  
 
Description: The biggest performing arts centre in Europe. Frequently hosts temporary art exhibitions
Address: Silk St, London EC2Y 8DS (map)
Art Gallery - Open every day from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. (Thursday, Friday: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
The Curve - Open every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Thursday, Friday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.)
Admission: Every exhibition has a different ticket price
Visit the gallery's website.
 
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Other important museums and cultural institutions

A museum presenting the history of the city from prehistoric to present times.
Address: 150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
Admission: Free

An important exhibition centre for the visual arts
Address: Strand, WC2R 1LA
Admission: Every exhibition has a different ticket price

Art museum famous for its French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings.
Address: Somerset House, Strand, WC2R 0RN
Admission: The admission price changes throughout the year depending on the exhibitions and displays.

Both galleries present some of the most interesting contemporary art exhibitions in the city!
Address: Kensington Gardens
Admission: Free  

Industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design.
Address: 224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington W8 6AG
Admission: Free (for the permanent collection)

A private collection of contemporary art
Address: 176 Prince of Wales Rd, Belsize Park NW5 3PT
Admission: Free  

A membership institute that promotes and encourages an understanding of radical art and culture.
Address: The Mall, St. James's SW1Y 5AH
Admission: Entry to the ICA is with Day Membership, set at £1.

A significant public gallery that exhibits contemporary art and retrospectives of major artists.
Address: 77-82 Whitechapel High St, E1 7QX
Admission: Free 

A museum dedicated to fashion with an ongoing programme of temporary exhibitions.
Address: 83 Bermondsey St, SE1 3XF
Admission: £9.90 adults / £7.70 concessions / £6 students

A museum in the former home of painter Frederic Leighton.
Address: 12 Holland Park Rd, Kensington
Admission: Adults £9
The Gallery houses a fine collection of Old Masters, especially rich in French, Italian and Spanish Baroque paintings and in British portraits from Tudor times to the 19th century.
Address: Gallery Rd, Southwark
Admission: Adults £7. Unemployed, disabled, students, under 18's: Free

House of Illustration
A home for the art of illustration in all its forms with a year-round programme of exhibitions, events and more.
Address: 2 Granary Square, King's Cross
Admission: Adults £7.50
A museum about the famous author located in the Dickens' family house
Address: 48 Doughty St, London
Admission: Adult, £9.00
Historic house and museum of distinguished 19th century architect Sir John Soane. At Soane’s request, the house has been left untouched since his death, 180 years ago.
Address: 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London
Admission: Free

A national museum displaying French 18th-century painting, furniture, porcelain and Old Master paintings.
Address: Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London W1U 3BN
Admission: Free, including temporary exhibitions.
A collection of Modern Italian Art, well known for its Futuristic works.
Address: 39A Canonbury Square, London
Admission: £6.50
A place for world-class contemporary art exhibitions and education.
Address: Arkwright Rd, London
Admission: Free
Address: 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London

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