Although some museums are still temporarily closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, many museums in London are reopening with new exhibitions to enjoy.
If you’re in London, walk or cycle to your local museum – just remember to maintain social distancing while there. Each of the reopened spaces has introduced measures to ensure your safety and many require you to book a time slot in advance for entry. Check with the individual venues in advance.
If you’re not currently in the capital, you can still enjoy culture from your couch with our pick of virtual London museum exhibitions, all for free!
Reopened and new London exhibitions
Ready to venture out for your cultural fix? Walk or cycle to the museums closest to you, as they open their doors once more.
Victoria: A Royal Childhood at Kensington Palace
Permian Monsters: Life Before the Dinosaurs at Horniman Museum & Gardens
Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers at the Design Museum
Nightingale in 200 Objects, People and Places at Florence Nightingale Museum
Celebrate the bicentenary of the “Lady of the Lamp’s” birth with a special reopened exhibition at Florence Nightingale Museum. Take a journey through the pioneer’s life and work with 200 of her most treasured objects put under the spotlight in Nightingale in 200 Objects, People and Places: Leader, Icon and Pioneer. From 1 Aug
If you’re not near the South Bank, discover the 200 exhibits from home.
RAF Photographer of the Year at the Royal Air Force Museum London
Portraying Pregnancy: From Holbein to Social Media at the Foundling Museum
Forgotten Masters: Indian Painting for the East India Company at the Wallace Collection
Derek Jarman: My Garden’s Boundaries are the Horizon at the Garden Museum
Virtual exhibitions to enjoy at home
If you’re not in London, you can still soak up the city’s culture with these free exhibitions to enjoy from your home. Just sit back, log on and explore exhibits from some of London’s top museums.
Harry Potter: A History of Magic at the British Library
Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk at the V&A
If you didn’t have the chance to see the Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk exhibition at the V&A before lockdown, go on a curator's tour with videos exploring the various rooms, which are full of exquisite examples of kimonos. Learn about the history of the clothing and its importance in Japanese culture.
Find more cultural treasures in the extensive Victoria and Albert Museum online collection.
Culture Under Attack at IWM London
If you missed IWM London’s recent Culture Under Attack season, check it out online with Google Arts & Culture. Learn how conflict has hindered and even helped culture, uncover plans to hide famous artworks during wartime and follow the tales of musicians who played on during the Second World War.
Find out more about the exhibition, alongside lots of other documentaries and videos, on IWM London's YouTube channel.
London Calling at Museum of London
Industrial Islington at London Canal Museum
Natural History Museum's digital exhibitions
Science Museum's virtual exhibitions
Hidden London Hangouts and Poster Art 150 at London Transport Museum
The London Transport Museum’s Hidden London exhibition may be temporarily closed, but its curators and experts are using their talents to highlight hidden spots of the Underground and key facts from the exhibition with weekly Hidden London Hangouts on YouTube.
You can also revisit the museum's Poster Art 150 exhibition online, which features 150 of the most iconic posters from its wide-ranging collection.
Voices from the Deep at The Postal Museum
Noteworthy Women at the Bank of England Museum
Making the Bridge Sing at Tower Bridge
Discover more cultural highlights with the capital's top art exhibitions and make sure to share your experiences of rediscovering your local cultural gems on social media, using #BecauseImALondoner
And don't forget to download the Visit London app for more exhibitions and things to do in London.