Museum and gallery reopenings: the latest dates and news

Updated 6 August 2020

As museums and galleries across the UK start to reopen, we’re keeping track of the latest dates and announcements so you can see what’s on where.

Museums, galleries and historic houses in the UK have been gradually reopening since 4 July 2020.

We’re regularly updating this list of upcoming reopening dates for museums in the National Art Pass network, so you can see what’s opening soon near you.

Please note that not all attractions may be open at some venues. Follow the links for full details.

Remember to check each venue’s safety guidelines before visiting. You can expect timed tickets, cashless payments and social distancing to be in use, as well as other safety measures.

If you’re not ready to visit yet, there are still lots of ways to connect with museums online. You can also sign up for our newsletter Art in your inbox and follow us on Instagram for more ways to engage with the art you love.

To see what’s already open, browse our full museum and gallery listings.

For questions about National Art Pass, please see our FAQs.

Reopenings in August 2020

1 August

Brooklands Museum, Surrey

Canterbury Roman Museum, Kent

Florence Nightingale Museum, London

Guildhall Art Gallery, London

Hayward Gallery, London

IWM London, London

IWM North, Manchester

Milford House Collection, Armagh

The Hepworth Wakefield

Shakespeare's Birthplace Trust, Stratford-upon-avon

York Art Gallery, York

3 August

Herbert Art Gallery and Museum, Coventry

4 August

Dimbola Museum & Galleries, Isle of Wight

Nottingham Contemporary

Serpentine Galleries, London

  • NB the Serpentine Gallery will reopen on 4 August; the Serpentine Sackler Gallery on 29 September

St Fagans National Museum of History, South Glamorgan

5 August

Fashion and Textile Museum, London

National Museum of Flight, East Lothian

Natural History Museum, London

Pallant House Gallery, Chichester

6 August

Leamington Spa Art Gallery & Museum, Warwickshire

Museum of London, London

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A), London

  • NB reopening in phases: from 6 August opening hours will be Thursday - Sunday 11am-3pm, from 27 August opening hours will be Thursday - Sunday 11am-7pm
  • Exhibitions include Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk from 27 August

10 August

Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Tyne And Wear

Laing Art Gallery, Tyne and Wear

The Lightbox, Surrey

11 August

Modern Art Oxford, Oxfordshire

  • NB Modern Art Oxford will reopen 11 - 23 August with the exhibition, Johanna Unzueta: Tools for Life. The gallery will then close 24 August and reopen for Autumn 2 October

12 August

National Museum of Rural Life, East Kilbride

13 August


South Shields Museum & Art Gallery, Tyne and Wear

14 August

Science and Industry Museum, Greater Manchester

19 August

National Museum of Scotland, Midlothian

Science Museum, London

20 August

Manchester Art Gallery, Manchester

McManus: Dundee's Art Gallery and Museum, Tayside

23 August

National Slate Museum, Gwynedd

27 August

National Museum Cardiff, South Glamorgan

28 August

National Waterfront Museum, Swansea

Reopenings in September 2020

1 September

Big Pit National Coal Museum, Gwent

Great North Museum: Hancock, Tyne and Wear

Museum of Farnham, Surrey

Royal Crown Derby Museum, Derby

2 September

National Roman Legion Museum, Newport

The MAC, Belfast

3 September

National Wool Museum, Camarthenshire

11 September

MK Gallery, Milton Keynes

18 September

Goldsmiths Centre for Contemporary Art, London

24 September

Camden Art Centre, London

Reopenings in October 2020

1 October

Gasworks, London

Reopenings in 2021

6 March

The Weavers Factory, Manchester

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