London art museums, art galleries, exhibitions: an index of websites
Arts de Londres/Arts di Londra/Kunst in London
See also: London art galleries
The British Museum is a museum dedicated to human history, art, and culture, located in the Bloomsbury area of London. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. Shop The British Museum online shop – selling books, authentic replicas, high quality fine art prints, stunning jewellery and more, including the latest exhibition gifts . Delivery The British Museum online shop is able to offer a worldwide delivery service, and free UK delivery on BMP books.
Exhibitions of contemporary art.
A calender of gallery openings and exhibitions around London.
Galleries in London, a guide.
A list, organised by area.
Gallery and museum directories *
Galleries in London
A list, organised by area.
Exhibitions of contemporary art, London
A calendar of gallery openings and exhibitions.
Art museums in London *
Smaller, lesser-known museums in London.
Timeout guide to London’s best unsung museums.
The British Museum
The Museum houses a vast collection of world art and artefacts and is free to all visitors.
The Cartoon Art Trust is dedicated to preserving and promoting the best of British cartoon art and caricature.
The Geffrye Museum
It shows the changing style of the English domestic interior in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day.
The Hayward Gallery
One of London?s most important spaces for displaying contemporary art.
Royal College of Surgeons of England
The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)
The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) is an artistic and cultural centre on The Mall in London, just off Trafalgar Square. It contains galleries, a theatre, two cinemas, a bookshop and a bar.
Leighton House Museum
The former studio-house of the great Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). Built to designs by George Aitchison, it was extended and embellished over a period of 30 years to create a private palace of art.
London Shh Small Historic Houses
All over the capital, you can discover the lives and legacies of famous London residents through their homes. Franklin, Freud, Morris, Handel….
The Museum of Everything
London’s first ever space for artist and creators living outside our modern society.
The National Gallery houses the national collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It is on show 361 days a year, free of charge. It is one of the most visited art museum in the world, along with the Musée du Louvre, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the British Museum and Tate Modern.
The Serpentine comprises two galleries situated in Kensington Gardens in central London. The Serpentine Gallery and the newly opened Serpentine Sackler Gallery present world-renowned exhibitions of art, architecture and design throughout the year and admission is free.
Somerset House is one of Britain’s great architectural treasures, encompassing the Courtauld Institute of Art gallery and the Hermitage Rooms.
The Tate Modern London art gallery houses the UK’s collection of modern and contemporary art from 1900 to the present day.
Tate Britain houses the UK’s collection of British art from 1500 to the present day. It also holds special exhibitions and events.
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The Wapping Project
A multi-purpose exhibition and performance space.
The Whitechapel Gallery
The Whitechapel Art Gallery was founded in 1901 to bring great art to the people of east London. The gallery is now internationally acclaimed for its exhibitions of modern and contemporary art.
The Zabludowicz Collection’s London project space exhibits its collected works as well as newly commissioned art. Its program includes the Zabludowicz Collection Curatorial Open and Testing Ground, an annual initiative for higher education in the arts and curating.