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.
Royal Collection, Google Ars and Culture. High-definition images of the collection.
The Royal Collection is one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, and one of the last great European royal collections to remain intact. Comprising almost all aspects of the fine and decorative arts and running to more than a million objects, it is held in trust by The Queen as Sovereign for her successors and the nation. The Royal Collection is a unique and valuable record of the personal tastes of kings and queens over hundreds of years. Following the execution of Charles I in 1649, the greater part of the King’s magnificent possessions was sold by order of Oliver Cromwell, and the Royal Collection has largely been formed since the Restoration of the Monarchy in 1660.
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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Victoria and Albert Museum
The V&A, one of the world’s leading museums of art and design, houses a permanent collection of over 2.3 million objects that span over 5,000 years of human creativity. The Museum holds many of the UK’s national collections and houses some of the greatest resources for the study of architecture, furniture, fashion, textiles, photography, sculpture, painting, jewellery, glass, ceramics, book arts, Asian art and design, theatre and performance.
The Wallace Collection
The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury.
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.