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National Gallery reopens next week. Plus 7 more to visit soon

Over the next month some of the capital's top galleries and museums cautiously reopen

We’re pretty sure over the last fourteen weeks you’ve missed a weekend jaunt to one of the capital’s incredible (and often free) museums and galleries.

So, without further ado, here’s a round-up of some of the biggies about to reopen their doors – all, of course, endeavouring to adhere to COVID-secure guidelines.

Concerned about returning to such venues? Well, across the board the maximum number of visitors to each gallery will be reduced so you can maintain social distancing during your visit.

Hand sanitiser will also be available, at regular intervals, for you to use. Visitors are all encouraged to wear face coverings, for both their safety and that of other visitors and staff. And the frequency of cleaning has been increased everywhere, including toilets and other facilities.


It goes without saying that if you or anyone you live with displays symptoms associated with COVID-19, please delay your visit until it is safe to do so. Here’s what’s happening:

These galleries and museums are about to reopen

The National Gallery
Date: 8 July 2020

Reopening with ‘Titian: Love, Desire, Death and Nicolaes Maes: Dutch Master of the Golden Age’. More info.

The Foundling Museum
8 July 2020

‘Portraying Pregnancy: from Holbein to Social Media’, the first exhibition to explore the representation of the pregnant female body in portraiture, over 500 years. More info.

The Royal Academy of Arts
9 July 2020

Reopening of ‘Picasso on Paper’ exhibition in a first phase of four weeks until 2 August. From early August the RA will embark on a second phase with a different exhibition and expanded hours. More info.

Barbican Art Gallery
13 July 2020

Barbican Art Gallery will welcome visitors back to ‘Masculinities: Liberation through Photography’ from Monday 13 July 2020, with the show’s run being extended until 23 August 2020. ‘A Countervailing Theory’, the first-ever UK commission from Toyin Ojih Odutola, will open in The Curve on Tuesday 11 August 2020. More info.

Whitechapel Gallery
14 July 2020

Reopening with ‘Radical Figures: Painting in the New Millennium; Carlos Bunga’s Something Necessary and Useful’; ‘In the Eye of Bambi – ‘la Caixa’ Collection of Contemporary Art Selected by Verónica Gerber Bicecci; The Return of the Spirit of Painting; Rachel Pimm: Plates; Artist Film International. More info.

The Photographers’ Gallery
14 July 2020

Reopening with ‘The Deutsche Börse Photography Foundation Prize 2020’ and ‘Jan Svoboda: Against The Light’. More info.

Tate Modern and Tate Britain
27 July 2020

As well as the permanent collections there’s Andy Warhol (until 6 Sept) at TM and the awesome Steve McQueen at Tate Britain (until 31 Jan 21). Read our review of Warhol here. More info.

Serpentine Galleries
4 August 2020

A phased reopening beginning with the exhibition ‘Cao Fei: Blueprints’ on 4 August at the Serpentine Gallery (until 13 September). ‘Formafantasma: Cambio’ opens in the Serpentine Sackler Gallery on 29 September (until 2021). More info.

For more details and the latest opening times, which are constantly being updated, please see the venue’s website or social media page. Main image: PR.

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