Whitechapel Gallery - Prices, opening hours, news, events and exhibitions

About the Whitechapel Gallery

Opened in 1901, it was one of the first publicly funded galleries for temporary exhibitions in London.

It has a long track record for education and outreach projects, now focused on the Whitechapel area.

It exhibits the work of contemporary artists, as well as organising retrospective exhibitions and shows that are of interest to the local community.

Entry is free to the main gallery, but paid exhibitions are also hosted.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Whitechapel Gallery,
77-82 Whitechapel High Street,
E1 7QX

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Frequently asked questions

Do I need to wear a face mask when visiting?

The UK government does not require face masks to be work indoors at the moment, but many venues ask people to wear them, and can refuse entry if they need to.

Is the Whitechapel Gallery free to visit?

Yes, the main gallery and most of the exhibitions are free to visit, and there's usually one or two paid exhibitions.

How long does a visit to the Whitechapel Gallery last?

It can vary wildly from half-an-hour for a single gallery to half a day if you were to see all the exhibitions on at the time.

What's the nearest railway station to Whitechapel Gallery

The nearest station is Aldgate East which is 0.1 miles away.

Whitechapel Gallery - Latest News

Censored photos from the 1930s to go on display
Censored photos from the 1930s to go on display

It’s 1930s America, the country is in recession, and photographers are sent out to record what is going on, only to have much of their work censored.

Crossrail art exhibition opens in Whitechapel
Crossrail art exhibition opens in Whitechapel

Each of the main stations for the future Elizabeth line will have their own monumental art installations, and a display has opened showing some of them off to the public.


Recent exhibitions

This major Eduardo Paolozzi retrospective spans five decades and features over 250 works.
A display of Crossrail artworks, material such as maquettes, sketches and prototypes.
Queer Spaces: London, 1980s – Today
This display focuses on the rarely seen archives of queer venues and social networks collated by University College London’s Urban Laboratory.
A Glittering City: Ayo Akingbade with Duchamp & Sons
Speaking to architects, public sector workers and young people, artist and filmmaker Ayo Akingbade creates moving image work that forges conversations on urbanism, gentrification, power and resilience.
Desde el Salón (From the Living Room)
Calero’s display invites us to think about the act of collecting, about what we choose to surround ourselves with in our homes and the importance and presence of the natural world.
Eileen Agar: Angel of Anarchy
This definitive retrospective charts her ground-breaking career from the 1920s to the 1990s.

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