A large number of venues that have been supported by grants from the National Lottery over the past 23 years since it was set up are to open their doors for free for a week in December.
Venues such as the London Transport Museum, Kew Gardens, Cartoon Museum, and Brooklands Museum will all be having free entry days, and other venues will be offering a range of deals from free entry to paid exhibitions or discounts in their shops.
The week runs from Mon 11th to Sun 17th December, with some venues only participating on select dates.
To qualify for the deal, you need to turn up clutching a National Lottery ticket or scratchcard — so you never know, you might even win a prize as well.
The offer runs throughout the UK (map of venues), and below are the museums, galleries and gardens participating within the M25 region.
Offers vary, so please check the participating attraction’s website for all the details and terms and conditions before you visit.
|Bentley Priory Museum||Free entry||11-16 December 2017|
|Heath Robinson Museum||Free entry||Friday, December 15, 2017|
|RAF Museum||10% discount in shops||11-17 December 2017|
|William Morris Gallery||10% discount in shops||11-17 December 2017|
|Walthamstow Wetlands||10% discount in shops||11-14 December 2017|
|London Wildlife Trust – Woodberry Wetlands||Free guided walk||Wed 13th Dec|
|National Trust Sutton House and Breaker’s Yard||Free entry||Wed 13th Dec|
|Geffrye Museum of the Home||Free Christmas guidebook and shop discount||12-17 December 2017|
|The Charterhouse||Free special tour of the historic site||13, 14, 16, 17 December 2017|
|British Library||Free guided tour (advance booking required)||13-14 December 2017|
|Cartoon Museum||Free entry (limited to one person per group)||12-17 December 2017|
|The British Museum||Free ticket for the BP exhibition Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia (limited to first 50 visitors per day)||11-17 December 2017|
|The Courtauld Gallery||Two for one entry||11-17 December 2017|
|London Transport Museum||Free adult one-day pass||11-17 December 2017|
|Benjamin Franklin House||Free entry||11, 13-17 December 2017|
|National Gallery||Free daily tours; two for one entrance to Monochrome: Painting in Black and White exhibition; half price Monochrome catalogue; two for one Monochrome cocktails in the National Cafe||11-17 December 2017|
|National Portrait Gallery||Free entry to Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2017 exhibition||11-17 December 2017|
|Royal Academy||£12 concessionary tickets to Jasper Johns exhibition – buy online and show National Lottery ticket upon arrival||4-10 December 2017|
|National Army Museum||Free Christmas pastry with the purchase of any full price hot drink||11-17 December 2017|
|V&A Museum||15% discount in the shop; V&A Souvenir guide for £2||11-17 December 2017|
|Natural History Museum||Free tickets to Whales or Venom exhibitions for one adult and up to three children (subject to availability)||11-17 December 2017|
|Science Museum||Free tote bag (while stocks last); win a tour on the Flying Scotsman or exhibition tickets||11-17 December 2017|
|The Royal College of Music||Free entry to weekday events||4-15 December 2017|
|Royal Geographical Society||Free guided tour of Travels with the Director photography exhibition||11-15 December 2017|
|Design Museum||Free guided tour||11-17 December 2017|
|Jozef Pilsudski Institute of London||Free goodie bags first 10 visitors per day; free curatorial session (limited to 30 people)||12, 14 December 2017|
|National Trust Osterley Park and House||Free entry||Wednesday, December 13, 2017|
|Fulham Palace||Free public history tour||12, 17 December 2017|
|Brooklands Museum||Free entry||11-15 December 2017|
|National Trust Claremont Landscape Garden||Free entry||Wednesday, December 13, 2017|
|National Trust Ham House and Garden||Free entry||Wednesday, December 13, 2017|
|Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew||Free entry||11-17 December 2017|
|London Wildlife Trust – Sydenham Hill Wood||Free guided walk, 10am||Tuesday, December 12, 2017|
|Horniman Museum & Gardens||Free entry to the Aquarium||11-15 December 2017|
|South London Gallery||Free goody bag (limited to first 25 visitors)||11-17 December 2017|
|St Alfege Church Greenwich||Free guided tour of the crypt||Thursday, December 14, 2017|