With many people taking an extended break over Christmas, it helps to know which museums are going to be open so that you can have some ideas of where to visit.

Below is a list of the museums that I thought of, and their opening hours, where known. Maybe it’ll inspire you to visit some of the smaller museums over Christmas.

Opening hours also may vary, so if going early/late, check their website first as well.


 Fri 22ndSat 23rdSun 24thXmas DayBoxing DayWed 27thThur 28thFri 29thSat 30thSun 31stMon 1st
Bank of England Museum
Barbican Centre
Bentley Priory Museum
Bethlem Museum of the Mind
British Library
British Museum
Brooklands Museum
Canal Museum
Cartoon Museum
Charles Dickens Museum
Courtauld Institute of Art
Dennis Severs’ House
Design Museum
Dr Johnson’s House
Dr Who Museum
Dulwich Picture Gallery
Eltham Palace
Fan Museum
Faraday Museum
Fashion and Textile Museum
Florence Nightingale Museum
Foundling Museum
Freud Museum
Fulham Palace
Geffrye Museum
Grant Museum of Zoology
Guildhall Art Gallery
Handel House Museum
Heath Robinson Museum
Horniman Museum
House of Illustration
Imperial War Museums
Jewel Tower
Jewish Museum
Keats House
Kensington Palace
Kenwood House
Kew Gardens
London Mithraeum
London Museum of Water and Steam
London Transport Museum
Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
Museum of Childhood
Museum of London
Museum of London Docklands
Museum of the Order of St John
Musical Museum
National Army Museum
National Gallery
National Maritime Museum
National Portrait Gallery
Natural History Museum
Osterley Park and House
Petrie Museum of Egyptology
Queen’s Gallery
RAF Museum
Royal College of Nursing
Royal College of Physicians
Saatchi Gallery
Science Museum
Sir John Soane’s Museum
Somerset House
Southbank Centre
Tate Britain
Tate Modern
The Building Centre
Tower Bridge Exhibition
Wallace Collection
Wellcome Collection
Whitechapel Gallery
Wiener Library

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4 comments on “London Museums open over Christmas
  1. Emma Davis says:

    Thanks for all the great info. Merry Xmas and Happy Neew Year!

  2. Yac Bar says:

    The national gallery is closed at the 24.12.

  3. Costa says:

    So basically nothing to do on boxing day, all the museuns are closed. I was thinking to visit the kew gardens, takes 1.5 hours at least to get there and closes at 3. Great city

  4. T says:

    This is really helpful thank you

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