A list of free exhibitions in London open now, and opening in London soon.

Displayed by how soon they close.

Exhibitions open now

Discover the story of Ai-Da, the world’s first convincing humanoid robot capable of creating artworks.
Open from Tue 18th May to Wed 29th Sep
Ends this month

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2021-05-18
Ai-Da: Portrait of the Robot
An exhibition exploring the concept of Eden through Art & Islamic Garden Design
Open from Thu 29th Apr to Thu 30th Sep
Ends this month

The Aga Khan Centre
N1C 4DN
2021-04-29
Making Paradise
This large scale timeline and exhibition in the gallery tells you some of the extraordinary story within the wider context of the changing East End.
Open from Tue 8th Jun to Thu 30th Sep
Ends this month

Oxford House
E2 6HG
2021-06-08
The Story of Oxford House
An analogue journey through unseen footage, unpublished articles and original synthesizers with one of electronic music's pioneering groups.
Open from Mon 19th Jul to Thu 30th Sep
Ends this month

Barbican Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2021-07-19
Tangerine Dream: Zeitraffer
This exhibition is an intense investigation of a place half-remembered and half-remade by fantasy - both the artist's own and those protruding, live and dead, from the past.
Open from Thu 9th Sep to Sat 2nd Oct

The Horse Hospital
WC1N 1JD
2021-09-09
Ohio Lands: Heap of Testimony - Paintings by Eric Wright
This new collection focuses on Gail’s monochrome linocuts, which are re-workings of some of her earlier, favourite colour prints.
Open from Wed 1st Sep to Sun 3rd Oct

Eames Fine Art Print Room
SE1 3UW
2021-09-01
Gail Brodholt | Back to Black
The work in this exhibition is painted mostly on objects that the artist has salvaged from the streets and buildings of London.
Open from Sat 18th Sep to Sat 9th Oct

Atom Gallery
N16 9DA
2021-09-18
Back Lit by Andrew Gibson
A series of X-ray photographs and poetic texts highlighting extinction and the alarming decline in bird species around the world.
Open from Mon 17th May to Sun 10th Oct

Horniman Museum
SE23 3PQ
2021-05-17
Falling Birds
20 designers have been invited to think about their experiences of a pandemic world.
Open from Mon 13th Sep to Sun 10th Oct

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2021-09-13
Discovered: Designers for Tomorrow
This exhibition offers a fascinating insight into the history of medicine and the growth of the medical and scientific professions.
Open from Mon 19th Jul to Fri 15th Oct

The Royal Society of Medicine
W1G 0AE
2021-07-19
Treasures of the RSM
An exhibition of 25 photos taken during the filming of the latest James Bond movie.
Open from Fri 10th Sep to Fri 15th Oct

Leica Gallery
W1K 6JD
2021-09-10
No Time To Die – Behind the Scenes
Starting over 50 years ago, this great photographer has been documenting life in the west London communities of Ladbroke Grove and Notting Hill.
Open from Fri 23rd Jul to Sun 17th Oct

Royal Festival Hall
SE1 8XX
2021-07-23
The Charlie Phillips Archive
This exhibition is dedicated to approximately 40 rare and fascinating objects paying tribute to the wonders of the natural world.
Open from Wed 22nd Sep to Fri 22nd Oct

Cromwell Place
SW7 2JE
2021-09-22
The Natural World
An exhibition examining the cultural, social and political effects of software on contemporary society, by US artist Ben Grosser.
Open from Thu 9th Sep to Sat 23rd Oct

arebyte Gallery
E14 0LG
2021-09-09
Software for Less - Ben Grosser
Celebrating south London’s music scene, Music Curator Adem Holness highlights the relationship between Black British music and physical space.
Open from Fri 23rd Jul to Sun 24th Oct

Horniman Museum
SE23 3PQ
2021-07-23
 Dance Can’t Nice: Exploring London’s Black music spaces
An exhibition to celebrate the release of A Field Guide to Larking by Lara Maiklem, author of the bestselling Mudlarking: Lost and Found on the River Thames
Open from Thu 1st Jan 1970 to Sat 30th Oct

Southwark Cathedral
SE1 9DA
Larking: The Thames and Beyond
Five monumental views reunited for the first time in more than 250 years.
Open from Thu 22nd Jul to Sun 31st Oct

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2021-07-22
Bellotto: The Königstein Views Reunited
A display of Asante treasures from Ghana, shedding light on 19th-century collecting and the British Empire.
Open from Wed 19th May to Sun 31st Oct

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2021-05-19
Asante Goldweights
Discover the shared military heritage between the UK and the Caribbean in this special exhibition exploring the role of West Indian soldiers in the British Army.
Open from Wed 19th May to Sun 31st Oct

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2021-05-19
West Indian Soldier
A display of photographs of London from eight different perspectives, rejecting a single, monolithic view in favour of a fragmentary, multifarious mosaic.
Open from Fri 17th Sep to Thu 4th Nov

The Building Centre
WC1E 7BT
2021-09-17
Londons – The Polycentric City
A new photographic art display exploring contemporary relationships with spiritualism, reality and surrealism, through a Black British lens.
Open from Mon 20th Sep to Sun 7th Nov

Horniman Museum
SE23 3PQ
2021-09-20
An Ode to Afrosurrealism
This exhibition explores the pioneering design strategy and lasting legacy of the historic Tokyo 1964 Olympic Games.
Open from Thu 5th Aug to Sun 7th Nov

Japan House
W8 5SA
2021-08-05
Tokyo 1964: Designing Tomorrow
An outdoor exhibition of sculpture that reasserts the liveliness of ordinary things.
Open from Thu 26th Aug to Fri 12th Nov

Canada Square Park
E14 5AB
2021-08-26
On the Other Hand
This group exhibition and artist led research project unearths and interrogates our connection with our habitats and ecosystems, both global and local.
Open from Tue 18th May to Sun 14th Nov

Orleans House Gallery
TW1 3DJ
2021-05-18
Remember the Future
In response to the climate emergency, artists Ackroyd & Harvey have installed Beuys’ Acorns, a group of 100 oak trees, on Tate Modern’s South Terrace
Open from Tue 4th May to Sun 14th Nov

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2021-05-04
Beuys’ Acorns
This display reflects on the role of humour in debates around identity, empire and power over the past two hundred years.
Open from Mon 17th May to Thu 25th Nov

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2021-05-17
Laughing Matters: The State of a Nation
This display of artworks and manuscripts explores the life and interests of Joseph Banks (1743-1820) through some of his extraordinary collections.
Open from Mon 17th May to Thu 25th Nov

Natural History Museum
SW7 5BD
2021-05-17
The Artistic Legacy of Joseph Banks
This exhibition will display works from throughout the artist’s career and explore how her admiration for William Hogarth has inspired elements of her work.
Open from Tue 20th Jul to Fri 26th Nov

Hogarth's House
W4 2QN
2021-07-20
Regarding Forests by artist Chrystel Lebas features large-scale photographs taken during her travels around the world.
Open from Mon 6th Sep to Thu 2nd Dec

St Bartholomew’s Hospital North Wing
EC1A 7BE
2021-09-06
Regarding Forests
The Southbank presents the most extensive exhibition of Gerhard Richter’s drawings ever shown in the UK.
Open from Thu 9th Sep to Sun 12th Dec

Hayward Gallery
SE1 8XX
2021-09-09
Gerhard Richter: Drawings, 1999 – 2021
This exhibition examines the pivotal role of women as both artists and as behind-the-scenes organisers within the Surrealist movement in Britain in the 1930s.
Open from Wed 19th May to Sun 12th Dec

Whitechapel Gallery
E1 7QX
2021-05-19
Phantoms of Surrealism
An exhibition that reflects on the Building Centre's key activities from 1931 to the present day
Open from Mon 7th Jun to Fri 17th Dec

The Building Centre
WC1E 7BT
2021-06-07
 Celebrating 90 years of the Building Centre – 1931 to the present day

A photography exhibition of young people in and around Bethnal Green taken in the 1970's by Philip Cunningham.
Open from Wed 22nd Sep to Fri 17th Dec

Oxford House
E2 6HG
2021-09-22
An exhibition exploring 400 years of emigration from Britain from the Mayflower to the present day through personal narratives, contemporary art and a range of media.
Open from Wed 19th May to Sun 19th Dec

Migration Museum
SE13 7HB
2021-05-19
Departures
An installation exploring two important social questions: who are our buildings and shared spaces for and how do they affect us?
Open from Mon 17th May to Thu 23rd Dec

Barbican Centre
EC2Y 8DS
2021-05-17
How We Live Now: Reimagining Spaces with Matrix Feminist Design Co-operative
The exhibition brings together rarely-seen original artwork and costumes, photographs, documents, audio and video to tell the story of Noël Coward's life.
Open from Mon 14th Jun to Thu 23rd Dec

Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheater
EC2V 5AE
2021-06-14
Noël Coward: Art & Style
An exhibition about a dentist and Freemason noted for his philanthropy.
Open from Mon 17th May to Sat 25th Dec

Museum of Freemasonry
WC2B 5AZ
2021-05-17
Generous Dentist: Bartholomew Ruspini
Heather Phillipson engulfs Tate Britain’s grand central galleries with colour, sound and motion
Open from Sun 20th Jun to Wed 29th Dec

Tate Britain
SW1P 4RG
2021-06-20
RUPTURE NO 1: blowtorching the bitten peach
This exhibition follows the lives of soldiers in Germany over the past 75 years.
Open from Sun 12th Sep to Fri 31st Dec

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2021-09-12
 Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945
An outdoor exhibition marking the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the seat of Poland’s diplomatic post in London at 47 Portland Place.
Open from Sun 2nd May to Fri 31st Dec

Embassy of the Republic of Poland
W1B 1JH
2021-05-02
Exhibition marking 100 years of Polish Embassy
This exhibition presents large scale photographs taken less than two months after the attacks, as the gravity of the 9/11 terror attacks left a new world in their wake.
Open from Fri 10th Sep to Sun 9th Jan 2022

Imperial War Museum
SE1 6HZ
2021-09-10
Wim Wenders: Photographing Ground Zero
An exhibition about the award-winning illustrator of children’s books
Open from Sat 4th Sep to Sun 9th Jan 2022

Heath Robinson Museum
HA5 1AE
2021-09-04
Korky Paul’s Magic of Illustration
This exhibition offers new commissions that take a deeper look at feelings of peace and balance.
Open from Thu 15th Jul to Sun 9th Jan 2022

Wellcome Collection
NW1 2BE
2021-07-15
Tranquillity
The exhibition invites audiences to consider one of ancient Korea’s most significant, but enigmatic, archaeological sites.
Open from Fri 20th Aug to Sat 22nd Jan 2022

London Mithraeum
EC4N 8AA
2021-08-20
Proposal for Sach’ŏnwang-sa
An exhibition that offers a first look at the technologies being developed to remove carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, to help mitigate the worst impacts of climate change.
Open from Wed 19th May to Thu 10th Feb 2022

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2021-05-19
Our Future Planet
Explore the diversity of euphoric experiences and the effect of positive emotion on the body.
Open from Thu 15th Jul to Wed 23rd Feb 2022

Wellcome Collection
NW1 2BE
2021-07-15
Joy
An experimental site-specific exhibition of new work by young British artist, Jonny Briggs.
Open from Wed 22nd Sep to Sun 6th Mar 2022

Burgh House and Hampstead Museum
NW3 1LT
2021-09-22
Knots: Jonny Briggs x Burgh House
Explore the 100-year history of the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance.
Open from Sun 20th Jun to Wed 16th Mar 2022

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2021-06-20
On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100
A display exploring the central role food plays in Black enterprise and identity in South East London.
Open from Fri 16th Jul to Sat 9th Apr 2022

Museum of London Docklands
E14 4AL
2021-07-16
Feeding Black: Community, Power & Place
An immersive exhibition exploring the latest cancer research taking place at the Crick - Europe’s largest biomedical research institute under one roof.
Open from Fri 10th Sep to Thu 30th Jun 2022

The Francis Crick Institute
NW1 1AT
2021-09-10
Outwitting Cancer - Making Sense of Nature's Enigma

Exhibitions opening soon

An exhibition examining the industry’s innovative nature, presenting the unique depth of rush weaving’s aesthetics and its historical value to Taiwan.
Open from Sat 2nd Oct to Sat 9th Oct

2021-10-02
Lines of Possibilities: Taiwanese Rush Weaving
Bentleys, the vintage luggage specialist, hosts a week-long residency with arguably Britain’s finest traditional leather craftspeople: Tetbury’s Neil MacGregor and Valerie Michael.
Open from Mon 4th Oct to Sat 9th Oct

Bentleys London
SW1W 8DA
2021-10-04
MacGregor and Michael: A Leather Masterclass
Five leading contemporary craft galleries on display in the historic, 19th-century official residence of the Argentine ambassador.
Open from Mon 4th Oct to Sun 10th Oct

Argentine Embassy
SW1X 8QZ
2021-10-04
Crafting a Difference at the Argentine Ambassador’s Residence
Visitors can see the entire process of creating handwoven textiles, from setting up the warp, weaving both tapestries and rugs, and finally taking the finished piece off the loom.
Open from Mon 4th Oct to Sun 10th Oct

Christabel Balfour
E2 0SY
2021-10-04
Christabel Balfour Open Studios
The annual international open exhibition of the UK Coloured Pencil Society is this year celebrating 20 years of promoting fine art in coloured pencil.
Open from Thu 14th Oct to Sun 24th Oct

2021-10-14
UK Coloured Pencil Society 20th Anniversary Gala Exhibition
Discover the life and works of John Keats - Londoner, medic and poet - on the bicentenary of his death in 1821.
Open from Mon 4th Oct to Sun 31st Oct

Aldgate Square
EC3N 1AF
2021-10-04
Keats200 - Outdoor Exhibition
An exhibition on perhaps the Isokon’s most renowned resident: Agatha Christie.
Open from Sat 2nd Oct to Sun 31st Oct

Isokon Gallery
NW3 2XD
2021-10-02
Agatha Christie
An exhibition of rarely seen paintings on paper from the final years of Mark Rothko’s life.
Open from Fri 8th Oct to Fri 12th Nov

Pace Gallery
2021-10-08
Mark Rothko 1968: Clearing Away
Kehinde Wiley is an American artist best known for his portraits that render people of colour in the traditional settings of Old Master paintings.
Open from Fri 10th Dec to Mon 18th Apr 2022

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2021-12-10
Kehinde Wiley
This exhibition will trace more than 200 years of extraordinary experiences and intense activity on a river that has always been essential to the city’s survival.
Open from Fri 22nd Oct to Sun 8th May 2022

Museum of London Docklands
E14 4AL
2021-10-22
London: Port City
A once-in-a-century opportunity to see this iconic painting in the UK.
Open from Tue 25th Jan 2022 to Sun 15th May 2022

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2022-01-25
Gainsborough's Blue Boy
Step back through millennia and discover how this ancient civilization questioned, contemplated, and debated the natural world.
Open from Wed 17th Nov to Sun 5th Jun 2022

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2021-11-17
Ancient Greeks: Science and Wisdom