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

Displayed by how soon they close.

Exhibitions open now

Over 400 objects from Tiffany’s archives go on display at the Saatchi Gallery.
Open from Fri 10th Jun to Fri 19th Aug
Ends this month

Saatchi Gallery
SW3 4RY
2022-06-10
Vision & Virtuosity by Tiffany
A display of infographics illustrating 19th-century news themes
Open from Wed 11th May to Sun 21st Aug
Ends this month

The British Library
NW1 2DB
2022-05-11
Visualising Victorian News
The name Bruce Gilden is synonymous with striking images - his unique and confrontational style has made him a stand-out Icon in the pantheon of legendary American street photographers.
Open from Mon 13th Jun to Sun 28th Aug
Ends this month

Leica Gallery
W1K 6JD
2022-06-13
Brice Gilden - Wall Portraits
In this exhibition, learn more about printmaking in Rudolf's court in Prague during the highpoint of innovative and ambitious prints made from around 1580 until the early years of the 17th century.
Open from Thu 17th Mar to Sun 28th Aug
Ends this month

The British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2022-03-17
Printmaking in Prague - art from the court of Rudolf II
Explore the 100-year history of the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance.
Open from Thu 17th Mar to Sun 28th Aug
Ends this month

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2022-03-17
On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100
The exhibition considers what we might learn from plant behaviour, and the impacts of colonial expeditions on the exploitation of natural resources and indigenous knowledges.
Open from Thu 24th Mar to Sun 28th Aug
Ends this month

Wellcome Collection
NW1 2BE
2022-03-24
Rooted Beings
These portraits offer a glimpse of life in Ukraine before the war with Russia began in 2022.
Open from Tue 19th Jul to Mon 29th Aug
Ends this month

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2022-07-19
Ukraine in Focus
Everyone is invited to transform a completely white domestic apartment into a sea of colourful dots
Open from Sat 23rd Jul to Mon 29th Aug
Ends this month

Tate Modern
SE1 9TG
2022-07-23
Kusama's Obliteration Room
This exhibition highlights the sporting, economic and wellbeing opportunities generated by the Games, the journey of the Paralympics movement and the remarkable changes to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Open from Wed 13th Apr to Wed 31st Aug
Ends this month

Lee Valley VeloPark
E20 3AB
2022-04-13
London 2012 exhibition
The exhibition explores women international thinkers and their work at a fundamental moment in the imagining of international relations.
Open from Thu 5th May to Fri 2nd Sep

LSE Library
WC2A 2HD
2022-05-05
Women's International Thought
Step onto the island of Inujima in this exhibition which explores how an extraordinary living art project has transformed the island’s landscape and lives of its inhabitants.
Open from Sat 21st May to Sun 4th Sep

Japan House
W8 5SA
2022-05-21
Symbiosis: Living Island
Celebrate the work of designer Bethany Williams with this new exhibition embracing the discussion of social and environmental issues.
Open from Mon 16th May to Sun 4th Sep

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2022-05-16
Bethany Williams: Alternative Systems
This intriguing new display highlights over 50 works engraved on wood by the Brothers Dalziel firm, illustrating literary and commercial work published throughout the Victorian period.
Open from Tue 17th May to Sun 4th Sep

The British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2022-05-17
Victorian illustrations by the Brothers Dalziel
Discover how design can support an ageing population – and indeed our own future selves – to meet their needs, interests and aspirations with greater agency and joy.
Open from Wed 20th Jul to Sun 11th Sep

The Design Museum
W8 6AG
2022-07-20
The Future of Ageing
An exhibition exploring ideas around repair, care and healing.
Open from Thu 16th Jun to Sun 18th Sep

Somerset House
WC2R 1LA
2022-06-16
Eternally Yours
Life in a cup presents a fascinating beverage story and explores the traditions that make coffee a way of life in parts of the Islamic world.
Open from Wed 27th Oct 2021 to Sun 18th Sep

The British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2021-10-27
Life in a cup - coffee culture in the Islamic world
Find out more about Epping Forest’s grazing history, how the ‘cow saved the Forest’ in 1874 and grazing management today.
Open from Fri 13th May to Sun 18th Sep

Epping Forest Visitor Centre
E4 7QH
2022-05-13
Cow in the woods
The Hiroshima panels have been brought to this country by Artists for Peace.
Open from Wed 20th Jul to Mon 19th Sep

Daiwa Foundation Japan House
NW1 4QP
2022-07-20
Hiroshima by Iri Maruki and Toshiko Akamatsu
The exhibition charts in items of all kinds the rise of British Blues music from its US and African roots in the 20th Century through to artists performing today.
Open from Thu 26th May to Mon 19th Sep

Barbican Library
EC2Y 8DS
2022-05-26
British Blues Exhibition
Korean artist JeeYoung Lee has created an environment inspired by memories, dreams, emotions, and her personal experience.
Open from Thu 23rd Jun to Sun 25th Sep

Now Gallery
SE10 0SQ
2022-06-23
Maiden Voyage JeeYoung Lee
This exhibition outlines the milestones in the research and treatment of diabetes before the discovery of insulin.
Open from Wed 6th Jul to Fri 30th Sep

Royal Society Of Medicine London
W1G 0AE
2022-07-06
 Diabetes: Towards the Discovery of Insulin
Jyll Bradley’s new interactive commission links the urban landscape of the Southbank Centre to the hop gardens of Kent.
Open from Wed 18th May to Sun 2nd Oct

Hayward Gallery
SE1 8XX
2022-05-18
The Hop
For the first time, Picasso’s ‘Woman with a Book’ (1932) from the Norton Simon Museum, California, will be brought together with the painting that inspired it, ‘Madame Moitessier’ by Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres.
Open from Sun 26th Jun to Sun 9th Oct

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2022-06-26
Picasso Ingres: Face to Face
In the Air explores our relationship with the air around us. Moving freely across borders and through bodies, air is both vital to our existence and a threat to our health.
Open from Thu 19th May to Sun 16th Oct

Wellcome Collection
NW1 2BE
2022-05-19
In the Air
This outdoor exhibition featured 28 chimps dotted around the South Bank.
Open from Fri 20th May to Fri 21st Oct

various locations
2022-05-20
Chimps Are Family
An exhibition exploring the Elstree Extension through the Northern Heights that was suspended during World War 2, and never restarted.
Open from Tue 25th Jan to Sat 22nd Oct

Elstree and Borehamwood Museum
WD6 1EB
2022-01-25
Off the Rails: The Line that never was
A display of photographs capturing factories and their workers in an era of rapid transition.
Open from Tue 22nd Mar to Sun 6th Nov

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2022-03-22
Maurice Broomfield: Industrial Sublime
In this exhibition, you will be introduced to the people who lived at Hogarth’s House, their relatives, friends and neighbours.
Open from Tue 12th Jul to Sun 6th Nov

Hogarth's House
W4 2QN
2022-07-12
At Home with the Hogarths
This exhibition comprised a unique collection of medical satire prints from the mid-18th century to the 1980s.
Open from Tue 3rd May to Fri 2nd Dec

Royal College of Physicians Museum
NW1 4LE
2022-05-03
A taste of one's own medicine
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 2021 to Sat 3rd Dec

The Francis Crick Institute
NW1 1AT
2021-09-10
Outwitting Cancer - Making Sense of Nature's Enigma
A display honouring the music, people and places central to the grime scene and its roots in East London.
Open from Fri 17th Jun to Sun 4th Dec

Museum of London
EC2Y 5HN
2022-06-17
Grime Stories: from the corner to the mainstream
A display celebrating one of the city's most iconic sporting heroes, both on and off the pitch.
Open from Sat 21st May to Fri 23rd Dec

Museum of London
EC2Y 5HN
2022-05-21
Harry Kane: I want to play football
This world-first, object-rich exhibition reveals the past, present and future of how cancer is prevented, detected and treated.
Open from Wed 25th May to Sat 31st Dec

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2022-05-25
Cancer Revolution: Science, innovation and hope
Spanning centuries, the unexpected treasures on display in the Art Deco library include hand-drawn illustrations, curious texts and beguiling bindings.
Open from Mon 14th Feb to Sat 31st Dec

Museum of Freemasonry
WC2B 5AZ
2022-02-14
Treasures
New research into IWM’s photography archive demonstrates just how keenly The Queen’s role as monarch has been shaped by her wartime experiences.
Open from Fri 27th May to Sun 8th Jan 2023

Imperial War Museum
SE1 6HZ
2022-05-27
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee at IWM London
This exhibition uses the unique collections of Tower Hamlets Archives as a lens through which to explore the borough’s history of producing food.
Open from Fri 5th Aug to Fri 3rd Feb 2023

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
E1 4DQ
2022-08-05
Feeding the Hamlets: Exploring the history of food production in the East End
An installation of six large-scale clay columns inspired by traditional architectural practices in Chile, by Swedish-Chilean artist Anton Alvarez
Open from Mon 7th Mar to Tue 28th Feb 2023

100 Bishopsgate
EC2M 1GT
2022-03-07
The Remnants by Anton Alvarez
This exhibition explores the history of transatlantic slavery through its connections with the Bank of England and the wider City of London.
Open from Wed 11th May to Fri 28th Apr 2023

Bank of England Museum
EC2R 8AH
2022-05-11
Slavery & the Bank
This exhibition follows the lives of British soldiers in Germany over the past 75 years.
Open from Sun 22nd May to Wed 21st Aug 2024

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2022-05-22
 Foe to Friend: The British Army in Germany since 1945

Exhibitions opening soon

View the newly-opened renovated building, permanent exhibition exploring the history of Epsom's 20th century psychiatric hospital cluster.
Open from Fri 9th Sep to Sat 17th Sep

The Horton Arts Centre
KT19 8NP
2022-09-09
The Horton Heritage Exhibition
Straddling art, history, and fiction, the Museum of Sex Objects presents its collection of storytelling objects, curious artefacts and fragments of sexual pasts
Open from Sat 3rd Sep to Thu 29th Sep

Horse Hospital
WC1N 1JD
2022-09-03
Museum of Sex Objects
A collection of photographs documenting the self-portraiture of one woman’s penchant for deep-sea submersion via the burgeoning world of rubber fetishism
Open from Sat 29th Oct to Thu 17th Nov

Horse Hospital
WC1N 1JD
2022-10-29
Augenblick Press: Rain Time
‘Discover Manet and Eva Gonzalès’ is the first in a series of exhibitions that look at a single painting from fresh and unexpected perspectives.
Open from Fri 21st Oct to Sun 15th Jan 2023

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2022-10-21
Discover Manet and Eva Gonzalès
For the first time in a century, two ground-breaking paintings by Turner are coming home for a special exhibition.
Open from Thu 3rd Nov to Sun 19th Feb 2023

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2022-11-03
Turner on Tour
The UK’s first exhibition to explore what video games can tell us about conflict.
Open from Fri 30th Sep to Sun 28th May 2023

Imperial War Museum
SE1 6HZ
2022-09-30
War Games
This exhibition looks again at one of the best-known faces in the National Gallery: Quinten Massys’s 16th-century depiction of an old woman, a painting known as ‘The Ugly Duchess’.
Open from Thu 16th Mar 2023 to Sun 11th Jun 2023

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2023-03-16
The Ugly Duchess: Beauty and Satire in the Renaissance
Come face-to-face with one of history’s most inspirational and revered figures in the first major UK art exhibition to explore Saint Francis of Assisi’s life and legacy.
Open from Sat 6th May 2023 to Sun 30th Jul 2023

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2023-05-06
Saint Francis of Assisi
This exhibition explores the relationship of Rego’s work titled Crivelli’s Garden to the 15th-century altarpiece that inspired it.
Open from Thu 20th Jul 2023 to Sun 29th Oct 2023

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2023-07-20
Paula Rego: Crivelli's Garden