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

Displayed by how soon they close.

Exhibitions open now

The exhibition invites audiences to consider one of ancient Korea’s most significant, but enigmatic, archaeological sites.
Open from Fri 20th Aug 2021 to Sat 22nd Jan
Ends this month

London Mithraeum
EC4N 8AA
2021-08-20
Proposal for Sach’ŏnwang-sa
This exhibition celebrates the role of architectural models in shaping the spaces we live in.
Open from Sun 10th Oct 2021 to Fri 28th Jan
Ends this month

The Building Centre
WC1E 7BT
2021-10-10
Shaping Space – Architectural Models Revealed
British artist Tobias Wilkinson documented the daily life of the last British tank soldiers to leave Germany, prior to their homecoming in 2019.
Open from Mon 10th Jan to Fri 28th Jan
Ends this month

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2022-01-10
The Last Hussar
A selection of the finest prints from Lloyd's collection that reveal his admiration for the Alpine landscape and his interest in Swiss customs and mythology.
Open from Tue 24th Aug 2021 to Sun 30th Jan
Ends this month

The British Museum
WC1B 3DG
2021-08-24
Enticing Peaks - Swiss prints from the Lloyd Bequest
Lighting up the Museum this winter will be a major light installation by multi award winning lighting designer Jessica Hung Han Yun.
Open from Sat 8th Jan to Mon 31st Jan
Ends this month

The Museum of the Home
E2 8EA
2022-01-08
Light up the Museum
Documentary photography from the 70s and 80s
Open from Thu 30th Sep 2021 to Fri 4th Feb

Tower Hamlets Local History Library & Archives
E1 4DQ
2021-09-30
The Vanished East End
An exhibition to celebrate the life and work of renowned performance artist Leigh Bowery.
Open from Fri 7th Jan to Sun 6th Feb

Fitzrovia Chapel
W1T 3BF
2022-01-07
Leigh Bowery - Tell Them I’ve Gone to Papua New Guinea
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 2021 to Thu 10th Feb

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2021-05-19
Our Future Planet
Photographic exhibition of Londoners and Berliners during the pandemic, documenting their reality.
Open from Mon 11th Oct 2021 to Fri 11th Feb

99 Bishopsgate
EC2M 3XD
2021-10-11
Stories in Colour: Waiting for Time
Explore the diversity of euphoric experiences and the effect of positive emotion on the body.
Open from Thu 15th Jul 2021 to Wed 23rd Feb

Wellcome Collection
NW1 2BE
2021-07-15
Joy
London is and always has been a city of makers. Explore their stories in this display.
Open from Thu 7th Oct 2021 to Thu 24th Feb

Museum of London
EC2Y 5HN
2021-10-07
London Making Now
A collection of work exploring artists’ responses to the Battle of Britain and the Blitz as they represented evolving machinery, communications, and urban landscapes, shaped by what was an unprecedented ‘war in the air’.
Open from Sun 12th Sep 2021 to Sun 27th Feb

RAF Museum
NW9 5LL
2021-09-12
In Air and Fire: War Artists, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz
An experimental site-specific exhibition of new work by young British artist, Jonny Briggs.
Open from Wed 22nd Sep 2021 to Sun 6th Mar

Burgh House and Hampstead Museum
NW3 1LT
2021-09-22
Knots: Jonny Briggs x Burgh House
Showcasing previously unseen material from Paul McCartney’s personal archive, this display celebrates the life and art of one of the world’s most successful songwriters and performers.
Open from Fri 5th Nov 2021 to Sun 13th Mar

The British Library
NW1 2DB
2021-11-05
Paul McCartney: The Lyrics
An exhibition of new images by Himali Singh Soin with historian of science Alexis Rider inspired by the collection of Sir Richard Burton.
Open from Fri 19th Nov 2021 to Sun 13th Mar

Orleans House Gallery
TW1 3DJ
2021-11-19
Unsettling the Source of the Nile
Explore the 100-year history of the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance.
Open from Sun 20th Jun 2021 to Wed 16th Mar

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2021-06-20
On Point: Royal Academy of Dance at 100
This exhibition follows the pioneering Russian scholar of Ismaili studies, Wladimir Ivanow (1886 – 1970) across the Muslim world.
Open from Wed 1st Dec 2021 to Thu 31st Mar

The Aga Khan Centre
N1C 4DN
2021-12-01
Wladimir Ivanow & Modern Ismaili Studies
This exhibition combines photographs taken by Shirley Baker of dogs in everyday settings, as well as at dog shows, providing an insight to her affection and admiration for man’s best friend.
Open from Thu 4th Nov 2021 to Fri 1st Apr

The Kennel Club
W1J 8AB
2021-11-04
For the Love of Dog/Pour l’amour du Chien
Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain reintroduces the public to the resplendent work of this lately overlooked figure.
Open from Sat 4th Dec 2021 to Sat 2nd Apr

Bethlem Museum of the Mind
BR3 3BX
2021-12-04
Animal Therapy: The Cats of Louis Wain
A display exploring the central role food plays in Black enterprise and identity in South East London.
Open from Fri 16th Jul 2021 to Sat 9th Apr

Museum of London Docklands
E14 4AL
2021-07-16
Feeding Black: Community, Power & Place
Explore how windows take on cultural significance and surprisingly shape all our views on the world in an exhibition by the Tokyo-based Window Research Institute.
Open from Wed 1st Dec 2021 to Sun 10th Apr

Japan House
W8 5SA
2021-12-01
Windowology: New Architectural Views from Japan
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 2021 to Mon 18th Apr

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2021-12-10
Kehinde Wiley
Follow the story of the Sherwood Rangers Yeomanry, an elite British tank regiment whose men fought their way across North-West Europe in the final stages of the Second World War.
Open from Thu 9th Dec 2021 to Fri 6th May

National Army Museum
SW3 4HT
2021-12-09
Brothers in Arms
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 2021 to Sun 8th May

Museum of London Docklands
E14 4AL
2021-10-22
London: Port City
Featuring highlights from the museum's manuscripts collection, this exhibition explores the types of books illuminations came from and the 19th-century context in which they were cut up and collected.
Open from Wed 29th Dec 2021 to Sun 8th May

Victoria and Albert Museum
SW7 2RL
2021-12-29
Fragmented Illuminations: Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Cuttings
The exhibition explores the photography of Derek D’Souza, who has captured glimpses of one of Britain’s most revered groups - and frontman Paul Weller - over 4 decades.
Open from Fri 14th Jan to Mon 16th May

Barbican Library
EC2Y 8DS
2022-01-14
True is The Dream
Sweet Harmony looks at a significant five-year period in UK dance music history and the previously undocumented contribution that young people living and working in the London Borough of Waltham Forest made to it.
Open from Thu 25th Nov 2021 to Wed 25th May

Vestry House Museum
E17 9NH
2021-11-25
Sweet Harmony: Radio, Rave & Waltham Forest, 1989-1994
Step back through millennia and discover how this ancient civilization questioned, contemplated, and debated the natural world.
Open from Wed 17th Nov 2021 to Sun 5th Jun

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2021-11-17
Ancient Greeks: Science and Wisdom
This exhibition puts the substance before the style and unlocks the untold stories of hair.
Open from Sat 4th Dec 2021 to Sun 19th Jun

Horniman Museum
SE23 3PQ
2021-12-04
Hair: Untold Stories
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 Thu 30th Jun

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

Exhibitions opening soon

An exhibition detailing Thomas Leer and Robert Rental’s work and legacy, coinciding with a long-awaited reissue of their influential 1979 album, The Bridge.
Open from Sat 22nd Jan to Thu 10th Feb

The Horse Hospital
WC1N 1JD
2022-01-22
Thomas Leer and Robert Rental - 'From the Port to the Bridge'
For their 10th annual exhibition, Two Temple Place will showcase the ceramic medium through artworks by three generations of Black women artists working in clay.
Open from Sat 29th Jan to Sun 24th Apr

Two Temple Place
WC2R 3BD
2022-01-29
Body Vessel Clay
A once-in-a-century opportunity to see this iconic painting in the UK.
Open from Tue 25th Jan to Sun 15th May

National Gallery
WC2N 5DN
2022-01-25
Gainsborough's Blue Boy
Explore incredible objects, including some never seen by the public before, from Professor Stephen Hawking’s office in this new, free display.
Open from Thu 10th Feb to Wed 22nd Jun

Science Museum
SW7 2DD
2022-02-10
Stephen Hawking at Work