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Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00
Closed Good Friday, 24-26 & 31 December and 1 January


We regret that from time to time some galleries are closed to the public for refurbishment or redisplay.


Long-Term Closures

Galleries 3 & 2 (1 & 4)

From 24 April, urgent repairs to the ceiling and lantern in Gallery 3 will begin. Galleries 3 and 2 will be closed for the remainder of the year, and Galleries 1 and 4 will also have to be closed for short periods of time.  Please check the home page of our website for the most up to date information.

Further information.


20th Century (Gallery 11) 

The gallery will be used for the Things of Beauty Growing exhibition until 17th June. It will be rehung with the 20th Century collection after this, date to be confirmed. 


Fan Gallery (Gallery 34)

6 May 2017 - 7 October 2018: Currently being used for a temporary exhibition of samplers.


Gallery 3 balcony

In anticipation of work due to begin in Gallery 3, paintings currently displayed on the balcony will be removed. As a result the balcony will be closed to visitors from Saturday 13 January. We regret any inconvenience this may cause. Access to these and other works in the collection of the Department of Paintings, Drawings and Prints can be organised by appointment, please email:


In addition, individual pictures and objects are sometimes sent on loan to other museums. It is also necessary from time to time to change the contents of a display or remove items for conservation. If you are planning to visit the Museum to see a particular item, please check in advance that it is on view by contacting: