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Tuesday - Saturday: 10:00 - 17:00
Sundays & Bank Holidays: 12:00 - 17:00

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


Long-Term Closures

Fan Gallery (Gallery 34)

6 May 2017 - 8 April 2018: Currently being used for a temporary exhibition of samplers.


20th Century (Gallery 11) 

3 October 2017 - 14 January 2018: Currently closed for the de-installation of Degas: a passion for perfection


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:


Removal of Manuscripts from Rothschild Gallery (32)

We are currently experiencing problems with the humidity control machinery in the Rothschild Gallery, and the air has become very dry as a result. The parchment leaves of the medieval and renaissance manuscripts which are normally on display in the gallery are extremely sensitive to changes in humidity, and to prevent these fragile works of art from being damaged permanently we have removed them temporarily. We are working to repair the air-handling machinery as quickly as possible so that the manuscripts can go back on display in a safe environment. We apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your understanding.
You may wish to visit our online resource: ILLUMINATED Manuscripts in the making


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: