Visiting information

Open daily 10.00–17.30
Fridays 10.00–20.30

Closing starts from 17.20 (20.20 on Fridays)

Members do not need to book for our special exhibitions and just need to present their Membership cards at the exhibition entrance. If you need a temporary Membership card one can always be collected from the Membership Desk in the Great Court.

Please be aware that security searches are now taking place prior to entry to the Museum. The Museum will be working to minimise queues, but we advise that you factor this into your visit if planning to arrive at the Museum for a set time.  Members are reminded that their dedicated, free cloakroom is located just inside the King Edward entrance on Montague Place.

Members who are bringing luggage with them are encouraged to check the Museum’s cloakroom policies.


 Members' evening May 2016

The Member’s Room mezzanine level will be closed 24 – 26 January inclusive for maintenance works. Members will have no access to it during this time. The downstairs café area will be open as usual throughout the period. The mezzanine level will reopen on Friday 27 January. We apologise for any inconvenience.

During the opening and closing of our special exhibitions we expect higher numbers of visitors to attend at this time. If large numbers of Members are visiting either exhibition during any one time we may ask Members to collect a ticket to gain entry at a later time on the same day.

If you wish to visit at a particular time during these busy times and would like to be added to the guaranteed entry list for a specific time slot, please phone the Membership Office on +44 (0)20 7323 8195 at least one working day before your visit.  This system aims to ensure your experience of the exhibition is not compromised by over-crowding.

Current and upcoming exhibitions


Gold Rhino

South Africa: the art of a nation

27 October 2016 – 26 February 2017

From the earliest examples of human curiosity and creativity to cutting-edge contemporary works, discover the fascinating history of South Africa through art.

From rock art made by the country’s earliest peoples to works by South African artists at the forefront of contemporary art, the exhibition features beautiful and important works, which illustrate South Africa’s rich history.

See magnificent examples of 19th-century black South African art, highly charged 20th-century works that responded to segregation and apartheid, and pieces that showcase the post-apartheid transformation of the nation since 1990.

The American Dream
pop to the present

9 March – 18 June 2017

The past six decades have been among the most dynamic and turbulent in US history, from JFK’s assassination, Apollo 11 and Vietnam to the AIDS crisis, racism and gender politics. Responding to the changing times, American artists produced prints unprecedented in their scale and ambition.

Starting with the explosion of pop art in the 1960s, the exhibition includes works by the most celebrated American artists. From Andy Warhol, Jasper Johns and Robert Rauschenberg to Ed Ruscha, Kara Walker and Julie Mehretu – all boldly experimented with printmaking. Experience this extraordinary history through their eyes.

This exhibition presents the Museum’s outstanding collection of modern and contemporary American prints for the first time. These will be shown with important works from museums and private collections around the world.

Hokusai: the great wave

25 May – 18 June 2017

Katsushika Hokusai (1760–1849) is widely regarded as Japan’s most famous and influential artist. He produced works of astonishing quality right up until his death at the age of 90.

Come on an artistic journey through the last 30 years of Hokusai’s life, when he produced some of his most famous masterpieces. The exhibition features superb landscapes, intimate domestic scenes, exquisite depictions of flora and fauna, and portrayals of the supernatural.

Many of the prints, paintings and illustrated books on display are on loan from Japan, Europe and the USA. This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see these extraordinary works together.

Supported by Mitsubishi