These Great Family Museums Reopen In August

Girl looks out on the National Railway Museum in York

With the easing of lockdown, many cultural centres are planning on reopening their doors in August. 

This list rounds up the expected opening dates of museums with a family focus. Please note that dates are subject to change, especially in light of local lockdowns. Note also that UK law has changed to make wearing of masks inside museums and other cultural spaces compulsory, from 8 August.

We will update this list as we receive further information. Please contact with any additions or changes.

East of England

Imperial War Museum Duxfod

1 August

Imperial War Museum Duxford (Cambridgeshire)

3 August

Gressenhall Farm and Workhouse (Norfolk)

Time & Tide (Great Yarmouth)

8 August

Sandringham House (Norfolk)

11 August

Fitzwilliam Museum (Cambridge)

14 August

Kettle’s Yard (Cambridge)

London and South-East

Museum of London Docklands

1 August

Brooklands Museum (Surrey)

Churchill War Rooms (London)

Florence Nightingale Museum (London)

Guildhall Art Gallery (London)

Imperial War Museum (London)

Osborne House (Isle of Wight)

Ranger’s House (London)

View From The Shard (London) Find out more

Wellington Arch (London)

3 August

Royal Observatory (London) Find out more

4 August

The Serpentine Galleries (London)

5 August

Fashion & Textile Museum (London)

Natural History Museum (London) Find out more

6 August

Headstone Manor (London)

Museum of London Find out more

Museum of London Docklands Find out more

Turner’s House (London)

V&A (London) Find out more

10 August

Ashmolean Museum (Oxford)

Brunel Museum (London)

Queen’s House (London) Find out more

12 August

Freud Museum (London)

19 August

Science Museum (London) Find out more

London Transport Museum’s Acton Depot Find out more

22 August

Handel & Hendrix Museum (London)


1 August

Black Country Living Museum (Dudley)

Shakespeare’s Birthplace (Stratford-upon-Avon)

3 August

MAD Museum (Stratford)

4 August

Nottingham Contemporary

6 August

Rugby Art Gallery and Museum

8 August

National Space Centre (Leicester)

North of England

1 August

Bowes Museum (Barnard Castle)

The Hepworth (Wakefield)

Imperial War Museum North (Manchester)

Life Science Centre (Newcastle)

York Castle Museum (York)

4 August

National Railway Museum (York)

5 August

National Coalmining Museum (Wakefield)

8 August

Eureka! National Children’s Museum (Halifax)

14 August

Museum of Science and Industry (Manchester)


5 August

National Museum of Flight (East Lothian)

12 August

National Museum of Rural Life (East Kilbride)

17 August

Kelvington Art Gallery (Glasgow)

19 August

National Museum of Scotland (Edinburgh)

27 August

V&A Dundee

31 August

Riverside Museum (Glasgow)


4 August

St Fagan’s National Museum of History (Cardiff)

23 August

National Slate Museum  (Gwynedd)

27 August

National Museum Cardiff

28 August

National Waterfront Museum (Swansea)

Northern Ireland

1 August

Titanic Belfast



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