Free Museums and Galleries

Let’s face it, we all love a museum. Especially when it's free!

Whether you’re looking to swat up on culture, head somewhere relaxing to take in art at your own pace or simply keep the kids occupied with ancient history, there’s something for everyone at a museum. We have Club Sites within close proximity of some of the country’s best museums and art galleries, so take your pick from the choices below.

Please note, while the museums listed are free to enter, donations are welcomed.

National Gallery, London

National Gallery

Admission: Free

Founded in 1824, The National Gallery is home to well over 2,000 paintings making it one of the largest and greatest collections in the world – which includes Van Gogh’s famous Sunflowers painting.

Entrance to the National Gallery is free 361 days a year and we have a handful of Club Sites which are surrounding the capital, including Walton on Thames, Chertsey and Theobalds Park.

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Natural History Museum, London

Natural historyAdmission: Free

Previously known as the British Museum, the Natural History Museum in London is situated in South Kensington, just a stone’s throw away from Hyde Park. Arguably most famous for its dinosaur skeletons including the world’s most complete Stegosaurus fossil, the Natural History Museum is a must visit for anyone interested in the prehistoric era. Again, similarly to the National Gallery, admission is free! Temporary exhibitions may incur a cost, so please check their official website before visiting.

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Science Museum, London

Science MuseumAdmission: Free

Situated on Exhibition Road in South Kensington (alongside the National History Museum) the Science Museum is another of London’s most visited educational attractions. Home to over 300,000 items, ardent science fanatics can view the first jet engine, James Watson’s model of DNA and Puffing Billy, the world’s oldest surviving steam locomotive. Entry is free, but temporary attractions and IMAX Theatre tickets incur a cost. Please visit their official website before visiting.

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The Ashmolean Museum, Oxford

OxfordAdmission: Free

The Ashmolean Museum is attached to the University of Oxford and specialises in ancient and modern art. Collections at the Ashmolean Museum are diverse – containing items from most of the world’s civilisations with artefacts dating from 8000 BC to the current day. Here you can see the largest and greatest collection of Egyptian Predynastic sculpture and ceramics outside of Cairo. What’s more, our Oxford Club Site is just two miles away from the museum! Admission is free but the museum is closed on Mondays.

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The National Railway Museum, York

National RailwayAdmission: Free

The National Railway Museum is the UK’s largest railway museum and houses over 1 million objects spanning over 300 years of history. Home to almost 300 locomotives in the National Collection, with around 100 at York alongside an abundance of railway posters and paraphernalia, this museum is an ideal place for railway enthusiasts. Our Sheriff Hutton Club Site is just 11 miles away from The National Railway Museum and admission is free 362 days a year.

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Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery

BirminghamAdmission: Free

Birmingham’s Museum & Art Gallery is situated in Chamberlain Square, right in the heart of the city centre and is home to 500,000 objects. Specialising in fine art, ceramics and natural history, the museum also aims to educate on both local and industrial history - the latter particularly important in the West Midlands. Admission is free but some exhibitions in Gas Hall incur a small charge. For opening times and exhibition information, visit their website. Clent Hills and Kingsbury Water Park Club Sites are both conveniently situated for access to Birmingham City Centre.

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Museum of Science and Industry, Manchester

Science and industryAdmission: Free

Manchester’s museum of Science and Industry is situated on the borders of Spinningfields in Central Manchester. Attracting over 850,000 visitors a year and specifying in the city’s achievement in these fields, the museum is home to a host of aircraft, locomotives, industrial machines and influential computer systems. Regular science exhibitions are held which invite children to take part in hands on sessions with science and technology. Our Crowden and Hayfield Club Sites are both within around 20 miles of the museum and admission is free, but some exhibitions may incur a small charge. Visit their website for more information.

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