The Cult of Beauty is at its quietest on weekdays and weekend mornings. At busy times, particularly on Saturdays, you may need to queue. If the queue extends beyond the queueing area, we will give you a timed ticket which gives you free entry later that day.
The Cult of Beauty
Our major new exhibition explores notions of beauty across time and cultures.
Around the world, beauty is constantly seen as an ideal worthy of going to great lengths to achieve. But what are the driving forces that lead us to believe in a myth of universal beauty, despite its evolving nature?
Featuring over 200 items, including historical objects, artworks, films and new commissions, the exhibition considers the influence of morality, status, health, age, race and gender on the evolution of ideas about beauty. We invite you to question established norms and reflect on more inclusive definitions of beauty.
This riveting show traces humanity’s obsession with beauty through time and cultures with a keen sense of the ludicrous and the shocking ★★★★★
Galleries open Tuesday–Sunday, Opening times
Step-free access is available to all floors of the building
Large-print guides, transcripts and magnifiers are available in the gallery