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Opening times

Find out the opening hours across the different parts of our building. Keep in mind we're open late on Thursdays. Holiday hours are listed so you can plan ahead.


Galleries and Reading Room

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 10:00—18:00
  • Wednesday 10:00—18:00
  • Thursday 10:00—21:00
  • Friday 10:00—18:00
  • Saturday 10:00—18:00
  • Sunday 10:00—18:00

Christmas and New Year hours

  • Sunday 22 December 10:00—18:00
  • Monday 23 December Closed
  • Tuesday 24 December Closed
  • Wednesday 25 December Closed
  • Thursday 26 December Closed
  • Friday 27 December 10:00—18:00
  • Saturday 28 December 10:00—18:00
  • Sunday 29 December 10:00—18:00
  • Monday 30 December 10:00—18:00
  • Tuesday 31 December 10:00—18:00
  • Wednesday 1 January Closed


Library

  • Monday 10:00—18:00
  • Tuesday 10:00—18:00
  • Wednesday 10:00—18:00
  • Thursday 10:00—20:00
  • Friday 10:00—18:00
  • Saturday 10:00—16:00
  • Sunday Closed

Christmas and New Year hours

  • Sunday 22 December Closed
  • Monday 23 December Closed
  • Tuesday 24 December Closed
  • Wednesday 25 December Closed
  • Thursday 26 December Closed
  • Friday 27 December Closed
  • Saturday 28 December Closed
  • Sunday 29 December Closed
  • Monday 30 December Closed
  • Tuesday 31 December Closed
  • Wednesday 1 January Closed


Wellcome Kitchen

  • Monday Closed
  • Tuesday 11:00—18:00
  • Wednesday 11:00—18:00
  • Thursday 11:00—21:00
  • Friday 11:00—18:00
  • Saturday 11:00—18:00
  • Sunday 11:00—18:00

Christmas and New Year hours

  • Sunday 22 December 11:00—18:00
  • Monday 23 December Closed
  • Tuesday 24 December Closed
  • Wednesday 25 December Closed
  • Thursday 26 December Closed
  • Friday 27 December 11:00—18:00
  • Saturday 28 December 11:00—18:00
  • Sunday 29 December 11:00—18:00
  • Monday 30 December Closed
  • Tuesday 31 December 11:00—18:00
  • Wednesday 1 January Closed


Wellcome Café

  • Monday 08:30—18:00
  • Tuesday 08:30—18:00
  • Wednesday 08:30—18:00
  • Thursday 08:30—21:00
  • Friday 08:30—18:00
  • Saturday 09:30—18:00
  • Sunday 10:00—18:00

Christmas and New Year hours

  • Sunday 22 December 10:00—18:00
  • Monday 23 December Closed
  • Tuesday 24 December Closed
  • Wednesday 25 December Closed
  • Thursday 26 December Closed
  • Friday 27 December 08:30—18:00
  • Saturday 28 December 09:30—18:00
  • Sunday 29 December 10:00—18:00
  • Monday 30 December 08:30—18:00
  • Tuesday 31 December 08:30—18:00
  • Wednesday 1 January Closed


Wellcome Shop

  • Monday 09:00—18:00
  • Tuesday 09:00—18:00
  • Wednesday 09:00—18:00
  • Thursday 09:00—21:00
  • Friday 09:00—18:00
  • Saturday 10:00—18:00
  • Sunday 10:00—18:00

Christmas and New Year hours

  • Sunday 22 December 10:00—18:00
  • Monday 23 December Closed
  • Tuesday 24 December Closed
  • Wednesday 25 December Closed
  • Thursday 26 December Closed
  • Friday 27 December 09:00—18:00
  • Saturday 28 December 10:00—18:00
  • Sunday 29 December 10:00—18:00
  • Monday 30 December 09:00—18:00
  • Tuesday 31 December 09:00—18:00
  • Wednesday 1 January Closed

Planning your visit in advance

Visiting on a bank holiday or during Christmas break? Our galleries, café, restaurant and shop will be open with adjusted hours.

The building will be closed 23-26 December and 1 January.

Library closures

Planning a research visit? Our library is closed over bank holiday weekends and between Christmas Eve and New Year's Day:

  • Friday 19 April 2019Saturday 20 April 2019
  • Monday 22 April 2019Sunday 21 April 2019
  • Saturday 4 May 2019Monday 6 May 2019
  • Saturday 25 May 2019Monday 27 May 2019
  • Saturday 24 August 2019Monday 26 August 2019
  • Sunday 22 December 2019Wednesday 1 January 2020