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Free exhibitions in London

Put your wallet away and head to one of London’s totally free museum and gallery exhibitions

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City life can be expensive, but you can always get your culture fix for free in London. Our city is home to countless world-class and totally free museums, with incredible exhibitions that don’t cost a single penny. From shows at some of the top ten museums in London to alternative exhibitions in the city’s weird and wonderful museums, here’s our guide to free art and musuem exhibitions in London all year round. 

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  • South Kensington
London’s favourite dinosaur is back in town! The Natural History Museum’s life-sized replica Dippy was the first Diplodocus (which is pronounced DIP-low-DOCK-us by the way) to go on display back in 1905, but the 28-metre-lond skeletal sauropod has been on tour since 2017, delighting and terrifying 2 million museum-goers around the UK. But now, the prodigal dino is returning home, at least for a bit. This new temporary installation will feature visitors’ reflections from when they met the Jurassic giant, exploring how these meetings inspired them to re-connect with nature right on their doorsteps. The museum is remaining coy about Dippy’s plans once it’s over, but after such a successful UK tour, maybe he’ll set his sights even further afield next, so don’t miss this opportunity to call in on him while he’s got some down-time in Kensington.

Discover the best free museums in London

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