London museum and gallery memberships to gift

Christmas shopping… who likes it? Crawling from packed shop to packed shop, unsure what to buy, spending all your money for a gift that you’re not sure they’ll like. 

There are a few reasons to gift Membership to a museum or gallery if someone on your Christmas list is a culture fan.
1) You will avoid the aforementioned packed shops
2) It is already beautifully packed and easy to grift wrap
3) It’s a bargain if they visit museums often
4) They can take you with them if you pick the package with guest
Do these reasons sound too selfish? It’s also a great way to make them look forward to 2019!

One thing to consider before picking a Membership scheme is your friend’s (family member / partner) taste. Do they love classic Renaissance art or they’d rather look at contemporary art? It’s only worth getting a Membership if they will use it at least three times a year.

To help you decide I’m playing little Santa’s helper and have put together all 2019 exhibitions for five major London museums and galleries plus tables comparing all these Membership schemes. 

Exhibitions in 2019


Fashioned from Nature (on until 27 January)
Videogames: Design/Play/Disrupt (on until 14 February)
Christian Dior: Designer of Dreams (2 Feb – 14 Jul)
Mary Quant (6 Apr-16 Feb 2020)
FOOD: Bigger than the Plate (18 May – 20 Oct)
Tim Walker (21 Sep – 8 Mar 2020)
Cars (19 Oct – 19 Apr)


Turner Prize 2018, Tate Britain (until 6 Jan)
Anni Albers, Tate Modern (until 27 Jan)
Edward Burne-Jones, Tate Britain (until 24 Feb)
The C C Land Exhibition, Tate Modern (23 Jan – 6 May)
Don McCullin, Tate Britain (5 Feb – 6 May)
Franz West, Tate Modern (20 Feb – 2 June)
Dorothea Tanning, Tate Modern (27 Feb – 9 June)
The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain, Tate Britain (27 Mar – 11 Aug)
Frank Bowling, Tate Britain (31 May – 26 Aug)
Natalia Goncharova, Tate Modern (6 June – 8 Sep)
Takis, Tate Modern (3 Jul – 27 Oct)
Olafur Eliasson, Tate Modern (11 Jul – 5 Jan)
Mark Leckey, Tate Britain (24 Sep – 5 Jan)
William Blake: The Artist, Tate Britain (11 Sep – 2 Feb)
Nam June Paik: The Future Is Now, Tate Modern, 17 Oct – 9 Feb
Dora Maar, Tate Modern (20 Nov – 15 Mar)

Royal Academy

Renzo Piano, The Art of Making Building, until 20 Jan
Klimt / Schiele, Drawings from the Albertina Museum, Vienna, until 3 Feb
Bill Viola / Michelangelo, Life Death Rebirth, 26 Jan – 31 Mar
Phyllida Barlow RA, 23 Feb – 23 Jun
The Renaissance Nude, 3 Mar – 2 Jun
Summer Exhibition 2019, 10 Jun – 12 Aug
Félix Vallotton, 30 Jun – 29 Sep
Helene Schjerfbeck, 20 Jul – 27 Oct
Antony Gormley, 21 Sep – 3 Dec
Lucian Freud: the self portraits, 27 Oct – 26 Jan 2020
Eco-visionaries, 24 Nov – 23 Feb 2020
Marina Abramović, dates to be announced

National Gallery

Mantegna and Bellini, until 27 January
Courtauld Impressionists: From Manet to Cézanne, until 20 January
Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light, 18 March – 7 July 2019
The Credit Suisse Exhibition: Gauguin Portraits, 7 October 2019 – 26 January 2020

British Museum

I object: Ian Hislop’s search for dissent, until 20 January
I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria, until 24 February
Manga マンガ,23 May – 26 August 2019


Free entry
to exhibitions
Previews /
Private views
Members’s area(s)Special eventsMagazineShop discountChildren go free
V&A✔ (up to 4) 
Tate✔ (up to 6)
British Museum


IndividualWith Guest2 people2 people
with guest
Young people
V&A£70£95n/a£145£45 (under 26)
Tate£76£120n/a£170Tate Collective, free (16-25s)
Royal Academy£125included£180included£60 (16-25s)
National Gallery£68£107£94£136
British Museum£64£86£86£108£66 (under 26) or £25 8-15s

*All prices are for paying with debit card. For some museums it is slightly more expensive if you pay with credit card.

Was this helpful? Let me know in the comments section. Happy online shopping! 🎄

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