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ICOM UK is the museum association dedicated to the international work of British museums

Where can I use my ICOM card in the UK?

The ICOM card is just one of the many benefits you receive from your professional membership of ICOM.

Acceptance of the ICOM card is discretionary.  If you plan to visit a specific museum or exhibition in the UK or abroad (especially popular museums and blockbuster exhibitions), we always recommend you contact the museum ahead of your visit to check if the ICOM card is accepted and if there is a booking procedure.  This is especially important during the current COVID-19 pandemic and as museums in the UK and around the world begin to reopen and operate with different safety measures in place for visitors.  Capacity will be limited for museum and exhibition entry for a period of time.  Click on the name of each museum or gallery below to visit their website.

We kindly ask members to take note of the arrangements for each individual institution and follow the requirements for booking tickets and presenting your ICOM card and photo ID when you visit.  As reciprocal tickets are limited, we also ask that if you are not able to use the ticket you book, to make sure you cancel your ticket so it can be made available to someone else.  Where at all possible, we would like to avoid no-shows for ICOM members booking reciprocal entry tickets.

This is a difficult time for museums so we ask for your patience and understanding if museums need to make temporary changes, or temporarily suspend, acceptance of the ICOM card.  Museums are not taking such decisions lightly.  We are keeping in touch with all of our members about this – museums who offer free/discounted entry and sector professionals who use the card.

Please note this is not a complete or exhaustive list.  We thank our members for helping us to create and maintain this list.  Please contact us at uk.icom.museum@gmail.com if you become aware of any changes or additions to this list.

 

Amgueddfa Cymru – National Museum Wales

Free entry to temporary exhibitions

 

Ashmolean Museum 

Free entry to temporary exhibitions

 

Axminster Heritage Centre

Free entry to paid sites

 

Barbican Art Gallery

Free entry to temporary exhibitions

 

British Museum

  • Free exhibition tickets for agreed reciprocals on Tuesdays, 10am – 5pm
  • Book via the website www.britishmuseum.org and select ICOM, ICOMOS, MA, agreed reciprocals (including NMDC) under the concessions tab.
  • Photo ID will be required alongside your ICOM card and your digital ticket for checks on site.

 

Charles Dickens Museum

Free entry to paid sites / temporary exhibitions

 

The Courtauld Institute of Art

Free entry to paid sites

 

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Free entry to paid sites / temporary exhibitions

 

The Freud Museum London

Free entry to paid sites

 

Glasgow Museums

Free entry to paid sites / temporary exhibitions

 

Guildhall Art Gallery

Free entry to temporary exhibitions

 

Hayward Gallery

Free entry to temporary exhibitions

 

The Hepworth Wakefield

Free entry to paid sites / temporary exhibitions

 

Imperial War Museums

Free entry to temporary exhibitions

 

The National Gallery

Free entry to exhibitions temporarily suspended until further notice.

 

National Museums Liverpool

Free entry to temporary exhibitions

 

National Museums Northern Ireland

Free entry to paid sites / temporary exhibitions

 

National Museums Scotland

Free entry to temporary exhibitions

 

National Portrait Gallery

Free entry to temporary exhibitions

 

Natural History Museum

Free entry to exhibitions temporarily suspended until further notice.

 

Old Royal Naval College

Free entry to paid sites

 

The Photographer’s Gallery

Free entry to paid sites / temporary exhibitions

 

Royal Academy of Arts

Free entry to temporary exhibitions

 

Royal Museums Greenwich

Free entry to temporary exhibitions

 

Science Museum Group

  • No charged temporary exhibitions are currently open.
  • For the Science Museum in London, free tickets for Wonderlab will be available through reciprocal agreements from 3pm onwards on weekdays outside of school holidays.
  • Free museum ticket needs to be booked in advance but, subject to availability, you can book Wonderlab tickets at the museum.
  • Photo ID will be required alongside your ICOM card and your digital ticket for checks on site.

 

St Barbe Museum and Art Gallery

Free entry to paid sites / temporary exhibitions

 

Tate

  • Free exhibition tickets for the member: tickets bookable for 5pm Monday-Thursday subject to availability.
  • Please visit tate.org.uk to book.  Tickets are available online only, and you will need to present your ICOM card, plus photo ID, alongside your digital ticket, for entry.

 

Victoria & Albert Museum

  • Free exhibition tickets for reciprocal entry.
  • Tickets will be available to book online only at vam.ac.uk, under the concessions tab on the V&A’s main booking page.
  • Please bring your ICOM card and photo ID alongside your digital ticket for entry.

 

Watts Gallery – Artists’ Village

Free entry to paid sites

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