This is a sponsored article on behalf of Art Fund.
London is a culture vulture’s paradise, and if 2020 is the year you plan to soak up the city’s sights then you need to get your hands on a National Art Pass. This little beauty is your golden ticket to the capital: you can enjoy free entry to 240 museums, galleries and historic houses around the UK, and 109 in London alone. Plus, your membership entitles you to oodles of discounts in museum shops, cafes and entry to special exhibitions too.
Now’s the time to sign up. From now until 31 January 2020 you can get your hands on a three-month trial of National Art Pass for just £15. The question is, where will you visit first?
Once you’ve got your pass you can make the most of all the benefits, including fee-free access to many of London’s favourite names like The Brunel Museum, Kensington Palace, Chiswick House and Gardens, The Charles Dickens Museum and Institute of Contemporary Arts. Most Londoners have to pay to step inside, but with National Art Pass you can enjoy year-round entry without paying a single extra penny.
There’s more. While many of the big daddies on London’s museum scene are free to enter, special one-off exhibitions are often charged. How many times have you walked straight past world-famous spectacles at Tate Britain, Natural History Museum, The British Library or Museum of London, simply because you have to pay to get inside? Not any more, because National Art Pass lets you snap up half price tickets to many of the season’s major exhibitions too.
Get 50% off V&A’s Kimono: Kyoto to Catwalk exhibition when it opens on 29 February 2020. Or, swing by Troy: Myth and Reality at the British Museum before it closes for good on 8 March 2020. Dora Maar’s acclaimed retrospective at Tate Modern comes to an end in March too. Your three-month National Art Pass trial means you’ll kick off your year in serious style.
Other participating venues include National Portrait Gallery, British Museum, Science Museum, National Maritime Museum and Dulwich Picture Gallery. Cast your eye over all 109 London venues here. There’s no limit to how many times you can flash your National Art Pass, so you could start saving and soaking up London’s finest institutions right away.
As well as helping you to make the most of the city’s most popular sights, National Art Pass is also an opportunity to explore lesser known London treasures. We know Londonist readers enjoy a hidden gem or two, so why not dip your toes into the cultural waters of the Garden Museum in Lambeth, Strawberry Hill House & Garden in Twickenham and the South London Gallery in Camberwell? All are slightly off the beaten path and utterly charming.
Whether you’re a museum-hopper, art-admirer, gallery-dweller or history fiend, there’s masses to explore across the whole of London. Plus, all proceeds from your National Art Pass go towards the charity, Art Fund, who help museums and galleries buy and showcase works of art for all to admire. Enjoying the arts whilst supporting the arts – what’s not to love?
Sign up for your three-month trial of National Art Pass for £15 here. Special offer is available until 31 January 2020. Individual membership usually costs £73 for the year, with discounts for plus ones, families and people under 30 years of age.