UK museums to close for the Queen’s funeral

As with cinemas and most shops, UK museums will also be closing their doors on Monday as the Queen is laid to rest.

National Portrait Gallery

The National Gallery closed its door for the day following the monarch’s death and The Queen’s Gallery has been closed since September 9. 

The Queen’s Gallery’s other sites – Windsor Castle, the Palace of Holyroodhouse and the Royal Mews – are also closed and no announcements regarding reopening dates have been made.

While thousands of people have queued along the river in order to be able to pay their final respects to Queen Elizabeth II, London’s retail and hospitality life is expected to quiet down on Monday. 

The Tate

Tate Modern is currently open, but will close on Monday for the Queen’s funeral.


Announced as a bank holiday, most shops and cinemas are closed, although this is not mandatory. Most museums will also be closed, as reported by The Arts Newspaper

But Tate Modern and The Southbank Centre, as well as BFI Southbank by the river, are keeping their doors open 24 hours a day until the day of the funeral in order to provide toilet facilities for people queuing. 

While London’s museums – the National Gallery, Tate, British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum – have announced their closure, it’s not just London that is affected. The National Galleries of Scotland and National Museum Cardiff have also announced they are shutting their doors for the day of the funeral.

Despite the closures, London will still be flooded with people in town to witness the historic event so streets will be full of people. Tesco is closing all its stores, but Express stores will reopen at 5pm, while some stores along the funeral route will remain open for people to shop in on the day. 

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