Where can I use my National Art Pass in 2024?

Want to enjoy more culture, for less? The National Art Pass, often referred to as Art Fund membership, offers free and reduced-price entry to hundreds of cultural places and 50% off major exhibitions.

Perhaps you’re thinking of buying a National Art Pass and asking yourself ‘Is the Art Fund pass worth it?’

Or maybe you’re already a member and are wondering ‘where can I use my National Art Pass?’

I’ve been a member for a few years and am still finding new places to use it! In this post I’ll show you how and where we use our National Art Pass, and why I think it’s worth it for families looking for fun cultural days out for less, as well as any culture lover.

You can use your National Art Pass across the UK. This post focuses on venues in London and the South East, where we live. Search for places near you on the Explore page of the Art Fund website.

Click here to buy a National Art Pass from the Art Fund website. Add a FREE Malika Favre tote bag to your order in January 2024 when you use the code NEWHABITS at checkout.

1. At major exhibitions for 50% off

From world history to contemporary culture, and emerging artists to household names, London’s exhibition programmes offer access to the best of culture. And with your National Art Pass you get a whopping 50% off major temporary exhibitions. 

Big names offering this discount include Tate, V&A, British Museum, National Gallery, National Maritime Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum and more.

Book entry online ahead – just select ‘National Art Pass’. Don’t forget to bring your pass with you on the day.

My current favourite temporary exhibitions to visit in London with your National Art Pass are:

  • Frans Hals at the National Gallery left me giddy with joy. These 350+ year old portraits have such humanity, you could swear they’re about to wink at you. Until 21 January 2024. Usually from £20 adult, from £10 with a National Art Pass.

  • DIVA at V&A South Kensington brings high-octane glamour and a party-like feel to this look back at audacious performers of the last 200 years. Until 7 April 2024. Usually from £20 adult, from £10 with a National Art Pass.

  • And with kids: Titanosaur: Life as the biggest dinosaur at the Natural History Museum (until 7 January 2024. Usually £16 adult and £9 child; £8 adult and £6.50 child with National Art Pass) and Japan: Myths to Manga at Young V&A (until 8 September 2024. Usually £9 ages 4+, £4.50 with National Art Pass). 

2. For 50% off museum and gallery entry

And it’s not just temporary exhibitions you can save money on with your National Art Pass. Many museums and heritage attractions offer half price entry too. 

Here’s some of the paid places we’ve visited which offer half price entry to National Art Pass holders:

  • The iconic St Paul’s Cathedral has breathtaking architecture, modern art by Henry Moore and Bill Viola, and memorials to famous Britons including Lord Nelson and Florence Nightingale. Brave the 500+ steps for stunning panoramic views. Usually £23 adult and £10 child; £11.50 adult and £5 child with National Art Pass.
  • HMS Belfast is the Royal Navy’s last surviving cruiser and the largest preserved warship in Europe. Clamber through nine decks, from the engines to the Captain’s chair to find out more about life on board. The kids took the Find Your Sea Legs! family activity, completing fun activities around the ship to earn a certificate – and got to ring the ship’s bell! Usually from £24.50 adult and £12.25 child; from £12.25 adult and £6.10 child with National Art Pass.
  • Take a ride on a tiny 100 year-old underground train at The Postal Museum. There’s also fun, hands-on exhibitions – we sorted letters on a rocking train and shot messages across the gallery via pneumatic tubes. Regular drop-in activities are included in entry. Usually from £16 adult and £9 child; from £8 adult and £4.50 child with National Art Pass.
  • Dubbed ‘the Sistine Chapel of the UK’, Old Royal Naval College and its Painted Hall is simply jaw-dropping. Grab the excellent digital guide (included with entry), and lie back on a bench to learn more about this stunning artwork. Check if the skittles alley is open. Usually from £16 adult and £9 child; from £8 adult and £4.50 child with National Art Pass.
  • Once the country retreat of famous architect Sir John Soane, Pitzhanger in Ealing now offers ambitious contemporary art exhibitions. Open Sundays feature family-friendly activities, trails and storytelling, included with entry. Usually from £9 adult, £4.50 with National Art Pass.
  • The small, friendly Florence Nightingale Museum celebrates the trailblazing ‘Lady with the Lamp’ and nurses today. We timed our visit with Meet Miss Nightingale, included with entry. It’s one of the best historical character experiences we’ve tried! The kids had an impromptu personal tour with Miss Nightingale herself, then joined a witty and engaging half hour session where she shared her life story. Usually £12 adult and £6 child; £6 with National Art Pass.
  • Children’s books come to life at The Story Museum Oxford. Step inside life-size recreations of eight children’s stories, from Alice in Wonderland to His Dark Materials. Atmospheric sets, digital projections and audio combine to create everything from the sublime – inside Narnia – to the ridiculous – a farting mattress in Horrid Henry’s bedroom. Let trees tell you how stories were made inside The Whispering Wood. Usually £12 per person, £6 with National Art Pass.
  • Even the landscape is art at Jupiter Artland! This contemporary sculpture park and art gallery just outside Edinburgh has everything from vast sculpted grass hills and lakes to amethyst cave-like structures, made by modern artists. Usually £11 adult, £5.50 with National Art Pass.

3. For FREE entry to museums, galleries and heritage sites

There’s 250+ places which offer completely FREE entry to National Art Pass holders. It’s a great way to find somewhere new to visit – I finally made it to the Fan Museum in Greenwich with my pass.

Free entry highlights include:

  • Free entry to paid exhibitions and the aquarium at the super-family friendly Horniman Museum and Gardens. Aquarium usually from £5 adult and £2.50 child. Free with National Art Pass.
  • See world class art, without the crowds at The Courtauld Gallery. On their Sensory Family Day, Museum Boy made smelly paintings, touched oranges made of textures depicted in Manet’s famous A Bar at the Folies-Bergère, and drew his own masterpieces. Usually from £13 adult, free with National Art Pass.
  • Kensington Palace, a 17th century palace whose rooms reveal the dramatic stories of three centuries of royal life. Usually from £13 adult, free with National Art Pass when there is no temporary exhibition (13 December 2023-13 March 2024) or half price when there is a temporary exhibition open (14 March-27 October 2024). 
  • The stunningly restored Arab Hall in Leighton House Museum is a contender for the most beautiful room in London. Usually £11 adult and £5 child. Free with National Art Pass.
  • Any Hetty Feather fan will enjoy a visit to the Foundling Museum. It’s great for art lovers too, with changing exhibitions to make change in the lives of vulnerable children. Usually from £9.50 adult, free with National Art Pass. 
  • Select English Heritage sites including Art Deco masterpiece Eltham Palace and Gardens (usually from £14.50 adult and £8.60 child), grand country house Audley End House and Gardens (usually from £18.10 adult and £11.30 child) and Wrest Park’s 17th century garden (usually from £12.70 adult and £7.70 child). All free with National Art Pass.
  • Select National Trust sites including Ham House and Garden (usually from £14 adult and £7 child), Osterley Park and House (usually from £11.20 adult and £5.60 child) and Wimpole Estate (usually from £18 adult and £9 child). All free with National Art Pass.

In 2023 we used our National Art Pass on our UK travels, gaining free entry to:

  • Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield is one of my happy places. Wander through 500 acres of parkland to find over 100 modern and contemporary sculptures, plus indoor galleries. Usually from £9 adult, free entry with National Art Pass.
  • The humble Dove Cottage in Grasmere is so atmospheric it feels like Wordsworth might have just stepped out for a moment. The kids loved hunting for Easter eggs in the wooded garden and playing the Minecraft game about Wordsworth’s childhood adventures. Usually from £14 adult, £6 child. Free with National Art Pass. 
  • Free face painting, a brass band belting out pop classics and live mural painting made our visit to National Football Museum in Manchester even better. Their temporary exhibition Batteries Not Included is a hands-on history of football toys and games, with everything from table football to VR. Usually from £10.50 adult, £5.50 child. Free entry with National Art Pass.
  • Perched high above Coniston Water, Brantwood runs all day family activities on Wednesdays in the summer holidays. The Museum Kids planted shrubs in the woods, painted those stunning views, and took home seedlings in decorated plant-pots. All activities are included with entry. Usually from £14 adult, free with National Art Pass.
  • And you now get free entry to the fantastic Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. HMS Victory, Vice-Admiral Lord Nelson’s flagship at the Battle of Trafalgar, is so atmospheric. Mary Rose Museum tells the story of Henry VIII’s Tudor flagship sinking and remarkable recovery with such drama. Clamber up the 8.4m climbing tower and conquer the assault course in Action Stations. Or take a boat over to the Explosion Museum of Naval Firepower. Usually £44 adult and £29 child for the Ultimate Explorer. Free with the National Art Pass. Note the discount has not yet been updated on the Art Fund website.

4. In museum shops and cafes

Flash your National Art Pass at the till for special offers at select museum shops and cafés.

I was thrilled to discover my nearest museum, the William Morris Gallery, offers 10% off in their cafe and shop to National Art Pass holders. Especially as their cafe is now run by Deeney’s, makers of ‘London’s best sandwich’ – according to the Evening Standard, Time Out and Buzzfeed at least! 

Having now tried The Macbeth haggis toastie I can see what the fuss is about. There’s a vegan version too. Their burnt honey and mascarpone cheesecake tastes even sweeter with money off!

Find a full list of places offering shop and cafe discounts on the Explore page of the National Art Pass website or inside the printed Art Map – more of which now.

5. Finding new cultural places to visit with Art Map and Art Quarterly

With your National Art Pass membership, you get Art Map, a comprehensive printed guidebook on using your pass at over 800 venues. Divided into regions, it’s an easy way to find cultural places near you. Each offer is clearly described – this was how I discovered I get money off my local museum cafe! The pocket size means it’s easy to carry in a bag or pop in the glovebox for exploring on the go. It also includes other free to visit places – hidden gems or smaller sites that might otherwise be off your radar.

And you also get a subscription to Art Quarterly, Art Fund’s glossy magazine with exclusive features. I always add somewhere to my visit wish list after reading! There’s listings for current and upcoming shows, reviews of exhibitions and books, interviews with artists and curators, and feature articles inspired by current concerns. The recent Winter issue visits the new Faith Museum in Auckland, interviews Yinka Shonibare, and discusses the important role museums can play in the development of Under 5s.

6. For days out with friends and family

With a National Art Pass you can share your membership benefits with friends and family. So if you get half price exhibitions, or free entry – so do they!

Add Plus One to share your benefits with a guest – it doesn’t have to be the same friend each time. This costs £41 for an individual member. 

Add Plus Kids to your membership for just £15 to share your benefits with children in your family under the age of 16. So, for example, a child annual ticket for The Postal Museum is £4.50 with the National Art Pass, instead of £9 full price. This perk is particularly useful when kids get to the age to be charged for exhibitions. For DIVA at the V&A South Kensington, a child ticket (ages 12-17) with National Art Pass costs £6.50 instead of £13. Under 12s remain free.

If there’s two of you culture explorers in the household, consider a double membership. You get a card each, so you can visit separately. It’s £112 per year, with a 25% discount for the first year if paid by direct debit. You can add Plus Kids to both cards for £15, or Plus One to both cards for £82. Find out more about these different National Art Pass options here.

7. To support the arts

All the monies raised by the National Art Pass get reinvested into the arts, heritage and culture sector. The Art Fund helps museums buy and share works of art through its purchase fund. It celebrates excellence with its annual ‘Museum of the Year’ award, the world’s largest museum prize. And it gives grants for education, training and other reasons.

The ‘Funded’ section in Art Quarterly keeps you up-to-date with how the money is spent. They funded Chantal Joffe’s collage-style metal portraits adorning Whitechapel’s Elizabeth line platforms – one of my highlights of riding the new line. In 2023, a Dutch Golden Age masterpiece, a subversive stained glass window and a rare royal pistol are just some of the hundreds of items purchased by museums thanks to Art Fund support.

Whilst I’m not expecting to see my name on a gallery wing soon, it’s nice to know I’m helping support the arts, in my own small way.

How much is a National Art Pass 2024?

A National Art Pass costs £75 for individual annual membership, £45 for under 30s, or £112 for double membership. You can save 25% in your first year when you pay by direct debit (making it £56.25 for individual membership, £33.75 for under 30s, or £84 for double).

Add Plus Kids for £15, and/or Plus One for £41 for an individual or £82 for a joint membership.

Click here to see all the membership options.

Are there any special offers on the National Art Pass 2024?

A National Art Pass is a great gift to give and receive – including from yourself! If one of your new year’s resolutions is to visit more museums and cultural spaces, and save money in the process, then I’m sure this membership will help you on both fronts.

And here’s a little extra something for you: Add a free Malika Favre tote bag to your order in January 2024 when you use the code NEWHABITS at checkout.

I hope this post helps answer your questions about the National Art Pass. Let me know your favourite days out with it.

Disclosure: This post is part of a paid campaign for Art Fund, although I became a member a couple of years before this and like it so much I have previously given memberships to others. Prices and savings correct as of 21 December 2023. 



Written by Vyki Sparkes AKA Museum Mum. Award-winning culture blogger, content creator, museum curator, podcaster, and mum to three. I’ve worked in museums for 18+ years, have a masters in museum studies, but more importantly, have been letting my kids loose in museums for decades. This blog shares all my hard-earned knowledge and experience.

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