UK's first LGBTQ+ museum opens in London, free to visit

The UK's first museum devoted entirely to LGBTQ+ culture will open in London this spring. It will be free to visit, and will have space for exhibitions and educational workshops.

The United Kingdom will have the first museum dedicated to LGBTQ+ culture. Announcing it earlier today is the nonprofit Queer Britain, which has secured a physical location, a historic building on Granary Square in London’s King’s Cross neighborhood owned by the Art Fund: in part of the building, Queer Britain will open the country’s first LGBTQ+ museum. The museum’s doors will open in the spring and admission will be free.

Inside there will be galleries with displays of works and objects that will tell the story of LGBTQ+ culture, a store with gadgets, books and gifts, offices, and spaces dedicated to workshops and educational activities. It will be fully accessible thanks to the presence of slides and elevators and, Queer Britain says, will always be free to visit, but the nonprofit will continue to accept donations to support its work.

“It’s time for the UK to have an LGBTQ+ museum, for everyone,” says Joseph Galiano, director and co-founder of Queer Britain. “And we are delighted to have found our first home in beautiful Granary Square with Art Fund as our first host. It is a prime location, accessible and in a part of the city with a rich Queer heritage.”

Lisa Power (she/they) , trustee of Queer Britain , said, “I am really excited,” says Lisa Power, trustee of Queer Britain, “that Queer Britain will finally have a space to show what we can do and that we are here for the whole community, from old guard feminist lesbians like me to young queer people of all genders and ethnicities. Queer Britain aims to tell our many and diverse stories, and now we have a home in which to do that.” She is echoed by other trustee Anjum Mouj: “The UK is finally getting the LGBTQ+ museum it deserves, to reflect and celebrate all our exciting and so wildly diverse communities, regardless of their sexuality, gender identity, background, ability or heritage. The community lives together.”

“We are delighted to welcome Queer Britain as our newest tenants,” says Jenny Waldman, director of Art Fund. “Their exciting proposal for the UK’s first museum dedicated to exploring LGBTQ+ stories, people and ideas was warmly supported by our trustees, and we are thrilled that our beautiful building in Granary Square will house the first phase of the Queer Britain museum. It promises to be an essential destination.”

Pictured: an exhibition organized by Queer Britain in 2019

UK's first LGBTQ+ museum opens in London, free to visit
UK's first LGBTQ+ museum opens in London, free to visit

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