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The best museum and art exhibitions to visit this Easter

Simon Calder’s Travel

Easter isn’t just an opportunity to eat your own body-weight in chocolate. It’s also the perfect time for a well-earned long-weekend catch up with friends and family.

Whether you have a few days to spare, or a full fortnight in which to keep the kids entertained, we’ve rounded up some of the best museum and art exhibitions to check out.

With the UK home to an astonishing 1,800 museums, there’s certain to be an establishment that caters to your interests, from niche, one-room archives to sprawling national collections.

Our pick takes in contemporary art, motherhood, dark skies, seabirds, children’s books, 1960s fashion and much more besides.

And while spring may have officially begun by the time the Easter weekend rolls around, the British weather is nothing but fickle, so a museum is a good rain-safe option to have in your back pocket.

From Cambridge to Cornwall, Omagh to Angus, here’s our selection of the best museum and art exhibitions to check out this Easter, to inspire, educate and entertain.

Blaenafon and Cardiff, Wales

Big Pit National Coal Museum

2024 is the fortieth anniversary of the miner’s strikes, Britain’s biggest industrial dispute. To commemorate the date, Wales’s Big Pit Coal Museum is exhibiting Streic! 1984-1985 Strike! which will include exhibitions at both Big Pit National Coal Museum, Blaenafon and at the National Museum Cardiff. Visitors can also go on a tour of the former mine to learn more about the gruelling job of a miner, with a former worker taking tours. Expect to learn more about this integral part of British history whose impact can still be felt today.

Streic! 1984-1985 Strike!is at the Big Pit National Coal Mining Museum, until 1 March 2025, free.


Acts of Creation: On Art and Motherhood

The Arnolfini presents visual art, performance, dance, film, and music

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Hayward Gallery Touring’s major group exhibition explores the pain, pleasure, joy and heartache motherhood can bring. Featuring the work of more than 60 modern and contemporary artists, from the feminist avant-garde, to the present day, this exhibit considers motherhood as a creative enterprise, and engages with themes of ambivalence, gender and caregiving. Exploring diverse experiences of motherhood, this landmark exhibition aims to highlight the complexity of motherhood.

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