1852
Ophelia exhibited at the Royal Academy. Also exhibited in the same year at the Birmingham Society of Artists.

1853
Exhibited at the Royal Scottish Academy.

1855
Ophelia exhibited together with The Return of the Dove to the Ark, and The Order of Release at the Exposition Universelle, Paris.

1864
Exhibited at the Manchester Royal Institution.

1872
Annual International Paris Exhibition.

1873
Exhibited at the South Kensington.

1886
Exhibited at the Grosvenor Gallery, The Works of Sir John Millais, Bart, R.A, London (156 works).

1892
Exhibited at the Guildhall Art Gallery

1897
Exhibition of Millais’s works in Edinburgh.

1898
Memorial Exhibition of collected works of Millais after his death in 1896 at The Royal Academy. Exhibition of Works by the late Sir John Everett Millais, Bart; President of the Royal Academy, Winter Exhibition, twenty-ninth year [1898], London.

1947
Loaned to the City of Birmingham Art Gallery The Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood.

1948
Whitechapel, London, The Pre-Raphaelites. Tate Gallery, Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood, Manchester, Pre- Raphaelite Masterpieces.

1967
Exhibited as part of a Millais retrospective at the Royal Academy, 12 January - 5 March, before travelling to the Walker Art Galley in Liverpool from 15 March - 30 April.

1972
British Romantic Painting Exhibition, Paris, organised by the British Council.

1979-1980
Loaned to the British Council for their exhibition at the Haus der Kunst (Art Gallery) in Munich, 10 November 1979 - 15 January 1980.

1984
Exhibited within the exhibition The Pre-Raphaelites, at the Tate Gallery , 7 March - 28 May.

1987
Loaned to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square, London.

1996
Loaned to Norwich Castle Museum as part of the exhibition Art as Theatre from January- April.

1997-1998
Loaned to the National Gallery of Art, Washington D C., from January - May as part of Masterpieces of British Art from the Tate Gallery, Tokyo Metropolitan Museum and Hyogo Prefectural Museum of Modern Art, Kobe, January - July 1998.

2004-5
Exhibited in Pre-Raphaelite Vision: Truth to Nature at Tate Britain from 12 February -3 May 2004. Travels to Altes Nationalgalerie, Berlin 12 June – 19 September 2004 and Fundació “la Caixa”, Madrid 6 October 2004-9 January 2005.

2007-8
Exhibited at Tate Britain in Millais from 26 September 2007 – 13 January 2008. Exhibition travels to the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam from 15 February to 18 May 2008, and two venues in Japan: Kitakyushu Municipal Museum of Art from 7 June to 17 August 2008, and The Bunkamura Museum of Art, 30 August to 26 October 2008.

2012-14
Exhibited at Tate Britain in Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde from 12 September 2012 – 13 January 2013. Exhibition travels to the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC, Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow,  and the Mori Arts Centre, Tokyo.

When Ophelia is not travelling, the painting is regularly on display at Tate Britain within the permanent collections.