Free London – Museums
Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG
With over 6 million people visiting the museum each year, this extraordinary place is one of the most popular attractions in London – with its varied collections of historical artifacts, including the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and the Parthenon, it’s is easy to see why it is so very popular. Complete with unique exhibitions, the museum’s displays span up to 2 million years of human history.
Imperial War Museum
Lambeth Road, SE1 6HZ
What is modern war, what is the price of winning and losing, what is the secret of the invincibility of the British army – the Imperial War Museum holds all the answers. With various displays and exhibitions, complete with all the information, a trip to this exciting museum is an absolute must.
Museum of London
150 London Wall, EC2Y 5HN
One of the city’s true gems – the Museum of London offers a unique and intimate look into the city’s past, from civil wars and brutal uprisings, to the Roman era and the rule of Henry VIII and the Tudors.
The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich
Romney Road, Greenwich, SE10 9NF
Are you a fan of the greatest sea battles? As a child were you fascinated by the victories of the British Navy and the famous East India Trading Company? Then this is the place for you. Here you can see the uniform of the heroically brave Admiral Nelson, a gilded barge and even a pirate ship!
Natural History Museum
Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD
Complete with hundreds of exhibits, interactive areas, a massive model of a blue whale, a giant Diplodocus skeleton and so much more, the Natural History Museum is filled with all of life’s greatest wonders.
Exhibition Road, SW7 2DD
Famous for being Europe’s very best science museum, the London Science Museum is packed with interactive exhibits, making it perfect for anyone with a love of science and a taste for adventure. Including the Command Model spacecraft Apollo 10, the steam locomotive, Stephenson’s Rocket and 4D earthquake simulation machine, this is one museum with a twist.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, SW7 2R
A truly unique place, and the world’s largest museum of decorative arts, the Victoria and Albert Museum is filled with some of the world’s most beautiful things. From marble sculptures and clay pots, to paintings, silk fabrics and jewelry, this creative museum is a real connoisseur of beauty.
183-193 Euston Road, Camden, NW1 2BE
Displaying an unusual collection of medical artifacts and unique artworks exploring the links between medicine, life and art, the museum presents its visitors with a new, innovative way to discover the human body.
The Bank of England Museum
Bartholomew Lane, London, EC2R 8AH
Showcasing rare banknotes and century old bars of gold, The Bank of England Museum offers a different kind of experience. Along with ancient coins, muskets, ceramics, mosaics and bank notes complete with the signatures of George Washington and the Duchess of Marlborough, this financial based museum offers visitors a peek into one of the very oldest national banks.
British Postal Museum and Archives
Freeling House, Phoenix PI, Bloomsbury, WC1X OD
Complete with extensive collections of stamps, postcards, envelopes, and post boxes from various locations and ages, the British Postal Museum and Archive boasts truly first class collection.
The Geffrye Museum
136 Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, E2 8EA
Probably London’s most fascinating museum, The Geffrye is located in an old mansion style building, surrounded by large, glorious gardens. Here you can see the various different styles of British home décor and interior design, ranging from the XVII century to the present day. Complete with an elegant living room, vintage furniture and antique trinkets, the museum beautifully showcases Britain’s true style.
London Docklands Museum
West India Quay, E14 4A
First and foremost the capital of Great Britain, London is also a major trading port, complete with a colourful past. Located on the sight of an old sugar warehouse, the museum has a unique display of sea-borne trade and slavery history of the United Kingdom.
Museum of the Royal Air Force
Grahame Park Way, Colindale, Barnet, NW9 5LL
At the Royal Air Force Museum you can see every aircraft imaginable, from balloons, gliders and helicopters to Concord, fighters and bombers. Complete with an exciting audio visual show about the famous Battle of Britain in the sites’ 3D cinema, a trip to this museum is a must.
V&A Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road, E2 9PA
With collections of dolls, rattles, cots, nappies, board games, and books V&A Museum of Childhood contains an impressive collections of toys and games belonging to children of past eras. Complete with information, demonstrations and interactive events showing visitors how children in times gone by lived, the museum offers a unique look into the world of childhood from an adults perspective.
Prinslet Street Museum
19 Prinslet Street, Whitechapel, E1 6QH
Discover a different side of London with Prinslet Street Museum, a unique museum that specialises in immigration and cultural diversity. The permanent exhibition shows what life was and is like for foreigners living in Britain, including views from local students and professionals alike.
Anaesthesia Heritage Centre
21 Portland Place, Marylebone, W1B 1PY
One of the best museums of health with more than 2000 artifacts linked to the history and the use of anaesthesia in the first painkillers, antiseptic and resuscitation kits.
British Dental Association Museum
64 Wimpole Street, Marylebone, W1G 8YS
Are you scared of the dentists? Then you’d better keep away from this place! Showcasing not only the modern drill, but also iron tongs, hammers and nails, the museum shows what a trip to the dentist would have comprised of in the distant past.
Grant Museum of Zoology
Rockerfeller Building, 21 University Street, WC1E 6DE
The richest collections of rare animal skeletons were stuffed and preserved in specimen jars with alcohol after being collected by Professor Robert Grant – an outstanding scientist and one of Charles Darwin’s idols.
100 London Road, SE23 3PQ
Perhaps one of the capital’s most diverse museum, the Horniman Museum offers a range of collections in anthropology, natural history, formal gardens, entertainment, musical instruments, and a giant aquarium, which is home to an imposing walrus – a sight certainly not to be missed.
London Sewing Machine Museum
292-312 Balham High Road, SW17 7AA
Believe it or not, even inanimate objects have a history, sometimes surprising and fascinating at the same time. If you choose to visit London Sewing Machine Museum you will be in for an exciting surprise – packed full of sewing machines, some of which are very first models of the ‘Singer’, once owned by Queen Victoria’s eldest daughter, there is more history in these machines that you could ever imagine.
Museum of the Order of St John
St John’s Gate, St John’s Lane, EC1M 4DA
The old lodge is the only thing that remains from the original Monastery of the Order of St John. In this unremarkable looking building is stored an impressive collection of historical artifacts, including medieval armor, silver coins, ancient manuscripts, military weapons, and Victorian first aid kits. The tour operated at the museum also includes a visit to St John’s Church and the Norman crypt.
Museum of the Royal Academy of Music
Marylebone Road, NW1 5HT
The Museum of the Royal Academy of Music is a place that anyone with a love of, or talent for music should visit in their lifetime – it really is that remarkable. With the entire history of classical music available at a glance, including Antonio Stradivari violin, baton which belonged to Henry Wood, music manuscripts by Franz Schubert, Johannes Brahms and Franz Liszt, this is one museum not to be missed.
Sir John Soane’s Museum
13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2A 3BP
Previously owned by Sir John Soane, the architect who designed the building for the Bank of England, the museum is filled with more than 20,000 copyright sketches and antiques. As well as paintings of William Turner, Giovanni Piranesi, William Hogarth and Canaletto, with the gem of the collection being the Egyptian sarcophagus of Seti I.
Museum of Croydon
Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon, CR9 1ET
Within the Croydon Clock Tower, visitors are directed around by an interactive, touch screen iguana – Iggy. Telling visitors all about the life of the inhabitants of Croydon through the ages through his interactive learning system. The museum also has a games room and a gallery of Chinese ceramics.
The Cedars, Windsor Street, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8AT
A smaller and more regional museum, the Chertsey Museum still boasts an impressive and interesting exhibition. With antique furniture, ceramics and photographs illustrating the history of the county of Runnymede, including rather rare exhibits related to the adoption of the “Magna Carta” and, of course an amazing collection of vintage clothes from previous eras.
The Stephens Collection
Avenue House, 17 East End Road, Finchley, N3 3QE
Known as the Museum of London stationary, Avenue House is the former residence of Henry Charles Stephens, son of the famous inventor, Dr. Henry Stephens who invented blue ink. The museum showcases the history of this extraordinary family, as well as showing various writing from different people, from ancient eras to today.