Museums in London

The Definitive List (2019)

London museums are among the best in the world, and include Natural History Museum, Museum of London, and dozens more institutions.

Below, we've researched and compiled a list of museums in London, plus categories like:

And everything in-between. How many museums are there in London? As of 2019, our list includes 144 awesome museums.

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Museum Categories

  1. Natural History Museum
  2. Museum of London
  3. Victoria & Albert Museum
  4. British Museum
  5. Science Museum
  6. National Gallery London
  7. National Portrait Gallery
  8. Design Museum London
  9. National Maritime Museum
  10. Royal Air Force Museum
  11. Queen's House
  12. The Wallace Collection
  13. Grant Museum of Zoology
  14. Imperial War Museum London
  15. Tate Modern
  16. Tate Britain
  17. The Charterhouse
  18. Bank of England Museum
  19. Museum of London Docklands
  20. Sir John Soane's Museum
  21. V&A Museum of Childhood
  22. Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
  23. Museum of the Order of St John
  24. All Hallows-by-the-Tower Crypt Museum
  25. British Dental Association Museum
  26. Hackney Museum
  27. Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum
  28. City of London Police Museum
  29. National Army Museum
  30. Museum of Wimbledon
  31. St Paul's Cathedral
  32. Twinings Museum
  33. Science Gallery London
  34. Fulham Palace
  35. Bankside Gallery
  36. Barnet Museum
  37. Twickenham Museum
  38. Valence House Museum
  39. Wimbledon Windmill Museum
  40. Whitechapel Gallery
  41. Royal Academy of Arts
  42. Royal Academy of Music Museum
  43. Bethlem Museum of the Mind
  44. Boston Manor House
  45. Burgh House & Hampstead Museum
  46. Honourable Artillery Company Museum
  47. Islington Museum
  48. Faraday Museum
  49. St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum
  50. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum
  51. Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum of Art
  52. British Optical Association Museum
  53. British Library
  54. Library and Museum of Freemasonry
  55. Markfield Beam Engine and Museum
  56. MCC Museum
  57. Museum of Comedy
  58. Ragged School Museum
  59. South London Gallery
  60. Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia
  61. Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
  62. Forty Hall Museum
  63. Gunnersbury Park Museum
  64. Heath Robinson Museum
  65. Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability
  66. Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum
  67. Headstone Manor and Museum
  68. Inns of Court & City Yeomanry Museum
  69. Kingston Museum
  70. Museum of Croydon
  71. Somerset House
  72. UCL Art Museum
  73. Valentines Mansion & Gardens
  74. Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum
  75. Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum
  76. Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

All Museums in London

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum

London's Natural History Museum is one of the world's most premier natural history museums. It is also one of three big museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, along with the Victoria and Albert Museum and the Science Museum. The Natural History Museum has more than 80 million items across its favor major collections in zoology, paleontology, entomology, mineralogy, and botany. General admission to the Natural History Museum of London is free, though some special exhibits and programming do come with a fee.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Natural History Museum.

  • The Darwin Centre
  • Blue whale skeleton
  • The Wildlife Garden
Natural History Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom

Museum of London

History Museum

The Museum of London is a history museum focused on the history of London dating back to prehistoric times with a special focus on the city's social history. The Museum of London sits on the edge of the oldest part of the city, with the ruins of the Roman city wall in its sights. With more than six million objects in its collection, the museum houses the world's biggest urban history collection. Admission to the Museum of London is free to the public.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of London.

  • Lord Mayor's Coach
  • The London 2012 Cauldron
  • War, Plague & Fire
Museum of London
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 150 London Wall, Barbican, London EC2Y 5HN, United Kingdom

Victoria & Albert Museum

Archaeological Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is the world's largest museum of applied and decorative arts and design. With a permanent collection of more than 2.2 million works, the V&A sits on more than 12 acres that contain 145 different galleries. The museum was founded in 1852, with Queen Victoria and Prince Albert serving as its namesakes. The V&A Museum displays the world's biggest collection of post-classical sculpture. The museum also contains the National Art Library, a public library with more than 750,000 pieces.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Victoria & Albert Museum.

  • An 11-metre blown glass chandelier by Dale Chihuly
  • Tipoo’s Tiger
  • Raphael's cartoons
Victoria & Albert Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL, United Kingdom

British Museum

History Museum

The British Museum, founded in 1753, is a history, arts, and culture museum in London. With more than eight million objects in its collection, the British Museum has one of the world's biggest museum collections. Much of the collection is focused on human culture as it dates back to the earliest times. The world's first public national museum, the British Museum has since had several museums branch off of it, including the popular Natural History Museum in London and the British Library.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at British Museum .

  • Parthenon Marbles
  • The Rosetta Stone
  • Assyrian Lion Hunt reliefs
British Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Great Russell Street London, WC1 United Kingdom

Science Museum

Science Museum

The Science Museum is one of London's must-see museums and is one of three that sits on South Kensington's Exhibition Road (the others are the Natural History Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum). Founded in 1857, the Science Museum has a collection of 300,000 objects that sees more than three million visitors this year. Some of the objects on display include Puffing Billy, Stephenson's Rocket, and the Apollo 10 command module.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Science Museum.

  • Stephenson's Rocket
  • Puffing Billy
  • Apollo 10 command module
Science Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Exhibition Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD, United Kingdom

Art Museum

The National Gallery is an art museum located in London's Trafalgar Square. The museum has more than 2,300 paintings, with some reaching back to the 1200s. The National Gallery sees some five million visitors each year. Artists represented in the museum's collection include Vincent van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Sandro Botticelli, Raphael, Rembrandt, Michelangelo, Henri Rousseau, Monet, and Renoir.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at National Gallery London.

  • Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers
  • Leonardo da Vinci's The Virgin of the Rocks
  • Sandro Botticelli's Venus and Mars
National Gallery London
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Trafalgar Square, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5DN, United Kingdom

Churchill War Rooms

War Museum

The Churchill War Rooms is part of the Imperial War Museum in London. The War Rooms museum showcases the underground complex where Churchill led the British government during World War II. The museum also houses the Churchill Museum, which is a biographical museum dedicated to commemorating the life of Winston Churchill. The war rooms were fully functional during World War II and were not left until Japan's surrender in August 1945. Shortly thereafter, the government set to work preserving the rooms for history's sake and they opened to the public in the 1980s.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Churchill War Rooms.

  • Undercover: Life in Churchill's bunker
  • Clementine Churchill's bedroom
  • Churchill War Rooms Private Tours
Churchill War Rooms
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£22 per person
  • πŸ“ Clive Steps, King Charles St, London SW1A 2AQ, United Kingdom

London Transport Museum

Specialty Museum

The London Transport Museum is dedicated to London's transportation options, including its famous double decker buses and tube systems. The LT Museum has two sites, one in Covent Garden and another in Acton, which is traditionally referred to as the London Transport Museum Depot. The Depot is primarily a storage site for transport vehicles that is accessible to the public, while the London Transport Museum offers more of a traditional museum collection and experience.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at London Transport Museum.

  • Hidden London exhibition
  • Where's Wally? The Big Museum Hunt
  • Depot guided tours
London Transport Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£16.50 per person
  • πŸ“ Covent Garden, London WC2E 7BB, United Kingdom

Art Museum

London's National Portrait Gallery is a premiere art museum in the heart of the city. The National Portrait Gallery was the world's very first portrait gallery upon its 1856 opening. The gallery's collection focuses heavily on portraits of people who were important to Britain over the years; the gallery is less concerned with who produced the painting, but rather places its value on who the portrait is of. The gallery's best known work is Chandos' William Shakespeare.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at National Portrait Gallery.

  • Queen Elizabeth I by Unknown
  • Chandos' William Shakespeare.
  • Anne Boleyn by Unknown
National Portrait Gallery
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ St. Martin's Pl, Charing Cross, London WC2H 0HE, United Kingdom

Design Museum London

Archaeological Museum

The Design Museum is London focuses on a collection of graphic, fashion, architecture, industrial, and product design. Founded in 1989 by Sir Terence Conran, the museum is a registered charity whose proceeds from ticket sales for exhibits go directly back to crafting new exhibits and procuring collection items. The Design Museum was the recipient of the coveted European Museum of the Year Award in 2018.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Design Museum London.

  • Designing Duggee
  • Moving to Mars
  • The free Family Explorer Trail
Design Museum London
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG, United Kingdom

National Maritime Museum

Specialty Museum

The National Maritime Museum in London is dedicated to displaying a maritime collection from the United Kingdom. The museum is heavily focused on the history of its Greenwich location; Greenwich has often been a huge place of importance for navigation and the sea. The National Maritime Museum has more than two million objects in its collection, ranging from physical items like maps and models to maritime art. Admission to the National Maritime Museum is free, though special exhibits may have a ticket cost associated with them.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at National Maritime Museum.

  • Jules Achille NoΓ«l's The Bretagne
  • Destination Moon
  • AHOY! gallery
National Maritime Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Park Row, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9NF, United Kingdom

Royal Air Force Museum

War Museum

The Royal Air Force Museum London is part of the Royal Air Force Museum, which includes a second location, the Royal Air Force Museum Cosford, in Shropshire. The RAF Museum in London has five different buildings and hangars dedicated to highlighting the history of the Royal Air Force. The museum also has a general collection on the history of aviation in London. The museum has more than 100 different aircraft for public viewing, including the only complete Hawker Typhoon in the world.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Royal Air Force Museum .

  • A Westland Sea King helicopter that was once flown by Prince William
  • Gnat fast jet trainer of the Red Arrows
  • Hawker Typhoon
Royal Air Force Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Grahame Park Way, London NW9 5LL, United Kingdom

Queen's House

Archaeological Museum

Queen's House was the former royal residence for British royalty. Built in the early 1600s for King James I's bride Anne of Denmark, Queen's House is considered to be of the upmost importance in terms of British architecture as it was the first classical building ever built in England. Ironically, Anne died before the house was ever completed. In present day, Queen's House is part of the National Maritime Museum, where part of the museum's collection is on display. Queen's House played a role as a VIP centre when London hosted the 2012 Olympics.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Queen's House.

  • The Queen's House Ghost
  • The view of the Thames
  • Van de Veldes' maritime art collection
Queen's House
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Romney Rd, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF, United Kingdom

The Wallace Collection

Archaeological Museum

The Wallace Collection is a London art gallery made up of the collection of the Marquess family. The art all dates back to the 18th and 19th centuries and was gathered by five generations of the Marquesses along with Sir Richard Wallace, who was an illegitimate Marquess son. Today, the collection contains more than five thousand pieces. In 1897, Lady Wallace bequeathed the private collection to England, who displayed the works in Hertford House, thus opening a museum in 1900. The collection remains in the same place today.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Wallace Collection.

  • The Front State Room
  • Jacques CaffiΓ©ri's 1751 chandelier once given as a gift by Louis XV
  • The European Armouries
The Wallace Collection
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN, United Kingdom

Grant Museum of Zoology

Natural History Museum

The Grant Museum of Zoology is part of the University College London. First established in the early 1800s, the Grant Museum was meant to serve students as an educational tool when it came to observing specimens and dissection. The Grant Museum houses one of the country's oldest collections concerning natural history; it also is the only natural history museum associated with a university in London.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Grant Museum of Zoology.

  • A rare quagga skeleton
  • Blaschka glass models
  • Dodo bones
Grant Museum of Zoology
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Rockefeller Building, 21 University St, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6DE, United Kingdom

Imperial War Museum London

War Museum

The Imperial War Museums is an organization that houses five different museums, including the Churchill War Rooms and the Imperial War Museum itself. The museum's collection expanded tremendously as a result of World War II. The collection includes photos, video, oral histories, books, art, military vehicles, aircraft, and documents cataloging the history of British involvement in war and military efforts.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Imperial War Museum London.

  • Dual 15-inch guns outside the museum
  • V-1 flying bomb
  • Harriet Jump Jet
Imperial War Museum London
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ, United Kingdom

Royal Observatory Greenwich

Observatories & Planetariums

The Royal Observatory, Greenwich is an observatory in London that has played a major historical part in astronomy over the last several centuries. The prime meridian passes through the observatory, which established Greenwich Mean Time. The observatory got its start in 1675 as the Old Royal Observatory when King Charles II commissioned its construction; at the same time, he created the position of Astronomer Royal to serve as an advisor to the king. Though the AMAT telescope at the observatory is functioning today, the observatory largely serves as a museum.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Royal Observatory Greenwich .

  • The Meridian Line
  • Planetarium shows
  • Shepherd Gate Clock
Royal Observatory Greenwich
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£23.65 per person
  • πŸ“ Blackheath Ave, Greenwich, London SE10 8XJ, United Kingdom

Sherlock Holmes Museum

Specialty Museum

The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a London museum that was the first in the world to be dedicated to the fictional legend Sherlock Holmes. The 221B Baker Street townhouse displays items from the Sherlock Holmes fiction series, alongside scenes from the 1984 TV series of the same name. The house that contains the museum is also a historical masterpiece itself; the British government has classified it as Grade 2 thanks to its architectural design.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Sherlock Holmes Museum.

  • The Study
  • Mrs Hudson's Room
  • Sherlock's laboratory
Sherlock Holmes Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£15 per person
  • πŸ“ 221b Baker St, Marylebone, London NW1 6XE, United Kingdom

Tate Modern

Art Museum

The Tate Modern is a contemporary art museum in London. Part of the Tate group with three other museums, including Tate Britain, Tate Modern's collection showcases the national British art collection from 1900 through today. It also displays international art from the same time period. Tate Modern is among the biggest contemporary art museums in the world. Close to six million people are estimated to visit Tate Modern each year.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Tate Modern .

  • The Tanks
  • Dora Maurer Exhibit
  • Artist and Society
Tate Modern
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Bankside London, SE1 United Kingdom

Tate Britain

Art Museum

Tate Britain is part of the Tate organization that includes three other museums: Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool, and Tate St. Ives. Tate Britain, once known as the National Gallery of British Art and the Tate Gallery, contains a huge collection of British art dating back to Tudor times. Tate Britain is one of the biggest museums in the United Kingdom, attracting more than one million guests through its doors annually.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Tate Britain.

  • The Turner Prize exhibition
  • J. M. W. Turner's Snow Storm – Steam-Boat off a Harbour's Mouth
  • Anna Lea Merritt's Love Locked Out
Tate Britain
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Millbank, Westminster, London SW1P 4RG, United Kingdom

Fashion and Textile Museum

Specialty Museum

The Fashion and Textile Museum highlights contemporary fashion in London. The museum was founded by designer Zandra Rhodes as part of the Newham College of Further Education. The Fashion and Textile Museum has not yet begun to gather a permanent collection; instead, the museum hosts a variety of rotating temporary exhibits.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Fashion and Textile Museum.

  • Zandra Rhodes: 50 Years of Fabulous
  • Norman Hartnell – A Tribute
  • Out of the Blue: Fifty Years of Designers Guild
Fashion and Textile Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£9.90 per person
  • πŸ“ 83 Bermondsey St, Bermondsey, London SE1 3XF, United Kingdom

The Charterhouse

Historic Site

The Charterhouse is a collection of historic buildings in London that go back to the 1300s. It started as a Carthusian priory, then became a majestic palace for Tudor London. Eventually, in the 1600s, it was purchased and turned into a school and almshouse, which still stands today. The Charterhouse museum today focuses on tracing the history of the land and buildings from its Black Plague days to modern times through a collection of almost 2,000 objects.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Charterhouse.

  • The Thackeray Collection
  • A tapestry collection purchased in 1615
  • Guided tours of the grounds
The Charterhouse
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Charterhouse Square, Barbican, London EC1M 6AN, United Kingdom

Bank of England Museum

Specialty Museum

The Bank of England Museum in London is housed inside the Bank of England. The museum has a large collection dating back to the founding of the bank in the 1600s. Exhibits include the history of the bank, the bank's transformation pre, during, and post wars, and a focus on modern day banking. There museum also displays a large number of coins, notes, silver, and a gold bar.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Bank of England Museum.

  • A genuine gold bar
  • The Stock Office
  • The Bank Today
Bank of England Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Bartholomew Ln, London EC2R 8AH, United Kingdom

Museum of London Docklands

Archaeological Museum

The Museum of London Docklands is a branch of the Museum of London, one of the premier institutions in the city. Formerly known as the Museum in Docklands, the organization focuses on the history of the River Thames and the Docklands. Located on the Isle of Dogs, the museum opened its doors in 2003 on the West India Docks. The museum had a large collection related to the water, including numerous vessels, but eventually transferred the vessels to other organizations.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of London Docklands.

  • City and River
  • Secret Rivers
  • Sailortown
Museum of London Docklands
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ West India Quay, No.1 Warehouse, Hertsmere Rd, London E14 4AL, United Kingdom

Sir John Soane's Museum

Specialty Museum

The Sir John Soane's Museum of London is located in the former home of architect John Soane. The museum displays Soane's famed drawings and models of his various building projects. In addition to his own work, Soane had come to amass a personal private collection of art and artifacts that is also on display in the museum. The museum is free to the public to visit, but timed reservations are highly encouraged to be made in advance.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Sir John Soane's Museum.

  • Hogarth: Place and Progress
  • Sarcophagus of Seti I
  • The Picture Room
Sir John Soane's Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London WC2A 3BP, United Kingdom

V&A Museum of Childhood

Children's Museum

The V&A Museum of Childhood, part of the Victoria & Albert Museum, is a London museum dedicated to housing collections by and for children. The museum's collection includes costumes, toys, and objects dedicated to celebrating childhood. In addition to its permanent collection, the V&A Museum of Childhood regularly hosts temporary exhibits.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at V&A Museum of Childhood .

  • The Eagle Slayer
  • Construction toys
  • Playing with Buildings
V&A Museum of Childhood
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Cambridge Heath Rd, Bethnal Green, London E2 9PA, United Kingdom

Horniman Museum and Gardens

Archaeological Museum

The Horniman Museum and Gardens is a London museum dating back to the early 1900s. The museum's collection of more than 350,000 objects focuses on natural history, anthropology, and instruments. It has a well known and impressive collection of taxidermied animals. The grounds also house an aquarium, extensive gardens, a butterfly house, small animals, and plants. Admission to the museum and gardens is free, while the other attractions require tickets.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Horniman Museum and Gardens.

  • A Butterfly House
  • Robert Anning Bell's Humanity in the House of Circumstance
  • The Totem Pole
Horniman Museum and Gardens
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ, United Kingdom

HMS Belfast

War Museum

The HMS Belfast is part of the Imperial War Museums in London. A Town-class light cruiser built for the Royal Navy, the ship is a permanent museum on the River Thames. The HMS Belfast first launched on St. Patrick's Day in 1938 and played a significant role in World War II. It is considered the most significant surviving Royal Navy warship to come out of the war. More than 250,000 people visit the HMS Belfast each year.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at HMS Belfast.

  • Discover D-Day75
  • Explore HMS Belfast
  • Serving the Seas
HMS Belfast
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£16.20 per person
  • πŸ“ The Queen's Walk, London SE1 2JH, United Kingdom

Museum of Brands

Specialty Museum

The Museum of Brands in London showcases consumer culture dating back all the way to the Victorian era. The museum got its start with the Robert Opie Collection from the Museum of Advertising and Packaging in Gloucester, which eventually closed its doors in 2001. The museum is organized chronologically to demonstrate the way branding and packaging has evolved over time, highlighting key events like transportation, advertising, the media, war, and female emancipation.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Brands.

  • Innovative Packaging Award
  • 1950s Battle of the Toys Brands
  • Time Tunnel
Museum of Brands
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£9 per person
  • πŸ“ 111-117 Lancaster Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 1QT, United Kingdom

The Courtauld Institute of Art

Art Museum

The Courtauld Institute of Art is a college that's part of the University of London that studies art history. It is considered to be one of the most premier institutions for this discipline. The college displays its collection in the Courtauld Gallery, which has a large French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist collection. The gallery has more than 500 paintings and 26,000 drawings and prints. The gallery is set to reopen to the public in 2021.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Courtauld Institute of Art.

  • Amedeo Modigliani’s Female Nude
  • Vincent van Gogh's Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear
  • Paul Gauguin's Nevermore
The Courtauld Institute of Art
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£ per person
  • πŸ“ Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN, United Kingdom

Charles Dickens Museum

Specialty Museum

The Charles Dickens Museum in London is a house museum where the famed author lived for two years in the city. It is the only house that Dickens lived in in London that still survives to this day and even it had a close call. It was saved from demolition in 1923 by the Dickens Fellowship. While living in the house, Dickens worked on The Pipwick Papers, Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby, and Barnaby Rudge.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Charles Dickens Museum.

  • Charles Dickens: Man of Science
  • Beautiful Books: Dickens and the Business of Christmas
  • Ghost of an Idea: Unwrapping 'A Christmas Carol'
Charles Dickens Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£9.50 per person
  • πŸ“ 48-49 Doughty St, Holborn, London WC1N 2LX, United Kingdom

Art Museum

London's Dulwich Picture Gallery is the oldest public art gallery in the country, opening its doors in 1817. The gallery was designed by architect Sir John Soane and is a Grade II listing on England's National Heritage List for its design. Today, the Dulwich Picture Gallery has one of England's best collections of Old Masters.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Dulwich Picture Gallery.

  • Adam Pynacker's Bridge in an Italian Landscape
  • Nicolas Poussin's The Nurture of Jupiter
  • Gerrit Dou's A Woman playing a Clavichord
Dulwich Picture Gallery
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£16.50 per person
  • πŸ“ Gallery Rd, Dulwich, London SE21 7AD, United Kingdom

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Archaeological Museum

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology in London has more than 80,000 objects in its collection pertaining to Egyptian and Sudanese culture. Only three other museums in the world have a bigger collection of these items. The museum is part of the University College London Museums and Collections and was initially developed to be a teaching resource for the Department of Egyptian Archaeology and Philology at University College.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.

  • From Gurob to the Getty
  • A pyramid text
  • Akhenaten and the rays of the sun god Aten
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Malet Pl, Bloomsbury, London WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom

Madame Tussauds London Wax Museum

Specialty Museum

Madame Tussauds London is a top tourist attraction in the city. Madame Tussauds showcases the work of wax sculptor Marie Tussaud. It is famous for its lifelike wax replicas of famous people. Some of the most famous wax figures at the London location include Katniss Everdeen, Rihanna, Bob Marley, Britney Spears, Donald Trump, Muhammad Ali, Charles Dickens, and Vincent van Gogh.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Madame Tussauds London Wax Museum.

  • Michael Jackson
  • Alfred Hitchcock
  • Elizabeth II
Madame Tussauds London Wax Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£25 per person
  • πŸ“ Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5LR, United Kingdom

Museum of the Order of St John

Specialty Museum

The Museum of the Order of St John in London is dedicated to the Venerable Order of Saint John. The museum highlights the story from the order founded in Jerusalem to the organization's current mission. The museum has a wide variety of objects in the collection dating back to the 1200s.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of the Order of St John.

  • The ambulance collection
  • A Victorian nurse's miniature first aid kit
  • First Aid Manuals
Museum of the Order of St John
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ St John’s Gate, 26 St John's Ln, London EC1M 4DA, United Kingdom

Leighton House Museum

Art Museum

The Leighton House Museum is an art museum in west London that was once the home of British painter Frederic Leighton. The house is a Grade II listing for its Orientalist features. The museum has a collection of works from the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Artists on display include Edward Burne-Jones, George Frederick Watts, John Everett Millais, and Leighton, who has 81 oil paintings showcased in the museum.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Leighton House Museum.

  • Leighton's Clytie
  • Frank Bernard Dicksee's The End of the Quest
  • Leighton's Orpheus & Eurydice
Leighton House Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£9 per person
  • πŸ“ 12 Holland Park Rd, Kensington, London W14 8LZ, United Kingdom

Freud Museum London

Specialty Museum

The Freud Museum in London is set in the house where Sigmund Freud lived until his death. It was Freud's daughter's wish that the house be turned into a museum after she died. Freud had a number of accomplishments while living in the house and saw patients out of the home. London is one of three cities with museums dedicated to Freud; the other two museums are located in the Czech Republic and Vienna.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Freud Museum London.

  • Berggasse 19 couch where Freud's patients would lay
  • Salvador DalΓ­'s portrait of Freud
  • Freud's personal library
Freud Museum London
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£10 per person
  • πŸ“ 20 Maresfield Gardens, London NW3 5SX, United Kingdom

The Magic Circle

Specialty Museum

The Magic Circle is a combination museum and library focused on magic. The collection showcases the history of magic through stories and artifacts, all while preserving the incredible intrigue that has shrouded magic and kept it mysterious to the public. The museum is an interactive experience; guests can learn how Chung Ling Soo ended up being shot to death during his 1918 show and discover how the British army deployed magic to make the Suez Canal disappear to the enemy.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Magic Circle.

  • Harry Houdini's handcuffs
  • Rare gems of Robert-Houdin
  • HRH Prince Charles' magic cups and balls
The Magic Circle
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£19.50 per person
  • πŸ“ Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, Kings Cross, London NW1 2HD, United Kingdom

Art Museum

The Saatchi Gallery is a London museum for contemporary art. The museum's displays have gone through different eras and artists, to include Young British Artists and American-based contemporary artists. Saatchi Gallery has a tendency to showcase unknown artists, and has often been seen as a launching pad for many careers.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Saatchi Gallery.

  • Tutankhamun: Treasures of the Golden Pharaoh
  • I-Made
  • Beyond the Road
Saatchi Gallery
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£24.50 per person
  • πŸ“ Duke of York's HQ, King's Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4RY, United Kingdom

Buckingham Palace

Historic Site

Buckingham Palace has been the royal's official home since 1837; today, it operates as the monarch's administrative headquarters. The palace boasts 775 rooms to include state rooms, Royal and guest bedrooms, staff bedrooms, offices (there are almost 100!), and more than 75 bathrooms. Buckingham Palace was originally built in 1703 as a townhouse for the Duke of Buckingham; it later morphed into the palace it is today. The palace's state rooms are available for tours from July through September.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Buckingham Palace.

  • The Ballroom
  • Changing the Guard
  • The Buckingham Palace Gardens
Buckingham Palace
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£25 per person
  • πŸ“ Westminster, London SW1A 1AA, United Kingdom

Cartoon Museum

Art Museum

London's Cartoon Museum is dedicated to capturing British cartoons, caricatures, comics, and animation. The on-site library holds more than 5,000 books and 4,000 comics. At any given time, 250 exhibits are on display from the library. The Duke of Edinburgh opened the museum in 2006 after realizing there had never been a museum in the city dedicated to the art of cartoons.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Cartoon Museum.

  • Ronald Searle: Graphic Master
  • The Beano
  • The Dandy
Cartoon Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£9 per person
  • πŸ“ 63 Wells St, Fitzrovia, London W1A 3AE, United Kingdom

Tower Bridge

Specialty Museum

Tower Bridge is one of London's most famous landmarks. The Bascule suspension bridge was built in the mid to late 1800s. It stands more than 200 feet tall and runs more than 800 feet long. The Tower Bridge Exhibition is in the bridge towers. Visitors will enjoy movies, photos, and interactive displays showcasing how the bridge was built and how it functioned.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Tower Bridge.

  • The original steam engines that powered the bridge
  • Views from the towers
  • The bridge walkways
Tower Bridge
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£10 per person
  • πŸ“ Tower Bridge Rd, London SE1 2UP, United Kingdom

Westminster Abbey Museum

Religious Museum

The Westminster Abbey Museum, or The Queen's Diamond Jubilee Galleries, sits 52 feet above the abbey floor in the 13th century triforium. Guests will take in incredible views of the abbey as they climb the Weston Tower to the museum. The secret space that houses the galleries was hidden for more than 700 years.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Westminster Abbey Museum.

  • The Henry VII effigy head
  • Royal marriage licence
  • The Liber Regalis
Westminster Abbey Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£5 per person
  • πŸ“ 20 Deans Yd, Westminster, London SW1P 3PA, United Kingdom

London Film Museum

Specialty Museum

The London Film Museum was established in 2008 as a tribute to the film industry of the United Kingdom. It was previously called The Movieum of London. Today, the London Film Museum is home to various sets, props, and costumes from the best of British film, including the movie You Only Live Twice. The museum has housed several special exhibits, including one dedicated to London great Charlie Chaplin.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at London Film Museum.

  • Charlie Chaplin - The Great Londoner
  • Ray Harryhausen - Myths & Legends
  • Props from You Only Live Twice
London Film Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£15 per person
  • πŸ“ 45 Wellington St, Covent Garden, London WC2E 7BN, United Kingdom

Kensington Palace

Historic Site

Kensington Palace is a royal residence located in Kensington Gardens in London. The palace has housed members of the royal family since the 1600s. As of 2019, the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, Princess Eugiene and her spouse, the Duke and Duchess of Gloucester, the Duke and Duchess of Kent, and Prince and Princess Michael of Kent call the palace their home. The palace's state rooms are available for public tours with many objects from the royal collection on view.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Kensington Palace.

  • The Gardens
  • The state rooms
  • A fashion exhibit dedicated to Diana, Princess of Wales in the 1980s
Kensington Palace
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£18 per person
  • πŸ“ Kensington Gardens, Kensington, London W8 4PX, United Kingdom

Florence Nightingale Museum

Specialty Museum

London's Florence Nightingale Museum is located on site at St Thomas' Hospital, where Nightingale created the Nightingale Training School for nurses. The museum's mission is dedicated to telling Nightingale's real story from her days growing up as a child of the Victorian era to what she went through in Crimea all the way up through her campaign for public health reform.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Florence Nightingale Museum.

  • The stained glass window of Florence Nightingale
  • Florence Nightingale's childhood writing slate
  • Florence Nightingale's pet owl Athena
Florence Nightingale Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£8 per person
  • πŸ“ 2 Lambeth Palace Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7EW, United Kingdom

London Motorcycle Museum

Specialty Museum

The London Motorcycle Museum has more than 150 classic and British motorcycles on displays, including the last Triumph Bonneville T140 that left the Meriden gates in the early 1980s. The museum was founded by Bill Crosby, who began collecting bikes in the 1960s. The museum's collection has been featured on numerous TV shows and in several films, including American Chopper.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at London Motorcycle Museum.

  • 1902 0rmonde 2​1⁄4 h.p.
  • 1959 Norton Dominator
  • 1921 Rudge TT 3 hp
London Motorcycle Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£12 per person
  • πŸ“ Ravenor Farm, 29 Oldfield Ln, Greenford UB6 9LB, United Kingdom

All Hallows-by-the-Tower Crypt Museum

Religious Museum

All Hallows-by-the-Tower is an ancient historic Anglican church that was founded in 675. Surprisingly, it's still not the oldest church in London. Inside the church is a seventh century Anglo-Saxon arch with recycled Roman tiles. The church was once dedicated to St Mary the Virgin. Several notable people associated with the church include John Quincy Adams, Thomas More, Lancelot Andrewes, and William Penn.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at All Hallows-by-the-Tower Crypt Museum.

  • The oldest surviving piece of church fabric in the city.
  • View of Tower Bridge
All Hallows-by-the-Tower Crypt Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£Byward St, London EC3R 5BJ, United Kingdom per person
  • πŸ“ 0

Benjamin Franklin House

Historic Site

The Benjamin Franklin House is a museum and historic house near London's Trafalgar Square. It is the only surviving house that was once occupied by Benjamin Franklin. This particulate site dates back to the early 1700s and was called home by Franklin for 16 years. Thanks to its Georgian terraced architecture and historic ties to Franklin, the house is listed as a Grade I on England's National Heritage List.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Benjamin Franklin House.

  • Guided Tour
  • The "Historical Experience"
  • The "Student Science Centre"
Benjamin Franklin House
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£6 per person
  • πŸ“ 36 Craven St, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5NF, United Kingdom

British Dental Association Museum

Specialty Museum

The British Dental Association Museum houses a collection of dental objects dating back to the 1600s. The museum has more than 25,000 different objects in its collection, ranging from anatomical models to dental art to dental equipment to oral health promotion to a series of teeth and dentures.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at British Dental Association Museum.

  • An ether inhaler
  • A clockwork drill and dental engine
  • A Mayan tooth
British Dental Association Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 64 Wimpole St, Marylebone, London W1G 8YS, United Kingdom

Hackney Museum

History Museum

The Hackney Museum is a local London history museum located in Hackney. Its collection of more than 8,000 different objects is dedicated to exploring the history of Hackney with a special emphasis on immigration, ranging from Anglo-Saxon settlers to early Victorian times and more recent refugees and migrants.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Hackney Museum.

  • History and heritage of Hackney
  • History of St John at Hackney church
  • Hackney Roots from UK Jewish Film
Hackney Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 1 Reading Ln, London E8 1GQ, United Kingdom

British Red Cross Museum and Archives

Specialty Museum

The British Red Cross Museum and Archives holds a collection that includes objects and records from the British Red Cross' origins dating back to the 1870 until present day. The collection includes exhibits on World War I, a Changi quilt, and records from wars dating back to the late 1800s. Museum visits require an appointment be made in advance.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at British Red Cross Museum and Archives.

  • Franco-Prussian war 1870-1871 records
  • Changi quilt
  • Our shared journey: The British Red Cross and refugees.
British Red Cross Museum and Archives
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£ per person
  • πŸ“ 44 Moorfields, Finsbury, London EC2Y 9AL, United Kingdom

Pollock's Toy Museum

Specialty Museum

Pollock's Toy Museum is a London toy museum that began in the 1950s in a single attic room. The museum was founded above Pollock's Toy Shop and grew popular, so it began to expand. Eventually, the museum took over several rooms with the toy shop remaining on the ground floor. Today, the museum is operated by the grandson of the founder Marguerite Fawdry. The primary collection focuses on Victorian toys to include dolls, teddy bears, tin toys, folk toys, global toys, puppets, and dolls houses.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Pollock's Toy Museum.

  • Victorian dolls
  • Victorian toys from around the world
  • The toy shop
Pollock's Toy Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£7 per person
  • πŸ“ 1 Scala St, Bloomsbury, London W1T 2HL, United Kingdom

Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum

Specialty Museum

The Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum is located in a former church crypt. Its collection is somewhat macabre in nature, with displays on Jack the Ripper and The Elephant Man. The hospital dates back to 1740, and museum collections documents the hospital from this time onward, telling the stories of some of the patients, doctors, and nurses who have called it home. Fun fact: If you ask the duty librarian during your visit, they may allow you to visit the interior of St Philip's Church.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum.

  • The Elephant Man display
  • The Jack the Ripper display
  • Joseph Merrick's contributions
Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ St Augustine with St Philip's Church, Newark St, Whitechapel, London E1 2AA, United Kingdom

Tower of London

Historic Site

The Tower of London, which is officially known as Her Majesty's Royal Palace and Fortress of the Tower of London, is a historic castle in London that sits on the River Thames. The Tower of London has stood since 1066. Beginning in 1100 and lasting through 1952, the Tower of London was used as a prison, though it was intended to be a royal home. The Tower has several defensive walls to go along with a moat for security. Notable ghosts of the Tower include Anne Boleyn, Henry VI, Lady Jane Grey, Margaret Pole, and the Princes in the Tower.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Tower of London.

  • The Crown Jewels
  • The Ghosts
  • The Bloody Tower
Tower of London
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£25 per person
  • πŸ“ St Katharine's & Wapping, London EC3N 4AB, United Kingdom

World Rugby Museum

Specialty Museum

The World Rugby Museum is located in Twickenham Stadium in London. The museum has rotating exhibits that include both items from the permanent collection as well as special exhibits. Past exhibits have included More Than A Tour: the 1905 All-Blacks; Core Values: The Life and Work of Gerald Laing; and England 2010: the Women's Rugby World Cup.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at World Rugby Museum.

  • The 1871 Room
  • Wartime Rugby
  • Ghost Tours
World Rugby Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£25 per person
  • πŸ“ Twickenham Stadium, 200 Whitton Rd, Twickenham TW2 7BA, United Kingdom

Jack the Ripper Museum

Specialty Museum

The Jack the Ripper Museum is devoted to one of London's most notorious and terrorizing serial killers. The museum recreates the setting in which the unsolved Jack the Ripper murders took place in 1888. The collection has original objects related to the crimes. The museum opened to controversy in 2015 as it had petitioned to open as a museum about women's history, only to open as a Jack the Ripper museum instead.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Jack the Ripper Museum.

  • The whistle used by a constable to summon help after a body's discovery
  • The bedroom of victim Mary Jane Kelly
  • The sight of Catherine Eddowes' murder
Jack the Ripper Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£13 per person
  • πŸ“ 12 Cable St, Tower Hill, Whitechapel, London E1 8JG, United Kingdom

Arsenal Football Club Museum

Specialty Museum

Located in Emirates Stadium, the Arsenal Football Club Museum focuses on the history of the popular club. The exhibits and memorabilia are impressive to any football fan, including Michael Thomas' boots from the 89 title match against Liverpool, Alan Smith's shirt from the 1995 UEFA Cup final, and Charlie George's shirt from the 1971 FA Cup Final. More than 120,000 guests visit the museum annually.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Arsenal Football Club Museum.

  • Charlie George's shirt from the 1971 FA Cup Final
  • A custom trophy commemorating Arsenal's championship and undefeated 2003-04 Premier League season
  • Alan Smith's shirt from the 1994 UEFA Cup Winners' Cup Final
Arsenal Football Club Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£10 per person
  • πŸ“ Emirates Stadium Highbury House, 75 Drayton Park, London N5 1BU, United Kingdom

Specialty Museum

The Clink Prison Museum was a prison in England that started in the 12th century and operated through 1780. Today, it is the oldest surviving prison in the country. Notable prisoners of The Clink include Father John Gerard, Father John Jones, Farther George Blackwell, and Edward Knott. The museum today houses prison artifacts, costumed tour guides, and speeches by actors playing prison characters.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Clink Prison Museum.

  • A costumed guided tour
  • Ghost hunt
  • An original ball and chain
Clink Prison Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£8 per person
  • πŸ“ 1 Clink St, London SE1 9DG, United Kingdom

City of London Police Museum

Specialty Museum

The City of London Police Museum highlights some of the famous cases worked by London constables. Guests will experience the last hours of Jack the Ripper victim Catherine Eddowes, observe Blitz bomb damage, and learn more about the cutting edge technology used to combat terrorism. Museum admission is free.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at City of London Police Museum.

  • The Catherine Eddowes Tribute
  • Blitz bomb damage
City of London Police Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 2 Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH, United Kingdom

Garden Museum

Specialty Museum

London's Garden Museum was established in an effort to save an abandoned church and knot garden where gardener John Tradescant was buried. Today, it is Britain's only museum focused on the art, history and design of gardens. It is housed in the Church of St Mary-at-Lambet. The collection includes garden artifacts and objects, including tools and art, in addition to an exhibit about how to design a garden.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Garden Museum.

  • The Sackler Garden
  • A recreation of Tradescant's 17th-century Ark
  • The evolution of gardening
Garden Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£10 per person
  • πŸ“ 5 Lambeth Palace Rd, Lambeth, London SE1 7LB, United Kingdom

Jewish Museum London

Religious Museum

The Jewish Museum London focuses on Jewish life, history and identity for British folk. As far as London museums go, it is the city's only institution that centers on a minority population. The museum has an extensive permanent collection in addition to hosting a rotating circuit of special temporary exhibits. Charles, Prince of Wales, serves as a patron of the Jewish Museum London.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Jewish Museum London.

  • Hanina Pinnick: 70 Smiles
  • Great British Jews: A Celebration
  • Charlotte Salomon: Life? or Theatre?
Jewish Museum London
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£9 per person
  • πŸ“ Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, London NW1 7NB, United Kingdom

Museum of Immigration and Diversity

Cultural Center

The Museum of Immigration and Diversity, located at 19 Princelet Street, is a museum focused on British immigration and diversity. The museum is housed in a Grade II built that was built in 1719. Due to the building's delicate structural nature, the museum only opens for a few days every year. It was Europe's first museum dedicated to immigration and diversity.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Immigration and Diversity.

  • Suitcases and Sanctuary
Museum of Immigration and Diversity
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£ per person
  • πŸ“ 19 Princelet St, Spitalfields, London E1 6QH, United Kingdom

National Army Museum

War Museum

The National Army Museum in London is the British Army's central museum. It differs from other military museums in London, as it focuses on the overall history of Britain's land forces. Other museums focus on individual segments of the army, while the Imperial War Museum is more focused on war experiences of British people and the military after 1914.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at National Army Museum.

  • The art of persuasion: Wartime posters by Abram Games
  • The Danger Tree
National Army Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Royal Hospital Rd, Chelsea, London SW3 4HT, United Kingdom

Museum of Wimbledon

History Museum

The Museum of Wimbledon is not what you might be thinking: It is not a museum dedicated to the popular tennis tournament. Instead, the Museum of Wimbledon is a local history museum in Wimbledon that is run by The Wimbledon Society. The museum is a small operation that is only open on weekends. The museum often hosts special exhibits like Hidden treasures: Art & Artists in Wimbledon.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Wimbledon.

  • Wimbledon Now and Then
  • Hidden treasures: Art & Artists in Wimbledon
  • Wimbledon in the Great War
Museum of Wimbledon
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 22 Ridgway, Wimbledon, London SW19 4QN, United Kingdom

Musical Museum

Specialty Museum

The Musical Museum in Brentford is a musical instrument museum and active concert venue. The museum's collection includes three main galleries. The museum has a huge collection of self-playing instruments. It's also home to one of the world's top collections of musical rolls from history. Some of the must-see items include a restored Wurlitzer theatre organ and player pianos.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Musical Museum.

  • A restored Wurlitzer theatre organ
  • Classic film screenings
  • The Musical Museum's Annual Christmas Extravaganza!
Musical Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£11 per person
  • πŸ“ 399 High St, Brentford TW8 0DU, United Kingdom

St Paul's Cathedral

Religious Museum

St Paul's Cathedral is an Anglican cathedral on Ludgate hill at London's highest point. It is the seat of the Bishop of London and the mother church of the Diocese of London. The cathedral is a Grade I listed building on England's National Heritage List. The cathedral today was built in the 1600s, though it is dedicated to Paul the Apostle and the original church on the same site, which was founded in 604.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at St Paul's Cathedral.

  • The cathedral's dome
  • The monument to the Duke of Wellington
  • The apse and high altar
St Paul's Cathedral
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ St. Paul's Churchyard, London EC4M 8AD, United Kingdom

Twinings Museum

Specialty Museum

The Twinings Museum is a small museum associated with the Twinings teashop next door. The museum focuses on the history of Twinings founded Thomas Twining, who moved to London in 1684 and eventually became a tea merchant. By the early 1700s, Twining's tea business was booming at 215 Strand, where the museum exists today. Guests are able to sample the various types of tea offered.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Twinings Museum.

  • The golden lion statue
  • Two figures of Chinese men which symbolizes the origin of tea
Twinings Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 216 Strand, Temple, London WC2R 1AP, United Kingdom

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Specialty Museum

Now we've come to the expected sports version of the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum. This museum is the world's biggest tennis museum. The museum's collection includes objects dating back to the mid 1500s. It houses an incredible amount of memorabilia, including some from Victorian era tennis players. The museum recently incorporated a VR experience for visitors to engage with directly.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum.

  • Visit Centre Court
  • Guided tours available in eight languages
  • Go behind the scenes of the All England Lawn Tennis Club
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£13 per person
  • πŸ“ Church Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 5AE, United Kingdom

London Canal Museum

Specialty Museum

The London Canal Museum is dedicated to preserving the history of London's canals and the UK waterways. The museum is housed in ice warehouse constructed during the 1860s to house ice imported from Norway that would come in via waterways. Guests are able to visit one of the preserved ice wells in the museum.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at London Canal Museum.

  • The Gatti Story
  • Watery Wednesdays
  • Ice Heritage Weekend
London Canal Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£5 per person
  • πŸ“ 12/13 New Wharf Rd, Islington, London N1 9RT, United Kingdom

Museum of Life Sciences

Natural History Museum

The Museum of Life Sciences is a natural history museum that is part of King's College London. It was the first new museum in King's College in more than 100 years when it opened in 2009. The museum owns a historic biological and pharmaceutical collections ranging in age from the 1800s to the present. There are several main collections: zoological, botanical, pharmaceutical, microscope slide, and Craniofacial Skeletal collections. The museum is not open to the public as of late 2019.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Life Sciences.

  • Darwin’s Dilemma
  • Animal Materials and Making
  • How large animals (including humans) overcome gravity
Museum of Life Sciences
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 20 Newcomen St, London SE1 1UL, United Kingdom

Cinema Museum

Specialty Museum

The Cinema Museum in London was founded in the 1980s by Ronald Grant and Martin Humphries. Grant and Humphries filled the museum with objects from their private collection of cinema memorabilia. The museum is housed in the workhouse where Charlie Chaplin lived during his childhood. All tours to the museum must be reserved in advance, as space is limited.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Cinema Museum.

  • Early films by Mitchell and Kenyon
  • Silent films shown perfectly correctly
Cinema Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£10 per person
  • πŸ“ 2 Dugard Way, Lambeth, London SE11 4TH, United Kingdom

Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare

Specialty Museum

Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare is a small garden temple built in 1756 on the River Thames. The temple was built by actor David Garrick to honor William Shakespeare; it has since turned into a museum meant to honor Garrick, as well. The temple displayed Garrick's extensive personal collection of Shakespearean artifacts. It is considered to be the world's only true shrine to William Shakespeare.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare.

  • Views of the Thames
  • A replica of Roubiliac's statue of Shakespeare (Garrick served as the model)
  • The gardens
Garrick's Temple to Shakespeare
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Hampton Ct Rd, Hampton TW12 2EJ, United Kingdom

Jewel Tower

Historic Site

The Jewel Tower is part of the Palace of Westminster in London, having survived from its creation in the 1300s. The tower was built specifically to keep safe the treasures of King Edward III. The tower was built securely, fortified with stone, and surrounded by a moat. It was used to store valuable possessions of the monarchy until the 1500s. An estimated 30,000 guests visit the Jewel Tower annually.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Jewel Tower.

  • Delftware drinking jars
  • An Iron Age sword
Jewel Tower
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£6 per person
  • πŸ“ Abingdon St, Westminster, London SW1P 3JX, United Kingdom

The Guards Museum

War Museum

The Guards Museum in London is a military museum located near Buckingham Palace, where regiments of Foot Guards (the Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards, and Welsh Guards) call home. The museum showcases the history of the regiments dating back to the 1600s with artifacts include uniforms, paintings, sculptures, and weapons.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Guards Museum.

  • Mess Silver
  • A Ferret armoured car
The Guards Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£8 per person
  • πŸ“ Wellington Barracks, Birdcage Walk, London, SW1E 6HQ

The Household Cavalry Museum

War Museum

The Household Cavalry Museum is dedicated to the Household Cavalry regiments of the British Army. The Household Cavalry is made up of the two most senior army regiments: the Life Guards and the Blues and Royals (Royal Horse Guards and 1st Dragoons). A museum dedicated to this is housed in the Horse Guards building, built in the 1700s, which is still active military today.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Household Cavalry Museum.

  • See horses in the 18th-century working stables
  • Ceremonial Uniforms
  • 1756 Horse Guards Clock
The Household Cavalry Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£9 per person
  • πŸ“ Horse Guards Parade, Whitehall, London SW1A 2AX, United Kingdom

London Museum of Water & Steam

Specialty Museum

The London Museum of Water & Steam is dedicated to the history of water and steam in the city. The museum has a large collection of water pumping steam engines from 1820 through 1910. Other items in the collection include working Cornish engines, which includes the world's largest such engine. The museum caters to families and children, crafting interesting and engaging programming for kids, to include a railway and Wren Class steam locomotive.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at London Museum of Water & Steam.

  • Grand Junction 90 inch Cornish engine
  • Harvey & Co. 100 inch
  • Bull engine
London Museum of Water & Steam
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£13 per person
  • πŸ“ Green Dragon Ln, Brentford TW8 0EN, United Kingdom

Science Museum

Science Gallery London is an art-science-and-health inspired gallery in London. The free museum has been open since 2018 in London Bridge after a series of pop-up exhibits across London. The gallery aims to bring together scientists, artists, and communities with three themed seasons every year. The space is specifically designed to attract guests ages 15-25.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Science Gallery London.

  • On Edge: Living in an Age of Anxiety
  • Streets Ahead: Building a Mindful Metropolis
  • Is this for real?
Science Gallery London
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Great Maze Pond, London SE1 9GU, United Kingdom

Battle of Britain Bunker

War Museum

The Battle of Britain Bunker is an underground operations room at that was once used by No. 11 Group Fighter Command during World War II. The military controlled fighter jet ops from the bunker. Today, the bunker and its attached museum can be toured to gain a deeper understanding of the bunker's role in British World War II history.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Battle of Britain Bunker.

  • Replica Spitfire gate guardian
  • Royal Observer Corps Uniform
  • Plotted points on the table
Battle of Britain Bunker
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£7 per person
  • πŸ“ Wren Ave, Uxbridge UB10 0BE, United Kingdom

The Postal Museum

Specialty Museum

The Postal Museum, once known as the British Postal Museum and Archive, is a museum dedicated to the British mail system and its history. Things to see at the museum include a stamp that was ready to be used to celebrate Scotland's would-be win in the 1978 FIFA World Cup, an intercepted first edition of Ulysses, which had been banned in the country, and telegrams from the sinking of the Titanic.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Postal Museum.

  • The Great Train Robbery: Crime & The Post
  • Post Mortem: Crime Scene Investigation Workshop
  • Gordon Lowe Talk: Trials and Abductions
The Postal Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£16 per person
  • πŸ“ 15-20 Phoenix Pl, London WC1X 0DA, United Kingdom

Foundling Museum

History Museum

The Foundling Museum in London chronicles the Foundling Hospital, which was the country's first home for children who were facing abandonment. The museum's collection includes the Gerald Coke Handel collection and the Foundling Hospital collection. Today, the Foundling Hospital operates with the same mission as the Coram charity.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Foundling Museum.

  • Two Last Nights! Show Business in Georgian Britain
  • The manuscript score of Messiah
  • Gerald Coke Handel’s Will
Foundling Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£14 per person
  • πŸ“ 40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1N 1AZ, United Kingdom

Fulham Palace

Art Museum

Fulham Palace is a site dedicated to tracing its own history. Items found on the palace's grounds date all the way back to prehistoric times; the archaeological finds are part of the museum's impressive collection of artifacts and objects. The site has been a residence of the Bishops of London since 704 and played a major role as a hospital during World War I and a refugee spot during World War II.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Fulham Palace.

  • Discovering the Bishop of London’s Palace at Fulham
  • A six-sided Tudor teetotum made from antler dating back to the 15-16th centuries
  • The gardens
Fulham Palace
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Bishop's Ave, Fulham, London SW6 6EA, United Kingdom

Art Museum

The Bankside Gallery in London was opened in 1980 by Her Majesty, the Queen. The public gallery, located near the Thames, houses the Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. The gallery displays rotating exhibits focused on modern watercolours and prints.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Bankside Gallery.

  • The Art of Travel
  • The Masters: Relief
  • Mini Picture Show
Bankside Gallery
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 48 Hopton St, London SE1 9JH, United Kingdom

Barnet Museum

History Museum

Barnet Museum in London focuses on the history of Barnet with a special emphasis on the Battle of Barnet, the Barnet Fair, and the Barnet Market. With a library and reference collection on site, the Barnet Museum is one of the most comprehensive resources on the Battle of Barnet. The museum first opened its doors in 1938, and it remains in its original Georgian building.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Barnet Museum.

  • Barnet Medieval Festival
  • Battle of Barnet artifacts
  • The library
Barnet Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 31 Wood St, Barnet EN5 4BE, United Kingdom

Strawberry Hill House & Garden

Historic Site

The Strawberry Hill House & Garden is a Gothic Revival villa that was designed in the late 1700s. It started as a vision for a cottage set on five acres, but finished as a Gothic castle set on more than 40. While the original owner named it Chopped Straw Hill, the designer renamed it Strawberry Hill Shot instead. Today, the house and gardens are open to the public. The house is the site of lectures, events, and twilight tours.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Strawberry Hill House & Garden.

  • Twilight Tour
  • Gothic Stories for Grown ups
  • Strawberry Hill House Christmas Festival
Strawberry Hill House & Garden
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£5 per person
  • πŸ“ 268 Waldegrave Rd, Twickenham TW1 4ST, United Kingdom

Twickenham Museum

History Museum

The Twickenham Museum is housed in an 18th-century building that is listed as Grade II by Historic England. The volunteer-run museum focuses on the histories of Teddington, Twickenham, Whitton and the Hamptons. The collection includes archives and artifacts related to these areas.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Twickenham Museum.

  • 1914 Maps and Images
  • Lost Houses
  • Villages on the River
Twickenham Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 25 The Embankment, Twickenham TW1 3DU, United Kingdom

Valence House Museum

History Museum

Valence House Museum in London is the only surviving of the five manor houses of Dagenham. The house has a moat partially surrounded the building, which has been used in several ways over the course of history, from being a manor house to a family home to a town hall to a library headquarters and to its present day set up as a history museum dedicated to chronicling historic life in Barking and Dagenham

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Valence House Museum.

  • Our Everyday Futures
  • Battle of the Somme at 100
  • Barking Abbey
Valence House Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Becontree Ave, Dagenham RM8 3HT, United Kingdom

Wimbledon Windmill Museum

Specialty Museum

The Wimbledon Windmill Museum a Grade II designated windmill in London that has since been turned into a museum. The windmill was built in 1817 and has been restored several times in its history. The two-story museum tells the story of the windmills through models, machinery examples, and tools. There's even a preserved room to show how the windmill was used to for sleeping and everyday life.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Wimbledon Windmill Museum.

  • Views of the Windmill
Wimbledon Windmill Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Windmill Rd, Wimbledon, London SW19 5NR, United Kingdom

Art Museum

Whitechapel Gallery is a public art gallery and museum in London that first opened in 1901. At the time, it was one of the first publicly funded galleries designed for temporary exhibits. Whitechapel Gallery is home to the art of contemporary artists, temporary exhibits, and events designed for the local community.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Whitechapel Gallery.

  • Anna Maria Maiolino: Making Love Revolutionary
  • Eileen Simpson and Ben White (Open Music Archive): Once Heard Before
  • ”la Caixa” Collection of Contemporary Art
Whitechapel Gallery
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 77-82 Whitechapel High St, Shadwell, London E1 7QX, United Kingdom

Royal Academy of Arts

Art Museum

The Royal Academy of Arts is an independent, privately funded art organization led by artists and architects. The academy's mission is to foster creating, enjoying, and appreciating visual arts in London. The Royal Academy of Arts was originally founded in 1768 through an act of King George III, who set forth for the academy the same mission it has today. Close to 1.3 million people are thought to visit the museum in London every year.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Royal Academy of Arts.

  • Lucian Freud: The Self-portaits
  • Eco-Visionaries
  • Antony Gormley
Royal Academy of Arts
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Burlington House, Piccadilly, Mayfair, London W1J 0BD, United Kingdom

Royal Academy of Music Museum

Specialty Museum

The Royal Academy of Music Museum is a museum of musical instruments, artifacts, and objects attached to London's Royal Academy of Music. Since its origins in 1822, the Academy has built up a collection of instruments, manuscripts, letters, performance editions, teaching materials, and memorabilia.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Royal Academy of Music Museum.

  • Yehudi Menuhin: Journeys with a violin
  • The Strings gallery
  • The Piano gallery
Royal Academy of Music Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 1–5 York Gate, Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5HT, United Kingdom

Apsley House

Historic Site

Apsley House, which is also known as the Wellington Museum, is the residence of the Dukes of Wellington in London. The Grade I listed building is as a museum and art gallery, exhibiting the Wellington Collection. The collection includes more than 3,000 works of art and memorabilia dating back to the 1st Duke. The 9th Duke still uses parts of the building today.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Apsley House.

  • The Waterloo Gallery
  • The Duke's equestrian statue
  • A multimedia guide to the history of the house
Apsley House
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£11 per person
  • πŸ“ 149 Piccadilly, London W1J 7NT, United Kingdom

Bethlem Museum of the Mind

Specialty Museum

The Bethlem Museum of the Mind is a museum focused on the history of the Royal Bethlem Hospital. Inside the museum is an art gallery that was created in 1997 as a way to showcase the art of artists who are currently or were once patients of the hospital. Famed patients with work on display at the museum include William Kurelek, Richard Dadd and Louis Wain.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Bethlem Museum of the Mind.

  • Impatient! Stories of service user advocacy
  • Testimony: First Person Accounts of the British Asylum System, 1925-1985
Bethlem Museum of the Mind
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Rd, Beckenham BR3 3BX, United Kingdom

Boston Manor House

Historic Site

The Boston Manor House is an English Jacobean manor house that was originally built in 1622. The house has since been restored several times over the centuries. Next door sits Boston Manor Park, which is a public park and lake. Guests tend to visit the free lake which is equipped with playgrounds for children, tennis courts, a nature trail, and a basketball court. On weekends, there is even a cafeteria.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Boston Manor House.

  • The exterior of the historic Boston Manor House
  • The gardens
  • Weekend cafeteria
Boston Manor House
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Brentford TW8 9JX, UK

Burgh House & Hampstead Museum

Historic Site

The Burgh House & Hampstead Museum is a London historic house and museum. Burgh House was first built in 1704. Famous inhabitants include Dr. George Williamson, Captain Constantine Evelyn Benson, the daughter of author Rudyard Kipling, and, in the late 1800s, the Royal East Middlesex Militia, who used it as their headquarters. Burgh House and the Hampstead Museum display local history and culture exhibits and artifacts, the world's biggest Helen Allingham collection, and host events and exhibits with local community appeal.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Burgh House & Hampstead Museum.

  • The Helen Allingham collection
  • The Doctor and His Mother
  • Art Aiding Politics
Burgh House & Hampstead Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Burgh House New End Square London NW3 1LT

Lambeth Palace

Religious Museum

Lambeth Palace is the London home of the Archbishop of Canterbury in England on the banks of the River Thames. The palace has served as the archbishop's home for more than 800 years. While the palace opens to the public via guided tours, it is not open to the public only a daily basis. Advance reservations for a guided tour are required. The building is a Grade I listing.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Lambeth Palace.

  • Hans Holbein portraits
  • William Hogarth portraits
  • Sir Joshua Reynolds portraits
Lambeth Palace
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£10 per person
  • πŸ“ Lambeth, London SE1 7JU, United Kingdom

Honourable Artillery Company Museum

War Museum

The Honourable Artillery Company Museum opened in 1987; it then closed and underwent a complete rebuild. The Duke of Edinburgh reopened the museum in 2011. The collection is dedicated to the Honourable Artillery Company and includes uniforms, silver, medals, weapons, equipment, art, and armour dating back to the 1530s with a special emphasis on the 1600s and 1700s militia. Appointments are required to visit, though admission is free.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Honourable Artillery Company Museum.

  • 400 sets of medals
  • Weapons collection
  • Uniforms collection
Honourable Artillery Company Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ City Rd, London EC1Y 2BQ, United Kingdom

Institute of Contemporary Arts

Art Museum

The Institute of Contemporary Arts is an art gallery near London's Trafalgar Square. In addition to exhibits on contemporary art, the ICA includes two cinemas, a bookshop, a theatre, and a bar. Established in 1947, ICA creators wanted to create a place for artists and other creative and science folk to debate ideas without being constricted by the rules and traditions of the Royal Academy.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Institute of Contemporary Arts.

  • Bruderskriegsoundsystem
  • Honey-Suckle Company: Omnibus
  • The Politics of Pleasure
Institute of Contemporary Arts
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£5 per person
  • πŸ“ The Mall, St. James's, London SW1Y 5AH, United Kingdom

Islington Museum

Archaeological Museum

Islington Museum is a public local history museum focused on the history of Islington in London. Housed in the basement of the Finsbury Library, the Islington Museum focuses on nine aspects of local and social Islington history, from childhood and food to fashion and leisure to radicals and wartime. Top things to see include a bust of Vladimir Lenin and book covers defaced by Joe Orton and Kenneth Halliwell.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Islington Museum.

  • Islington People’s Rights
  • Mapping Islington: Historic maps and plans of Islington
  • Echoes of Holloway Prison: Hidden voices from behind the wall
Islington Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 245 St John St, Clerkenwell, London EC1V 4NB, United Kingdom

House of Dreams Museum

Specialty Museum

The House of Dreams Museum is the vision of London art director Steven Wright, who has lived in the East Dulwich home since 1982. He began to turn it into a museum in the late 90s. It serves as a shrine to his dead parents and partner. The ground floor, gardens and exterior of the home are all considered one sculpture. Every inch of the home has been filled with treasures.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at House of Dreams Museum.

  • The Dented Faced Doll
  • Siamese Twins
  • Little Black Purse
House of Dreams Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£7 per person
  • πŸ“ 45 Melbourne Grove, East Dulwich, London SE22 8RG, United Kingdom

Bentley Priory Museum

Historic Site

The Bentley Priory Museum was a home and park built in the 17-1800s in London. Initially it served as a medieval priory, wThose original remains don't exist any longer. In the late 1770s, a mansion was built near the original site. Eventually, it became a hotel and girls' school before being acquired by the Royal Air Force in 1926. During World War II, the priory served as the RAF Fighter Command headquarters and was part of the RAF until 2008. The museum is now a memorial to those who served in the Royal Air Force.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Bentley Priory Museum.

  • The ACM Dowding
  • Battle of Britain aircrew
  • Battle of Britain heritage trail
Bentley Priory Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£9 per person
  • πŸ“ Mansion House Drive, Stanmore HA7 3FB, United Kingdom

Cutty Sark Museum

Specialty Museum

The Cutty Sark Museum is a maritime museum dedicated to celebrating the Cutty Sark, a historic sailing ship that, at its heydey, was the fastest ship on the seas. The British clipper ship was built in 1869, is part of the National Historic Fleet, and is one of only three remaining original composite construction clipper ships from the 1800s.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Cutty Sark Museum.

  • Take the ship's wheel
  • Walk beneath the hull
  • Explore the Captain's cabin
Cutty Sark Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£14 per person
  • πŸ“ King William Walk, London SE10 9HT, United Kingdom

Faraday Museum

Archaeological Museum

The Faraday Museum is part of the Royal Institution. It was created in 1973 as a tribute to scientist Michael Faraday. The museum's main attraction is Faraday's 1850s lab, which is shown as it was during his time and is not a reconstruction. That lab is placed next to a modern nanotechnology lab to highlight the differences between the two.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Faraday Museum .

  • Michael Faraday's 1850s lab
  • State of the art nanotech lab
  • Is obesity a choice?
Faraday Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Albemarle St, Mayfair, London W1S 4BS, United Kingdom

Royal Mews

Specialty Museum

The Royal Mews is responsible for arranging all road transport for the Queen and the British Royal Family. The Mews has had two locations since its inception: Charing Cross and Buckingham Palace, which is where the Mews moved during the 1820s. It has remained in Buckingham Palace ever since. The Mews has an impressive historic coach and carriage collection, as well as one of the world's best stables.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Royal Mews.

  • Horses and stables
  • Diamond Jubilee State Coach
  • Golden State Coach
Royal Mews
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£12 per person
  • πŸ“ Buckingham Palace Rd, Westminster, London SW1W 0QH, United Kingdom

St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum

Specialty Museum

The St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum chronicles the history of St Bartholomew's in London since its inception in the 1100s. The hospital's history dates back more than 900 years, and there are objects in the museum collection going back at least this far. The museum's collection includes documents, decrees, artifacts, memorabilia, and medical paraphernalia.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum .

  • Rahere’s Grant of 1137
  • The 1546 agreement between Henry VIII and the city to reestablish St Bartholomew's
St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ North Wing, St Bartholomew's Hospital, W Smithfield, London EC1A 7BE, United Kingdom

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum

Specialty Museum

The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum was established in 1842 and traces the history of pharmacy in Britain. The museum collections date back to the 1400s with objects like early books, medicines, drug jars, mortars, medical caricatures, and oil paintings.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum.

  • The Early Printed Books Collection, including herbals and early pharmacopoeias from the 1400s
  • The Early Printed Books Collection, including herbals and early pharmacopoeias from the 1400s
The Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 66-68 E Smithfield, Whitechapel, London E1W 1AW, United Kingdom

Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum of Art

Religious Museum

The Ben Uri Gallery & Museum highlights the work and lives of Γ©migrΓ© artists in London. It is the self-proclaimed "Art Museum for Everyone" in the city. The museum has more than 1,300 pieces of art in its permanent collection. The museum also displays special temporary exhibits.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum of Art.

  • Isaac Rosenberg's Sonia
  • Solomon Joseph Solomon's The Field, The Artist's Daughter on a Pony
  • Zygmund Schreter's Landscape
Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum of Art
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 108A Boundary Rd, St John's Wood, London NW8 0RH, United Kingdom

British Optical Association Museum

Specialty Museum

The British Optical Association Museum was founded in 1901 in London to chronicle the history of spectacles and optometry. Today, the collection also includes tools of the optometry trade and optometry art. The collection includes more than 27,000 different items and is considered to be one of the world's best subject matter collections. The British Optical Association Museum is the oldest museum in the world about optometry that is open to the public. Appointments are required.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at British Optical Association Museum.

  • Pathos Ocularis - The Beautiful and the Curious
  • Monocles!
  • We Called to See You - Visual Aspects of Victorian and Edwardian Cartes-de-visite Portrait Photographs
British Optical Association Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 42 Craven St, Charing Cross, London WC2N 5NG, United Kingdom

British Library

Library

The British Library is the United Kingdom's national library. It contains an estimated 200 million different works from around the world. Some of the library's collection dates back to 2000 BC. The British Library was once part of the British Museum before becoming its own independent entity. The Sir John Ritblat Gallery houses some of the library's most famous works on display for the public.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at British Library.

  • Beowulf
  • Gutenberg Bible
  • Geoffrey Chaucer's Canterbury Tales
British Library
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 96 Euston Rd, London NW1 2DB, United Kingdom

Alexander Fleming Museum

History Museum

The Alexander Fleming Museum is located inside London's St Mary's Hospital. The museum is dedicated to Fleming's discovery of the antibiotic penicillin at the hospital in 1928. The discovery won Fleming the Nobel Prize. The Fleming Museum has won numerous awards, including International Historic Chemical Landmark.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Alexander Fleming Museum.

  • Fleming's laboratory
  • Interactive video displays explaining penicillin
Alexander Fleming Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£4 per person
  • πŸ“ 135a Praed St, Paddington, London W2 1QY, United Kingdom

Fusilier Museum

War Museum

The Fusilier Museum is a museum dedicated to gathering and displaying the uniforms, medal and artifacts of the Lancashire Fusiliers. The museum's collection honors more than 300 years of Fusiliers history. The Fusilier Museum has five Victoria Crosses awarded to members of the regiment on display.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Fusilier Museum.

  • A First World War Trench
  • Andrew Robb, a 19th Century Soldier
  • Napoleon’s doctor, Surgeon Major Arnott
Fusilier Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£5 per person
  • πŸ“ Moss St, Bury BL9 0DF, United Kingdom

Specialty Museum

The Kennel Club Dog Art Gallery is home to the largest collection of dog paintings in Europe. Famous dog artists such as Maud Earl, George Earl, Richard Ansdell, Arthur Wardle, and Cecil Aldin are on display at the gallery. Types of art featuring dogs on display include oil paintings, watercolours, prints and sculptures. Advanced appointments are required.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Kennel Club Dog Art Gallery.

  • Dogs in War
  • Royal Dogs
  • The Fox Terrier in Art
Kennel Club Dog Art Gallery
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£5 per person
  • πŸ“ 10 Clarges St, Mayfair, London W1J 8AB, United Kingdom

Kirkaldy Testing Museum

Science Museum

The Kirkaldy Testing Museum is located in South London. It is home to Kirkaldy's giant testing machine that clocks in at more than 47 feet long, along with other smaller, modern pieces of equipment. The Kirkaldy Machine is kept in working condition at the museum. The museum is available to the public on the first Sunday of each month.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Kirkaldy Testing Museum.

  • The Kirkaldy Machine
  • 1970s Photo Collection
  • The 60,000lb Riehle Machine
Kirkaldy Testing Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£8 per person
  • πŸ“ 99 Southwark St, London SE1 0JF, United Kingdom

Library and Museum of Freemasonry

Library

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry in London has a collection full of masonic objects, ranging from jewelry to ceramics to pottery to books to manuscripts to clocks to silverware. The collection also contains items from other societies and orders, like Sons of the Phoenix and the Oddfellows. The museum has memorabilia from famous names like King George IV, King Edward VII, Winston Churchill, Oscar Wilde, and Rudyard Kipling.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Library and Museum of Freemasonry.

  • William Perfect
  • Three Centuries of English Freemasonry
  • A 230-year-old throne
Library and Museum of Freemasonry
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 60 Great Queen St, Holborn, London WC2B 5AZ, United Kingdom

Markfield Beam Engine and Museum

Science Museum

The Markfield Beam Engine and Museum is a Grade II listed building that houses a 100 horsepower beam engine built during the 1880s with the intention to pump sewage from Tottenham towards the Beckton Works. Each engine pump is capable of moving more than two million imperial gallons of water daily. Today, the engine only runs at the museum for guests to enjoy.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Markfield Beam Engine and Museum.

  • The 1880s Markfield Beam Engine
  • Visit on steam days to see the engine in action
Markfield Beam Engine and Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Markfield Rd, London N15 4RB, United Kingdom

MCC Museum

Specialty Museum

The MCC (Marylebone Cricket Club) Museum is the oldest sports museum in the world. Housed in Lord's in London, the MCC Museum has the world's best collection of cricket-related memorabilia and artifacts. The Ashes urn calls the museum home. The MCC has been gathering cricket objects for display dating back to the 1800s. The museum is child friendly.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at MCC Museum.

  • The Ashes Urn
  • Jahangir Khan's stuffed sparrow
  • E.W. Swanton's copy of Wisden
MCC Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ St John's Wood Rd, St John's Wood, London NW8 8QN, United Kingdom

Museum of Comedy

Specialty Museum

The Museum of Comedy in London is housed in the crypt of St George's Church. The space was initially converted to be an art gallery before the Museum of Comedy moved in. The museum's collection highlights British comedic history with posters, props, outfits, costumes, films, scripts, and photographs.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Comedy.

  • Mistress to the Midnight
  • Will Seaward’s Spooky Ghost Stories VI
  • Alternative Comedy Legends
Museum of Comedy
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ The Undercroft, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, Holborn, London WC1A 2SR, United Kingdom

Peckham Platform

Art Museum

Peckham Platform is a public art gallery in London that displays contemporary art, usually in collaboration with local community groups. The Platform was meant to work in tandem with local youth groups. Peckham Platform is heavily involved in public art education with a special emphasis on youth education about art.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Peckham Platform.

  • Gayle Chong Kwan's Double Vision
  • Ruth Beale's Bookbed
  • Sonia Boyce's Network
Peckham Platform
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£ per person
  • πŸ“ Bussey Building, Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Rd, Peckham, London SE15 3SN, United Kingdom

Ragged School Museum

Specialty Museum

The Ragged School Museum in London opened in 1990 at the former Dr Barnardo's Copperfield Road Ragged School. The school opened in 1877 to provide the children in the area with a basic education, making it the biggest school of its kind for the period. By 1908, the government had taken over public education and the school was closed. Later, the building was used as a factory before being turned into the museum it is today.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Ragged School Museum.

  • Ragged Music Festival
  • A Victorian Classroom
  • History Talks
Ragged School Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 46-50 Copperfield Rd, London E3 4RR, United Kingdom

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

History Museum

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace showcases objects, artifacts, and art from the Royal Collection. Guests will be able to see rare furniture, ornate items, decorative arts, and master paintings. At any given time, approximately 450 works from the Royal Collection are on display, and what is displayed rotates regularly.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

  • George IV: Art & Spectacle
  • The Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibition
  • Georgian Papers
The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£14 per person
  • πŸ“ George IV: Art & Spectacle

Art Museum

The South London Gallery was founded in London in 1891, and is a public-funded gallery of contemporary art. The SLG hosts five exhibitions each year dedicated to the art of international creators. The gallery also hosts a live art and film program.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at South London Gallery.

  • Bloomberg New Contemporaries 2019
  • Danh Vo's Untitled
  • Orozco garden
South London Gallery
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 65 Peckham Rd, London SE5 8UH, United Kingdom

Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia

Specialty Museum

The Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia is housed in a 1450 barn that was part of the Abbey of Waltham. In 1976, the Barn was updated and turned into the museum it is today. The museum holds around 14,500 artifacts related to an agricultural and domestic nature.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia.

  • Wooden wagons
  • Old typewriters
Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Hall Ln, Upminste RM14 1AU, United Kingdom

Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide

Library

The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide is the oldest organization in the world devoted to the study of the Holocaust. The Wiener Library was founded in 1933 to keep Jewish communities up to date on Nazi persecution. Later, it became a research institute and public access library following the end of World War II. The library today has an estimated 70,000 books, 2,000 document, 45,000 photographs and 3,000 periodicals.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide.

  • Berlin/London: The Lost Photographs of Gerty Simon
  • Bernard Simon’s Experiences of Internment During the Second World War
  • Josiah Wedgwood and the Defence of Democracy
Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 29 Russell Square, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 5DP, United Kingdom

House of Illustration

Art Museum

The House of Illustration is a London art gallery dedicated to the craft of illustration. Sir Quentin Blake opened the Granary Square museum in 2014. It has since housed dozens of types of illustrations from animation and comic books to advertisements and marketing efforts to manga to children's books to political cartoons and fashion design. Artists on display include Quentin Blake, Paula Rego, David Lemm, and E.H. Shepard.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at House of Illustration.

  • Designed in Cuba: Cold War Graphics
  • Marie Neurath: Picturing Science
  • W.E.B. Du Bois: Charting Black Lives
House of Illustration
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£9 per person
  • πŸ“ 2 Granary Square, Kings Cross, London N1C 4BH, United Kingdom

Forty Hall Museum

Historic Site

Forty Hall Museum is located in a manor house built in the 1600s in northern London. The Grade I listed building houses the museum that tells its historic tale. The museum is particularly focused on exploring and preserving stories about the experiences of occupant Sir Nicholas Rainton and London life in the 1600s.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Forty Hall Museum.

  • Activities for children include building a castle, playing dress up, and using a historic kitchen
  • The Stable Gateway
  • The lake
Forty Hall Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Forty Hall Farm, Enfield EN2 9HA, United Kingdom

Gunnersbury Park Museum

History Museum

The Gunnersbury Park Museum is housed inside a larger tourist attraction: Gunnersbury Park itself. The large mansion on park grounds has become the Gunnersbury Park Museum, which has been open since 1929. The museum highlights local history, archaeology, and art. The museum showcases the lives of the Rothschilds, who occupied the mansion during the 19th century.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Gunnersbury Park Museum.

  • Treasured Treads: Unpicking Gunnersbury’s Quilts
  • The Rothschild Rooms
  • Below Stairs
Gunnersbury Park Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Gunnersbury Park Museum, Gunnersbury Park House, Popes Ln, London W5 4NH, United Kingdom

Heath Robinson Museum

Archaeological Museum

The Heath Robinson Museum is a biographical museum dedicated to the life and art of its namesake. The museum displays memorabilia, artwork, and objects from the life of Heath Robinson, as well as hosts exhibitions and events that support Robinson's life mission and vision. Admission to the museum is free.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Heath Robinson Museum.

  • Heath Robinson Watercolours
  • Fairies in Illustration
  • After Post-Impressionismβ€”Fauvism and Expressionism
Heath Robinson Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 50 W End Ln, Pinner HA5 1AE, United Kingdom

Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability

Specialty Museum

The Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability is housed in the building that Victorian doctor Dr John Langdon Down lived and worked in. In this building, Dr Down researched and took new approaches to caring for people with learning disabilities. The museum today highlights exhibits about the work of Dr John as well as Normansfield Theatre and the Royal Earlswood Asylum. Admission to the museum is free.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability.

  • A model of Brunel’s Great Eastern
  • A rare Grade II Victorian theatre
Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ The Langdon Down Centre Normansfield 2A Langdon Park Teddington Middlesex TW11 9PS

Hampton Court Palace

Historic Site

Hampton Court Palace is a royal palace in London on the River Thames. King Henry VIII initially ordered construction of the palace to begin in 1515 for Cardinal Thomas Wolsey; within 15 years, Wolsey was no longer a favorite of the king and so he returned the palace to the monarch. Hampton Court Palace is one of just two surviving palaces from the reign of King Henry VIII. It is now owned by Queen Elizabeth II.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Hampton Court Palace.

  • The Lost Dress of Elizabeth I
  • The Haunted Gallery
  • Hampton Court Gardens
Hampton Court Palace
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£22 per person
  • πŸ“ Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU, United Kingdom

Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum

Library

The Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum in London is the world's only library outside of Belarus that has an exclusive collection of objects and artifacts related to the country. The collection is the most comprehensive Belarusian collection in all of Western Europe with an estimated 30,000 volumes in the library's possession.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum.

  • 20 rare books printed before the 1800
Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 37 Holden Rd, London N12 8HS, United Kingdom

Headstone Manor and Museum

Historic Site

Headstone Manor and Museum, or Harrow Museum, is a local history museum for London's Borough of Harrow. The Harrow Museum has four historic buildings on site which together comprise Headstone Manor, which was built in 1310. To this date, Headstone Manor is still surrounded by a moat, which is the only surviving moat with water in it in all of Middlesex.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Headstone Manor and Museum.

  • Music Harrow!
  • Painting to Music
  • The Moat!
Headstone Manor and Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Headstone Recreation Ground, Pinner View, Harrow HA2 6PX, United Kingdom

Inns of Court & City Yeomanry Museum

Archaeological Museum

The Inns of Court & City Yeomanry is a British Army unit formed through the amalgamation of The Inns of Court Regiment and The City of London Yeomanry in 1961, and the museum is dedicated to its story, history, and artifacts. The regimental museum's collection includes records, militaria, documents, uniforms, and photographs.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Inns of Court & City Yeomanry Museum.

  • Law Association drums from 1803
  • The World War II collection
Inns of Court & City Yeomanry Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 10 Stone Buildings, Holborn, London WC2A 3TG, United Kingdom

Handel & Hendrix in London

Specialty Museum

Handel & Hendrix in London is a museum chronicling the lives of composer George Frideric Handel and guitarist Jimi Hendrix who lived in neighboring homes on Brook Street. The museum has been restored to look the way it did when Handel and Hendrix were residents.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Handel & Hendrix in London.

  • Handel's correspondence
  • Original manuscripts
  • John Mainwaring's biography of Handel with handwritten notes
Handel & Hendrix in London
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£10 per person
  • πŸ“ 25 Brook St, Mayfair, London W1K 4HB, United Kingdom

Kingston Museum

Archaeological Museum

Kingston Museum in southwest London was built in 1904. The museum has three permanent galleries, including Ancient Origins, which showcases changes in the area dating back from prehistoric times, and Town of Kings, which highlights the development of Kingston as a market town starting during medieval times. The building that houses the museum is Grade II listed.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Kingston Museum.

  • 120 Martinware ceramics
  • The Brill Collection
  • An inscribed Roman altar
Kingston Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Wheatfield Way, Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS, United Kingdom

Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture

Art Museum

The Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture is a London museum that is home to an impressive collection of 19th and 20th century home decorative arts. The Arts Council England recognized the collection as providing outstanding international value. The MoDA also has the Sir James Maude Richards Library of architectural books on a long-term loan. Appointments are required to visit.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture.

  • The Silver Studio Collection
  • The Charles Hasler Collection
  • The Crown Wallpaper Archive
Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 9 Boulevard Dr, London NW9 5HF, United Kingdom

Museum of Croydon

History Museum

The Museum of Croydon is housed in the famous Croydon landmark, the Croydown Clocktower. The museum is dedicated to chronicling the history of London's Borough of Croydon. The museum is popular for its interactive exhibits. The collection contains objects dating back to the early 1800s. A cool twist is that there are two ways to enter the galleries: either via the "Then" door to begin in the past and move forward through the museum chronologically or through the "Now" door to begin in the present and move backward through history.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Museum of Croydon.

  • Croydon Clocktower
  • The Riesco Gallery
  • Samuel Coleridge-Taylor exhibits
Museum of Croydon
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 1918 Katharine St, Croydon CR0 1NX, United Kingdom

Somerset House

Art Museum

Somerset House is a museum and historic house located in a Neoclassical building that overlooks the River Thames. The Somerset House, built in 1796, is an arts centre that is open to the public with free admission almost every day of the year. Free guided tours of the grounds are offered twice per week and the museum often offers special exhibits like Mary Sibande's I Came Apart At The Seams.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Somerset House.

  • 24/7
  • Historical Highlights Tour
  • Mary Sibande's I Came Apart At The Seams
Somerset House
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Strand, London WC2R 1LA, United Kingdom

UCL Art Museum

Archaeological Museum

The University College London Art Museum houses a collection that goes back to 1847. The collection began when artist John Flaxman offered his sculpture models and drawing to the university. Now, there are more than 10,000 objects in the collection, to include etchings by Rembrandt. The collection dates back to the 1400s.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at UCL Art Museum.

  • UCL Year of the Sculpture
  • The Edward Allington Exhibit
  • Free guided tours
UCL Art Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ South Cloisters, University College London, Gower St, Kings Cross, London WC1E 6BT, United Kingdom

The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History

Encyclopedic Museum

The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History is a small eclectic museum and bar in London. The museum was funded via Kickstater campaign in 2015 and it is run by Viktor Wynd and apart of The Last Tuesday Society. The museum's strange collection includes a two-headed kitten, two-headed lambs, Fiji mermaids, and hariballs. The museums' objects date back several centuries. Fun hint: Ask for tea with your admission.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History.

  • A two-headed kitten and a two-headed lamb
  • The largest collection of work by Austin Osman Spare
  • Fiji mermaids
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£6 per person
  • πŸ“ 11 Mare St, London E8 4RP, United Kingdom

Valentines Mansion & Gardens

Historic Site

Valentines Mansion & Gardens is a Grade II on the National Heritage List for both building and garden. Built in 1696, the mansion was for the widow of Archbishop of Canterbury John Tillotson's widow, Lady Tillotson. It later was the home of Sir Charles Raymond.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Valentines Mansion & Gardens.

  • The Mansion Through Young Artists' Eyes
  • The Valentines Anomaly
  • Annual Christmas Fair
Valentines Mansion & Gardens
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ Emerson Rd, Ilford IG1 4XA, United Kingdom

Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum

Specialty Museum

The Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum sits in a Grade II listed former Victorian waste water pumping station. The museum is dedicated to chronicling the technology, transport and industrial history of the Walthamstow area. The collection houses an impressive list of transport and machinery from steam engines to workshops to original tube cars to firefighting equipment.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum.

  • Marshall 'C' class steam engines
  • A machine workshop
  • An original 1968 Victoria Line tube car
Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 10 S Access Rd, Walthamstow, London E17 8AX, United Kingdom

Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum

Cultural Center

The Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum, also known as the Sikorski Institute, is a Polish community organization in London that was founded after World War II. The organization's mission was to preserve the memory of the Polish military in the west and to document their contribution to the war's effort. The institution was important at the time, as a Polish communist takeover made it challenging for former armed forces to return to their native country.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum.

  • World War II memorabilia
  • Flag collection
Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 20 Princes Gate, Knightsbridge, London SW7 1PT, United Kingdom

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Historic Site

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge is a Grade II listed building that served formerly as a hunting lodge on the outskirts of Epping Forest in London. The lodge was commissioned in the 1500s by Henry VIII. It was intended to be a place for the royal family to view the deer. In the late 1500s, the lodge was renovated to accommodate the desires of Queen Elizabeth I. Today, the lodge is a small, free museum.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge.

  • A look at Tudor fashion
  • A look at Tudor food
Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£0 per person
  • πŸ“ 8 Ranger's Rd, Chingford, London E4 7QH, United Kingdom

Old Royal Naval College

Historic Site

The Old Royal Naval College is an architectural landmark of Maritime Greenwich. The buildings on site were originally built to operate as the Royal Hospital for Seamen at Greenwich. This today is known as Greenwich Hospital, which was built between 1696 and 1712 and closed in the late 1800s. Shortly after its closure, it became the Royal Naval College until 1998. Today, the grounds are open to visitors.

Highlights

Here are some of the "must see" items at Old Royal Naval College.

  • The Painted Hall
  • John Michael Rysbrack's George II
  • The Painted Hall of Greenwich Hospital as drawn by Augustus Pugin and Thomas Rowlandson
Old Royal Naval College
  • 🌐 Website
  • 🎟️ Β£11 per person
  • πŸ“ King William Walk, Greenwich Peninsula, London SE10 9NN, United Kingdom

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