Museums in london

British Museum

Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Enjoy a unique comparison of the treasures of world cultures under one roof, centred around the magnificent Great Court. World-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies are visited by up to six million visitors per year. In addition to the vast permanent collection, the museum’s special exhibitions, displays and events are all designed to advance understanding of the collection and cultures they represent. This content has been supplied by British Museum

Design Museum

Located on the River Thames, near Tower Bridge, the Design Museum offers inspiring insights into the world of design with exhibitions on fashion, architecture, furniture, graphic, product, transport and digital design. Alongside its cutting edge programme of temporary exhibitions the museum also hosts a variety of talks and family activities. The museum café sells a selection of light snacks, sandwiches and pastries and the Design Museum Shop is perfect for unique gifts and stocks a selection of ceramics, jewellery, books and prints. For the latest information on the Design Museum’s temporary exhibitions please visit the website. This content has been supplied by Design Museum

Horniman Museum and Gardens

The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill is a free museum with extensive collections of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments. The museum hosts a variety of special exhibitions, concerts, festivals, shows, workshops and activities. The Horniman museum is a South London treasure. You’ll love the gigantic overstuffed walrus, the new aquarium, the beautiful gardens and the café. This content has been supplied by Horniman Museum and Gardens

Imperial War Museum

WM London tells the story of those whose lives have been shaped by war from the First World War to the present day. Discover our new First World War Galleries as well as our permanent exhibitions including The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes and Secret War. Explore stories and key moments from the Second World War in A Family in Wartime and The Holocaust Exhibition. This content has been supplied by IWM London: Imperial War Museum London

London Transport Museum

The Museum explores the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London, its culture and society since 1800. Highlights include the iconic red London bus, the world’s first Underground steam train and the ‘padded cell’ – a train carriage dating back to the 1890s. The Design for Travel gallery showcases pioneering advertising posters and artworks and the displays include Harry Beck’s original artwork for his ground breaking London Underground map, and the story of the development of the world famous ‘roundel’ transport logo. The galleries are full of interactive exhibits for young people and adults alike to play on - including real buses and trains. This content has been supplied by London Transport Museum

Museum of London

Step inside the Museum of London for an unforgettable journey through the capital's turbulent past. Discover prehistoric London, see how the city changed under Romans and Saxons, wonder at medieval London and examine the tumultuous years when London was ravaged by civil wars, plague and fire. Then venture into the Galleries of Modern London where you can walk the streets of Victorian London, take a stroll in recreated pleasure gardens and marvel at the magnificent Lord Mayor's Coach. From 9 October 2015, never-before-seen-objects from the Metropolitan Police’s Crime Museum will go on display in a major new exhibition. Find out more at This content has been supplied by Museum of London

Museum of London Docklands

Step inside a 200-year-old warehouse revealing the long history of London as a port through stories of trade, migration and commerce. Discover a wealth of objects in modern galleries, including Sailortown, an atmospheric recreation of 19th-century London; and London, Sugar & Slavery, which reveals the city's involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. With ancient finds, unusual objects and fascinating tours, the Museum of London Docklands is one of London's hidden treasures. From 19 June, explore a major free photography exhibition, Soldiers and Suffragettes: The Photography of Christina Broom. This content has been supplied by Museum of London Docklands

National Maritime Museum Greenwich

Discover stories about Britain's encounter with the world at sea through our galleries that recall the romance of the great ocean liners, the history of trade across the Atlantic and the impact of the East India Company on British culture and more. See Nelson’s uniform from the Battle of Trafalgar and Prince Frederick’s beautiful gilded barge. Children can shoot down a dastardly pirate ship in a new interactive game; older kids will enjoy our ship simulator. We host free and ticketed events, from lectures by our curators, music nights to seasonal family celebrations. On site eateries include Paul bakery, our Museum Café and our elegant 16 Seconds West Brasserie. This content has been supplied by National Maritime Museum Greenwich

Natural History Museum

Hundreds of exciting, interactive exhibits in one of London’s most beautiful landmark buildings. Highlights include the popular Dinosaurs gallery, Mammals display with the unforgettable model blue whale and the spectacular Central Hall, home to the Museum’s iconic Diplodocus skeleton. Don’t miss the state-of-the-art Darwin Centre Cocoon where, on a self-guided tour, you can see hundreds of fascinating specimens and look into laboratories where scientists are at work. The Museum offers a wide-ranging programme of temporary exhibitions and events, including chances to join experts in the Darwin Centre’s high-tech Attenborough Studio in topical discussions about science and nature. This content has been supplied by Natural History Museum

Queens House Greenwich

With this elegant house Inigo Jones introduced Palladian style to England. Commissioned by King James I for his wife, Anne of Denmark, it was a garden villa to complement the Tudor palace at Greenwich. Completed in 1635 during the turbulent years before the English Civil War, Charles I gave it to his queen, Henrietta Maria. It survived the destruction of the Tudor palace by Cromwell’s army to become the focal point around which Wren created the grand architectural landscape that is Greenwich today. Special features of the House are the ‘Tulip Staircase’, the cubic Great Hall and a logia and orangery opening onto Greenwich Park with fine views of Wren’s unusual Flamsteed House (the Royal Observatory) and Vanburgh’s castle on Maze Hill. The House now displays a series of historical paintings portraying the history of these Greenwich buildings and portraits of Tudor and Stuart kings and queens associated with its history. Rooms and galleries throughout the building are a fine setting for several superb maritime art collections which are held by the National Maritime Museum. New artists and photographers are showcased through modern art and touring exhibitions. Restaurant facilities are in the adjacent National Maritime Museum. This content has been supplied by Queen's House Greenwich The Queens House is closed from 27 July 2015 until 4 July 2016

Royal Observatory Greenwich

Stand at the centre of world time. Discover the past, present and future wonders of astronomy at the centre of time. Take an amazing journey through the historic home of British astronomy, Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian of the World. Explore how great scientists first mapped the seas and the stars, stand astride two hemispheres on the Prime Meridian Line, see pioneering inventions and the UK’s largest refracting telescope, touch a 4.5 billion year-old asteroid, and travel the Universe at London's only planetarium. This content has been supplied by Royal Observatory Greenwich

Science Museum

The Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. There are over 15,000 objects on display, including world-famous objects such as the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket. Our interactive galleries bring to life first scientific principles and contemporary science debates. Plus, you can experience what it’s like to fly with the Red Arrows or blast off into space on an Apollo space mission in our stunning 3D and 4D simulators or watch a film on a screen taller than four double-decker buses in the IMAX 3D Cinema. This content has been supplied by Science Museum

The Bank of England Museum

Housed within the impressive walls of the Bank of England, this fascinating museum takes you through the history of the bank since its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the nation's central bank. There are gold bars dating from ancient times to the modern market bar, coins and a unique collection of banknotes. There are also many items you might not expect to find, such as the pikes and muskets used to defend the bank; the Roman pottery and mosaics uncovered when it was rebuilt in 1930; and documents relating to famous customers such as Horatio Nelson, George Washington and the Duchess of Marlborough. This content has been supplied by Bank of England Museum

The Crystal

The Crystal exhibition features interactive exhibits, films, and animations, allowing visitors to explore a range of issues including city trends, urban planning, smart buildings, safety and security, energy, water, healthy lifestyles, environment, and mobility. The urban planning exhibition also features case studies from cities around the world sharing innovative ideas, and the ‘Future Life’ theatre invites you to imagine how cities might look in 2050. This content has been supplied by The Crystal

The Geffrye, Museum of the Home

5 TripAdvisor Traveller Rating Based on 393 reviews The Geffrye Museum explores the home from 1600 to the present day. Its focus is on the living rooms and gardens of the urban middle classes in England, particularly London.Read More Website PARTNER About One of London's most friendly and charming museums, the Geffrye explores the home from 1600 to the present day. The museum’s focus is on the living rooms of the urban middle classes in England, particularly London. A chronological sequence of period rooms show how homes have been used and furnished over the past 400 years, reflecting the changes in society and patterns of behaviour as well as style, fashion and taste. The museum is set in elegant, 18th-century almshouses in Shoreditch, East London. It is surrounded by attractive gardens, which include an award-winning walled herb garden and a series of period gardens which chart the changing style of town gardens (April-October) This content has been supplied by The Geffrye, Museum of the Home

Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's greatest museum of art and design, representing more than 3,000 years of human creativity, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. In recent years, the V&A has undergone a dramatic programme of renewal and restoration. Highlights include the Medieval Renaissance galleries containing some of the greatest surviving treasures from the period, the breathtaking Jewellery gallery and the stunning British Galleries, illustrating the history of Britain through the nation’s art and design. In addition to its outstanding free permanent collection, the V&A offers a programme of temporary exhibitions and an extensive events programme. This content has been supplied by Victoria and Albert Museum