London Museums & Galleries

Museums & galleries in London & Home Counties, portraits, art, paintings, jewellery, science, antiquities, archaeology, Roman & Egyptian history, theatre, comedy, cartoons, chocolate, rugby, canals & waterways, industry and many more including The Royal Air Force & Imperial War Museums, Natural History & Science Museum, British Museum, Victoria & Albert, National Gallery, national Portrait Gallery, Tate, Tate Modern, Wellcome Foundation, Museum of London and many more.

    British Museum
    One of the greatest collections of antiquities in the world
    Tottenham Court Road - Russell Square - Holborn - Tubes
    WC1B 3DG
    020 7323 8299

    Discover Children's Centre
    New hands-on centre designed to inspire 0-8 year olds to create their own stories. Big hits with small children are the dressing up area and an interactive light and sound installation. Take time to also enjoy the creative Story Garden.
    E15 4QZ
    020 8536 5555

    Horniman Museum & Gardens
    Uses its worldwide collections and the Gardens to encourage a wider appreciation of the World, its peoples and their cultures, and its environments
    Forest Hill
    SE23 3PQ
    020 8699 1872

    Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood
    UK's national collection of toys and games, children's costume, nursery furniture and baby equipment, all in an outstanding red-brick, grade II listed building
    Bethnal Green
    E2 9PA
    020 8983 5200

    Vestry House Museum
    Vestry House Museum presents the history of Waltham Forest in the Grade II listed Vestry House. Originally built as a workhouse in 1730, Vestry House has since been a police station and a private house, before it opened as a Museum in 1931.
    E17 9NH
    020 8496 4391

    The London Museum of Water & Steam
    The museum is housed in a magnificent 19th Century Pumping Station and centres around the station's five world famous Cornish Beam Engines, two of which can be seen, in steam, every weekend
    TW8 0EN
    020 8568 4757

    Twickenham Museum
    The history centre for Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington and the Hamptons is set on Twickenham Embankment in a delightful 18th century riverside house.
    TW1 3DU
    020 8408 0070

    Imperial War Museum
    Unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. It seeks to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and 'war-time experience'
    Lambeth North - Tube
    SE1 6HZ
    020 7416 5000

    Science Museum
    Welcomes over a million visitors a year
    South Kensington
    SW7 2DD
    0870 870 4868

    Cartoon Museum
    Exhibits the very finest examples of British cartoons, caricature, and comic art from the 18th century to the present day.
    WC1A 2HH
    020 7580 8155

    Sir John Soane's Museum
    Soane designed this house to live in, but also as a setting for his antiquities and his works of art. After the death of his wife (1815), he lived here alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections.
    WC2A 3BP
    020 7440 4263

    Freud Museum
    Centrepiece of the museum is Freud's library and study, preserved just as it was during his lifetime
    Finchley Road
    NW3 5SX
    020 7435 2002

    Museum of the Home
    Museum of the Home in Hoxton runs free school holiday workshops and activities on the theme of home. Suitable for children aged 2 - 16.
    E2 8EA
    020 7739 9893

    Victoria and Albert Museum
    The V&A is the worldıs greatest museum of design and the arts: its collections cover two thousand years up to the present, in virtually every medium and from Britain, Europe and Asia
    South Kensington
    SW7 2RL
    020 7942 2000

    24 Hour Museum
    Official guide to UK museums, galleries, exhibitions and heritage

    Benjamin Franklin House
    The House, built circa 1730, is architecturally significant, once the home of Benjamin Franklin who lived and worked there for sixteen years on the eve of the American Revolution. Open Wednesday through Sunday.
    WC2N 5NF
    020 7839 2006

    St Albans Museums
    The collections and services of St Albans museums including the Roman Verulamium museum, 3rd largest city in Roman Britain and Museum of St Albans with new exhibitions every few months.
    St Albans, Hertfordshire
    AL3 4SW
    01727 751810

    Museum of London Docklands
    The largest, most comprehensive city museum in the world, telling the fascinating story of London from prehistoric times to the present day.
    Barbican - St Paul's - Moorgate - Bank - Tubes
    EC2Y 5HN
    020 7600 3699

    Royal Artillery Museum
    Visitors to 'Firepower' can find out for themselves how artillery developed from the Roman ballista to modern missiles, how it works, and about the men and women of the Royal Artillery
    Woolwich Arsenal
    SE18 6ST
    020 8855 7755

    Design Museum
    One of London's most inspiring attractions. Concerned as much with the future as the past, a programme of highly acclaimed exhibitions capture the excitement of design evolution, ingenuity and inspiration through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.
    South Bank - Tower Bridge
    SE1 2YD
    020 7940 8790

    Museum of Rugby and Twickenham Stadium Tours
    From the moment you pass through the authentic Twickenham turnstile you'll be immersed in a world of rugby union history
    TW1 1DZ
    020 8892 8877

    Handel House Museum
    25 Brook Street is the house in which Messiah, Israel in Egypt, the Coronation Anthems and most of the organ concertos were written, and where Handel died in 1759
    Bond Street - Tube
    W1K 4HB
    020 7495 1685

    The Photographers' Gallery
    The largest public gallery in London dedicated to photography. From the latest emerging talent, to historical archives and established artists – the place to see photography in all its forms.
    Oxford Circus
    W1F 7LW
    020 7087 9300

    Florence Nightingale Museum
    Florence Nightingale founded the first school of nursing at St Thomas Hospital in 1860, the Hospital and School have preserved and added to a unique collection of Florence Nightingale's personal mementoes, clothing, furniture, books, letters and portraits
    SE1 7EW
    020 7620 0374

    Fashion and Textile Museum
    The museum, will recognises Britain's international success in the fashion industry and showcases works of outstanding British and international designers.
    SE1 3XF
    020 7403 0222

    Museums ot the The Royal College of Surgeons
    One of the greatest museums of comparative anatomy, pathology, osteology in the world. There are four museums in the College. The Hunterian and Odontological Museums contain collections of historical and scientific interest and are open to the public.
    020 7869 6560

    Natural History Museum
    National museum of natural history, and a centre of scientific excellence in taxonomy and biodiversity
    South Kensington - Tube
    SW7 5BD
    020 7942 5011

    UCL Art Collections
    UCL Art Collections contain over 10,000 objects including paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture dating from 1490 to the present day. Works on paper are housed in the Strang Print Room, with paintings and sculpture displayed in public rooms around UCL.
    Strang Print Room, UCL, Gower Street
    WC1E 6BT
    020 7679 2540

    Royal Air Force Museum
    Britain's National Museum of Aviation, celebrates the story of aviation from before the Wright Brothers to the RAF of the 21st Century with one of the world's finest collections of legendary aircraft and associated exhibits
    NW9 5LL
    020 8205 2266

    London Canal Museum
    See inside a narrowboat cabin, learn about the history of London's canals, about the cargoes carried, the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats
    Kings Cross
    N1 9RT
    020 7713 0836

    National Army Museum
    The British Army's own museum. It is the only museum to tell the story of the Army as a whole from Agincourt in the Fifteenth Century to peace-keeping in the Twenty-first Century.
    Sloane Square
    SW3 4HT
    020 7730 0717

    Guards Museum
    Fine collection of military ephemera spanning 350 years of Regimental history
    St James Park - Tube
    SW1E 6HQ
    020 7414 3428

    Wallace Collection
    Both a national museum and the finest private collection of art ever assembled by one family. It was bequeathed to the nation by Lady Wallace, widow of Sir Richard Wallace, in 1897, and opened to the public just over three years later on 22 June 1900
    W1U 3BN
    020 7563 9500

    Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
    One of the most inspiring collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world, illustrating life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through Pharaonic to Roman and Islamic times.
    WC1E 6BT
    020 7679 2884

    Keats House
    Collection consists of books, manuscripts, letters, prints, paintings and artefacts relating to the life of the poet John Keats (1795-1821), his circle and the English Romantic movement.
    NW3 2RR
    020 7332 3868

    Bank of England Museum
    Sometimes known as the "Old Lady of Threadneedle Street" it stands, literally and figuratively, at the financial centre of the City. The Museum traces the history of the Bank from its foundation in 1694, to its role today as the nation's central bank.
    Bank - Tube
    EC2R 8AH
    020 7601 4878

    Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Tours
    Led by an experienced professional guide and just over an hour in duration excluding time spent in the Museum, this exclusive tour will take you behind the scenes of the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
    SW19 5AE
    020 8946 6131

    Museum of Comedy
    The Museum of Comedy is a new interactive immersive museum for all the family featuring iconic props & artefacts from a rich comedic history, one of the most comprehensive collections of comedy memorabilia ever to be amassed.
    Bloomsbury Way
    WC1A 2SR
    020 7534 1740

    Pitzhanger Manor-House
    Designed by the architect John Soane in 1800, PM Gallery & House has become a major cultural venue in West London. As well as exhibiting contemporary professional artwork, it also owns the largest collection of Martinware in the country. Free entry.
    W5 5EQ
    020 8567 1227

    Pump House Gallery
    Dedicated public contemporary visual arts space on the lakeside in Battersea Park South West London. It plays a leading role in the cultural life of Wandsworth and is the highest profile public visual arts space in the borough.
    Battersea Park
    SW11 4NJ
    020 7350 0523

    Queen's House
    The upper floor of the House has been partly refitted and furnished to give an impression of its use as a Royal residence of the 1670s, and to display the NMM's early art collection
    SE10 9NF
    020 8858 4422

    The Jewish Museum
    A leader in celebrating Jewish life and cultural diversity. Engage with people of all ages, backgrounds, faiths to explore Jewish culture & heritage. Exhibitions, education programmes & activities.
    Camden Town
    NW1 7NB
    020 7284 7384

    London's Transport Museum
    Uncover the story of two hundred years of London and its public transport, the oldest in the world. Explore fascinating and colourful displays, meet characters from the past, drive bus & tube simulators. Children's school holiday events.
    Covent Garden
    WC1E 2BB
    0343 222 5000

    National Maritime Museum
    The largest maritime museum in the world covering every aspect of ships and seafaring, in peace and at war, from pre-history to today
    SE10 9NF
    020 8858 4422

    On this site there are thousands of museums and galleries listed, many of which have their own web sites which you can access directly.

    The Cuming Museum
    Home of the worldwide collection of the Cuming Family and the museum of Southwark's history. It houses a diverse collection that includes archaeology, ethnography, social history and natural history. A mix of permanent and changing exhibitions.
    Elephant and Castle
    SE17 1RY
    020 7525 2332

    The Foundling Museum
    The Foundling tells the story of London's first home for abandoned children, the Foundling Hospital, and chronicles the lives of the children through a fascinating social history exhibition.
    Brunswick Square, London
    WC1 1AZ
    020 7841 3600

    Ragged School Museum
    The purpose of the museum is to make the unique history of the East End of London, and in particular of the Copperfield Road Ragged School. Opened in 1990 in three canalside warehouses in Copperfield Road
    E3 4RR
    020 8980 6405

    William Morris Gallery
    The William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow is the only public Gallery devoted to William Morris, designer, craftsman, writer, socialist & conservationist. It displays an internationally important collection illustrating his life, achievements & influence.
    Lloyd Park, Walthamstow
    E17 4PP
    020 8496 4390

    The Grant Museum of Zoology
    The Grant Museum is the only remaining university zoological museum in London. It houses around 62,000 specimens, covering the whole Animal Kingdom. Many of the species are now endangered or extinct.
    WC1E 6BT
    020 7679 2647

    Dickens House Museum
    A museum dedicated to the life and works of Charles Dickens.
    WC1N 2LF
    020 7405 2127

    Petrie Museum
    Has one of the most inspiring collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world
    Goodge Streeet - Tube
    WC1E 6BT
    020 7679 2884