Museum of London

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Museum of London address and telephone

Museum of London is located at: 150 London Wall, Barbican,
London EC2Y 5HN
You can contact Museum of London on Work +44 (0) 207 001 9844
The Museum of London website can be visited at

Museum of London opening times and ticket price

Opening hours:
Museum of London is open to the public from: 10 AM to 6 PM (Mon-Sun); Last entry 20 mins before closing
Visiting hours are subject to change, and may not apply on public holidays. Always reconfirm whether it’s open to visitors before making plans to visit Museum of London
Time required:
A typical visit to Museum of London lasts 2 hours (approx)
Ticket cost:
The entry price for Museum of London is: Adults free entry

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The Museum of London is the world’s largest city history museum. It started life in 1912 in the glorious surrounds of Kensington Palace, until a better premises was built in the Barbican Centre.

History of the City of London

The London before London gallery tells the story of the city before it was even there. It details early dwellings and archaeological finds dug up from the Thames – at a time when the population numbered under fifty. You can see over 300 objects that were left on the bed to please the gods, including bronze tools and iron swords.

You can also meet the oldest-ever Londoner – a 5,500-year-old skeleton.

The second gallery concentrates on Roman London – the mighty Londinium. It sprung up in 50 AD as a means to link Colchester with the rest of the country.

Pride of place goes to the Temple of Mithras. This was dug up in 1954 and moved to its present location ten years later. You can also see a 4th-century coffin of a young Roman lady, and reconstructed Roman pavement.

Saxon and Medieval London

This gallery covers the 5th-century AD to 1500 – a stretch of time that covers the Viking hordes, the Norman Conquest and several wars with Scotland.

William the Conqueror, Geoffrey Chaucer and Thomas Becket are some of the names that get an airing.

London from the 15th-century

The Tudor and Stuart gallery runs from 1485 to 1666. Read about Henry VIII and his umpteen wives. Find out about Charles I, Oliver Cromwell and the English Civil War. There is also a reconstruction of Shakespeare’s famous playhouse – now built for real at the Globe.

Don’t miss the Great Fire Experience – a working model of the Great Fire of London with narration from Samuel Pepys’ diary. You can watch London rise from the ashes with the original maps and documents of the damage, and rebuilding plans under Christopher Wren.

The 17th and early 18th-century saw London blossom into a centre of scientific learning. You can read about the Guilds and Corporation that ran The City – with clothes and goods from the period.

One of the museum’s most impressive exhibits is the Lord Mayor’s coach. Built in 1757, this gilded trap is covered in carvings and painted panels by the Florentine artist Cipriani. It is still used every year in the Lord Mayor’s parade.

History of modern London

The World City gallery is by far the largest in the museum – covering the boom in population from one to seven million.

Read about Queen Victoria and the Great Exhibition. There is also a life-size reconstruction of a Victorian street, complete with shop fronts and lamplights.

Plans to move to Smithfield

Recent announcements have revealed that the Museum of London is moving to Smithfield Market in 2021.

  • JerrySmith – “As someone who loves London and devours every book on the subject, I have to say that I was slightly disappointed by the museum of London. I think it works well if you are a student, as there are plenty of items that have been found by archaelogist (coins, tools, spearheads, for example) but these are not the kind of items that will excite tourists. London's history is full of exciting periods -- the blitz, the great fire of London, the plagues, the civil war, riots.. But these things are just dealt with by a small movie or some other interesting, but hardly exciting items. Where is the excitement? When I go to the natural history museum I can see full size dinosuar skeletons and whales hanging from the ceiling. When I go to the imperial war museum I can see planes hanging from the ceiling. Where is the equivalent excitement in the museum of London? They could make so much more because this is a fantastic city with a”
  • pearlyqueen – “There are lots of things to enjoy here, and some things that you might want to skip. I am not a big fan of looking at bones and pots and little bits of flint, so I pretty much skipped the whole first section which deals with pre-history. But things are much more interesting in the next section which deals with roman London. There are lots of impressive remains and some reconstructions of what it looked like. I couldnt help but think of rome, and wonder what London would look like today if some of these impressive buildings remained standing. It seems that 99% of roman London was knocked down leaving only tantalising pieces dotted around the city, which is a shame. The exhibition on the great fire of London was, I am sorry to report, very disappointing. Maybe I missed a bit of the display, but the only thing I found was a video about it playing on a tv screen, with a few burnt ropes and post in front of it. Very diss”

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