Museums in London

Here is our guide to the best museums in London, including the British Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, Victoria & Albert and Museum of London.

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Major museums

> British Museum
The British Museum’s highlights are the Reading Room and ancient Egyptian collection.
> Churchill War Rooms
Home to Prime Minister Churchill’s wartime government during the dark days of World War II.
> Imperial War Museum
Covers World War I and II, the modern Gulf War and many other battles, from Korea to Vietnam.
> Museum of London
The Museum of London tells the story of London from Roman times up to the present day.
> National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum contains the actual jacket that Admiral Nelson wore at Trafalgar.
> Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum covers everything from long-dead dinosaurs to erupting volcanoes.
> Science Museum
From the dawn of time to modern day marvels… with working exhibits and push-button displays.
> Sir John Soane’s Museum
Sir John’s passion for memorabilia has led to a hotchpotch of objects from all over the world.
> Transport Museum
The London Transport Museum has everything from Tube-train simulators to horse-drawn carriages.
> Victoria & Albert Museum
The V&A has a large and varied collection – from 17th-century dresses to the growling Tipu’s Tiger.

House museums

Boat museums

These ships are floating museums…

Cutty Sark · Golden Hinde · HMS Belfast

Other museums

Museum exhibitions in London


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Where:National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
The National Maritime Museum's new exhibition will tell the story of Admiral Nelson's controversial lover, Emma Hamilton.


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Where:O2 Arena, North Greenwich
'Star Wars Identities' is a huge new exhibition at The O2 with 200 props, models, costumes and artworks from the movies.


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Where:British Library, St. Pancras
The British Library will be celebrating Roald Dahl's 100th birthday with an exhibition of character portraits by Sir Quentin Blake.


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Where:Churchill War Rooms, Westminster
Enjoy a private tour of the Churchill War Rooms, and experience Winston Churchill's wartime bunker from behind the glass.


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Where:Sir John Soane’s Museum, Holborn
On the first Tuesday of each month they open Sir John Soane's Museum in the evening, bathed in atmospheric candlelight.


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Where:Old Operating Theatre, Southwark
Enjoy a demonstration of 19th-century surgery, held in the confines of the Old Operating Theatre at St. Thomas's Hospital.


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Where:Science Museum, South Kensington
The Science Museum will be exploring the last 500 years of robots, with over 100 robots on display, plus 12 working models.


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Where:British Museum, Bloomsbury
The British Museum will be exploring the American Dream, using prints from the likes of Andy Warhol and Jasper Johns.

 

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