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.

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:Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington
The 'Shaping Fashion' exhibition will showcase some of the best pieces by Spanish fashion designer Cristobal Balenciaga.


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Where:Natural History Museum, South Kensington
The Natural History Museum's new exhibition is called 'Beneath The Surface', all about the evolution of whales and dolphins.


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Where:Museum of Childhood, Bethnal Green
'A Lifetime in Stories' will explore the work of Michael 'War Horse' Morpurgo, one of the Britain's best-loved authors.


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Where:Guildhall Art Gallery, The City
The skull of a Roman gladiator will be returning to the amphitheatre where he lost his life, in the basement of the Guildhall Art Gallery.


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Where:Natural History Museum, South Kensington
Re-live the movie 'Night At The Museum' by spending a whole night inside the Natural History Museum!


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Where:Natural History Museum, South Kensington
'Crime Scene Live' let's you become a CSI for a night, collecting evidence around the Natural History Museum.


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Where:Natural History Museum, South Kensington
Re-live Ben Stiller's "Night At The Museum" movie, with an adult-only sleep-over at the Natural History Museum.


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Where:Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington
'Passion, Power and Politics' explores the history of opera from its origins in late-Renaissance Italy, right up to the present day.


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Where:Benjamin Franklin House, Westminster
Discover the story of the Craven Street bones, which were uncovered in the basement of the Benjamin Franklin House.

 
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