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…

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Other museums

Museum exhibitions in London


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Where:Jewish Museum, Camden
An exhibition about Amy Winehouse at the Jewish Museum, using her personal belongings, family photographs and fashion.


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Where:Sir John Soane’s Museum, Holborn
Sir John Soane's Museum will be showing twelve new sculptures by Marc Quinn, called 'Drawn From Life'.


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Where:Billingsgate Roman House and Baths, The City
See the ancient remains of a Roman house and baths in the basement of an office block in Lower Thames Street.


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Where:Victoria & Albert Museum, South Kensington
'Their Mortal Remains' is a huge new exhibition at the V&A about one of the most influential bands in rock: Pink Floyd.


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Where:British Museum, Bloomsbury
The British Museum will be putting on an exhibition of works by Japanese artist Hokusai, most famous for his 'Great Wave'.


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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: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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