The Best London Museums


London is famous for many things but the wealth of fascinating arts and fantastic artefacts in its museums is what attracts most tourists to the city. There are over 200 museums and 857 art galleries in the city including three of the top ten museums in the world. The best part is that many of them are free to enter. They present a range of incredible objects such as a 26-metre long dinosaur and an amazing collection of ancient Egyptian artefacts and even a human torpedo.

Sir John Soane’s MuseumImperial War Museum: This is a unique museum that has transformed from being a mere collection of military achievements and about how to kill in different ways into a museum exhibiting the experiences of war. It is an interactive museum in which excellent actors make mini-tours in costume. It presents a new Holocaust exhibition, an atmospheric Blitz gallery and a number of world-class changing exhibitions. It is housed in a former lunatic asylum and offers free entry. It tells the story of those whose lives have been shaped by war from the First World War to the present day.


British Museum: Spanning a period of over two million years of human history, the remarkable collection of this museum is a fantastic presentation of a unique comparison of the treasures of world cultures, all under one roof and all around the Beautiful Great Court. Its main exhibits include world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies. It is visited by up to six million visitors a year. The museum also holds special exhibitions, displays and events. It is also free to visit.

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Design Museum: Featuring exhibitions on fashion, architecture, furniture, graphic, product, transport and digital design, this museum provides a peep into the various aspects of design. The museum also hosts different talks and family activities, besides its cutting edge programme of temporary exhibitions. Visitors can enjoy a selection of  light snacks, sandwiches and pastries at the museum cafe. The museum is also home to a shop selling unique gifts and a selection of ceramics, jewellery, books and prints.

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London Transport Museum: The highlights of this museum include the iconic red London bus, the world’s first Underground steam train and the padded cell – a train carriage dating back to the 1890s. It traces how modern London grew in respect of its culture and society and their links with transport.

Museum of London: You can trace London’s turbulent past at this museum and see how it changed right from prehistoric times, through Romans and Saxons, medieval times and through civil wars, plague and fire. The Galleries of Modern London will reveal the streets of Victorian London.