Free London Museums – Many of London’s World-Class Museums are Free:
The best things in London are free, and this is certainly true of London’s world-class museums. The British Museum, one of the capital’s top attractions, is one of the free London museums. In the British Museum alone are some 1.5 million objects and it would certainly take a lifetime to see the whole of its collection.
London is full of interesting museums, both big and small, covering almost every conceivable subject matter, from history to war and sewing machines. The Hop-on Hop-off London sightseeing tour’s Museum Link (blue route) stops at many of these free London museums.
Listed below are many of the free museums in London:
|Bank of England Museum
The Bank of England Museum traces the history of the bank from its foundation by Royal Charter in 1694 to its role today as the country’s central bank. There are gold bars, coins and banknotes, as well as many items you might not expect to find.
|British Museum||The British Museum is one of the greatest museums in the world! It houses millions of artifacts from around the world. At the British Museum visitors can explore thousands of years of culture and history. For more see HERE.
Opening Times: Daily 10:00 – 17:30 and late on Fridays
Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Tel: + 44 (0)20 7323 8299
|The British Postal Museum||Explore the history of the Royal Mail, find out about stamps, messages, telegraphs and how British Postal communications shaped the world. The Museum is split between two sites.
Opening Times: a little complex – see HERE.
Freeling House, Phoenix Pl, Bloomsbury, London WC1X 0DL
Tel: +44 (0)20 7239 2570
|Centre of the Cell
||This is the first science education centre in the world to be located within biomedical research laboratories. Through a series of interactive games, virtual experiments and films, visitors are treated to a unique and fascinating insight into what scientists actually do and how their work influences real life.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat (to visit you’ll need to register online)
64 Turner Street, Whitechapel, London E1 2AB
Tel: +44 (0)20 7882 2562
|Geffyre Museum||This friendly and charming museum is also one of London’s best loved museums. The Geffrye presents the history of the English domestic interior from 1600 to the present day. The museum is set in delightful 18th-century almshouse buildings with attractive gardens, including a walled herb garden and series of period gardens.
Opening Times: Tue-Sat 10:00 – 17:00, Sun&Hols 12:00 – 17:00 (Closed Mon)
136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA
Tel: +44 (0)20 7739 9893
|Horniman Museum and Gardens||The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill is a free museum with extensive collections of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments.
Opening Times: Daily 10:30 – 17:30 (Closed Dec. 24-26)
100 London Road, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ
Tel: +44 (0)20 8699 1872
|Imperial War Museum London||The Imperial War Museum tells the story of those who have lived, fought and died in conflict from the First World War to the present day. This museum gives visitors an understanding of the history of modern war and war-time experiences.
Opening Times: Daily 10:00 – 18:00 (Closed Dec 15, Dec 24-26)
Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ
Tel: +44 (0)20 7416 5000
|London Sewing Machine Museum||The museum charts the history of the development of the sewing machine both domestic and industrial from 1850-1950. It houses one of the largest private collections of sewing machines in the country.
Opening Times: First Saturday every month 14:00 – 17:00
292-312 Balham High Road, London SW17 7AA
Tel: +44 (0)20 8682 7916