Free London Museums – Many of London’s World-Class Museums are Free:
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At the London Science Museum you can see Stephenson’s Rocket, the Apollo 10 command module and loads of interactive exhibits for adults and children. Spread over seven floors of galleries, visitors can encounter the past, present and future of technology. Entry to the Science Museum is Free, but charges apply for IMAX 3D cinema, Red Arrow jet simulators and some exhibitions.
|Sir John Soane’s Museum||The Museum is in the former residence of Sir John Soane, architect of the Bank of England. The collection includes over 20,000 architectural drawings, antiquities and works by Hogarth, Turner, Canaletto and Piranesi. Entry to the Museum is free but there is a guided tour at 11:00 on Saturdays which costs £5. Tickets are sold at the Museum from 10:30.
Opening Times: Tue-Sat 10:00 – 17:00
13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP
Tel: +44 (0)20 7405 2107
|The Stephens Collection
||The exhibits in the Stephens Collection include examples of the development of writing equipment over the ages, the activities of Dr. Henry Stephens, the inventor of the blue black ink, and his son Henry Charles Stephens.
Opening Times: Tue-Thur 14:00 – 16:30
Avenue House, 17 East End Road, Finchley N3 3QE
Tel: +44 (0)20 8346 7812
|V&A Museum of Childhood||The V&A Museum of Childhood is a branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum. It is home to a huge toy collection which includes dolls, dolls’ houses, games and puppets.
Opening Times: Daily 10:00 – 17:45
Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA
Tel: +44 (0)20 8983 5200
|Victoria and Albert Museum||The V&A, one of the magnificent free London museums, is also the world’s greatest museum of art and design. It is home to 3000 years’ worth of amazing artefacts from many of the world’s richest cultures. At this museum you can see ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, jewellery, metalwork, photographs, sculpture, textiles and paintings, including some of the greatest surviving treasures in its Medieval Renaissance galleries.
Opening Times: Daily 10:00 – 17:00 (Fri till 22:00. Closed Dec. 24-26)
Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Tel: +44 (0) 7942 2000
The Wallace Collection displays superb works of art in an historic London town house. There are 25 galleries in this town house presenting 18th century French painting, furniture and porcelain as well as paintings by Titian, Canaletto, Rembrandt and Gainsborough.
||Described as a destination for the incurably curious, the Wellcome Collection is a groundbreaking space devoted to exploring the impact of medicine on our lives, through an extraordinary mix of galleries, events, changing exhibitions and library.
Opening Times: Mon-Sat 10:00 – 18.00 (Thurs till 22:00); Sun 11:00 – 18:00
183-193 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
Tel: +44 (0)20 7611 2222
|Chertsey Museum||The Chertsey Museum explores the history of the local Runnymede area. The collection of this local history museum includes, amongst other things, the Magna Carta story and the Olive Matthews Collection of Dress and Textiles.
Opening Times: Tue-Fri 12:30 – 16:30; Sat 11:00 – 16:00 (Closed Sun & Mon)
The Cedars, Windsor Street, Chertsey, Surrey, KT16 8AT
Tel: +44 (0)19 3256 5764