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Museums in London

With over 200 museums London is a great place to take the kids for a fun day out that is also educational.

Aside from the obvious national museums like the Imperial War Museum, Design Museum, Science Museum etc. there are also a number of specialist museums that cater for a wide range of tastes such as the Florence Nightingale Museum or the London Canal Museum.

Most museums are free and the larger ones will take up to the best part of a day to see all the artifacts. Many will also have activities for the kids or children that will also keep the parents occupied. It is also worth checking before visiting to see if there are any extra/special exchibitions or talks on as well, particulary at the smaller museums during the holidays.

There are 208 museums in London, so we have grouped them together into the regions of London. See the links below to browse the museums in each region.


Royal Air Force Museum
Royal Air Force Museum - Family Days Out in London If you're searching for something different to fuel your childrens' imaginations why not take off to...


Red House
This museum is currently closed


Bromley Museum
A historic building set in attractive gardens in Orpington Priory, the museum holds temporary exhibi...


The Foundling Museum
The Foundling Museum The Foundling Museum explores the history of the Foundling Hospital, the UK?s first children?s chari...

City of London

Bank of England Museum
Children having fun at Bank of England Museum A family fun day out is guaranteed when you visit the Bank of England Museum, with attractions inclu...

City of Westminster

Hunterian Museum
Crystal Gallery at The Hunterian Museum The recently refurbished Hunterian Museum has been a source of inspiration to people in the medical ...


Museum of Croydon
Home to a variety of temporary exhibitions, some on the local history and some donated to the museum...


London Motorcycle Museum
The LMM - London's only motorcycle museum - is the capital's friendly focus for Britain's biking his...


Whitewebbs Museum of Transport
Formerly a pump station; has exhibitions & events, including arts fairs, bike shows, car rallies and...


Old Royal Naval College
Old Royal Naval College - Greenwich The Old Royal Naval College is part of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage site and was designed b...


Geffrye Museum
Exterior of the Geffrye Museum The Geffrye explores the home from 1600 to the present day, focusing on the living rooms and gardens...

Hammersmith and Fulham

William Morris Museum
William Morris Society The William Morris Society and Museum are in the basement and Coach House of Kelmscott House, Hammer...


Bruce Castle Museum
Bruce Castlle Early Evening A magnificent 16th century manor house in 20 acres of parkland, Bruce Castle now houses Haringey's l...


Bentley Priory Museum
Child exploring the handling collection. Bentley Priory Museum tells the fascinating story of the beautiful Grade II* listed country house, f...


London Motor Museum
Featuring a showroom full of classic cars from the 1950s to the present day the London Motor Museum ...


Chiswick House
An 18th-century Palladian style house, the Chiswick House has a gallery with a beautifully painted c...


Islington Museum
Things to do in London - Islington Museum The New Islington Museum opened its doors in May 2008. Using its collection it explores the borough'...

Kensington and Chelsea

Museum of Brands Packaging and Advertising
Museum of Brands This is a story that engages every generation. The origins of our consumer society, represented thro...

Kingston upon Thames

Dorich House
Dorich House was home to the renowned sculptor Dora Gordine and her art collector husband, Richard H...


The Garden Museum
Garden Museum -Kids Activities in London This is a great little museum created in 1980 and aims to inspire people through its collections, te...


Horniman Museum
Musical Concerts at the Horniman Museum A great family museum of natural and cultural history, the Horniman offers permanent and temporary e...


Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Museum about all-things Wimbledon Tennis. Re-opens April, 2006. Times: open daily 10.30-17.00; Tours...


House Mill Museum
The last remaining Tide Mill in Britain, build in 1776 and rebuilt after a fire in 1804. Good trails...


Redbridge Museum
The museum was opened in 2000 to celebrate the London Borough of Redbridge and it's 150,000 year his...

Richmond upon Thames

Orleans House Gallery
Orleans House Gallery - Family Day Out If you want a great day out with the family why not try Orleans House which is the principal art gal...


London Fire Brigade Museum
London Fire Brigade Museum The museum holds a wealth of information and exhibits depicting the history of firefighting in Londo...


Little Holland House
The former home of artist, designer and craftsman Frank Dickinson (1874-1961). Designed and built by...

Tower Hamlets

Centre of the Cell
Centre of the Cell A science education centre located in the middle of a working medical laboraty. The Center of the Ce...

Waltham Forest

Vestry House Museum
Vestry House Museum - Walthamstow Village Originally an 18th century workhouse, the Vestry House Museum offers artifacts and objects from the ...


London Sewing Machine Museum
Wimbledon Sewing Machine Museum This specialist museum located within the Wimbledon Sewing Machine Company that features over 700 di...

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