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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...


Crossness Pumping Centre
This station is one of the original pumping stations desgined by Joseph Bazalgette, an engineer who ...


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


Jewish Museum London
Jewish Museum London The Jewish Museum London is a museum of British Jewish life, history and identity situated in vibran...

City of London

Museum of London
Family Activities at the Museum of London This is a great museum that tells the story of Londoners and their ever changing city. They run a wh...

City of Westminster

Tate Britain
JMW Turner - Snow Storm - Tate Britain Tate Britain is the home of British art from 1500 to the present day and is a great place to take yo...


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...


Forty Hall Museum
Reflects the history and cultural diversity of Enfield with its collection of 17th and 18th century ...


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 ...


Gunnersbury Park Museum
A local history museum of West London - Boroughs of Ealing & Hounslow - in a listed building. Exhibi...


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

Kingston Museum
Archaeology, Archives, Coins and Medals, Costume and Textiles, Decorative and Applied Art, Fine Art,...


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 Windmill Museum
The world of windmills, exhibiting historical information, and working models of milling equipment.


Eastside Community Heritage
The collection includes projects documenting the lives of 'ordinary people' from East London through...


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

National Archives
National Archives researcher working on a delicate document The National Archives is the UK government's official archive and contains over 1,000 years of histo...


Clink Prison Museum
The Clink Prison - London Bridge The Clink is a notorious prison in Southwark that functioned from the 12th century to the end of the...


Honeywood Heritage Centre
Victorian period house offering views over the local ponds and a tea room. Times: 11am - 5pm Wednesd...

Tower Hamlets

V&A Museum of Childhood
Front of Museum of Childhood A great museum that shows the history of toys through the ages. It's a big spacious museum with plen...

Waltham Forest

William Morris Gallery
William Morris Gallery Opened by Prime Minister Clement Attlee in 1950, is the only public museum devoted to England's best...


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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