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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...


Hall Place and Gardens
Hall Place is a Tudor mansion set in award-winning gardens, with tearoom and gift shop. The house co...


Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum
Bethlem Royal Hospital, one of the world's oldest hospitals for the care and treatment of people wit...


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

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

Royal College of Music Museum
The museum hosts events for children of all ages The RCM Museum of Music preserves and displays an internationally renowned collection of more than 1...


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


Pitzhanger Manor-House
The PM Gallery and House comprises Pitzhanger Manor-House, a restored Georgian villa once owned and ...


Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture (MoDA)
Varied exhibitions give a vivid picture of domestic life in the first half of the twentieth 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 ...


Osterley Park and House
With a spectacular mansion surrounded by gardens, park and farmland, Osterley is one of the last sur...


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

The National Army Museum
National Army Museum The National Army Museum is the British Army's own museum. It is the only museum to tell the story o...

Kingston upon Thames

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


Florence Nightingale Museum
Florence Nightingale Lamp A revealing portrait of the 'mother of all nurses' Nightingale and the history of nursing in general...


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


Merton Heritage Centre
Temporary exhibitions on local history The formation of collections representative of Merton's histo...


North Woolwich Old Station Museum
North Woolwich Old Station Museum is a family-friendly museum with lots of hands-on activities for y...


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...


Cuming Museum
Cuming Museum London The Cuming Museum is the home of the worldwide collection of the Cuming Family and the museum of Sou...


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

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

Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum
Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum - Ideas for Kids in London Previously known as the Lea Valley Experience, the Pumphouse Museum is currently being transformed i...


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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