10 Museums to visit in London for FREE

London has some of the most known and exquisite museums in Europe. Luckily, almost all of them are for free and those that are not, require you to pay a small fee. So, why not visit as many as you can, if you have time?

1. British Museum


The British Museum is one of the largest and most famous museums in Europe. You will find artworks on human history, art and culture originating from all over the world. Some of the departments are of Ancient Egypt, the Middle East, Greece, and Rome.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 17:30

Fridays open until 20:30

Location: Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

2. Natural History Museum


A true gem of London, where you may find yourself spending hours in there, without even realizing it. With more than 80 million items on zoology, palaeontology, botany, entomology, and mineralogy the Natural History Museum has become a MUST. What makes educational, entertaining and interesting is the fact that there is a lot of interaction for the visitors.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 17:00

Sunday 14:00 – 17:00

Location: Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD

3. National Gallery


With a collection of more than 2,300 paintings, the National Gallery stands in the middle of Trafalgar Square. Some of the paintings displayed are by Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, El Greco, Claude Monet, and Michelangelo, making it one of the most visited art museums in the world.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Friday open until 21:00

Location: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN


4. Science Museum


With a collection of more than 300,000 items, the Science museum is an extremely interesting and fun museum. The galleries are of the modern world, flights (including the very first jet engine), robots, space, and others, with most of them being interactive.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Location: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

5. Museum of London


It’s all about London. By visiting this museum, you can fully explore the history of London from prehistoric times until now. Learn everything about the Great Fire and the years before and after. Explore the times of Medieval and Roman London, as well as the revolutions in technology, fashion and culture, and the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Location: 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

6. V&A Museum

With 4.5 million objects, the Victoria & Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design. The collections display costumes, textiles, photographs, paintings, jewellery, ceramics, furniture, etc from Europe, Asia, North America, and North Africa.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 17:45

Friday until 22:00

Location: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL

7. National Maritime Museum

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For those who love navigation, ships and sea history, the National Maritime Museum is a great choice for an afternoon in London. The museum includes paintings, ship models and flags. When there, be sure to visit the Caird Library, the world’s largest maritime library, with over 8000 rare books, 20.000 periodicals, 100.000 books etc.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 17:00

Location: Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF


8. Tate Modern


The country’s national modern art museum is ideal for those that want to explore the British culture from an artistic point of view.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Location: Millbank, London, SW1P 4RG

9. The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology


Being a part of UCL, the Petrie Museum has 80.000 artefacts of Egyptian Archaeology. The collection is fascinating with many unique items, such as the oldest dress, the only veterinary papyrus, and the largest architectural drawing.

Opening Hours: Tuesday – Saturday 13:00 – 17:00

Closed 17 Apr – 22 Apr 2019

Location: Malet Pl, Camden Town, London WC1E 6BT

10. Design Museum


The museum was founded in 1989 by Sir Terence Conran and it is located in Kensington. In 2018 the museum won the European Museum of the Year Award. Even though the entrance is free of charge, there is a small fee for the temporary exhibitions for those who wish to see them. 

The museum´s exhibitions deal with contemporary designs in fashion, architecture, transport, product, and graphic design.

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 18:00

Location: Kensington High Street; London, W8; England

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