10 Best Free Museums in London

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, Middle East, Greece and Rome

Opening Hours: Daily 10:00 – 17:30, Fridays open until 20:30

Location: Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

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2. Natural History Museum

A true gem of London, where you may find yourself spending hours in there, without even realising 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 – 17:50

Location: Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD

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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

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 (Robots open until 22:00 every Friday)

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

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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

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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

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7. National Maritime Museum

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

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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

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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

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

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10. The Grant Museum of Zoology

Also a part of UCL, the Grant Museum, contains 67.000 rare zoological specimens. Some of the artefacts you can see are Thylacines, the Quagga Skeleton, bisected heads and more.

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

Location: 21 University St, Fitzrovia, London WC1E 6DE

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