List of museums in London

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There are over 240 museums in London, the capital city of England and the United Kingdom.

The UK Government publishes visitor figures for its own establishments. The majority of government-funded museums stopped charging admission fees in 2001[1] and, although this was challenged in 2007,[2] this has remained the case. Following the removal of admission charges, attendances at London museums increased, with a large percentage of the 42 million annual visitors nationwide.[3]

List of museums[edit]

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NameImageDistrict/wardBoroughRegionTypeSummary
2 Willow Road1 2 3 Willow Road Hampstead London 20050924.JPGHampsteadCamdenNorthHistoric houseOperated by the National Trust, modernist terrace house designed by Ernő Goldfinger, features a significant collection of 20th century art
7 Hammersmith TerraceHammersmithHammersmith and FulhamWestHistoric houseFormer home of Emery Walker, friend and mentor to William Morris, house features Arts and Crafts style interior
18 Stafford TerraceHolland ParkKensington and ChelseaWestHistoric houseAlso known as Linley Sambourne House, home of the Victorian Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne, features much of his work
491 Gallery491 Gallery.jpgLeytonstoneWaltham ForestNorth EastArtArt and social centre
575 Wandsworth RoadClaphamLambethSouthHistoric houseOperated by the National Trust, 18th century terrace house with interiors designed by Kenyan poet and civil servant Khadambi Asalache
Age Exchange Reminiscence CentreBlackheathGreenwichSouth EastHistorywebsite, 20th century everyday artefacts and memorabilia, includes 1930s shop, clothing, wartime memorabilia
Alexander Fleming Laboratory MuseumClarencewing.JPGPaddingtonWestminsterNorthMedicalLocated at St Mary's Hospital, London, site and history of Alexander Fleming's discovery of penicillin, 1928 period laboratory
All Hallows-by-the-Tower Crypt MuseumAllHallowsByTheTowerChurch.jpgTowerCity of LondonNorth EastReligiousSaxon-period Anglican church, museum of church's history, including Roman and Saxon artefacts, historic religious artefacts
Anaesthesia Heritage CentreFitzroviaWestminsterNorthMedicalHistory of anaesthesia and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland
AOP GalleryShoreditchHackneyNorthArtwebsite, photography gallery operated by the Association of Photographers
Apsley HouseApsley House 1.JPGHyde Park CornerWestminsterNorthHistoric houseOperated by English Heritage, also known as Wellington Museum, home of The Duke of Wellington, significant collections of paintings, porcelain, sculpture and furniture
Arsenal Football Club MuseumHollowayIslingtonNorthSportsHistory and memorabilia of the Arsenal F.C.
artsdepotArtsdepot.JPGFinchleyBarnetNorthArtArts centre with exhibit gallery
Baden-Powell House ExhibitionBphouse04.jpgSouth KensingtonKensington and ChelseaWestBiographicalHistory of Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting
Bank of England MuseumLondon.bankofengland.arp.jpgCity of LondonCity of LondonNorth EastNumismaticHistory of the Bank and its activities, banknotes and coins, books and documents, pictures, furniture, statues, silver
Banqueting House, WhitehallBanqueting House London.jpgWestminsterNorthHistoric house17th century ornate building used for entertaining, designed by Inigo Jones, only remaining component of the Palace of Whitehall
Barbican CentreBarbican-arts-centre-large.jpgBarbican EstateCity of LondonNorth EastArtArts centre and gallery
Barnet MuseumThe Museum at Barnet - geograph.org.uk - 24796.jpgBarnetBarnetNorthLocalLocal history, costumes, domestic items, lace
Battle of Britain BunkerPlotting Table.jpgUxbridgeHillingdonWestHistoryMuseum and restored underground operations room at formerly used by No. 11 Group Fighter Command during World War II
Battle of Britain MuseumOfficersMessBentley.JPGStanmoreHarrowWestHistoryMuseum in former officers' mess at former RAF base at Bentley Priory, used by the RAF Fighter Command and Royal Observer Corps during World War II
Benjamin Franklin HouseBenjamin Franklin Museum-Craven Street.jpgWestminsterNorthHistoric house18th-century house where Benjamin Franklin lived for 16 years, exhibits on his life, science activities
Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum of ArtSt John's WoodWestminsterNorthArtJewish art
Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and MuseumBethlemRoyalHospital.jpegBeckenhamBromleySouth EastMedicalArt by patients and historic artefacts
Black Cultural ArchivesBrixtonLambethSouth WestEthnicwebsite, Heritage Centre planned to open in 2014
Boston Manor HouseBoston manor front 2943.jpgBoston ManorHounslowWestHistoric house17th century Jacobean manor house
Brent MuseumWillesdenBrentWestLocalwebsite, located in the Willesden Green Library Centre, local history and culture, formerly the "Grange Museum of Community History"
British Airways Heritage CentreHattonHounslowWestAviationwebsite, history and memorabilia of British Airways, including uniforms, aircraft models and pictures, posters and photographs
British Dental Association MuseumWestminsterNorthMedicalHistory of dental care in the United Kingdom
British LibraryBritish Library entranceway.jpgSt PancrasCamdenNorthLibraryChanging exhibits of art, history and culture from its collections
British MuseumBritish Museum from NE 2.JPGBloomsburyCamdenNorthMultipleArt, decorative arts, archaeology, antiquities from Ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece and the Middle East, coins, galleries on Africa, North America, Mexico, Asia
British Music ExperienceBritishMusicExperience 1945-62 Timeline.jpgGreenwichGreenwichSouth EastMusicHistory of the British music industry since 1944, located in the O2 Bubble
British Optical Association MuseumCharing CrossWestminsterNorthMedicalHistory of eye care
British Postal Museum and ArchiveClerkenwellIslingtonNorthPhilatelicPostal communications history, stamps, letters, artefacts
British Red Cross Museum and ArchivesRed Cross Parcel.jpgMoorgateCity of LondonNorth EastMedicalHistory and memorabilia of the British Red Cross, open by appointment only
Bromley MuseumOrpingtonBromleySouth EastLocalwebsite, local history, culture
Bruce Castle MuseumBruce castle 1.jpgTottenhamHaringeyNorthLocalLocal history, culture
Brunei GalleryBrunei Gallery.jpgBloomsburyCamdenNorthArtPart of the School of Oriental and African Studies of the University of London, historic and contemporary works from and about Africa and Asia, including photography and culture
Brunel MuseumBrunel museum mural.jpgRotherhitheSouthwarkSouth EastTechnologyHistory of the construction of the Thames Tunnel and its designers, Sir Marc Isambard Brunel
Buckingham PalaceBuckingham Palace, London - April 2009.jpgWestminsterNorthHistoric houseOfficial London residence of the British monarch, public tours of the state rooms, includes Queen's Gallery and Royal Mews
Building CentreBloomsburyCamdenNorthDesignwebsite, exhibits on architecture and design
Burgh House & Hampstead MuseumBurgh House in New End Square - geograph.org.uk - 674944.jpgHampsteadCamdenNorthLocalLocal history, culture, art exhibits
Canada House GalleryCanada House.jpgTrafalgar SquareWestminsterNorthArtCanadian historical and contemporary art and artefacts
Carlyle's HouseChelseaKensington and ChelseaWestHistoric houseOperated by the National Trust, Victorian period townhouse home of historian and philosopher Thomas Carlyle
Cartoon MuseumCartoonMuseumLondon.jpgBloomsburyCamdenNorthArtPolitical cartoons, comic strips and comic books
Centre for Recent DrawingTower HamletsNorth EastArtContemporary drawings
Charles Dickens MuseumDickens-museum.jpgHolbornCamdenNorthHistoric houseMid-19th century period house with original papers, furniture and items relating to author Charles Dickens
Chartered Insurance Institute MuseumCity of LondonNorth EastFirefighting
Chelsea Physic GardenChelsea physic garden.jpgChelseaKensington and ChelseaWestMedicalBotanical garden with displays on medicinal uses of plants
Chiswick HouseChiswick House view from forecourt.jpgChiswickHounslowWestHistoric house18th century neo-Palladian villa with large collection of art and furniture, gardens
Churchill War RoomsChurchillmuseumcabinetwarrooms.JPGWhitehallWestminsterNorthMultipleIncludes the World War II-era underground Cabinet War Rooms and the Churchill Museum with exhibits about the life of British statesman Winston Churchill
Cinema MuseumLambethLambethSouth WestMediaHistory and artefacts of film making
Clarence HouseClarence house.jpgPall MallWestminsterNorthHistoric houseOfficial residence of The Prince of Wales, The Duchess of Cornwall and Prince Harry
Clink Prison MuseumClink-Blue-plaque.jpgSouthwarkSouthwarkSouth EastPrisonSite and history of the notorious prison in use from the 12th century to 1780
Clockmakers' MuseumLondon Guildhall.jpgBassishawCity of LondonNorth EastHorologyClocks, watches and other horological items, located in the Guildhall
Couper CollectionBatterseaWandsworthSouth WestArtFloating art museum on barges
Courtauld GallerySomerset House, Strand.jpgStrandWestminsterNorthArtPart of the University of London, located in Somerset House, features Old Masters and Impressionist paintings
Crime MuseumWestminsterNorthLaw enforcementHistory, artefacts and crime memorabilia of Scotland Yard, not open to the public
Crofton Roman VillaOrpingtonBromleySouth EastArchaeologyRemains of a Roman villa
Crossness Pumping StationPrince Consort, Crossness Pumping Station.jpgCrossnessBexleySouth EastTechnologyVictorian sewage pumping station with preserved steam engines
Crystal Palace MuseumCrystal PalaceBromleySouth EastHistorywebsite, history and memorabilia of The Crystal Palace
Cubitt GalleryFinsburyIslingtonNorthArt
Cuming MuseumSouthwark vestry hall.jpgWalworthSouthwarkSouth EastLocalLocal history, culture; small collection of Ancient Egyptian objects. Closed since March 2013 due to fire damage.
Cutty Sark MuseumThe Cutty Sark 2005-01-24.jpgGreenwichGreenwichSouth EastMaritimeMid-19th century clipper, museum ship currently under restoration
Danson HouseDanson Mansion.jpgDanson ParkBexleySouth EastHistoric house18th century Georgian house
De Morgan CentreWandsworthWandsworthSouth WestArtLate 19th and early 20th century ceramics by William De Morgan, and paintings by his wife, the painter Evelyn De Morgan, reopened to the public on Thursday 15 September 2011
Dennis Severs' House18 Folgate Street (Night).jpgSpitalfieldsTower HamletsNorth EastLivingEnactments of life in the 18th and 19th centuries
Design MuseumDesign Museum.jpgShad ThamesSouthwarkSouth EastArtProduct, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design
Dr Johnson's HouseGoughSquare-No.17.jpgCity of LondonCity of LondonNorth EastHistoric house18th-century townhouse home of 18th-century English writer Samuel Johnson
Down HouseONBDOWNhouse.jpgDowneBromleySouth EastHistoric houseOperated by English Heritage, home of naturalist Charles Darwin where he wrote "On the Origin of Species"
Dulwich Picture GalleryDulwich-picture-gallery-interior.JPGDulwichSouthwarkSouth EastArtCollection of European Old Masters, mostly of the 17th and 18th centuries
Eastbury Manor HouseEastbury Manor House.jpgBarkingBarking and DagenhamNorth EastHistoric houseOwned by the National Trust, 16th century Tudor gentry house, local history displays
Eltham PalaceEltham palace exterior.jpgElthamGreenwichSouth EastHistoric houseOperated by English Heritage, 1930s Art Deco house with medieval Great Hall
Estorick Collection of Modern Italian ArtCanonburyIslingtonNorthArtModern Italian art
Fan MuseumGreenwichGreenwichSouth EastFashionArt and craft of the fan
Fashion and Textile MuseumBermondsey fashion museum 1.jpgBermondseySouthwarkSouth EastFashionFashions, textiles and jewellery, both historic and contemporary
Fenton HouseFenton House Hampstead front February 2006.jpgHampsteadCamdenNorthHistoric houseOperated by the National Trust, 17th century merchant's house, features collections of early keyboard instruments, paintings, porcelain, needlework pictures and Georgian furniture
Firepower: The Royal Artillery MuseumGatling gun 1865.jpgWoolwichGreenwichSouth EastMilitaryHistory and artefacts of the Royal Regiment of Artillery and the Royal Arsenal, collections of historic and modern weapons
Florence Nightingale MuseumLambethLambethSouth WestMedicalLife and nursing work of Florence Nightingale
Forty Hall MuseumFortyHall2.jpgForty HillEnfieldNorthMultipleLocal history, 17th and 18th century ceramics and pottery, 19th and 20th century china, glassware
Foundling MuseumFoundling Museum -Brunswick Square -London -15July2009.jpgBloomsburyCamdenNorthMultipleHistory of the Foundling Hospital, Britain's first home for abandoned children, art by many of Britain's most prominent 18th-century artists, 18th-century period rooms, room on composer George Frideric Handel and his connection to the hospital
Francis Skaryna Belarusian Library and MuseumNorth FinchleyBarnetNorthCulturalCollection of material relating to the history of Belarus
Freud MuseumFreud Museum London 2.jpgHampsteadCamdenNorthHistoric houseHome of Dr. Sigmund Freud, features his study, exhibits on his life and works, collection of Ancient Egyptian artifacts, contemporary art and Freud-themed exhibitions
Fulham PalaceFulham Palace, Bishop's Park. - geograph.org.uk - 27849.jpgFulhamHammersmith and FulhamWestHistoric houseMedieval former residence of the Bishop of London, also art gallery
Galton CollectionBloomsburyCamdenNorthMedicalPart of the University College London, open by appointment only, scientific instruments, papers, and personal memorabilia of Sir Francis Galton
Garden MuseumLondon garden museum -20 garden and church.JPGLambethLambethSouth WestGardeningTools and artefacts related to ornamental gardening
Garrick's Temple to ShakespeareGarrick memorial to Shakespeare - geograph.org.uk - 16896.jpgHamptonRichmond upon ThamesSouth WestBiographical18th century folly built by actor David Garrick to celebrate the genius of William Shakespeare, includes display on Garrick's life and acting career
Geffrye MuseumLondon - Geffrye Museum.jpgShoreditchHackneyNorthArt and historic houseChanging style of the English domestic interior in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day. Also historic alms house.
Golden HindFrancis-drake-galleon-southwark-london-uk.jpgBanksideSouthwarkSouth EastMaritimeReplica museum ship of the 16th century galleon used by Sir Francis Drake
Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative AnatomyBloomsburyCamdenNorthNatural historyPart of the University College London, skeletons, taxidermy, entomology and specimens preserved in fluid
Museum of Great Ormond Street Hospital for ChildrenGreat Ormond Street Hospital.jpgBloomsburyCamdenNorthMedicalOpen by appointment, history of the hospital, collection of rare & multi-national book editions of Peter Pan
Greenwich Heritage CentreWoolwichGreenwichSouth EastLocalLocal history, culture, Royal Arsenal and the Royal Woolwich Dockyard
Greenwich Visitor CentreGreenwichGreenwichSouth EastHistoryAlso known as Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre, history of the World Heritage Site, its builders and buildings, maritime heritage, local history
Guards MuseumGuards museum armoured car 1.jpgWestminsterNorthMilitaryHistory, artefacts and memorabilia of the five regiments of Foot Guards: the Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards, and Welsh Guards
Guildhall Art GalleryGuildhall Art Gallery.jpgBassishawCity of LondonNorth EastArtLocated in the Guildhall, collection includes art and cultural artefacts about London, Victorian-era works, remains of a Roman amphitheatre in the basement
Gunnersbury Park MuseumThe Large Mansion at Gunnersbury ed.JPGActonHounslowWestLocalLocal history of Hounslow and Ealing boroughs, archaeology, costume, fine art, ceramics, also Edwardian era kitchen rooms
Hackney MuseumHackney museum.jpgHackneyHackneyNorthLocalwebsite, local history, culture
Hall PlaceHallPlace.jpgCrayfordBexleySouth EastHistoric house16th & 17th century former stately home, exhibits from the Bexley Museum's collections including art, social history, natural history, geology, archaeology, Ancient Egypt, costumes, furniture
Ham HouseHam House 2007.jpgHamRichmond upon ThamesSouth WestHistoric houseOperated by the National Trust, 17th century grand house, fine interiors and historic gardens, collections of textiles and furniture
Hampton Court PalaceHampton Court Great Gatehouse.jpgHamptonRichmond upon ThamesSouth WestHistoric houseFormer royal palace, King Henry VIII exhibition, Tudor kitchen, Tudor-period living history programs, gardens, maze
Handel House MuseumLondon Handel House.jpgMayfairWestminsterNorthHistoric house18th century period townhouse, home of baroque composer George Frideric Handel
Harrow MuseumHeadstoneHarrowWestLocalLocal history, industry, archaeology
Hayward GalleryHayward-gallery-london I.jpgSouthbankLambethSouth WestArtPart of the Southbank Centre, contemporary art
HMS BelfastHms belfast.jpgSouthwarkSouthwarkSouth EastMaritimeOperated by the Imperial War Museum, originally a Royal Navy light cruiser and served during the Second World War and Korean War
Hogarth's HouseHogarths house 5832.JPGChiswickHounslowWestHistoric houseHome of the 18th-century English artist William Hogarth
Honeywood MuseumHoneywood House Carshalton.jpgCarshaltonSuttonSouth WestLocal17th-century house with details from different eras of ownership, local history exhibits
Honourable Artillery Company MuseumFinsburyIslingtonNorthMilitaryRegimental artefacts and memorabilia
Horniman MuseumHorniman Museum.jpgForest HillLewishamSouth EastMultipleMusical instruments, art, natural history, anthropology, African arts and culture, aquarium, gardens
Household Cavalry MuseumHorse guards 2004.jpgHorse Guards ParadeWestminsterNorthMilitaryRegimental artefacts and memorabilia of the Household Cavalry
House MillHouse Mill 2007.jpgBromley-by-BowNewhamNorth EastMill18th-19th century tidal mill
Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of SurgeonsRoyal College of Surgeons of England 1.jpgLincoln's Inn FieldsWestminsterNorthMedicalHunterian Collection of preserved anatomical specimens, history, artefacts and developments in surgery
ICANDOVictoriaWestminsterNorthScoutingwebsite, formerly the Girl Guide Heritage Centre, exhibits and activities about Girl Guides
Imperial War Museum LondonThe Imperial war museum.jpgSouthwarkSouthwarkSouth EastMilitaryWarfare in the 20th and 21st centuries
Inns of Court and City Yeomanry MuseumLincoln's InnWestminsterNorthMilitaryinformation, regimental history and artefacts of the Inns of Court and City Yeomanry
Institute of Archaeology CollectionsBloomsburyCamdenNorthArchaeologyPart of the University College London, open by appointment only, prehistoric ceramics and stone artefacts, Classical Greek and Roman ceramics
Institute of Contemporary ArtsThe ica 1.jpgThe MallWestminsterNorthArtMulti-disciplinary arts centre with exhibit galleries
Island History TrustIsle of DogsTower HamletsNorth EastLocalLocal history
Islington MuseumFinsburyIslingtonNorthLocalLocal history
Jewel TowerJewel Tower.jpgWestminsterNorthHistoryOperated by English Heritage, one of only two surviving sections of the medieval royal Palace of Westminster, includes an exhibition on the history of Parliament and the building
Jewish Military MuseumHendonBarnetNorthMilitaryJewish military contributions in Britain
Jewish Museum LondonJewish Museum London.jpgCamden TownCamdenNorthEthnicJewish culture, heritage and traditions in Britain, ceremonial art collection
Keats HouseKeats House.jpgHampsteadCamdenNorthHistoric houseEarly 19th century home of Romantic poet John Keats
Kelmscott House MuseumHammersmithHammersmith and FulhamWestArtLondon home of William Morris, exhibits of his designs
Kennel Club Art GalleryWestminsterNorthArtExhibits and collection of dog paintings, open by appointment
Kensington PalaceKensington Palace.jpgKensington GardensKensington and ChelseaWestHistoric houseRoyal residence
Kenwood HouseKenwood House.jpgHampsteadCamdenNorthHistoric houseOperated by English Heritage, 17th century former stately home, interiors by Robert Adam, features collection of Old Master paintings
Kew Bridge Steam Museum90 inch engine valves,Kew Bridge Steam Museum.jpgBrentfordHounslowWestTechnologyWater supply technology and a collection of water pumping steam engines, also operating narrow gauge railway
Kew PalaceKew Palace.jpgKewRichmond upon ThamesSouth WestHistoric houseFormer royal palace located within the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew
Kew Transport MuseumRichmondRichmond upon ThamesSouth WestTransportationinformation
Kingston MuseumKingston upon ThamesRichmond upon ThamesSouth WestLocalLocal history, Eadweard Muybridge gallery of photographs, exhibits of art, photography, culture
Kirkaldy Testing MuseumKirkaldy Testing Museum testing machine.jpgSouthwarkSouthwarkSouth EastTechnologyMaterials testing machines used by engineer David Kirkaldy
L-13 Light Industrial WorkshopClerkenwellIslingtonNorthArtContemporary art space
Lambeth Palace LibraryLambethLambethSouth WestLibraryExhibits from its collections of art, architecture, history
Landmark Arts CentreTeddingtonRichmondWestArtwebsite, arts centre with visual art gallery
Leighton House MuseumHolland ParkKensington and ChelseaWestArtVictorian house of painter Frederic, Lord Leighton, features paintings, sculpture, Middle Eastern tiles
Library and Museum of FreemasonryFreemasons' Hall, London.JPGHolbornCamdenNorthMasonicLibrary, artefacts and regalia of Freemasonry
Little Holland HouseLittle Holland House Notice.jpgCarshaltonSuttonSouth WestHistoric houseArts and Crafts home of the artist Frank Dickinson (1874–1961) with interior influenced by John Ruskin and William Morris
London Canal MuseumLondon Canal Museum TQ3083.jpgKings CrossIslingtonNorthTransportationHistory of London's canals
London Film MuseumLambethLambethSouth WestMediaProps, costumes, sets and artefacts from British films, history of moviemaking
London Fire Brigade MuseumSouthwarkSouthwarkSouth EastFirefightingOpen by appointment only, history of the London Fire Brigade, equipment, apparatus
London Motor MuseumHayesHillingdonWestTransportIncludes classic cars from the 1960s, '70s and '80s
London Motorcycle MuseumLondon Motorcycle Museum racing motorcycles.jpgGreenfordEalingWestTransportationOver 150 classic and British motorcycles
London Sewing Machine MuseumWimbledonMertonSouth WestTechnologywebsite, collection of sewing machines
London Transport MuseumLondon Transport Museum Covent Garden.jpgCovent GardenWestminsterNorthTransportationPublic transportation including the railway, underground, buses, memorabilia
Magic Circle MuseumCamdenNorthMagicMagic tricks, props, posters, artefacts, open by appointment
Mansion HouseMansion House London.jpgCity of LondonCity of LondonNorth EastHistoric houseGuided tours of the public rooms of the official residence of the Lord Mayor of the City of London, includes city regalia, 17th Century Dutch and Flemish paintings, gold and silver plate collections
Marble Hill HouseMarble Hill House-River(south)front.jpgRichmondRichmond upon ThamesSouth WestHistoric houseOperated by English Heritage, 18th century Palladian villa with Georgian interior
Markfield Beam Engine and MuseumMarkfield pumphouse.jpgTottenhamHaringeyNorthTechnologyVictorian 100 horsepower beam pumping engine
MCC MuseumSt John's WoodWestminsterNorthSportsHistory and memorabilia of cricketing, located at Lord's Cricket Ground
Mall GalleriesTrafalgar SquareWestminsterNorthArtGallery exhibits of the Federation of British Artists
Merton Heritage CentreMordenMertonSouth WestLocalwebsite, local history
Michael Faraday MuseumRoyal Institution.jpgMayfairWestminsterNorthScienceLocated at the Royal Institution, reconstruction of scientist Michael Faraday's 19th century laboratory
MOCA, LondonMOCA, LONDON.jpgPeckham RyeSouthwarkSouth EastContemporary ArtMuseum dedicated to Contemporary Art of varied media. Curated by Michael Petry
Morley GallerySouth BankLambethSouth WestArtPart of Morley College, exhibitions include painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, ceramics, textiles, installations, digital and sound art
Museum of Brands, Packaging and AdvertisingNotting HillKensington and ChelseaWestMediaAdvertising, packaging and brand memorabilia and artefacts, including domestic products, packaging, posters, toys and games
Museum of CroydonCroydonCroydonSouth WestLocalLocal history, culture, social history
Museum of Domestic Design and ArchitectureEnfieldNorthArt19th and 20th century decorative arts for the home including textiles and wallpaper, part of Middlesex University
Museum of Immigration and DiversitySpitalfieldsTower HamletsNorth EastHistoryImmigration and diversity in Britain, open on a limited basis
Museum of LondonMuseum of London.jpgBarbican EstateCity of LondonNorth EastHistoryCity's history, culture, archaeology
Museum of London DocklandsDocklands Museum, London E14.jpgIsle of DogsTower HamletsNorth EastMaritimeArea maritime, river and local history
Museum of RichmondRichmondRichmond upon ThamesSouth WestLocalLocal history, culture
Museum of the Order of St JohnSt John's Gate 2007 5.jpgClerkenwellIslingtonNorthReligiousHistory of the Order of St John and its medical care in the community
Museum of WimbledonWimbledonMertonSouth WestLocalwebsite, local history, culture
Musical MuseumThe Musical Museum, Brentford.jpgBrentfordHounslowWestMusicCollection of music boxes and automatic instruments
National Army MuseumNational Army Museum entrance.JPGChelseaKensington and ChelseaWestMilitaryHistory and artefacts of the British Army
National GalleryNational Gallery in September 2011.jpgTrafalgar SquareWestminsterNorthArtNational collection of Western European painting from the 13th century to 1900
National Maritime MuseumEH1211481 National Maritime Museum 10.JPGGreenwichGreenwichSouth EastMaritimeHistory of Britain at sea, includes maritime art, ship models and plans, scientific and navigational instruments, instruments for time-keeping and astronomy. Incorporates Greenwich Observatory and the Queen's House.
National Portrait GalleryLondon NPG.JPGTrafalgar SquareWestminsterNorthArtPortraits of historically important and famous British people
Natural History MuseumNatural History Museum London Jan 2006.jpgSouth KensingtonKensington and ChelseaWestNatural historyAlso includes the Geological Museum, collections focus is botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology.
The Newsroom - Guardian and Observer Archive and Visitor CentreGuardianNewsroom.jpgKings CrossIslingtonNorthMediaExhibitions from its collections
Nonsuch MansionCheamSuttonSouth WestHistoric house
Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb GarretOld-op-the-lond.jpgSouthwarkSouthwarkSouth EastMedical19th century operating theatre, herb garret and museum of surgery
Old Royal Naval CollegeUnited Kingdom - England - London - Greenwich - Old Royal Naval College.jpgGreenwichGreenwichSouth EastHistoric site
Old Speech Room Gallery and Museum, Harrow SchoolHarrowSchool-OldSchools-20051113.jpgHarrowHarrowWestArtEgyptian and Greek antiquities, English watercolours, Modern British paintings, sculpture, printed books and natural history
Orleans House GalleryTwickenhamRichmond upon ThamesSouth WestArtMunicipal art gallery, also the Stables Gallery
Osterley Park and HouseOsterley Park House, London-25June2009-rc.jpgIsleworthHounslowWestHistoric houseOperated by the National Trust, late 18th-century palace designed by Robert Adam, ornate interiors, gardens
Petrie Museum of Egyptian ArchaeologyPetrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology.jpgBloomsburyCamdenNorthArchaeologyArtifacts from Ancient Egypt, part of the University College London
Photographers' GallerySohoWestminsterNorthArtPhotography
Pitzhanger ManorPitzhanger.jpgEalingEalingWestHistoric houseAlso known as PM Gallery and House, manor designed by architect John Soane with PM Gallery for contemporary art, tours and information about the house
Polish Institute and Sikorski MuseumIPMS.jpgSouth KensingtonKensington and ChelseaWestMilitaryContributions of the Polish Armed Forces in the West in World War II
Pollock's Toy MuseumCamdenNorthToyToys, games, dolls, puppets, folk toys
Pumphouse Educational MuseumRotherhitheSouthwarkSouth EastLocalwebsite, includes the Rotherhithe Heritage Museum with local history and culture exhibits, and the Lavender Pond & Nature Park
Richard GreenNew Bond StreetWestminsterWestArtwebsite Fine Art London
Pushkin HouseBloomsburyCamdenNorthArtRussian art and culture
Queen Charlotte's CottageKew Gardens Queen Charlottes Cottage.jpgKewRichmond upon ThamesSouth WestHistoric houseLocated within the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 18th century rustic country retreat built for Queen Charlotte
Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting LodgeHunting Lodge Chingford.JPGChingfordWaltham ForestNorth EastHistoric housewebsite, Tudor hunting lodge
Queen's GalleryQueen's Gallery -1.jpgWestminsterNorthArtExhibitions of items from the Royal Collection, located at Buckingham Palace
Queen's HouseThe Queen's House, Greenwich.JPGGreenwichGreenwichSouth EastArtMarine art gallery of the National Maritime Museum
Ragged School MuseumTower HamletsNorth EastEducationHistory of the Victorian-era charity schools
Ranger's House (Wernher Collection)Rangers House Greenwich from Shooters Hill 20070819 20-09.jpgGreenwichGreenwichSouth EastArtOperated by English Heritage, Georgian villa with fine and decorative art collection, including silver and jewels, paintings and porcelain
Red HouseThe Red House, Bexleyheath.JPGBexleyheathBexleySouth EastHistoric houseOperated by the National Trust, 19th-century house commissioned, created and lived in by William Morris, founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement
Red Mansion FoundationPortland PlaceWestminsterNorthArtGallery exhibits of contemporary Chinese art
Redbridge MuseumIlford Central Library.JPGIlfordRedbridgeNorth EastLocalwebsite, local history, culture, located on the second floor of Ilford Central Library
Riesco GalleryCroydon clocktower.jpgCroydonCroydonSouth WestArtMunicipal art gallery with a collection of Chinese pottery and ceramics
Riverside GalleryRichmondRichmond upon ThamesSouth WestArtwebsite, municipal art gallery
Rose Theatre ExhibitionBanksideSouthwarkSouth EastArchaeologyExcavations of an Elizabethan theatre
Royal Academy of ArtsBurlington House.jpgPiccadillyWestminsterNorthArtLocated in Burlington House
Royal Academy of Music MuseumRoyal Academy of Music.jpgRegent's ParkWestminsterNorthMusicAlso known as York Gate Collections, includes musical instruments, archives, manuscripts and images
Royal Air Force MuseumRAF Museum London 053.jpgColindaleBarnetNorthAviationHistory of aviation and the British Royal Air Force
Royal Armouries, Tower of LondonArmour of William Somerset.003 - Tower of London.JPGTower HillTower HamletsNorth EastMilitaryArms and armour dating from the Middle Ages onwards
Royal Botanic Gardens, KewMarianne North Gallery 821.JPGKewRichmond upon ThamesSouth WestMultipleIncludes Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Marianne North Gallery, exhibits on plants and conservation
Royal College of Music Archives and Museum of InstrumentsRoyal College of Music - April 2007.jpgSouth KensingtonKensington and ChelseaWestMusicMusical instruments and accessories
Royal College of Physicians MuseumLasdun Royal College of Physicians front Dec 2005.jpgRegent's ParkCamdenNorthMedicalPortraits, silver, medical instruments and artefacts
Royal Fusiliers MuseumLondon tower royal fusiliers regimental museum 2005-05.jpgTower HillTower HamletsNorth EastMilitarywebsite, regimental history, uniforms, regalia, medals, weapons and memorabilia of the Royal Fusiliers, located at the Tower of London
Royal Hospital Chelsea MuseumRoyal-hospital-chel-fig.jpgChelseaKensington and ChelseaWestMilitaryMilitary artefacts and memorabilia, items related to The Duke of Wellington
Royal Institute of British Architects CollectionsMaryleboneWestminsterNorthArtExhibits of art, drawings, photographs about architecture from its collections
Royal London Hospital Archives and MuseumRoyal london.jpgWhitechapelTower HamletsNorth EastMedicalHistory of the hospital and medical care in the East End
Royal MewsGold state coach.jpgWestminsterNorthTransportationThe Queen's stables, features State vehicles including horse-drawn carriages and motor cars, and the Gold State Coach
Royal Military School of Music MuseumKneller Hall Whitton Feb 2006.jpgTwickenhamRichmond upon ThamesSouth WestMusicOpen by appointment, musical instruments, music, documents, prints, manuscripts, paintings and uniforms showing the history of military music
Royal Observatory, GreenwichRoyal observatory greenwich.jpgGreenwichGreenwichSouth EastHorologyPart of the National Maritime Museum, features astronomical and navigational tools, a planetarium
Royal Pharmaceutical Society MuseumLambethLambethSouth WestMedicalBritish pharmacy history, medicines and artefacts
St Bartholomew's Hospital MuseumBarts-main-entrance.jpgSmithfieldCity of LondonNorth EastMedicalHistory of the hospital and its work, historic surgical instruments, sculpture, medieval archives, works of art including paintings by William Hogarth
St Paul's CathedralSt Paul's Cathedral, London, England - Jan 2010.jpgLudgate HillCity of LondonNorth EastReligiousAnglican cathedral with religious art, sculpture, architecture, tombs, decorative arts
Saatchi GallerySaatchiGallery.jpgChelseaKensington and ChelseaWestArtContemporary art
Science MuseumScience Museum, Exhibition Road, London SW7 - geograph.org.uk - 1125595.jpgSouth KensingtonKensington and ChelseaWestScienceNational museum of science and technology, transportation, medicine, steam engines
Shakespeare’s Globe ExhibitionTheGlobe01 ST 02.jpgSouthwarkSouthwarkSouth EastTheatreBackstage tours and history of the theatre, costumes, music, theatrical effects, recreation of a 17th-century printing press
Sherlock Holmes Museum221B Baker Street, London - Sherlock Homes Museum.jpgRegent's ParkWestminsterNorthBiographicalDedicated to the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes
Shirley WindmillShirley Windmill.jpgShirleyCroydonSouth WestMillRestored mid-19th-century tower windmill
Showroom GalleryTower HamletsNorth EastArtContemporary art
Sir John Soane's MuseumSoane Museum 2.jpgHolbornWestminsterNorthArtFine art, architecture, antiquities, sculpture
Smythson Stationery MuseumWestminsterNorthinformation, small museum at back of the Smythson store with stationery products, old Christmas cards, wartime telegrams
Somerset HouseSomerset House.jpgStrandWestminsterNorthArtArts centre with gallery and Courtauld Gallery
Soseki Museum in LondonNatsume Soseki house Clapham.jpgClaphamCity of LondonNorth EastHistoric houseinformation, information, London home of Japanese author Natsume Sōseki
South London GalleryCamberwellSouthwarkSouth EastArtContemporary art
Southall Railway CentreSouthallEalingWestTransportationVintage steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock
Southside HouseWimbledonMertonSouth WestHistoric house17th century period house
Spencer HouseSpencer House.jpgSt James'sWestminsterNorthHistoric house18th-century mansion with restored state rooms and garden
Stephens CollectionFinchleyBarnetNorthBiographicalwebsite, life of Dr. Henry Stephens, inventor of an indelible blue-black ink, and his son Henry Charles Stephens, their ink company and local history
Strawberry HillStrawberry Hill House from garden in 2012 after restoration.jpgTwickenhamRichmond upon ThamesSouth WestHistoric houseGothic villa home of Horace Walpole
Sutton HouseSutton house hackney 2.jpgHackneyHackneyNorthHistoric houseOperated by the National Trust, 16th century Tudor house
Syon HouseSyon House West Aspect.JPGBrentfordHounslowWestHistoric houseFamily residence of the Duke of Northumberland, 18th-century house with interior by Robert Adam, collections of paintings and furniture, gardens, park
Tate BritainTate Britain (5822081512) (2).jpgMillbankWestminsterNorthArtNational collection of historical and contemporary British art
Tate ModernTate Modern viewed from Thames Pleasure Boat - geograph.org.uk - 307445.jpgBanksideSouthwarkSouth EastArtNational collection of modern art
Tower BridgeTower bridge London Twilight - November 2006.jpgTower HamletsNorth EastTechnologySteam engines, workings of the bridge
Tower of LondonArmour of William Somerset.003 - Tower of London.JPGTower HillTower HamletsNorth EastMultipleHistoric fortress, prison and former royal residence, includes the Royal Armouries, Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, regimental museum of the Royal Fusiliers
Twinings MuseumTwinings store.JPGStrandWestminsterNorthFoodHistory of Twinings, tea caddies and tea history
Twickenham MuseumTwickenhamRichmond upon ThamesSouth WestLocalwebsite, local history
Type MuseumBrixtonLambethSouth WestMediaCollection of typesetting equipment and artefacts, currently not open to the public
UCL Art MuseumUCL Flaxman Gallery and sculpture.jpgBloomsburyCamdenNorthArtwebsite, part of the University College London, exhibits in the Strang Print Room (South Cloisters)
UCL Geology CollectionsBloomsburyCamdenNorthNatural historywebsite, part of the University College London, rocks, minerals, fossils on display in the Rock Room, limited opening hours
Valence House MuseumValence House Museum.JPGDagenhamBarking and DagenhamNorth EastLocalLocal history, archeology, maritime and fishing industry, art
Valentines MansionIlford Central Library.JPGIlfordRedbridgeNorth EastHistoric houseCountry house with recreated Victorian kitchen and Georgian rooms, contemporary art exhibits, 18th-century gardens
Vestry House MuseumWalthamstowWaltham ForestNorth EastLocalLocal history, culture
Victoria and Albert MuseumFacade.7.jpgSouth KensingtonKensington and ChelseaWestMultipleNational collection of applied arts, includes ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs, theatre and performing arts, Asian art and decorative arts, architecture
V&A Museum of ChildhoodV&A Museum of Childhood.jpgBethnal GreenTower HamletsNorth EastToyToys, dolls, children's playtime and lives
Wallace CollectionWallace Collection first floor drawing room.jpgMaryleboneWestminsterNorthArtOld masters and decorative arts
Walthamstow Pump House Museum307123 Walthamstow Pump House Museum (1).jpgWalthamstowWaltham ForestNorth EastTransportationCurrently closed, will become the Lea Valley Experience, pioneering achievements in road, rail, air and sea transport in the River Lea valley from the early 19th century
Wandle Industrial MuseumMitchamMertonSouth WestIndustrywebsite, industries along the River Wandle
Wandsworth MuseumWandsworthWandsworthSouth WestLocalLocal history
Wellcome CollectionWellcome-110.JPGCamdenNorthMedicalMedical artefacts and original artworks exploring 'ideas about the connections between medicine, life and art', exhibits from the collections of the Wellcome Library
Wellington ArchWellington-Arch.JPGWestminsterNorthHistoryTriumphal arch with exhibits about its history
Wesley's Chapel, Museum of Methodism and John Wesley's HouseWesley's Chapel And Statue.jpgIslingtonNorthReligiousHistory of Methodism from its founding by John Wesley to the present
West Ham United MuseumUpton ParkNewhamNorth EastSportsHistory and memorabilia of West Ham United
Westminster Abbey MuseumTombeau @.jpgWestminsterWestminsterNorthReligiousRoyal and other funeral effigies, religious artefacts
Westminster Dragoons MuseumFulhamHammersmith and FulhamWestMilitaryRegimental artefacts, regalia and memorabilia
White Lodge Museum and Ballet Resource CentreWhite Lodge.jpgRichmondRichmond upon ThamesSouth WestBalletHistory of the Royal Ballet School, daily life of its students, history and development of Classical ballet, history of White Lodge, visits by appointment
Whitechapel GalleryThe Whitechapel Gallery.jpgWhitechapelTower HamletsNorth EastArtContemporary art
WhitehallWhitehall, Cheam - geograph.org.uk - 32986.jpgCheamSuttonSouth WestHistoric houseTudor house with elements from different eras
Whitewebbs Museum of TransportEnfieldEnfieldNorthTransportationwebsite, cars, trucks, motorcycles, model railway
William Morris GalleryWilliam Morris Gallery Walthamstow.jpgWalthamstowWaltham ForestNorth EastArtArts and Crafts movement furniture, textiles, ceramics and glass
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis MuseumWimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum (485259229).jpgWimbledonMertonSouth WestSportsHistory of tennis
Wimbledon Windmill MuseumWimbledon Windmill.jpgWimbledonMertonSouth WestMill19th century windmill, exhibits on its history and other windmills
Women's LibraryTower HamletsNorth EastLibraryPart of London Metropolitan University, exhibits on women's history, culture and issues from its collections
World Rugby MuseumTwickenhamRichmond upon ThamesSouth WestSportsRugby union history and the England national rugby union team, players, memorabilia, history of Twickenham Stadium

Defunct museums[edit]

Visitor figures[edit]

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) publishes monthly visitor figures [1] for the public sector museums and galleries which it sponsors, which include most of the leading museums in London. The most popular London museum in the private sector is The Sherlock Holmes Museum. The totals of the financial year to 31 March 2008 were as follows:

Note: Tate Modern and Tate Britain are on separate sites two miles apart, but the DCMS only publishes a single combined visitor figure for them. Tate Modern is widely reported to attract the more visitors of the two, but it is not clear whether it received more visitors than the British Museum on its own.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bishop, Tom (29 April 2004). "Museums count cost of going free". BBC News. British Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  2. ^ Russell, Ben (18 June 2007). "Why museums must stay free". The Independent online. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  3. ^ Lister, David (18 June 2007). "Why recall for a rethink on Labours one cultural success". The Independent online. Retrieved 26 March 2009. 
  4. ^ http://www.erithmuseum.org.uk/ Erith Museum, Museum Now Closed, accessed 06-03-10

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