Free Museums in London

There are many amazing museums in London with no entry charge; both major world class museums and lesser-known quirky museums. Many of these are open 7 days a week (including public/bank holidays).

Whether you are here on vacation or live in London permanently, this page will provide you with an endless array of museums you can visit for free.

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The Museum of London

The Museum of London is one of the world's largest urban history museums and cares for over two million objects in its collection. The Museum holds the largest archaeological archive in Europe of this wealth of information.

The Museum of London has nine permanent free galleries, which explore the story of London from prehistoric times to the present day.

The galleries include; London before London, Roman London, Medieval London, Medieval Gallery, War Plague & Fire, Expanding City: 1666-1850s, People's City: 1850s-1940s, World City: 1950s-today, The City Gallery, The Sackler Hall.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:

Closed 24 to 26 December

Location: 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

The Museum of London


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The British Museum

The British Museum is one of the worlds greatest museums, showcasing the works of human history and culture from prehistoric to modern times.

The British Museum was founded in 1753, the first national public museum in the world. From the beginning it granted free admission to all 'studious and curious persons'. Visitor numbers have grown from around 5,000 a year in the eighteenth century to nearly 6 million today.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:

The Museum is closed on 1 January, 24, 25, 26 December. The Great Court: Saturday to Thursday, 9am-6pm, Friday 9am-8.30pm (except Good Friday).

Location: Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

The British Museum


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Royal Air Force Museum London

Opened in 1972 by Her Majesty the Queen and situated on the historic site of Hendon's London Aerodrome in Colindale, our North London Museum is the only London attraction to house over 100 aircraft from around the world including some very early aircraft designs through to the latest modern day jets and military aircraft.

With free admission plus free interactive and fun activities, including 3D Cinema and Our Finest Hour, this London museum offers entertaining and educational days out for all the family just 30 minutes from Central London.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:

Sunday and Bank Holidays: Closed (last entry 5:30pm)

Location: Grahame Park Way, London NW9 5LL

Royal Air Force Museum London


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Museum of London Docklands

From Roman settlement to Docklands' regeneration, this former sugar warehouse reveals the long history of London as a port through stories of trade, migration and commerce

You can find all sorts of objects from whale bones to World War II gas masks, and galleries including Sailortown, an atmospheric recreation of 19th century riverside London; and London, Sugar & Slavery, which reveals the part the capital played in the transatlantic slave trade.

With ancient finds, unusual objects, fascinating tours and walks, as well as an extensive archive and library, the Museum of London Docklands is one of the capital's hidden gems.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times: (including bank holidays) Closed: 24 to 26 December

Location: Museum of London Docklands, No.1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Canary Wharf, London E14 4AL

Museum of London Docklands


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The Museum of Childhood

The Museum of Childhood is a collection of childhood-related objects and artefacts, spanning the 1600s to the present day. There's lots of things for families and adults to do every day at the Museum.

The collection includes toys - including dolls, dolls' houses, puppets and teddy bears - games, childcare, clothing, furniture and art and photography. In addition, the Museum runs a dynamic programme of temporary exhibitions and displays, a wide variety of activities, events and workshops for adults and families, outreach projects in hospitals and the local community, and an award-winning programme for schools.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:

Closed 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January every year

Location: Cambridge Heath Road, London E2 9PA »

The Museum of Childhood


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The Natural History Museum

The Natural History museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:

Opne Bank Holidays, vut closed 24-26 December.

Location: Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD »

The Natural History Museum


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The Science Museum

The Science Museum was founded in 1857 as part of the South Kensington Museum, and gained independence in 1909. Today the Museum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:

Open bank holidays except 24 to 26 December. Last entry 5:15pm

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

The Science Museum


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The National Army Museum

Visit the National Army Museum and find out how Britain's past has helped to shape the present and the future. Discover the impact the British Army has had on the story of Britain, Europe and the world, and see how the actions of a few can affect the futures of many.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times: (including bank holidays), closed 24 - 26 December & 01 January.

Location: Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, London SW3 4HT »

The National Army Museum


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Victoria and Albert Museum

As the world's leading museum of art and design, the V&A enriches people's lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times: and (Closed 24, 25 and 26 December)

Location: Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL »

Victoria and Albert Museum


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The National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum is the world's largest maritime museum, filled with inspirational stories of discovery and adventure at sea. Explore the vast collection and steer a ship into port and fire a cannon at a dastardly pirate ship.

The National Maritime Museum comprises three sites: the Maritime Galleries, the Royal Observatory and the Queen's House. Together these constitute one museum working to illustrate for everyone the importance of the sea, ships, time and the stars and their relationship with people.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times: (including bank holidays)

Location: Park Row, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF »

The National Maritime Museum


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The Ragged School Museum

The Ragged School Museum is housed in a group of three canalside buildings which once formed the largest "ragged" or free school in London.

The museum was founded to make the history of the Ragged Schools and the broader social history of the East End accessible to all. Within the original buildings, an authentic Victorian Classroom has been set up where each year some 14,000 children experience a school lesson as it would have been taught more than 100 years ago.

The museum has several gallery areas, a reconstructed Victorian Classroom and a Victorian East End Kitchen displaying its own collection of historical artefacts, all designed for hands-on inspection. This is a museum where you can sit at the school desks, use the tin bath and experience what life was like for the Victorian poor of the East End of London.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:

Location: 46-50 Copperfield Road, London E3 4RR »

The Ragged School Museum


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The Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection is a national museum which displays the wonderful works of art collected in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. It was bequeathed to the British nation by Sir Richard's widow, Lady Wallace, in 1897.

Displayed at Hertford House, the main London townhouse of its former owners, the Wallace Collection presents its outstanding collections in a sumptuous but approachable manner which is an essential part of its charm.

It is probably best known for its paintings by artists such as Titian, Rembrandt, Hals (The Laughing Cavalier) and Velèzquez and for its superb collections of eighteenth-century French paintings, porcelain, furniture and gold boxes, probably the best to be found anywhere outside France.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:

Open 7 days a week, including bank holidays, (except 24-26 December).

Location: Hertford House, Manchester Square, London W1U 3BN »

The Wallace Collection


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The Chocolate Museum

The Chocolate Museum is an independent museum located in the vibrant area of Brixton.

There are some amazing old images on the wall, some great chocolate moulds, some beautiful chocolate boxes and great images. Sculptures of cocoa goddesses, who the Mayans and Aztecs praised, sit pensively in glass cabinets.

It is a budding organization, half-exhibit and half-shop, that adds another element to chocolate lovers' obsession with the food: the history.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times: and

Location: 187 Ferndale Road, Brixton, London SW9 »

The Chocolate Museum


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The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

The Petrie Museum houses an estimated 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world.

It illustrates life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through the time of the pharaohs, the Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic periods to the Islamic period.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times: (closed over Christmas and New Year, Easter and public holidays).

Location: Malet Place, London WC1E 6BT »

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology


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The Grant Museum of Zoology

The Grant Museum is the only remaining university zoological museum in London. It houses around 67,000 specimens, covering the whole Animal Kingdom. Founded in 1828 as a teaching collection, the Museum is packed full of skeletons, mounted animals and specimens preserved in fluid.

Many of the species are now endangered or extinct including the Tasmanian Tiger or Thylacine, the Quagga, and the Dodo.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:

Location: Rockefeller Building, University College London, 21 University Street London WC1E 6DE »

The Grant Museum of Zoology


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The Charterhouse

The Charterhouse has been living the nation's history since 1348. In that time it has served as a monastery, private mansion, boys school and an almshouse, which it remains to this day.

The Charterhouse is custodian of a wide range of historic objects which have been acquired over the course of its 660 year history. Over the years they have amassed a rich body of historic museum, archive and library material most of which is cared for and displayed on-site.

The Charterhouse gardens have been designed in an English country garden style featuring roses, herbaceous borders, ancient mulberry trees and a small pond.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:

The museum will be closed 24-26 December and 1 January.

Location: The Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square London EC1M 6AN »

The Charterhouse


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Imperial War Museum

IWM is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day.

IWM seeks to provide for, and to encourage, the study and understanding of the history of modern war and 'wartime experience'.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:

The museum will be closed 24, 25 and 26 December

Location: IWM London, Lambeth Road London SE1 6HZ »

Imperial War Museum


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Sir John Soane's Museum

Sir John Soane's Museum is a historic house, museum and library of distinguished 19th century architect Sir John Soane.

At Soane's request, the house has been left untouched since his death - almost 180 years ago.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:

The museum will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day. Open all other bank holidays 10:00 - 17:00

Location: IWM London, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields London WC2A 3BP »

Sir John Soane's Museum


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Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection is a free museum and library exploring health, life and our place in the world.

Through exhibitions, collections, live programming, digital, broadcast and publishing, Wellcome Collection creates opportunities for people to think deeply about the connections between science, medicine, life and art.

Wellcome Collection makes thought provoking content that encourages everyone to reflect on what it means to be human.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:


The museum will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day. Galleries are open on bank holidays.

Location: Wellcome Collection, 183 Euston Road London NW1 2BE »

Wellcome Collection


William Morris Gallery

Discover Britain's most inspiring designer. The only public museum devoted to the life and legacy of William Morris: designer, craftsman, socialist.

The Gallery promises you and your family beautiful exhibitions, exciting activities and the chance to see their world class collection.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:

The museum will be closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day & New Year's Day.

Location: Lloyd Park, Forest Road London E17 4PP »

William Morris Gallery


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Burgh House & Hampstead Museum

Nestled in the picturesque, cobbled streets of Hampstead Village, and just minutes from Hampstead Heath, Burgh House is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of London.

This beautiful Queen Anne-era gem is steeped in over 300 years of history. Burgh House was used as a private residence for much of its life.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:

Location: Burgh House, New End Square London NW3 1LT »

Burgh House & Hampstead Museum


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The Faraday Museum

Explore the world-changing science of the Royal Institute since 1799 in the Faraday Museum.

With displays spread across three floors, the stuff of science is woven throughout the Ri building. In fact, wherever you go, you'll discover the instruments and people that have made science work for the last two hundred years.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:

Location: The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street London W1S 4BS »

The Faraday Museum


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The Museum of the Order of St John

The unique and fascinating story of an ancient religious military Order, from its origins caring for sick pilgrims in eleventh century Jerusalem, through to its modern-day role with St John Ambulance, the international first aid charity.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:
Sunday 10am - 5pm (July, August and September only)

Location: St John's Gate, St John's Lane London EC1M 4DA »

The Museum of the Order of St John


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The British Dental Museum

The British Dental Museum has approximately 25,000 items that reflect the development of the dental profession in the UK.

Spanning the 17th century to the present day, the highlights of the collection include dental chairs, dentures, drills, oral hygiene products, and of course Waterloo teeth.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times: and

Location: BDA, 64 Wimpole Street London W1G 8YS »

The British Dental Museum


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Horniman Museum and Gardens

Horniman Museum and Gardens has been open since Victorian times, when Frederick John Horniman first opened his house and extraordinary collection of objects to visitors.

Since then, the collection has grown tenfold and includes internationally important collections of anthropology and musical instruments, as well as an acclaimed aquarium, a Butterfly House and natural history collection.

Unusually for such an important Museum, you can see our collection up-close and face-to-face. You can even pick up, try on and play with some of the objects.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:

Location: 100 London Road London SE23 3PQ »

The Horniman Museum and Gardens


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Bank of England Museum

The Bank of England Museum has a unique selection of displays and exhibits, covering our role in maintaining monetary and financial stability through to our banknote gallery and gold vaults.

Discover the history of the Bank, its buildings, and the people who have shaped it over more than 300 years.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:

Location: Bartholomew Lane London EC2R 8AH »

Bank of England Museum


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The Old Royal Naval College

The centrepiece of the Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, the classical buildings of the Old Royal Naval College were designed by England's greatest architects and are considered amongst the finest in Europe.

Featuringing the sumptuous Painted Hall and the neo-classical Chapel, the site has seen a variety of uses, as Greenwich Palace, the Royal Naval Hospital of Seamen and then the Royal Naval College.

Entry Cost: Free

Opening times:

Location: King William Walk London SE10 9NN »

The Old Royal Naval College