London Museums

London is home to some of the greatest museums in the world, and admission is free.

There are charges for some exhibitions, but general entrance will cost you nothing. Try to make a small donation if you can spare it, as museum budgets keep getting cut!

Here’s a list of museums’ websites, opening hours and collection highlights.

The British Museum

 

An enormous collection spanning the globe from prehistoric to the present.

Great Russell Street, WC1B 3DG

 http://www.britishmuseum.org

Open daily 10:00 – 17:30

Fridays until 20:30

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Ptolemaic, Egyptian, The Rosetta Stone, 196 BCE

 

The National Gallery

Contains the nation’s collection of European art from medieval to modern.

Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN

http://www.nationalgallery.org.uk

Open daily 10:00-18:00

Fridays until 21:00

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Thomas Gainsborough, Mr and Mrs Andrews, 1750

 

 

National Portrait Gallery

Dedicated to the art of the portrait, it is a great place to get a sense of who is considered important in modern Britain.

St Martin’s Place

London

WC2H 0HE

http://www.npg.org.uk

Open daily 10:00 -18:00

Thursday, Friday until 21:00

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Yousef Karsh, Queen Elizabeth II, 1951

 

Victoria and Albert Museum

Dedicated to art and design, the V&A contains sculpture, textiles, paintings, jewelry, ceramics, silver, prints, photographs, and the National Art Library.

Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

www.vam.ac.uk

10:00 – 17:45 daily

Fridays until 22:00

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Maqsud Kashani, Iran, Ardabil carpet, made for shrine of Shaykh Safi al-Din, ca. 1530s

 

 

Sir John Soane’s Museum

 

The architect’s home and collection, displayed in his former townhouse.

13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London

http://www.soane.org

Tuesday – Saturday 10:00-5:00

Open late on first Tuesday of every month for candlelight viewing from 6:00-9:00 pm. Extremely popular, you will have to wait in a very long line, but it is worth it.

 

William_Hogarth_022William Hogarth’s A Rake’s Progress, 1733.

 

The Wallace Collection

Wonderful collection of bronzes, paintings and furniture, displayed in the family home of the Marquesses of Hertford.

Hertford House

Manchester Square

London

W1U 3BN

http://www.wallacecollection.org

 

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Fragonard, The Swing, 1767

 

Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road

open daily 10:00 -17:50

http://www.nhm.ac.uk

In a wonderful 19th century building, has everything from stuffed bisons to casts of dinosaurs.

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The Tates

http://www.tate.org.uk

Comprising Tate Britain, Tate Modern, and Tate Liverpool.

Tate Britain displays the national collection of British art from 1500 to the present day.

Millbank

London SW1P 4RG

http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-britain

10:00-18:00 daily

 

The Cholmondeley Ladies circa 1600-10 by British School 17th century 1600-1699

British school, 17th century, The Cholmondeley Ladies c. 1600

 

 

Tate Modern is the home of international art from ca. 1900 to the present and its displays are thematic.

Bankside

London SE1 9TG

http://www.tate.org.uk/visit/tate-modern

Sunday-Thursday, 10:00 -18:00

Friday, Saturday, 10:00 – 22:00

 

Emma Dipper 1977 by Sir Anthony Caro born 1924

 

Anthony Caro, Emma Dipper, 1977