London Museums

London is home to some of the greatest museums in the world, and in most cases, the 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

Open daily 10:00 – 17:30

Fridays until 20:30


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

Open daily 10:00-18:00

Fridays until 21:00


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



Open daily 10:00 -18:00

Thursday, Friday until 21:00

NPG P337; Queen Elizabeth II by Yousuf Karsh

Yousef Karsh, Queen Elizabeth II, 1951


Victoria and Albert Museum

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

Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL

10:00 – 17:45 daily

Fridays until 22:00

ardabil carpet

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

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




fragonard the swing

Fragonard, The Swing, 1767


Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road

open daily 10:00 -17:50

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



The Tates

Comprising Tate Britain, Tate Modern, and Tate Liverpool.

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


London SW1P 4RG

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.


London SE1 9TG

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


Some other museums you might like to check out include: The Freud Museum, The Foundling Museum, The Wellcome Collection, The Charles Dickens Museum, The Geffrye Museum, Handel & Hendrix in London, The National Maritime Museum, The Imperial War Museum, The Cartoon Museum, Museum of London Docklands, London Transport Museum, Black Cultural Archives, The Courtauld Gallery, The Whitechapel Gallery, The V&A Childhood Museum, The Sherlock Holmes Museum, Museum of Brands, The Jewish Museum, Keats House… and of course The Museum of London.