Top 10 museums in London

Find a wealth of fantastic art and fascinating artefacts in London's top museums.

London is a real treat for museum lovers and museums are a popular destination among London's many attractions. There are hundreds to choose from, including the British Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Below is a list of London's top museums (in no particular order). Many are free, so it won't cost you a penny to see all that they have to offer. Work out how to find them all London Attractions Map.

British Museum

The world-famous British Museum exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times, from around the world. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection. Free entry.

Design Museum

The Design Museum is the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form: from furniture to graphics, and architecture to industrial design. Check out the regular exhibitions dedicated to the rich creativity found in all forms of design, and its importance to our world. Free entry.

Imperial War Museum

Discover the stories of those who lived, fought and died in conflict from the First World War to the present at the Imperial War Museum. Learn about life at home and on the front during WW1 at the First World War Galleries, examine the role of the United Nations, and visit the acclaimed Holocaust Exhibition. Free entry.

London Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum hosts exhibitions connecting transport with the social and cultural history of London. Inside you'll find more than 80 vehicles spanning 200 years of London's history, including a red Routemaster bus and the world's first Underground steam train. There are some great posters and artwork too! Tickets from £16.

Museum of London

The Museum of London is the world's largest urban museum, packed with historic objects and exhibitions telling the story of London's past. Discover prehistoric London, the city under Roman rule, and the grandeur of medieval London. Don't miss the new Galleries of Modern London, from 1666 to the present. Free entry.  

Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum. Photo: Jon Reid

As well as the permanent (and permanently fascinating!) dinosaur exhibition, the Natural History Museum boasts a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world. See a life-sized blue whale, a 40-million-year-old spider, and the beautiful Central Hall. Free entry.

Royal Museums Greenwich

Visit the Royal Museums Greenwich and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this UNESCO's World Heritage site. The complex includes the National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House, the Royal Observatory (incorporating the Peter Harrison Planetarium) and the spectacular tea clipper Cutty Sark.

Science Museum

From the future of space travel to asking that difficult question: "who am I?", the Science Museum makes your brain perform Olympic-standard mental gymnastics. See, touch and experience the major scientific advances of the last 300 years; and don't forget the awesome Imax cinema. Free entry.

Victoria and Albert Museum

The V&A celebrates art and design with 3,000 years' worth of amazing artefacts from around the world. A real treasure trove of goodies, you never know what you'll discover next: furniture, paintings, sculpture, metalwork and textiles. Free entry.

Bank of England Museum

Unveil the fascinating history of the Bank of England, from its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the nation's central bank. Step into the Bank of England Museum's impressive building and explore the unique collection of banknotes and coins. There's even a true gold bar you can touch! Free entry.

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