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London has a range of the most important museums in the world. This is also the city in the world that has the largest number of galleries and art museums per capita. Museums are found in all areas: art, science, history, recreation, etc. Here are a few examples among the best known: the British Museum (history and human culture museum), the National Gallery (art museum), Tate Modern (Museum of Contemporary Art), Victoria and Albert Museum (museum of British history), the Natural History Museum.

Name

  • District/ward
  • Borough
  • Region
  • Type
  • Summary

2 Willow Road

  • Hampstead
  • Camden
  • North
  • Historic house
  • Operated by the National Trust, modernist terrace house designed by Ernő Goldfinger, features a significant collection of 20th century art

7 Hammersmith Terrace

  • Hammersmith
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • West
  • Historic house
  • Former home of Emery Walker, friend and mentor to William Morris, house features Arts and Crafts style interior

18 Stafford Terrace

  • Holland Park
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • West
  • Historic house
  • Also known as Linley Sambourne House, home of the Victorian Punch cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne, features much of his work

491 Gallery

  • Leytonstone
  • Waltham Forest
  • North East
  • Art
  • Art and social centre

575 Wandsworth Road

  • Clapham
  • Lambeth
  • South
  • Historic house
  • Operated by the National Trust, 18th century terrace house with interiors designed by Kenyan poet and civil servant Khadambi Asalache

Age Exchange Reminiscence Centre

  • Blackheath
  • Greenwich
  • South East
  • History
  • 20th century everyday artefacts and memorabilia, includes 1930s shop, clothing, wartime memorabilia[4]

Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum

  • Paddington
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Medical
  • Located 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 Museum

  • Tower
  • City of London
  • North East
  • Religious
  • Saxon-period Anglican church, museum of church’s history, including Roman and Saxon artefacts, historic religious artefacts

Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

  • Fitzrovia
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Medical
  • History of anaesthesia and the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland

Apsley House

  • Hyde Park Corner
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Historic house
  • Operated 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 Museum

  • Holloway
  • Islington
  • North
  • Sports
  • History and memorabilia of the Arsenal F.C.

artsdepot

  • Finchley
  • Barnet
  • North
  • Art
  • Arts centre with exhibit gallery

Baden-Powell House Exhibition

  • South Kensington
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • West
  • Biographical
  • History of Lord Baden-Powell, the founder of Scouting

Bank of England Museum

  • City of London
  • City of London
  • North East
  • Numismatic
  • History of the Bank and its activities, banknotes and coins, books and documents, pictures, furniture, statues, silver

Bankside Gallery

  • Bankside
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Art
  • Educational charity, home to the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers

Banqueting House, Whitehall

  • Whitehall
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Historic house
  • 17th century ornate building used for entertaining, designed by Inigo Jones, only remaining component of the Palace of Whitehall

Barbican Centre

  • Barbican Estate
  • City of London
  • North East
  • Art
  • Arts centre and gallery

Barnet Museum

  • Barnet
  • Barnet
  • North
  • Local
  • Local history, costumes, domestic items, lace

Battle of Britain Bunker

  • Uxbridge
  • Hillingdon
  • West
  • History
  • Museum and restored underground operations room at formerly used by No. 11 Group Fighter Command during World War II

Battle of Britain Museum

  • Stanmore
  • Harrow
  • West
  • History
  • Museum 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 House

  •  
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Historic house
  • 18th-century house where Benjamin Franklin lived for 16 years, exhibits on his life, science activities

Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum of Art

  • St John’s Wood
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Art
  • Jewish art

Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum

  • Beckenham
  • Bromley
  • South East
  • Medical
  • Art by patients and historic artefacts

Boston Manor House

  • Boston Manor
  • Hounslow
  • West
  • Historic house
  • 17th century Jacobean manor house

Brent Museum

  • Willesden
  • Brent
  • West
  • Local
  • Located in the Willesden Green Library Centre, local history and culture, formerly the “Grange Museum of Community History”[5]

British Airways Heritage Centre

  • Hatton
  • Hounslow
  • West
  • Aviation
  • History and memorabilia of British Airways, including uniforms, aircraft models and pictures, posters and photographs[6]

British Dental Association Museum

  •  
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Medical
  • History of dental care in the United Kingdom

British Library

  • St Pancras
  • Camden
  • North
  • Library
  • Changing exhibits of art, history and culture from its collections

British Museum

  • Bloomsbury
  • Camden
  • North
  • Multiple
  • Art, decorative arts, archaeology, antiquities from Ancient Egypt, Rome, Greece and the Middle East, coins, galleries on Africa, North America, Mexico, Asia

British Music Experience

  • Greenwich
  • Greenwich
  • South East
  • Music
  • History of the British music industry since 1944, located in the O2 Bubble

British Optical Association Museum

  • Charing Cross
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Medical
  • History of eye care

British Postal Museum and Archive

  • Clerkenwell
  • Islington
  • North
  • Philatelic
  • Postal communications history, stamps, letters, artefacts

British Red Cross Museum and Archives

  • Moorgate
  • City of London
  • North East
  • Medical
  • History and memorabilia of the British Red Cross, open by appointment only

Bromley Museum

  • Orpington
  • Bromley
  • South East
  • Local
  • Local history and culture

Bruce Castle Museum

  • Tottenham
  • Haringey
  • North
  • Local
  • Local history, culture

Brunei Gallery

  • Bloomsbury
  • Camden
  • North
  • Art
  • Part 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 Museum

  • Rotherhithe
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Technology
  • History of the construction of the Thames Tunnel and its designers, Sir Marc Isambard Brunel

Buckingham Palace

  •  
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Historic house
  • Official London residence of the British monarch, public tours of the state rooms, includes Queen’s Gallery and Royal Mews

Building Centre

  • Bloomsbury
  • Camden
  • North
  • Design
  • Exhibits on architecture and design[8]

Burgh House & Hampstead Museum

  • Hampstead
  • Camden
  • North
  • Local
  • Local history, culture, art exhibits

Calvert 22

  • Shoreditch
  • Hackney
  • North
  • Art
  • Russian and East European contemporary art[9]

Canada House Gallery

  • Trafalgar Square
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Art
  • Canadian historical and contemporary art and artefacts

Carlyle’s House

  • Chelsea
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • West
  • Historic house
  • Operated by the National Trust, Victorian period townhouse home of historian and philosopher Thomas Carlyle

Cartoon Museum

  • Bloomsbury
  • Camden
  • North
  • Art
  • Political cartoons, comic strips and comic books

Centre for Recent Drawing

  •  
  • Tower Hamlets
  • North East
  • Art
  • Contemporary drawings

Charles Dickens Museum

  • Holborn
  • Camden
  • North
  • Historic house
  • Mid-19th century period house with original papers, furniture and items relating to author Charles Dickens

Chartered Insurance Institute Museum

  •  
  • City of London
  • North East
  • Firefighting
  •  

Chelsea Physic Garden

  • Chelsea
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • West
  • Medical
  • Botanical garden with displays on medicinal uses of plants

Chiswick House

  • Chiswick
  • Hounslow
  • West
  • Historic house
  • 18th century neo-Palladian villa with large collection of art and furniture, gardens

Churchill War Rooms

  • Whitehall
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Multiple
  • Includes the World War II-era underground Cabinet War Rooms and the Churchill Museum with exhibits about the life of British statesman Winston Churchill

Cinema Museum

  • Lambeth
  • Lambeth
  • South West
  • Media
  • History and artefacts of film making

Clarence House

  • Pall Mall
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Historic house
  • Official residence of The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall

Clink Prison Museum

  • Southwark
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Prison
  • Site and history of the notorious prison in use from the 12th century to 1780

Clockmakers’ Museum

  • Bassishaw
  • City of London
  • North East
  • Horology
  • Clocks, watches and other horological items, located in the Guildhall

Couper Collection

  • Battersea
  • Wandsworth
  • South West
  • Art
  • Floating art museum on barges

Courtauld Gallery

  • Strand
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Art
  • Part of the University of London, located in Somerset House, features Old Masters and Impressionist paintings

Crime Museum

  •  
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Law enforcement
  • History, artefacts and crime memorabilia of Scotland Yard, not open to the public

Crofton Roman Villa

  • Orpington
  • Bromley
  • South East
  • Archaeology
  • Remains of a Roman villa

Crossness Pumping Station

  • Crossness
  • Bexley
  • South East
  • Technology
  • Victorian sewage pumping station with preserved steam engines

Crystal Palace Museum

  • Crystal Palace
  • Bromley
  • South East
  • History
  • History and memorabilia of The Crystal Palace[10]

Cubitt Gallery

  • Finsbury
  • Islington
  • North
  • Art
  •  

Cuming Museum

  • Walworth
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Local
  • Local history, culture; small collection of Ancient Egyptian objects. Closed since March 2013 due to fire damage.

Cutty Sark Museum

  • Greenwich
  • Greenwich
  • South East
  • Maritime
  • Mid-19th century clipper, museum ship currently under restoration

Danson House

  • Danson Park
  • Bexley
  • South East
  • Historic house
  • 18th century Georgian house

De Morgan Centre

  • Wandsworth
  • Wandsworth
  • South West
  • Art
  • Late 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’ House

  • Spitalfields
  • Tower Hamlets
  • North East
  • Living
  • Enactments of life in the 18th and 19th centuries

Design Museum

  • Shad Thames
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Design
  • Product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design

Dr Johnson’s House

  • City of London
  • City of London
  • North East
  • Historic house
  • 18th-century townhouse home of 18th-century English writer Samuel Johnson

Dorich House

  • Kingston Vale
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • South West
  • Art
  • Former studio of the Estonian sculptor Dora Gordine, with a collection of her works and of Russian Imperial art. Part of Kingston University.[11]

Down House

  • Downe
  • Bromley
  • South East
  • Historic house
  • Operated by English Heritage, home of naturalist Charles Darwin where he wrote “On the Origin of Species”

Dulwich Picture Gallery

  • Dulwich
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Art
  • Collection of European Old Masters, mostly of the 17th and 18th centuries

Eastbury Manor House

  • Barking
  • Barking and Dagenham
  • North East
  • Historic house
  • Owned by the National Trust, 16th century Tudor gentry house, local history displays

Eltham Palace

  • Eltham
  • Greenwich
  • South East
  • Historic house
  • Operated by English Heritage, 1930s Art Deco house with medieval Great Hall

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art

  • Canonbury
  • Islington
  • North
  • Art
  • Modern Italian art

Fan Museum

  • Greenwich
  • Greenwich
  • South East
  • Fashion
  • Art and craft of the fan

Fashion and Textile Museum

  • Bermondsey
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Fashion
  • Fashions, textiles and jewellery, both historic and contemporary

Fenton House

  • Hampstead
  • Camden
  • North
  • Historic house
  • Operated 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 Museum

  • Woolwich
  • Greenwich
  • South East
  • Military
  • History and artefacts of the Royal Regiment of Artillery and the Royal Arsenal, collections of historic and modern weapons

Florence Nightingale Museum

  • Lambeth
  • Lambeth
  • South West
  • Medical
  • Life and nursing work of Florence Nightingale

Forty Hall Museum

  • Forty Hill
  • Enfield
  • North
  • Multiple
  • Local history, 17th and 18th century ceramics and pottery, 19th and 20th century china, glassware

Foundling Museum

  • Bloomsbury
  • Camden
  • North
  • Multiple
  • History 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 Museum

  • North Finchley
  • Barnet
  • North
  • Cultural
  • Collection of material relating to the history of Belarus

Freud Museum

  • Hampstead
  • Camden
  • North
  • Historic house
  • Home 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 Palace

  • Fulham
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • West
  • Historic house
  • Medieval former residence of the Bishop of London, also art gallery

Fusiliers Museum

  • Tower Hill
  • Tower Hamlets
  • North East
  • Military
  • History of the Royal Fusiliers, uniforms, regalia, medals, weapons and memorabilia, located at the Tower of London

Galton Collection

  • Bloomsbury
  • Camden
  • North
  • Medical
  • Part of the University College London, open by appointment only, scientific instruments, papers, and personal memorabilia of Sir Francis Galton

Garden Museum

  • Lambeth
  • Lambeth
  • South West
  • Gardening
  • Tools and artefacts related to ornamental gardening

Garrick’s Temple to Shakespeare

  • Hampton
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • South West
  • Biographical
  • 18th century folly built by actor David Garrick to celebrate the genius of William Shakespeare, includes display on Garrick’s life and acting career

Geffrye Museum

  • Shoreditch
  • Hackney
  • North
  • Art and historic house
  • Changing style of the English domestic interior in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day. Also historic alms house.

Golden Hind

  • Bankside
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Maritime
  • Replica museum ship of the 16th century galleon used by Sir Francis Drake

Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy

  • Bloomsbury
  • Camden
  • North
  • Natural history
  • Part of the University College London, skeletons, taxidermy, entomology and specimens preserved in fluid.

Greenwich Heritage Centre

  • Woolwich
  • Greenwich
  • South East
  • Local
  • Local history, culture, Royal Arsenal and the Royal Woolwich Dockyard

Greenwich Visitor Centre

  • Greenwich
  • Greenwich
  • South East
  • History
  • Also known as Discover Greenwich Visitor Centre, history of the World Heritage Site, its builders and buildings, maritime heritage, local history

The Guardian and Observer Archive and Visitor Centre

  • Kings Cross
  • Islington
  • North
  • Media
  • Exhibitions from its collections

Guards Museum

  •  
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Military
  • History, artefacts and memorabilia of the five regiments of Foot Guards: the Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards, and Welsh Guards

Guildhall Art Gallery

  • Bassishaw
  • City of London
  • North East
  • Art
  • Located in the Guildhall, collection includes art and cultural artefacts about London, Victorian-era works, remains of a Roman amphitheatre in the basement

Gunnersbury Park Museum

  • Acton
  • Hounslow
  • West
  • Local
  • Local history of Hounslow and Ealing boroughs, archaeology, costume, fine art, ceramics, also Edwardian era kitchen rooms

Hackney Museum

  • Hackney
  • Hackney
  • North
  • Local
  • Local history and culture

Hall Place

  • Crayford
  • Bexley
  • South East
  • Historic house
  • 16th & 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 House

  • Ham
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • South West
  • Historic house
  • Operated by the National Trust, 17th century grand house, fine interiors and historic gardens, collections of textiles and furniture

Hampton Court Palace

  • Hampton
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • South West
  • Historic house
  • Former royal palace, King Henry VIII exhibition, Tudor kitchen, Tudor-period living history programs, gardens, maze

Handel House Museum

  • Mayfair
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Historic house
  • 18th century period townhouse, home of baroque composer George Frideric Handel

Harrow Museum

  • Headstone
  • Harrow
  • West
  • Local
  • Local history, industry, archaeology

Hayward Gallery

  • Southbank
  • Lambeth
  • South West
  • Art
  • Part of the Southbank Centre, contemporary art

HMS Belfast

  • Southwark
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Maritime
  • Operated by the Imperial War Museum, originally a Royal Navy light cruiser and served during the Second World War and Korean War

Hogarth’s House

  • Chiswick
  • Hounslow
  • West
  • Historic house
  • Home of the 18th-century English artist William Hogarth

Honeywood Museum

  • Carshalton
  • Sutton
  • South West
  • Local
  • 17th-century house with details from different eras of ownership, local history exhibits

Honourable Artillery Company Museum

  • Finsbury
  • Islington
  • North
  • Military
  • Regimental artefacts and memorabilia

Horniman Museum

  • Forest Hill
  • Lewisham
  • South East
  • Multiple
  • Musical instruments, art, natural history, anthropology, African arts and culture, aquarium, gardens

Household Cavalry Museum

  • Horse Guards Parade
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Military
  • Regimental artefacts and memorabilia of the Household Cavalry

House Mill

  • Bromley-by-Bow
  • Newham
  • North East
  • Mill
  • 18th-19th century tidal mill

Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons

  • Lincoln’s Inn Fields
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Medical
  • Hunterian Collection of preserved anatomical specimens, history, artefacts and developments in surgery

ICANDO

  • Victoria
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Scouting
  • Formerly the Girl Guide Heritage Centre, exhibits and activities about Girl Guides[13]

Imperial War Museum London

  • Southwark
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Military
  • Warfare in the 20th and 21st centuries

Inns of Court & City Yeomanry Museum

  • Lincoln’s Inn
  • Camden
  • North
  • Military
  • Regimental history and artefacts of the Inns of Court and City Yeomanry

Institute of Archaeology Collections

  • Bloomsbury
  • Camden
  • North
  • Archaeology
  • Part of the University College London, open by appointment only, prehistoric ceramics and stone artefacts, Classical Greek and Roman ceramics

Institute of Contemporary Arts

  • The Mall
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Art
  • Multi-disciplinary arts centre with exhibit galleries

Island History Trust

  • Isle of Dogs
  • Tower Hamlets
  • North East
  • Local
  • Local history

Islington Museum

  • Finsbury
  • Islington
  • North
  • Local
  • Local history

Jewel Tower

  • Westminster
  • Westminster
  • North
  • History
  • Operated 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 Museum

  • Hendon
  • Barnet
  • North
  • Military
  • Jewish military contributions in Britain

Jewish Museum London

  • Camden Town
  • Camden
  • North
  • Ethnic
  • Jewish culture, heritage and traditions in Britain, ceremonial art collection

Keats House

  • Hampstead
  • Camden
  • North
  • Historic house
  • Early 19th century home of Romantic poet John Keats

Kelmscott House Museum

  • Hammersmith
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • West
  • Art
  • London home of William Morris, exhibits of his designs

Kennel Club Art Gallery

  •  
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Art
  • Exhibits and collection of dog paintings, open by appointment

Kensington Palace

  • Kensington Gardens
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • West
  • Historic house
  • Royal residence

Kenwood House

  • Hampstead
  • Camden
  • North
  • Historic house
  • Operated by English Heritage, 17th century former stately home, interiors by Robert Adam, features collection of Old Master paintings

Kew Palace

  • Kew
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • South West
  • Historic house
  • Former royal palace located within the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Kew Transport Museum

  • Richmond
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • South West
  • Transportation
  • Unique, specialised, and “generally out-of-the-ordinary” vehicles from the British Isles[14]

Kingston Museum

  • Kingston upon Thames
  • Kingston upon Thames
  • South West
  • Local
  • Local history, Eadweard Muybridge gallery of photographs, exhibits of art, photography, culture

Kirkaldy Testing Museum

  • Southwark
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Technology
  • Materials testing machines used by engineer David Kirkaldy

L-13 Light Industrial Workshop

  • Clerkenwell
  • Islington
  • North
  • Art
  • Contemporary art space

Lambeth Palace Library

  • Lambeth
  • Lambeth
  • South West
  • Library
  • Exhibits from its collections of art, architecture, history

Landmark Arts Centre

  • Teddington
  • Richmond
  • West
  • Art
  • Arts centre with visual art gallery[15]

Leighton House Museum

  • Holland Park
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • West
  • Art
  • Victorian house of painter Frederic, Lord Leighton, features paintings, sculpture, Middle Eastern tiles

Library and Museum of Freemasonry

  • Holborn
  • Camden
  • North
  • Masonic
  • Library, artefacts and regalia of Freemasonry

Little Holland House

  • Carshalton
  • Sutton
  • South West
  • Historic house
  • Arts and Crafts home of the artist Frank Dickinson (1874–1961) with interior influenced by John Ruskin and William Morris

London Canal Museum

  • Kings Cross
  • Islington
  • North
  • Transportation
  • History of London’s canals

London Film Museum

  • Lambeth
  • Lambeth
  • South West
  • Media
  • Props, costumes, sets and artefacts from British films, history of moviemaking

London Fire Brigade Museum

  • Southwark
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Firefighting
  • Open by appointment only, history of the London Fire Brigade, equipment, apparatus

London Motor Museum

  • Hayes
  • Hillingdon
  • West
  • Transport
  • Includes classic cars from the 1960s, ’70s and ’80s

London Motorcycle Museum

  • Greenford
  • Ealing
  • West
  • Transportation
  • Over 150 classic and British motorcycles

London Museum of Water & Steam

  • Brentford
  • Hounslow
  • West
  • Technology
  • Water supply technology and a collection of water pumping steam engines, also operating narrow gauge railway; formerly the Kew Bridge Steam Museum

London Sewing Machine Museum

  • Wimbledon
  • Merton
  • South West
  • Technology
  • Collection of sewing machines

London Transport Museum

  • Covent Garden
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Transportation
  • Public transportation including the railway, underground, buses, memorabilia

Magic Circle Museum

  • Camden
  • North
  • Magic
  • Magic tricks, props, posters, artefacts, open by appointment

Mansion House

  • City of London
  • City of London
  • North East
  • Historic house
  • Guided 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 House

  • Richmond
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • South West
  • Historic house
  • Operated by English Heritage, 18th century Palladian villa with Georgian interior

Markfield Beam Engine and Museum

  • Tottenham
  • Haringey
  • North
  • Technology
  • Victorian 100 horsepower beam pumping engine

MCC Museum

  • St John’s Wood
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Sports
  • History and memorabilia of cricketing, located at Lord’s Cricket Ground

Mall Galleries

  • Trafalgar Square
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Art
  • Gallery exhibits of the Federation of British Artists

Merton Heritage Centre

  • Morden
  • Merton
  • South West
  • Local
  • Local history

Michael Faraday Museum

  • Mayfair
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Science
  • Located at the Royal Institution, reconstruction of scientist Michael Faraday’s 19th century laboratory

MOCA, London

  • Peckham Rye
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Contemporary Art
  • Museum dedicated to Contemporary Art of varied media. Curated by Michael Petry

Morley Gallery

  • South Bank
  • Lambeth
  • South West
  • Art
  • Part of Morley College, exhibitions include painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, ceramics, textiles, installations, digital and sound art

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

  • Notting Hill
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • West
  • Media
  • Advertising, packaging and brand memorabilia and artefacts, including domestic products, packaging, posters, toys and games

Museum of Croydon

  • Croydon
  • Croydon
  • South West
  • Local
  • Local history, culture, social history

Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture

  • Enfield
  • North
  • Art
  • 19th and 20th century decorative arts for the home including textiles and wallpaper, part of Middlesex University

Museum of Immigration and Diversity

  • Spitalfields
  • Tower Hamlets
  • North East
  • History
  • Immigration and diversity in Britain, open on a limited basis

Museum of London

  • Barbican Estate
  • City of London
  • North East
  • History
  • City’s history, culture, archaeology

Museum of London Docklands

  • Isle of Dogs
  • Tower Hamlets
  • North East
  • Maritime
  • Area maritime, river and local history

Museum of Richmond

  • Richmond
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • South West
  • Local
  • Local history, culture

Museum of the Order of St John

  • Clerkenwell
  • Islington
  • North
  • Religious
  • History of the Order of St John and its medical care in the community

Museum of Wimbledon

  • Wimbledon
  • Merton
  • South West
  • Local
  • Local history, culture

Musical Museum

  • Brentford
  • Hounslow
  • West
  • Music
  • Collection of music boxes and automatic instruments

National Army Museum

  • Chelsea
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • West
  • Military
  • History and artefacts of the British Army

National Gallery

  • Trafalgar Square
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Art
  • National collection of Western European painting from the 13th century to 1900

National Maritime Museum

  • Greenwich
  • Greenwich
  • South East
  • Maritime
  • History 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 Gallery

  • Trafalgar Square
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Art
  • Portraits of historically important and famous British people

Natural History Museum

  • South Kensington
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • West
  • Natural history
  • Also includes the Geological Museum, collections focus is botany, entomology, mineralogy, palaeontology and zoology.

Nonsuch Mansion

  • Cheam
  • Sutton
  • South West
  • Historic house
  •  

Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret

  • Southwark
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Medical
  • 19th century operating theatre, herb garret and museum of surgery

Old Royal Naval College

  • Greenwich
  • Greenwich
  • South East
  • Historic site
  •  

Old Speech Room Gallery and Museum, Harrow School

  • Harrow
  • Harrow
  • West
  • Art
  • Egyptian and Greek antiquities, English watercolours, Modern British paintings, sculpture, printed books and natural history

Orleans House Gallery

  • Twickenham
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • South West
  • Art
  • Municipal art gallery, also the Stables Gallery

Osterley Park and House

  • Isleworth
  • Hounslow
  • West
  • Historic house
  • Operated by the National Trust, late 18th-century palace designed by Robert Adam, ornate interiors, gardens

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

  • Bloomsbury
  • Camden
  • North
  • Archaeology
  • Artifacts from Ancient Egypt, part of the University College London

Photographers’ Gallery

  • Soho
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Art
  • Photography

Pitzhanger Manor

  • Ealing
  • Ealing
  • West
  • Historic house
  • Also 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 Museum

  • South Kensington
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • West
  • Military
  • Contributions of the Polish Armed Forces in the West in World War II

Pollock’s Toy Museum

  • Camden
  • North
  • Toy
  • Toys, games, dolls, puppets, folk toys

Pumphouse Educational Museum

  • Rotherhithe
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Local
  • Includes the Rotherhithe Heritage Museum with local history and culture exhibits, nature and history programs, and the 2.5-acre Lavender Pond Local Nature Reserve

Pushkin House

  • Bloomsbury
  • Camden
  • North
  • Art
  • Russian art and culture

Queen Charlotte’s Cottage

  • Kew
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • South West
  • Historic house
  • Located within the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, 18th century rustic country retreat built for Queen Charlotte

Queen Elizabeth’s Hunting Lodge

  • Chingford
  • Waltham Forest
  • North East
  • Historic house
  • Tudor hunting lodge

Queen’s Gallery

  • Westminster
  • North
  • Art
  • Exhibitions of items from the Royal Collection, located at Buckingham Palace

Queen’s House

  • Greenwich
  • Greenwich
  • South East
  • Art
  • Marine art gallery of the National Maritime Museum

Ragged School Museum

  • Tower Hamlets
  • North East
  • Education
  • History of the Victorian-era charity schools

Ranger’s House (Wernher Collection)

  • Greenwich
  • Greenwich
  • South East
  • Art
  • Operated by English Heritage, Georgian villa with fine and decorative art collection, including silver and jewels, paintings and porcelain

Red House

  • Bexleyheath
  • Bexley
  • South East
  • Historic house
  • Operated by the National Trust, 19th-century house commissioned, created and lived in by William Morris, founder of the Arts and Crafts Movement

Red Mansion Foundation

  • Portland Place
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Art
  • Gallery exhibits of contemporary Chinese art

Redbridge Museum

  • Ilford
  • Redbridge
  • North East
  • Local
  • Local history, culture, located on the second floor of Ilford Central Library

Riesco Gallery

  • Croydon
  • Croydon
  • South West
  • Art
  • Municipal art gallery with a collection of Chinese pottery and ceramics

Riverside Gallery

  • Richmond
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • South West
  • Art
  • Municipal art gallery

Rose Theatre Exhibition

  • Bankside
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Archaeology
  • Excavations of an Elizabethan theatre

Royal Academy of Arts

  • Piccadilly
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Art
  • Located in Burlington House

Royal Academy of Music Museum

  • Regent’s Park
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Music
  • Also known as York Gate Collections, includes musical instruments, archives, manuscripts and images

Royal Air Force Museum London

  • Colindale
  • Barnet
  • North
  • Aviation
  • History of aviation and the British Royal Air Force

Royal Armouries, Tower of London

  • Tower Hill
  • Tower Hamlets
  • North East
  • Military
  • Arms and armour dating from the Middle Ages onwards

Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

  • Kew
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • South West
  • Multiple
  • Includes Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Marianne North Gallery, exhibits on plants and conservation

Royal College of Music Archives and Museum of Instruments

  • South Kensington
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • West
  • Music
  • Musical instruments and accessories

Royal College of Physicians Museum

  • Regent’s Park
  • Camden
  • North
  • Medical
  • Portraits, silver, medical instruments and artefacts

Royal Hospital Chelsea Museum

  • Chelsea
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • West
  • Military
  • Military artefacts and memorabilia, items related to The Duke of Wellington

Royal Institute of British Architects Collections

  • Marylebone
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Art
  • Exhibits of art, drawings, photographs about architecture from its collections

Royal London Hospital Archives and Museum

  • Whitechapel
  • Tower Hamlets
  • North East
  • Medical
  • History of the hospital and medical care in the East End

Royal Mews

  • Westminster
  • North
  • Transportation
  • The Queen’s stables, features State vehicles including horse-drawn carriages and motor cars, and the Gold State Coach

Royal Military School of Music Museum

  • Twickenham
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • South West
  • Music
  • Open by appointment, musical instruments, music, documents, prints, manuscripts, paintings and uniforms showing the history of military music

Royal Observatory, Greenwich

  • Greenwich
  • Greenwich
  • South East
  • Horology
  • Part of the National Maritime Museum, features astronomical and navigational tools, a planetarium

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum

  • Lambeth
  • Lambeth
  • South West
  • Medical
  • British pharmacy history, medicines and artefacts

St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum

  • Smithfield
  • City of London
  • North East
  • Medical
  • History of the hospital and its work, historic surgical instruments, sculpture, medieval archives, works of art including paintings by William Hogarth

St Paul’s Cathedral

  • Ludgate Hill
  • City of London
  • North East
  • Religious
  • Anglican cathedral with religious art, sculpture, architecture, tombs, decorative arts

Saatchi Gallery

  • Chelsea
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • West
  • Art
  • Contemporary art

Science Museum

  • South Kensington
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • West
  • Science
  • National museum of science and technology, transportation, medicine, steam engines

Shakespeare’s Globe Exhibition

  • Southwark
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Theatre
  • Backstage tours and history of the theatre, costumes, music, theatrical effects, recreation of a 17th-century printing press

Sherlock Holmes Museum

  • Regent’s Park
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Biographical
  • Dedicated to the fictional detective Sherlock Holmes

Shirley Windmill

  • Shirley
  • Croydon
  • South West
  • Mill
  • Restored mid-19th-century tower windmill

Showroom Gallery

  • Tower Hamlets
  • North East
  • Art
  • Contemporary art

Sir John Soane’s Museum

  • Holborn
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Art
  • Fine art, architecture, antiquities, sculpture

Somerset House

  • Strand
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Art
  • Arts centre with gallery and Courtauld Gallery

Soseki Museum in London

  • Clapham
  • City of London
  • North East
  • Historic house
  • London home of Japanese author Natsume Sōseki

South London Gallery

  • Camberwell
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Art
  • Contemporary art

Southall Railway Centre

  • Southall
  • Ealing
  • West
  • Transportation
  • Vintage steam and diesel locomotives and rolling stock

Southside House

  • Wimbledon
  • Merton
  • South West
  • Historic house
  • 17th century period house

Spencer House

  • St James’s
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Historic house
  • 18th-century mansion with restored state rooms and garden

Stephens Collection

  • Finchley
  • Barnet
  • North
  • Biographical
  • 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 Hill

  • Twickenham
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • South West
  • Historic house
  • Gothic villa home of Horace Walpole

Sutton House

  • Hackney
  • Hackney
  • North
  • Historic house
  • Operated by the National Trust, 16th century Tudor house

Syon House

  • Brentford
  • Hounslow
  • West
  • Historic house
  • Family residence of the Duke of Northumberland, 18th-century house with interior by Robert Adam, collections of paintings and furniture, gardens, park

Tate Britain

  • Millbank
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Art
  • National collection of historical and contemporary British art

Tate Modern

  • Bankside
  • Southwark
  • South East
  • Art
  • National collection of modern art

Tower Bridge

  • Tower Hamlets
  • North East
  • Technology
  • Steam engines, workings of the bridge

Tower of London

  • Tower Hill
  • Tower Hamlets
  • North East
  • Multiple
  • Historic fortress, prison and former royal residence, includes the Royal Armouries, Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom, regimental museum of the Royal Fusiliers

Twinings Museum

  • Strand
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Food
  • History of Twinings, tea caddies and tea history

Twickenham Museum

  • Twickenham
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • South West
  • Local
  • Local history

Two Temple Place

  • Westminster
  • North
  • Art
  • Late Victorian mansion, now an art gallery to showcase publicly owned art from UK regional collections, only open during exhibitions

Type Museum

  • Brixton
  • Lambeth
  • South West
  • Media
  • Collection of typesetting equipment and artefacts, currently[when?] not open to the public

UCL Art Museum

  • Bloomsbury
  • Camden
  • North
  • Art
  • Part of the University College London, exhibits in the Strang Print Room (South Cloisters)

UCL Geology Collections

  • Bloomsbury
  • Camden
  • North
  • Natural history
  • Part of the University College London, rocks, minerals, fossils on display in the Rock Room, limited opening hours

Upminster Windmill

  • Upminster
  • Havering
  • North East
  • Mill
  • 19th century windmill, exhibits on its history

Valence House Museum

  • Dagenham
  • Barking and Dagenham
  • North East
  • Local
  • Local history, archeology, maritime and fishing industry, art

Valentines Mansion

  • Ilford
  • Redbridge
  • North East
  • Historic house
  • Country house with recreated Victorian kitchen and Georgian rooms, contemporary art exhibits, 18th-century gardens

Vestry House Museum

  • Walthamstow
  • Waltham Forest
  • North East
  • Local
  • Local history, culture

Victoria and Albert Museum

  • South Kensington
  • Kensington and Chelsea
  • West
  • Multiple
  • National 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 Childhood

  • Bethnal Green
  • Tower Hamlets
  • North East
  • Toy
  • Toys, dolls, children’s playtime and lives

Wallace Collection

  • Marylebone
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Art
  • Old masters and decorative arts

Walthamstow Pump House Museum

  • Walthamstow
  • Waltham Forest
  • North East
  • Transportation
  • The museum is due to 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 Museum

  • Mitcham
  • Merton
  • South West
  • Industry
  • Industries along the River Wandle

Wandsworth Museum

  • Wandsworth
  • Wandsworth
  • South West
  • Local
  • Local history

Wellcome Collection

  • Camden
  • North
  • Medical
  • Medical artefacts and original artworks exploring ‘ideas about the connections between medicine, life and art’, exhibits from the collections of the Wellcome Library

Wellington Arch

  • Hyde Park Corner
  • Westminster
  • North
  • History
  • Triumphal arch with exhibits about its history

Wesley’s Chapel, Museum of Methodism and John Wesley’s House

  • Islington
  • North
  • Religious
  • History of Methodism from its founding by John Wesley to the present

West Ham United Museum

  • Upton Park
  • Newham
  • North East
  • Sports
  • History and memorabilia of West Ham United

Westminster Abbey Museum

  • Westminster
  • Westminster
  • North
  • Religious
  • Royal and other funeral effigies, religious artefacts

Westminster Dragoons Museum

  • Fulham
  • Hammersmith and Fulham
  • West
  • Military
  • Regimental artefacts, regalia and memorabilia

White Lodge Museum and Ballet Resource Centre

  • Richmond
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • South West
  • Ballet
  • History of the Royal Ballet School, daily life of its students, history and development of Classical ballet, history of White Lodge, visits by appointment

Whitechapel Gallery

  • Whitechapel
  • Tower Hamlets
  • North East
  • Art
  • Contemporary art

Whitehall

  • Cheam
  • Sutton
  • South West
  • Historic house
  • Tudor house with elements from different eras

Whitewebbs Museum of Transport

  • Enfield
  • Enfield
  • North
  • Transportation
  • Cars, trucks, motorcycles, model railway

William Morris Gallery

  • Walthamstow
  • Waltham Forest
  • North East
  • Art
  • Arts and Crafts movement furniture, textiles, ceramics and glass

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

  • Wimbledon
  • Merton
  • South West
  • Sports
  • History of tennis

Wimbledon Windmill Museum

  • Wimbledon
  • Merton
  • South West
  • Mill
  • 19th century windmill, exhibits on its history and other windmills

Women’s Library

  • Tower Hamlets
  • North East
  • Library
  • Part of London Metropolitan University, exhibits on women’s history, culture and issues from its collections

World Rugby Museum

  • Twickenham
  • Richmond upon Thames
  • South West
  • Sports
  • Rugby union history and the England national rugby union team, players, memorabilia, history of Twickenham Stadium

Translated from Wikipedia

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