Must See Museums in London

Very few global cities enjoy the privilege of showing to the world the remains of a glorious past, which changed the global trajectory forever. London is one of those cities where history comes alive, literally. Preserving an absolutely rich cultural heritage and an unrivalled historical legacy, London offers you a chance to relive its past through its various museums, which take you back in time.

The beautiful, royal past of the great city is enticing and offers a glimpse into various civilisations of the world. The museums in London have been able to preserve and house some of the well-known treasures of the past. Home to iconic museums, London is a traveller’s paradise! A perfect blend of the modern with classical, it offers visitors a window to the past in futuristic museums.

So, if you are in London, your visit will be incomplete without exploring some of the world-famous museums like the British Museum, Tate Modern and many more. To help you traverse through these marvellous museums, we at have put together a list of must-see museums in London. Read on to gain an informed opinion on the best of London museums.

The British Museum
44 Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG

Museums in London

The British Museum

Counted among the oldest museums of the world, British Museum is a history lover’s paradise. The museum houses more than a million objects from different civilisations from different periods of time. The vast museum is a site for various exhibitions – permanent and rotating. ‘Enlightenment: Discovering the World in the 18th Century’ and ‘Living and Dying’ are two interesting permanent exhibitions that run in the museum and throw light on the period between the mid-18th and the early 19th century and how people throughout history in different parts of the world diagnosed and treated disease and coped with death. Some of the popular artefacts include mummies, the Rosetta Stone, Lindow Man, the Lewis Chessmen and the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial. The section on ancient Iran, Persian Empire and Middle East is also quite informative and amusing.

Timings: Daily 10am-5.30pm; Fri 10am-8.30pm (selected galleries, call for details)

Tube: Tottenham Court Rd/Holborn/Russell Square

Entry: Free (permanent collection and some temporary displays); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions.

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A Museum)
Cromwell Rd, SW7 2RL

This is arguably the world’s finest museum for art and design, preserving more than 3000 years of ingenuity and creativity. The V&A museum offers visitors a chance to experience different notions of beauty that prevailed in the world’s different civilisations in different points in time. The museum beautifully captures the diversity and magnificence of objects from medieval periods to those of today. The museum presents a picturesque timeline of Britain’s history through its art and design. The outstanding permanent collection is famed for treasures of the past like the finest collection of Italian Renaissance sculptures outside Italy; the Ardabil carpet — world’s oldest yet splendid floor covering; and the Luck of Edenhall — a thirteenth-century glass beaker from Syria.  The V&A museum has seen one the most impressive restoration drives in the history of London. With the renovation in its final stages, the museum has made accessible various sections like the Gilbert Collection of silver, gold and gemmed ornaments, the Ceramics Galleries, and Furniture galleries among others.

Timings: Mon-Thu, Sat, Sun 10am-5.30pm; Fri 10am-10pm.

Tube: South Kensington

Entry: Booking at 0844 209 1770 or, fees apply

Natural History Museum
Cromwell Rd, SW7 5BD

Museums in London

Natural History Museum

Intrigued by dinosaurs? Well, if yes, this is the place for you to be! A paradise for historians and naturalists, the Natural History museum is a wonderful awe-inspiring structure comprising more than 70 million plant, animal, fossil, rock and mineral specimens from across the globe. The museum’s life gallery elaborately displays the different life forms, which inhabited the earth in different points in time. The plaster cast of a Diplodocus (a Dinosaur specimen) is the main attraction for visitors. The sheer size of the Diplodocus in the Central Hall is enough to take you back in time or remind you of the Jurassic Park series. The museum’s wildlife garden features urban wildlife —dragonflies, blackbirds and wrens and highlights best conservation practices.

Timings: Open Monday to Sunday from 10.00-17.50, except 24-26 December. Last admission 17.30

Tube: South Kensington

Entry: Booking Free entry. There may be a charge for some exhibitions

Museum of London
150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

Museums in London

Museum of London

Experience London’s rich past from the Roman times to present day. No other museum captures the essence of London as beautifully as the ‘Museum of London’. Journey through the tide of time into the prehistoric London; get a glimpse of rule under Romans and Saxons; course through medieval London amidst displays of civil wars, plague and fire. The fascinating historical collections of the city are sure to blow your mind. The museum’s collection continues to expand as London changes to a future city.

Timings: Open from 10.00-18.00, except 24-26 December. Last admission 17.30

Tube: St Pauls / Barbican / Moorgate. Barbican/Moorgate: Follow signs to the Museum along the High Walk

Entry: Free (permanent collection and some temporary displays); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions

Science Museum
Exhibition Rd, SW7 2DD

Museums in London

Science Museum, London

Chronicle the scientific journey of Great Britain through the Museum of science. Counted among the pioneers in the modern-day science and technology, London’s scientific history packs a punch for enthusiasts. With more than 15,000 objects on display this is a great place to know about the technologies of the past. Apollo 10 command capsule is among the most intriguing objects of living-history at the museum. Unlike today’s sophisticated spaceships, 40 years ago, three astronauts travelled to the Moon and back, inside this cramped capsule. This was humankind’s first step towards exploring outer space. The steam engine is another marvel that paved the foundations of the Industrial revolution. Visit the section in the museum to know how the earliest steam engines came about. The museum also has interactive corner to involve you in the journey. There are many simulators to give you first-hand experience of many scientific principals and contemporary science advancements. The 3D and 4D simulators help you experience what it is like to blast off on an Apollo 10 capsule. You can also watch a film on a screen taller than four double-decker buses in the IMAX 3D Cinema. This museum offers you a chance to explore past cocooned in futuristic technology. Currently, the museum is celebrating 100 years of science.

Timings: Open from 10.00-18.00, Last admission 17.15

Tube: South Kensington

Entry: Free (permanent collection and some temporary displays); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions



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