Listings for Museums

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BP British Art Displays: Basic Design

This display explores the role that Basic Design – a new and radical approach to training in art schools – played in revolutionising art education across Britain in the 1950s and 1960s.

Tate Britain
From Monday 25th March 2013
British Music Experience

The British Music Experience is Britain's interactive museum of popular music. Combining cutting edge audio-visual technology with some of the most coveted music memorabilia of all time and the only exhibition where you can select your favourite content and media recordings to keep.

British Music Experience
Open daily
Celebrity Spex Scandal

This exhibition features the spectacles of a criminal optician, an obese but nonetheless vain writer, a fickle actor who ordered a prop and then rejected it, a product banned for sale in America and the glasses of several ‘famous’ people of whom you may never even have heard!

British Optical Association Museum
From Wednesday 14th September 2011
Charles Dickens and Victorian Cheam

Our first exhibition of the New Year will open in celebration of Dickens' 200th birthday. Visit Whitehall to find out what life was like for local people in the Victorian period.

From Wednesday 18th January 2012
Herbs, the Garret and the Old Operating Theatre

In the past, medicines were made from plants, animals and even precious stones.
Learn how 'drugs' such as foxglove, myrrh and unicorn horns were used.
Examine real herbs in the attic space, originally used by the apothecary of St Thomas' Hospital.

Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret
From Thursday 6th January 2011
Lights, Camera, London!

This exhibition is the first since the Museum of London’s pioneering London on Film (1996) to show how London has been the setting - and often the star - of films for over a century. Using extracts and stills, together with rare costumes and props, Lights, Camera, London! reveals the range of what Samuel Johnson called ‘the wonderful immensity of London’. 

London Film Museum
From Saturday 19th January 2013
Many East Ends

This small display announces our new Many East Ends project and invites Londoners to get involved. Through Many East Ends, the Museum aims to work with Londoners to explore the East End, its past, present and future. 

Museum of London Docklands
From Saturday 22nd September 2012
Nelson, Navy, Nation 1688-1815

Nelson, Navy, Nation is a new permanent gallery at the National Maritime Museum that looks at the relationship between the Royal Navy and the British people during the long 18th century (1688–1815). As well as exploring what life was like aboard ship, it also investigates how the navy and its sailors were perceived at home. It is an excellent new addition to the museum that showcases some stunning artefacts. 

National Maritime Museum
From Monday 21st October 2013
Neptune's Globe

Neptune’s Globe is a new installation which transforms the museum’s Upper Deck with an interactive world map, vast sail sculpture and audio-visual features. Picking up on the museum’s key themes of trade, conflict, migration, exploration, leisure and technology, Neptune’s Globe demonstrates the ways in which world history has been shaped by the seafaring past.

National Maritime Museum
From Tuesday 18th December 2012
Our Londinium 2012

Young people reflect upon the history and legacies of Roman London and its influences on and connections with London and Londoners today; Part of the 2012 Cultural Olympiad.

Museum of London
From Friday 22nd June 2012
Pilots of the Caribbean

In a brand new exhibition, curated in partnership with the Black Cultural Archives, the Royal Air Force Museum will tell in ‘Pilots of the Caribbean: Volunteers of African Heritage in the Royal Air Force' the inspirational story of these volunteers, commemorating and celebrating their vital contribution to the defence of Britain, her Empire and Commonwealth.

Royal Air Force Museum
From Friday 1st November 2013
Treasures in the Cadogan Gallery

Treasures in the Cadogan Gallery showcases 22 special exhibits chosen from 70 million specimens and artefacts in the Natural History Museum's collections.

Natural History Museum
From Friday 30th November 2012
Treasures of the Archive

An exhibition of treasures from the collections of the BPMA, representing the great wealth of material in The Royal Mail Archive and the Museum Collection.

British Postal Museum and Archive
Open daily except Sunday, Saturday
Who Is Blind?

‘Who is Blind?’ describes the changing legal definition of blindness and the words used to describe those with partial sight from the mid 18th century onwards. It showcases equipment for the blind and the work of the various eyesight charities to cater for blind people.

British Optical Association Museum
From Friday 13th November 2009
Banqueting House

See this revolutionary building and explore its dramatic history. The Banqueting House and its stories have much to offer, no matter your age or background.

Open daily except Sunday
Churchill War Rooms

Deep beneath the bustle of London lie the original Cabinet War Rooms - today part of the Churchill War Rooms - which sheltered the people at the heart of Britain's wartime government during the Blitz.

Open daily
Household Cavalry Museum

The Household Cavalry Museum is a living museum about real people doing a real job in a real place. You can see troopers working with horses in the original 18th century stables.

Open daily
Tower Bridge Exhibition

The Tower Bridge Exhibition can be overshadowed by its near neighbour The Tower of London. However, it would be a shame to miss out on the privilege of taking a closer look inside this amazing feat of Victorian engineering and innovation.

Open daily
Tower of London

The Tower of London tops my list of places to visit in London. History is still alive within its walls, and it's possible to feel transported back in time. There are so many things to see here that it easily makes for a full day out, either alone or as a family.

Open daily
Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

Experience Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and embark on a stunning multi-dimensional tour of the traditions, the triumphs, the emotions, and the sights and sounds that have made Wimbledon the most coveted title in tennis.

Open daily
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7 Hammersmith Terrace

The former home of printer Emery Walker, friend and mentor to William Morris, and the last authentic Arts and Crafts interior in Britain.

Open daily
Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum

Located down a back corridor and up a small stair well of St. Mary's Hospital in Paddington the the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum offers a sightly lesser known attraction to London's customary museums. Despite its understated appearance, the laboratory is the site of arguably one of the most important events of the twentieth century: Fleming's discovery of penicillin in 1928.

Open daily except Sunday, Friday, Saturday
All Hallows by the Tower

Located next to the Tower of London, All Hallows has a long and fascinating story to be told. We will be pleased to show you our beautiful building and tell you about our history.

Open daily
Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

The Heritage Centre contains the Association’s archives, museum and rare book collection and is open to everyone. The Heritage Centre is a unique resource for research into the history of anaesthesia.

Admission free. Appointments recommended.

Open daily except Sunday, Wednesday, Saturday
Apsley House

Who else but Sir Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington and hero of the Peninsular Wars and the Battle of Waterloo, would live at such a grand address as 'Number One, London'? Apsley House offers a wonderful illustrated slice of early nineteenth-century history, and is a must for those with an interest in this period of British military and social history.

Open daily except Monday, Tuesday
Bank of England Museum

The Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank of England from its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the United Kingdom's central bank. The historical displays include material drawn from the Bank's own collections of books, documents, silver, prints, paintings, banknotes, coins and photographs

Open daily except Sunday, Saturday
Barnet Museum

The Museum contains archives, objects, prints, photographs, paintings and maps reflecting the development of Chipping Barnet and the surrounding area, as well as a notable collection of period costumes and accessories, domestic items and lace. Its building is an attractive early Georgian house in the heart of Chipping Barnet.

Open daily except Monday, Friday
Ben Uri Gallery: The London Jewish Museum of Art

Ben Uri Gallery, founded in 1915, is Europe’s only dedicated Jewish Museum of Art, working in partnership with secular and Jewish Museums in the UK and internationally.

Open daily except Saturday
Benjamin Franklin House

Benjamin Franklin House in the heart of London is a heritage 'gem.' The world's only remaining home of Benjamin Franklin was opened to the public for the first time on 17 January 2006, Ben Franklin's 300th birthday, as a dynamic museum and educational facility

From Tuesday 17th January 2006
Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives and Museum

Bethlem Royal Hospital is the original ‘Bedlam’, one of the world’s oldest hospitals for the treatment of mental illness. The Archives and Museum at Bethlem Royal Hospital care for an important and well-respected collection of documents, photographs, artefacts and works of art dating back to the 12th century.

Open daily except Sunday, Saturday
British Airways Heritage Centre

The collection comprises of an extensive document archive recording the formation, development and operations of the British Airways and its predecessor companies as well as memorabilia and artefacts. Over 130 uniforms from the 1930s to the present day are preserved as well as a large collection of aircraft models and pictures.

Open daily
British Dental Association Museum

The museum is based in the British Dental Association headquarters in central London and is open to everyone. From 19th century dental floss to toothache cures, clockwork drills to toothpaste adverts, there is more to discover than you might imagine.

Open Tuesday, Thursday
British Library

The permanent display at the British Library is astonishing. Literature lovers will be in their element, as will historians, theologians, musicians and anyone who has an interest in the evolution of print over time. 

From Thursday 24th November 2011
British Museum

With 6 million artefacts from cultures spanning the globe, both past and present, the British Museum in London is the number one most visited attraction in the UK, with over five million visitors per year. It is almost guaranteed that you will feel compelled to return for many more visits.

From Thursday 24th November 2011
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