This is a list of museums in London, the capital city of England and the United Kingdom. It also includes university and non-profit art galleries. As of 2016, there were over 250 registered art institutions in Greater London.

List of museums in London

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Name Image 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
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
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.
Art in Perpetuity Trust
Deptford Lewisham South East Art Contemporary visual art
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 Ornate 17th-century 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
Ben Uri Gallery, The London Jewish Museum of Art
St John's Wood Westminster North Art Jewish art
Benjamin Franklin House
Westminster North Historic house 18th-century house where Benjamin Franklin lived for 16 years; exhibits on his life, science activities
Bentley Priory 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, focuses on its role as Headquarters Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain
Black Cultural Archives
Brixton Lambeth South Black history Black history museum and cultural space
Bethlem Museum of the Mind
Beckenham Bromley South East Medical Art by patients and historic artefacts of Bethlem Royal Hospital
Borough Road Gallery
Southwark South East Art Part of London South Bank University, celebrates the artist David Bomberg and includes the Sarah Rose Collection of his pictures and those of other artists in the Borough Group
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[1]
British Airways Heritage Centre Hatton Hounslow West Aviation History and memorabilia of British Airways, including uniforms, aircraft models and pictures, posters and photographs[2]
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 Optical Association Museum
Charing Cross Westminster North Medical History of eye care (by appointment only)
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
Brixton Windmill
Brixton Lambeth South Local Early 19th century windmill; interior open selected days only
Bromley Museum Orpington Bromley South East Local Local history and culture[3]
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 during summer only
The Building Centre
Bloomsbury Camden North Design Exhibits on architecture and design[4]
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[5]
Camden Arts Centre
Hampstead Camden North Art Changing exhibits of contemporary art
Campbell Works Stoke Newington Hackney East gallery It runs a programme of contemporary art exhibitions, public engagement projects, publications and education schemes.
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, Queen Anne early eighteenth century townhouse, home of Victorian historian and philosopher Thomas Carlyle
Cartoon Museum
Fitzrovia Camden North Art Political cartoons, comic strips and comic books
Centre for Recent Drawing Islington North 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
Chelsea Physic Garden
Chelsea Kensington and Chelsea West Medical Botanical garden with displays on medicinal uses of plants
Chisenhale Gallery
Tower Hamlets North East Art Non-profit contemporary art gallery
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
City of London Police Museum
City of London City of London North East Law enforcement Uniforms, Victorian-era police equipment, communications devices, famous murders, WWII display
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 (currently closed until August 2020)
Clink Prison Museum
Southwark Southwark South East Prison Site and history of the notorious prison in use from the 12th century to 1780
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[6]
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
Danson House
Danson Park Bexley South East Historic house 18th-century Georgian house
Dennis Severs' House
Spitalfields Tower Hamlets North East Living Enactments of life in the 18th and 19th centuries
Design Museum
Kensington Kensington and Chelsea West 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.[7]
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 mediaeval Great Hall
Enfield Museum
Enfield Enfield North Local history Local history
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
Faraday Museum
Mayfair Westminster North Science Located at the Royal Institution, scientist Michael Faraday's 19th century laboratory, activities and people associated with the Institution
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
Fleming 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
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 Sigmund Freud, features his study, exhibits on his life and works, collection of Ancient Egyptian artefacts, contemporary art and Freud-themed exhibitions
Fulham Palace
Fulham Hammersmith and Fulham West Historic house Mediaeval 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
Gasworks Gallery
Kennington Lambeth South West Art Contemporary art organisation with exhibition space and studios
Goldsmiths' Centre
Clerkenwell Islington North Art Changing exhibits of contemporary jewellery and silversmithing, operated by the Worshipful Company of Goldsmiths
Golden Hinde
Bankside Southwark South East Maritime Replica museum ship of the Golden Hind, the 16th-century galleon used by Sir Francis Drake
Gordon Museum of Pathology
Southwark Southwark South East Medical The largest medical Museum in the United Kingdom,[8] part of King's College London
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 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
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[9]
Hall Place
Crayford Bexley South East Historic house 16th- and 17th-century former country house; 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 programmes, gardens, maze
Handel & Hendrix in London
Mayfair Westminster North Historic house

Museum dedicated to the lives and works of the baroque composer George Frideric Handel and the rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, who lived in adjoining houses two centuries apart

Harrow Museum
Headstone Harrow West Local Local history, industry, archaeology, also known as Headstone Manor Museum
Havering Museum Romford Havering North East Local
Hayward Gallery
Southbank Lambeth South West Art Part of the Southbank Centre, contemporary art
Heath Robinson Museum
Pinner Harrow North West Biographical Life and work of cartoonist Heath Robinson
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 (by appointment only)
Horniman Museum
Forest Hill Lewisham South East Multiple Musical instruments, art, natural history, anthropology, African arts and culture, aquarium, gardens
House of Dreams Museum
East Dulwich Southwark South East Art House turned into outsider art sculpture by former textile designer and art director Steven Wright
House of Illustration
Kings Cross Camden North Art Located at Granary Square, public gallery dedicated to illustration[10]
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
Lincoln's Inn Fields Westminster North Medical Hunterian Collection of preserved anatomical specimens, history, artefacts and developments in surgery, part of the Royal College of Surgeons
ICANDO Victoria Westminster North Scouting Formerly the Girl Guide Heritage Centre; exhibits and activities about Girl Guides[11]
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 & City Yeomanry (by appointment only)
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
Islington Museum
Finsbury Islington North Local Local history
Jack the Ripper Museum
Tower Hamlets North East History History of the East London in the 1880s, providing a serious examination of the crimes of Jack the Ripper within the social context of the period
Jewel Tower
Westminster Westminster North History Operated by English Heritage, one of only two surviving sections of the mediaeval royal Palace of Westminster, includes an exhibition on the history of Parliament and the building
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 Dog 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 country house; interiors by Robert Adam, features collection of Old Master paintings
Kew Gardens
Kew Richmond upon Thames South West Multiple Includes Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Marianne North Gallery, exhibits on plants and conservation, Kew Palace
Kew Palace
Kew Richmond upon Thames South West Historic house Former royal palace located within the Kew Gardens
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
Lambeth Lambeth South West Historic house Tours of the official London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury on selected days only
Landmark Arts Centre
Teddington Richmond upon Thames West Art Arts centre with visual art gallery, located in the former St Alban's Church[12]
Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability
Teddington Richmond upon Thames South West Medical Operated by the Down's Syndrome Association in the Langdon Down Centre, history of treating people with learning disabilities
Lethaby Gallery Kings Cross Camden North Art Located at Granary Square, art gallery of Central Saint Martins, features contemporary and historic works from its collections of art and design
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 Transport History of London's canals
London Film Museum Covent Garden Westminster North 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 Mithraeum
City of London City of London Central Archaeological site Remains of a Roman temple to Mithras
London Motorcycle Museum
Greenford Ealing West Transport 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[13]
London Transport Museum
Covent Garden Westminster North Transport Public transport including the railway, underground, buses, memorabilia
London Transport Museum Depot
Acton Ealing West Transport Houses the majority of the museum's collection, open day visits and tours
Madame Tussauds London
Westminster North Wax Wax figures of celebrities in acting, music, politics, sports, history, royalty and fiction
Mall Galleries
Trafalgar Square Westminster North Art Gallery exhibits of the Federation of British Artists
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; open on selected days only
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
Media Space South Kensington Kensington and Chelsea West Art Located on the second floor of the Science Museum, showcases the collection of the National Media Museum, explores relationships between, and lesser-known histories of, photography, science, art and technology
Merton Heritage Centre Morden Merton South West Local Local history[14]
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 Army Music
Twickenham Richmond upon Thames South West Music Open Wednesday afternoons and by appointment, history of British military bands and music, includes musical instruments, banners, uniforms, paintings, model bands
Museum of Asian Music Acton Ealing West Music Musical instruments, music extracts and video clips of music from across Asia
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 Comedy
Bloomsbury Camden North Media Located in the undercroft of St. George's, Bloomsbury, photos, posters, memorabilia, scrips, video and film about the history of British comedy
Museum of Croydon
Croydon Croydon South West Local Local history, culture, social history, Riesco Gallery with collections of Chinese pottery and ceramics, and Roman and Anglo-Saxon collections
Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture Colindale Barnet North Art Open by appointment only, research museum of Middlesex University, 19th- and 20th-century decorative arts for the home including textiles and wallpaper
Museum of Immigration and Diversity
Spitalfields Tower Hamlets North East History Open selected days only
Museum of Life Sciences
Southwark Southwark South East Natural history Historic biological and pharmaceutical collections, including skeletons, fluid-preserved material, taxidermy, and fossils; part of King's College London
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 Home
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. Formerly the Geffrye Museum.
Museum of the Order of St John
Clerkenwell Islington North Medical 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[15]
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.
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
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
Hackney North Art Exhibitions of works by international contemporary artists working in various media
Peckham Platform
Southwark South East Art Contemporary art
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
Bloomsbury Camden North Archaeology Artifacts from Ancient Egypt, part of the University College London
The Photographers' Gallery
Soho Westminster North Art Photography
Pitzhanger Manor Ealing Ealing West Historic house Designed by architect John Soane, has exhibitions of contemporary art.
Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum
South Kensington Westminster West Military Contributions of the Polish Armed Forces in the West in World War II
Pollock's Toy Museum
Fitzrovia Camden North Toy Toys, games, dolls, puppets, folk toys
Postal Museum
Clerkenwell Islington North Philatelic Postal communications history, stamps, letters, artefacts
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 Kew Gardens, 18th-century rustic retreat built for Queen Charlotte, open seasonally
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
Rainham Hall
Rainham Havering North East Historic house Operated by the National Trust, 18th-century Queen Anne house
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[16]
RCM Museum of Music
South Kensington Kensington and Chelsea West Music Musical instruments, art, documents and accessories, part of the Royal College of Music
Riverside Gallery Richmond Richmond upon Thames South West Art Municipal art gallery[17]
Rivington Place
Shoreditch Hackney North Art International visual arts centre, home to InIVA and Autograph ABP
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 Musical instruments and artefacts of the Royal Academy of Music
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 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 London Hospital Archives and Museum
Whitechapel Hackney North Medical History of the hospital and medical care in the East End
Royal Mews
Westminster North Transport The Queen's stables, features State vehicles including horse-drawn carriages and motor cars, and the Gold State Coach
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
Saatchi Gallery
Chelsea Kensington and Chelsea West Art Contemporary art
St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum
Smithfield City of London North East Medical History of the hospital and its work, historic surgical instruments, sculpture, mediaeval 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
Science Gallery London
Southwark Southwark South East Science and art Exhibitions of art illuminating scientific topics
Science Museum
South Kensington Kensington and Chelsea West Science National museum of science and technology, transport, medicine, steam engines
Serpentine Galleries
Kensington Gardens Westminster West Art Serpentine Gallery and Serpentine Sackler Gallery in Kensington Gardens, exhibitions of contemporary art, architecture and design
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
The Showroom Westminster North Art Contemporary art gallery
Sir John Soane's Museum
Holborn Camden 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 Lambeth South West Historic house London home of Japanese author Natsume Sōseki[18]
South London Gallery
Camberwell Southwark South East Art Contemporary art
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
Studio Voltaire Clapham Lambeth South Art Contemporary art[19]
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 University College London; exhibits in the Strang Print Room (South Cloisters)[20]
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[21]
Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia
Upminster Havering North East History Artefacts of rural domestic and agricultural life
Upminster Windmill
Upminster Havering North East Mill 19th-century windmill; exhibits on its history
V&A Museum of Childhood
Bethnal Green Tower Hamlets North East Toy Toys, dolls, children's playtime and lives
Vagina Museum Camden Camden North Museum Aims to celebrate female reproductive anatomy and challenge myths and misconceptions
Valence House Museum
Dagenham Barking and Dagenham North East Local Local history, archaeology, 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, mediaeval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs, theatre and performing arts, Asian art and decorative arts, architecture
The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History
Hackney Hackney North Multiple Includes natural and scientific curiosities, art, pop culture objects
Wallace Collection
Marylebone Westminster North Art Old masters and decorative arts
Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum
Walthamstow Waltham Forest North East Transport 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, including flour and textile mills[22]
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
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, collection currently in storage[23]
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
Crews Hill Enfield North Transport Cars, trucks, motorcycles, model railway[24]
Wiener Library
Bloomsbury Camden North History Exhibits of art and history from its collections about the Holocaust and genocides around the world
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 on other windmills
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

Defunct museums

Visitor figures

The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) publishes monthly visitor figures for the public sector museums and galleries which it sponsors, which include most of the leading museums in London.

The most popular London museum in the private sector is The Sherlock Holmes Museum.

The DCMS totals for the financial year to 31 March 2008 were as follows:[33]

NOTE: Tate Modern and Tate Britain are on separate sites two miles apart, but the DCMS only publishes a single combined visitor figure for them. Tate Modern is widely reported to attract the more visitors of the two, but it is not clear whether it received more visitors than the British Museum on its own.

The majority of government-funded museums stopped charging admission fees in 2001[34] and, although this was challenged in 2007,[35] this has remained the case. Following the removal of admission charges, attendances at London museums increased, with a large percentage of the 42 million annual visitors nationwide.[36]

See also

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