Museums of London

National Gallery, London

Dr Samuel Johnson famously said: “…if a man is tired of London he is tired of life; for there is in London all that life can afford.” And judging by the list of London museums set out below he was right.

My new project is to visit and blog about every museum in London. Ambitious I know. I have already visited quite a few; in fact I thought I had done a reasonable job over my years of living in London in getting out and about to the museums. But the list below reveals I have barely scratched the surface of London’s wealth of museums.

Have I missed any London museums off my list? Please let me know…


The Museum of London

National Gallery

National Portrait Gallery

Victoria & Albert

Natural History Museum

Science Museum

Museum of the Docklands

The Wallace Collection

Leighton House

Keats House

The British Museum

The Design Museum

The Imperial War Museum

The London Transport Museum

National Maritime Museum

Queen’s House

Royal Observatory

The Fan Museum

The Rangers House

The Sherlock Holmes Museum

The John Soanes Museum

Anaesthesia Heritage Centre

The Cartoon Museum

The Geffrye Museum

Dennis Severs House

Kirkaldy Testing Museum

The Old Operating Theatre

Churchill War Rooms

Firepower: The Royal Artillery Museum

The Guards Museum

HSM Belfast

Household Cavalry Museum

National Army Museum

Royal Airforce Museum

Bank of England Museum

Horniman Museum and Gardens

V&A Museum of Childhood

Alexander Fleming Museum, St Mary’s Hospital

Apsley House, The Wellington Museum

Benjamin Franklin House

Barts Pathology Museum

Cabinet War Rooms

Charles Dickens Museum

Dr Johnson’s House

Clink Prison Museum

Chelsea Museum

Burgh House, Hampstead Museum

Cinema Museum

Florence Nightingale Museum

Fashion & Textile Museum

Grant Museum of Zoology

Handel House Museum

Guildhall Clockmakers’ Museum

Freud Museum

Garden Museum

Golden Hinde

Ham House and Gardens

Fitzroy House

Jewish Museum

Kelmscott House

Kew Bridge Steam Museum

Little Holland House

London Canal Museum

London Film Museum

London Sewing Machine Museum

Marlborough House

Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising

Museum of Freemasonry

Museum of Rugby

Museum of the Order of St John

Musical Museum

Ragged School Museum

Royal Academy of Music Museum

Smythson Stationery Museum

The Brunel Museum

The Foundling Museum

The Hunterian Museum

The Magic Circle Museum

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Vestry House Museum

The William Morris Gallery

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

The Cuming Museum

The British Postal Museum

The British Dental Association Museum

Pollock’s Toy Museum




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