Museum tours in London

Guided tours can bring museum collections to life, and offer insider knowledge of the art and artefacts on show. Time Out reveals London's most intriguing museum tours, whether you're a seasoned visitor looking to learn something new, or a first-timer in search of the highlights of the British Museum, V

  • Museum tours in London

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      British Museum

      44 Great Russell St, London, WC1B 3DG

      Museum curators or guest speakers give free, 45-min talks five days a week (1.15pm Tue-Sat), and there are 15 different EyeOpener tours to choose from daily, each offering a short introduction to regions from Africa (noon) to China (12.15pm). Read more

  • Churchill War Rooms

    King Charles St, London, SW1A 2AQ

    Step back in time at Churchill’s WWII headquarters and explore areas not usually open to the public on a private, after-hours group tour (from £200 plus admission price for groups of up to ten). Read more

  • Geffrye Museum

    Kingsland Rd, London, E2 8EA

    Take a tour of the museum’s restored eighteenth-century almshouse (£2), or try one of the affordable group talks on subjects such as the way in which the homes of the urban middle-classes have reflected their changing values over the centuries (£4 per person, minimum charge £40). Read more

  • Museum of London

    150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN

    Four free highlights tours are offered daily (at 11am, noon, 3pm and 4pm), varying according to the particular area of expertise of the guides on duty. They cover galleries including the evocative Victorian shopping arcade, and you can find out the schedule on arrival or by phoning on the day. Read more

  • National Gallery

    Trafalgar Square, London, WC2N 5DN

    From taster tours spanning periods from the renaissance to the twentieth century (11.30am & 2pm daily), to lunchtime talks (1pm Tue-Sat) and Talk and Draw sessions for those who fancy a more participatory experience (1pm Fri), the National Gallery offers a wide range of free ways to engage with its collections. Read more

  • Natural History Museum

    Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 5BD

    Daily, behind-the-scenes peeks into the NHM’s vast zoological collections are available on the Spirit Collection Tours (2.45pm, 3.15pm and 4.15pm Mon-Fri; 11.45am, 1.15pm, 3.15pm and 4.15 Sat, Sun and public holidays. Free). Night Safaris are after-hours tours that take place every other month, exploring the natural world with fresh, engaging perspectives. Read more

  • Tate Modern

    Bankside, London, SE1 9TG

    Insights into different aspects of the collections are available in free 45-minute chunks, tackling themes such as 'Poetry and Dream' or 'States of Flux' (11am, noon, 2pm & 3pm daily). Hour-long tours of special exhibitions cost £5 and private tours for two (ideal as a gift) cost £100-£120. Read more

  • V&A

    Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 2RL

    A comprehensive selection of free daily tours includes an introduction to the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries (11.30am daily), while weekly gallery talks are given on Thursdays at 1pm, covering topics such as Jazz Age design trends. Private group tours can be tailored to your interests and start at £10 per person, with a minimum fee of £150. Read more

  • Wellcome Collection

    183 Euston Rd, London, NW1 2BE

    Regular tours of the Medicine Man and Medicine Now galleries (2.30pm Sat and Sun respectively), are supplemented by Saturday tours of the temporary exhibition, and Perspectives tours given by outside experts who offer their take on the subject covered by the show. Read more