Free museums in London
Culture needn't cost the earth. Here's our guide to free-entry museums in the capital
You need not worry if you're sightseeing on a budget as plenty of London's top museums are free to explore. Head to the British Museum for some free art and culture, the Natural History Museum for amazing artefacts, learn something new at the Science Museum or discover art and design at the V&A all free of charge.
Here's our guide to the best free museums in London and you can find them all on our map below.
Free museums in north London
'One of the ugliest buildings in the world,' opined a Parliamentary committee on the opening of the new British Library in 1997. But don't judge a book by its cover: the interior is a model of cool, spacious functionality, the collection is unmatched (150 million items and counting), and the reading rooms (open only to cardholders) are so popular that regular users are now complaining that they can't find a seat.
- 96 Euston Rd, NW1 2DB
This seventeenth-century building, which used to belong to the daughter of Rudyard Kipling, now houses the Hampstead Museum and a licensed buttery.
- New End Square, Hampstead, NW3 1LT
Attractions at the Royal Air Force Museum include 80 aircraft on display, an interactive area, a simulator ride and 'Our Finest Hour', a multi-media account of the Battle of Britain. In the interactive Aeronauts Gallery visitors can take a pilot aptitude test to discover whether they are the 'right stuff'.
- Grahame Park Way, NW9 5LL
Founder Sir Henry Wellcome, a pioneering 19th-century pharmacist and entrepreneur, amassed a vast and idiosyncratic collection of implements and curios relating to the medical trade, now displayed in this swanky little museum. The Wellcome Collection’s temporary exhibitions are usually wonderfully interesting, and in the past have tackled such subjects as sleep and dreaming, and the relationship between madness and art.
- 183 Euston Rd, NW1 2BE
Find London's best free museums
Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology
Vikings: Life and Legend
Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story
3D: Printing the Future
Hello, My name is Paul Smith
London Stories: The Serco Prize for Illustration
Made in London: Jewellery Now
The Cheapside Hoard: London's Lost Jewels
'This Bewitching Poison': Alcohol and the Royal College of Physicians