Museum of London

Museums , History Smithfield Free
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The history of London, from prehistoric times to the present is told in the Museum of London through reconstructed interiors and street scenes, alongside displays of original artefacts found during the museum's archaeological digs.

Check the website before your visit as a packed programme of temporary exhibitions, talks, walks and children's events is central to the life of the Museum of London.

Venue name: Museum of London
Address: 150 London Wall
Opening hours: Daily 10am-6pm
Transport: Tube: St Paul's/Barbican
Price: Free (permanent collection); admission charge applies for some temporary exhibitions
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Average User Rating

4.5 / 5

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paul h

Brilliant place to take the kids. Lots of tactile stuff for them to play with and particularly interesting war-time exhibits for older children. When we went the museum had also put on a free arts & crafts class in which the children made war-time style posters.

Highly recommended although slightly awkward to get to with a pram. Once there no problem at all.

Staff Writer

Great place to introduce your kids to the history of London, very visual interactive for little eyes.

Bonnie W

A wonderful and often overlooked museum. The Museum of London is split up onto two floors - the ground floor covering from Roman times to the great fire of London, the basement carrying on all the way to the 2012 Olympics. I think that this museum is of more interest to people who call London home more than for tourists. All of the permanent exhibitions are free and well worth spending a day going through. There is also a Benugo cafe at the museum entrance which makes for an excellent pit stop. 

Lizzie W

A great (free) museum with tonnes of interesting info on the history of the city of London.
Their exhibitions (which normally cost £10-15) are normally pretty good. The old cheapside jewellery exhibition was amazing and their most recent exhib "Crime Undiscovered" is well worth the visit however bewarned it is quite small and therefore gets really busy so it is hard to read all the interesting facts around the murders and read all the objects on show.


It really surprises me that the Museum of London isn't more talked about, in fact, I've hardly heard anyone mention it in all my time living here! However having taken my third visit there last week, it's safe to say that it's constantly evolving. My personal favourite part of the museum is the replica Victorian shopping village, however as the museum takes you on a journey from before London was even a settlement all the way until the 2012 olympics, it's safe to say there is something for everybody. Very interactive for children and very informative for adults! There is a variety of exhibition mediums, which creates a changing pace as you go through the museum - making it less monotonous and more engaging. The museum also has a lovely cafe and shop!

serena t

So under-rated. Some of the best designed exhibitions in London on a huge variety of topics from fossils to fashion. Great way to fall in love with the city we live in.

Chris L

While on the outside it might look like something of a tourist trap, there is much to be enjoyed at the Museum of London, which does pretty much what it says on the tin. A comprehensive history of London from its earliest settlement through to the modern era is genuinely interesting, and there are a number of more standalone exhibitions including one on the cauldron from the 2012 Olympics. However be warned - as some of the other reviews on this page indicate, everything is quite child-friendly, which means weekends and holidays might not be the ideal time to visit if, like me, you prefer your museums library-quiet.

Mura K

This is one of our favorite London museums, although we haven't been there in quite some time now.  We plan on returning in June (2014) when we will have a few days in London.  We especially enjoy the exhibits dealing with Roman times and the Great Fire.


A long time since I was last at the MofL and have to say I was pleasantly surprised.  The flow round the history of London is quite amazing - though to be honest the Pre-Roman time did go on a bit too long to my mind. Various highlights for me were the Georgian period with the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens and the Victorian Street which I could have spent in - especially if we had been able to go into the shops more.

I went on a Saturday and there were plenty of children around, which is always a chore, but there was a lot to catch their eye, though not that much was interactive.  Movement round the museum was easy and there were places to drop out of the chronological story had I wanted to.  All in all a really great place with stories to tell about the city that surprised even this grizzled old veteran.

Maria Panayi

A great place to go in the half term holidays with or without the kids! Not been here since I was one & forgot just how spectacular the museum is! Kids & I loved it! It's a must see!:)


Despite living in London for most of my life I am ashamed to say this was my first visit to the Museum of London. What an absolutely amazing place! Despite its somewhat daunting exterior (it looks like it could be a prison!) the second I walked through the gate into the garden I was nothing but pleasantly surprised. The museum is well laid out, easy to navigate and much larger than I expected. It just seems to go on forever and takes you through an array of all things London in a year by year journey. I will most certainly be back. Absolutely fascinating and a fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon.


I have been to the Museum of London on numerous occasions with friends and other members of my family and am continously struck by how skillfully it combines archaic london with contempory themes.The archeology of our great country is incredibly diverse and prehistoric.when you come face to face with evidence of the ancestral presence of the country combining their creative resorcefulness and strategies they used to not just survive but thrive carving a beautiful world. In an often hostile enviroment is a humblng experience.Modern topical issues are covered with numerous displays sometimes remindng us that our ethnically diverse city can be a source of strength enriching all our lives if we take an honest look ot ourselves and challenge our preconceptions about each other.

Corinne Fisher

I took my son here a few years ago and we both loved it. Being born in London myself but now living in the West Country, it gave me a chance to show him where I grew up and it's history. He loved the dressing but the highlight of our day was the Roman Gladiator show where you were actually involved as a Roman crowd. If they do it again and you get the chance to go, I highly recommend it.