Museum of London

Critics' choice
Heatherwick Cauldron © Heatherwick Studio
Barbican Free

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.

A purpose-built pavilion in the museum's gardens is home (opens July 25 2014) to an exhibition revealing the design and making process of the Heatherwick Cauldron. If it was possible for anything to steal the show at the London 2012 Olympic games, this marvellous piece of metalwork just might have managed it. Its 204 copper 'petals' represented every competing nation and joined to form an enormous cauldron, which housed the Olympic flame, and later the Paralympic flame, for the duration of the competition. Two huge sections of the Cauldron will be on display, as well as test versions of the copper elements. The petals themselves were distributed to each of the competing nations following the games, and the display will also include photographs of National Committee representatives from all over the globe with their scorched copper cones.

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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  • History Thu April 2nd 2015 - Sun April 12th 2015
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  • Fri April 10th 2015 - Fri April 10th 2015
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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.