Museums in Greater London

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World Rugby Museum & Twickenham Stadium Tours

Twickenham Stadium, Rugby Road
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 1DZ

There is nowhere in England more important to rugby union than Twickenham Stadium. Home to England Rugby and the World Rugby Museum (WRM) - this is the ultimate experience for the rugby enthusiast. The World Rugby Museum gives a unique insight into this magnificent sport. People of all ages and nationalities can follow the history of the game from its origins in Rugby School to the present day.

Winston Churchill's Britain At War Experience

Churchill House, 64 - 66 Tooley Street, London Bridge
London SE1 2TF

Britain at War Experience offers a glimpse of what life was like for the civilians in war-torn Britain during WW2. This is a unique museum of interest to all ages, featuring evacuation, rationing, shelters, weddings, bomb disposal, gasmasks and a walk through the London Blitz.

Wimbledon Windmill Museum

Windmill Road, Wimbledon Common
London SW19 5NR

Wimbledon Windmill Museum is a museum of windmills housed in the windmill on Wimbledon Common. It depicts the history of windmills and milling using working models and the machinery and tools of the trade, with hands-on milling for children. In the entrance to the museum is a diorama showing how the windmill was built, with some of the early types of tools used in its construction.

Wimbledon Society Museum of Local History

22 Ridgeway, Wimbledon
London SW19 4QN

A small intimate museum in which you're shown, in pictures, words and objects, the three thousand year history of Wimbledon. The staff you'll meet are friendly local people who are proud of our history and will gladly help you in any way they can.

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum & Tour

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum, Museum Building, The All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club, Church Road, Wimbledon
London SW19 5AE

The collection dates from 1555, and is widely seen as the world's greatest tennis collection open to the public. New items are added each year from the current Champions.

William Morris Gallery

Lloyd Park, Forest Road
London E17 4PP

The William Morris Gallery is the only public gallery devoted to the life and legacy of William Morris: designer, craftsman, socialist.

Wiener Library, The

29 Russell Square
London WC1B 5DP

The Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust & Genocide is one of the world's leading and most extensive archives on the Holocaust and Nazi era. The Library's unique collection of over one million items includes published and unpublished works, press cuttings, photographs and eyewitness testimony.


1 Malden Road
Cheam Village SM3 8QD

An attractive weather-boarded house in the heart of the Cheam Village conservation area. Whitehall has stood on this site since about 1500, and opened to the public in 1978. Collections: Discover 500 years of living history; original timbering with wattle and daub plus carpenter's marks visible on roof structure; inglenook fireplace with cooking pots, baking oven and ashpit; medieval Cheam Pottery display - story of Henry VIIIs nearby Nonsuch Palace; learn about the Killick family who lived here for over 250 years; furnished Victorian schoolmaster's study bedroom; rear garden with medieval well.

White Lodge Museum & Ballet Resource Centre

The Royal Ballet School, White Lodge, Richmond Park
London TW10 5HR

White Lodge Museum and Ballet Resource Centre is the first dedicated ballet museum in the UK. It is housed within White Lodge - a Grade I listed building, which is now the home of The Royal Ballet Lower School.

West Ham United Football Club Museum

Boleyn Ground
London E13 9AZ

The official museum of the history of the West Ham United Football Club from Thames Ironworks roots to the Premier League. Collections: Memorabilia and photographs from the early days right up to the present, including the Champions Collection of medals, caps and shirts worn and won by England's World Cup winners Bobby Moore, Sir Geoff Hurst and Martin Peters.

Wandsworth Museum

38 West Hill, Wandsworth,
London SW18 1RX

The Wandsworth Museum houses exhibitions and objects that tell the story of the region we know today as the Borough of Wandsworth, from 25,000 years ago to the present day. Throughout its history, people from all over the world have made their homes in Wandsworth. Take a walk through the centuries and uncover how they lived their lives and how your own story links you to this rich legacy. Wandsworth Museum is a private charity and as such receives no direct support from any governmental funding bodies to operate its facilities.

Wallace Collection

Hertford House, Manchester Square
London W1U 3BN

The Wallace Collection is a national museum which displays the wonderful works of art collected in the 18th and 19th centuries by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the son of the 4th Marquess. It was bequeathed to the British nation by Sir Richard's widow, Lady Wallace, in 1897. Displayed at Hertford House, the main London townhouse of its former owners, the Wallace Collection presents its outstanding collections in a sumptuous but approachable manner which is an essential part of its charm. It is probably best known for its paintings by artists such as Titian, Rembrandt, Hals (The Laughing Cavalier) and Vel??zquez and for its superb collections of 18th-century French paintings, porcelain, furniture and gold boxes, probably the best to be found anywhere outside France. But there are also splendid medieval and Renaissance objects, including Limoges enamels, maiolica, glass and bronzes, as well as the finest array of princely arms and armour in Britain, featuring both European and Oriental objects.

Victoria & Albert Museum

Cromwell Road, South Kensington
London SW7 2RL

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is the world's greatest museum of art and design. Collections: The Victoria and Albert Museum's collections span two thousand years of art in virtually every medium, from many parts of the world, and visitors to the museum encounter a treasure house of amazing and beautiful objects.

Vestry House Museum

Vestry Road
London E17 9NH

Only a few minutes walk from Walthamstow's busy shopping centre, Vestry House Museum is waiting to unlock the story of the people of Waltham Forest. The museum is housed in Walthamstow's original workhouse, built in 1730 as a home for local paupers. Collections: As well as having a large social history collection of objects, the museum holds approximately 80,000 historic photographs of the Borough, is the home for the Local Studies Library and also houses the Borough Archives.

Valence House Museum

Becontree Avenue
Dagenham RM8 3HT

Valence House is a Medieval and later timber-framed and partially moated building situated in parkland. Collections: The collection includes items from Prehistoric to modern times representing the lives of the inhabitants of the Essex parishes of Barking and Dagenham. The display areas include a reconstruction council 1945 living room and kitchen, a Victorian Servants Parlour of the 1890s and a Barking chemists shop.

V&A Museum of Childhood

Cambridge Heath Road
Bethnal Green E2 9PA

Welcoming over 400,000 visitors through its doors every year, the V&A Museum of Childhood in London's Bethnal Green houses the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection of childhood-related objects and artefacts, from the 1600s to the present day. The collection features toys - including dolls, dolls' houses, puppets and teddy bears - games, childcare, clothing, furniture and art and photography.

University College London Museums & Collections

University College London, Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

UCL is the first university to be established in England after Oxford and Cambridge. It was also the first to admit students regardless of class, race, gender or religion. Collections: UCL is home to four museums and eleven collections. These were gathered and developed from the 1820s to assist UCL's academic staff in their teaching and research.

UCL, Institute of Archaeology

31-34 Gordon Square, London WC1H 0PY
London WC1H 0PY

The Institute of Archaeology houses fine teaching and reference collections. They include prehistoric ceramics and stone artefacts from many parts of the world as well as collections of Classical Greek and Roman ceramics.

UCL Art Museum

South Cloisters, University College London, Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT

Over 10,000 works of art make up the collections of UCL Art Museum, from the 1500s to the present day. Works separated by centuries are linked by a desire to experiment with new materials, theories, and reproduction techniques in order to produce new meanings, share ideas and inspire. Collections: The College Art Collections contains over 10,000 objects including paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture from 1490 - present. Founded in 1847 when sculpture models by the neo-classical artist John Flaxman were given to UCL.

Twickenham Museum, The

25 The Embankment
Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DU

The history centre for Twickenham, Whitton, Teddington and the Hamptons. These villages, situated by the River Thames to the south-west of London, have a rich history going back thousands of years.

Tower of London

The Tower of London
London EC3N 4AB

The ancient stones reverberate with dark secrets, priceless jewels glint in fortified vaults and ravens strut the grounds. The Tower of London, founded by William the Conqueror in 1066-7, is one of the world's most famous fortresses, and one of Britain's most visited historic sites. Collections: The Tower of London has been home to the Crown Jewels since the 14th century and the Jewel House is an essential part of any visit to the Tower today. Marvel at some of the world's largest and most historic diamonds set in the regalia used to crown the sovereigns of England. The Martin Tower houses a special exhibition, Crowns & Diamonds: the making of the Crown Jewels, which explains the evolution of British crowns and the role that diamonds played in their decoration.

Thomas Layton Memorial & Museum Trust

CIP, Treaty Centre, High Street
Hounslow, Middlesex TW3 1ES

The Trust celebrates the legacy of Thomas Layton, who lived in Brentford, Middlesex, between 1826 and 1911. He was committed to Brentford and served on various local bodies for over 45 years, helping to develop many new buildings and services for the growing town. Thomas Layton was also an avid collector of books, prints, maps and archaeological artefacts.

Thames Discovery Programme

LAARC, Mortimer Wheeler House, 46 Eagle Wharf Road
London N1 7ED

When the tide is out, the Thames is the longest open-air archaeological site in London, and much of the foreshore is freely accessible to the public. The Thames Discovery Programme is a community archaeology project designed to monitor the exposed archaeological sites of the inter-tidal area of the Thames with volunteer support.

Syon House & Park

Syon Park
Brentford, Middlesex TW8 8JF

Syon Park has been home to the family The Duke of Northumberland for over four hundred years and still owned and looked after by them. It is full of beauty and magnificence, of great paintings and furniture, with perhaps the finest Robert Adam interior in the country. Surrounded by its own parkland, with Kew Gardens across the Thames, it is hard to believe that Syon is barely 10 miles from central London.

Sutton House - National Trust

2 & 4 Homerton High Street, Hackney
London E9 6JQ

Built in 1535 by Sir Ralph Sadleir, Principal Secretary of State to Henry VIII, Sutton House is the oldest brick house in East London. Surviving for over 450 years, Sutton House is fascinating for its visible layers of change - from the original Tudor linenfold panelling and stone fireplaces, through the 17th-century painted staircase, to the Victorian Study and the more recent squatter's mural painted during the 1980s.

Stephens Collection

Avenue House, East End Road, Finchley
London N3 3QE

The Stephens Collection aims to show aspects of the life of Henry Stephens; the history of the Stephens Ink Company; the history of Avenue House; the development of writing.

St Bartholomew's Hospital Archives & Museum

North Wing, St Bartholomew
London EC1A 7BE

Set in the historic North Wing of St Bartholomew's Hospital, the museum tells the story of this renowned institution, celebrates its achievements and explains its place in history. A video relates the foundation of the hospital and life-size models bring the history of Barts to life.

Spelthorne Museum

1 Elmsleigh Road
Staines, Middlesex TW18 4PN

Woolly mammoths tusks from the Ice Age, tools from the Stone Age, a large collection of Roman artefacts, a 1738 fire engine and Victorian memorabilia - Spelthorne Museum has the whole history of this area.

Southwark Council Libraries, Arts & Heritage Service

Environment Department, Libraries, Arts and Heritage Division, Southwark Council, 160 Tooley Street
London SE1

Southwark Council is responsible for the Cuming Museum, Southwark Local History Library and Archive, Kingswood House, the grade 2 listed house near Sydenham and currently cares for the now-closed Livesey Museum.

Society of Antiquaries of London

Burlington House, Piccadilly, London
London W1J 0BE

The society of Antiquaries of London is charged by its Royal Charter of 1751 with 'the encouragement, advancement and furtherance of the study and knowledge of the antiquities and history of this and other countries'. It celebrated its Tercentenary in 2007. The society's 2,900 Fellows include many distinguished archaeologists and art and architectural historians.

Sir John Soane's Museum

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields
London WC2A 3BP

The architect Sir John Soane's house, museum and library at No. 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields has been a public museum since the early 19th century. Collections: Sir John Soane's Museum comprises his collections and personal effects, acquired between the 1780s and his death in 1837. The museum's collections contain many important works of art and antiquities, including Hogarth's A Rake's Progress and An Election, Canaletto's Riva degli Schiavoni looking West, the alabaster sarcophagus of Seti I, 30,000 architectural drawings, 6,857 historical volumes, 252 historical architectural models as well as important examples of furniture and decorative arts.

Sikorski Museum

20 Princes Gate
London SW7 1PT

The Sikorski Museum was established at the end of World War II by the exiled Polish community in London who did not wish to return home to a Russian controlled homeland. The exhibition consists of 10,000 military objects, and the Enigma Ciphering Machine which was cracked by Polish mathematicians. Exhibits are marked in Polish, but for non-Polish speakers there is an English language tour.

Sherlock Holmes Museum

221B Baker Street
London NW1 6XE

Sherlock Holmes and Doctor John H. Watson lived at 221b Baker Street between 1881-1904, according to the stories written by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The house is protected by the government due to its 'special architectural and historical interest', while the 1st floor study overlooking Baker Street is still faithfully maintained for posterity as it was kept in Victorian times.

Shakespeare's Globe

21 New Globe Walk, Bankside
London SE1 9DT

Founded by the pioneering American actor and director Sam Wanamaker, Shakespeare's Globe is a unique international resource dedicated to the exploration of Shakespeare's work and the playhouse for which he wrote, through the performance and education. Together, the Globe Theatre Company, Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition and Globe Education seek to further the experience and international understanding of Shakespeare in performance through three central and inter-dependent activities: 1) The faithfully reconstructed Globe Theatre hosts an extensive exhibition about Shakespeare and the theatre of his day. 2) Producing excellent performances through productions of stimulating classic and new plays at the Globe Theatre.

Science Museum

Exhibition Road
London SW7 2DD

Where else can you find life-changing objects from Stephenson's Rocket to the Apollo 10 command module, take in a science show, catch an immersive 3D movie, enjoy the thrills of a special effects simulator, introduce children to science with fun, hands-on interactives and encounter the past, present and future of technology in seven floors of galleries? At the Science Museum you can find all this and more.. Collections: The Science Museum has over 300,000 objects in its care, with particular strengths in the history of western science, technology and medicine since 1700. It has been uniquely placed to acquire objects recording the Industrial Revolution, and now holds unrivalled collections in this area. Medical artefacts from all periods and cultures also form an important part of its holdings.

Salvation Army International Heritage Centre

William Booth College
London SE5 8BQ

The Salvation Army International Heritage Centre tells the story of The Salvation Army from its origins in the 1860s to the present, both in the UK and overseas. The Heritage Centre includes a library, archive and museum.

Royal Museums Greenwich

Park Row
Greenwich SE10 9NF

Royal Museums Greenwich comprises of three linked sites: the National Maritime Museum, the Royal Observatory Greenwich and the 17th-century Queen's House. Set among the beautiful scenery and architecture of Maritime Greenwich World Heritage Site, Royal Museums Greenwich incorporates the world's largest maritime museum, the Prime Meridian of the world and London's only planetarium.

Royal London Hospital Archives & Museum

Church of St Augustine with St Philip, Newark Street
London E1 1BB

The museum is located in the former crypt of a fine, late 19th century, early English style church, designed by Arthur Cawston, which has been extensively restored. The building also accommodates the Library of the School of Medicine and Dentistry at Whitechapel.

Royal Institution, The

The Royal Institution of Great Britain, 21 Albemarle Street, Mayfair
London W1S 4BS

For over 200 years, the RI has been 'diffusing science for the common purposes of life'. Collections: Includes the original apparatus and papers of many of those who have researched, lectured and lived at the Royal Institution including Humphry Davy, Michael Faraday, John Tyndall, James Dewar, William Bragg, Lawrence Bragg and George Porter. The collection also includes important collections of iconographical material in various media, scientific instruments, as well as a large administrative archive, covering all aspects of the work of the Royal Institution.

Royal Institute of British Architects

66 Portland Place
London W1B 1AD

The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members.

Royal Hospital Chelsea

Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4SR

The Royal Hospital Chelsea was founded in 1682 by King Charles 11 as a home for old or wounded soldiers. The King was inspired by Louis XIV's 'Hotel des Invalides' in Paris and wanted to create an equally splendid home for his veteran soldiers. Collections: Pictures, documents and artefacts relating to the history of The Royal Hospital. Medals and other items left by In-Pensioners.

Royal College of Physicians

11 St Andrews Place, Regent's Park
London NW1 4LE

The Royal College of Physicians is the oldest medical college in England. Since our foundation by royal charter of Henry VIII in 1518, the RCP has built up magnificent collections of books, manuscripts, portraits, silver, and medical artefacts. Visit us to experience extraordinary historical and ceremonial spaces set inside a radically modern building created by Sir Denys Lasdun in 1964.

Royal College of Nursing Library & Heritage Centre

20 Cavendish Square
London W1G 0RN

The Royal College of Nursing Library and Heritage Centre is home to Europe's largest nursing specific collection of materials. In 2013 we opened an exciting new space which includes publicly accessible exhibitions, a cafe and a shop within the Library space. Also publicly accessible is a new space celebrating our Nursing History Collection - enabling visitors to browse nursing history texts, access some of our historic printed collection and to browse smaller exhibitions curated with the RCN History of Nursing Society. Collections: The Collection dates mainly from the 1850s onwards, though some earlier items are held. It comprehensively collects English language materials, focusing on nursing in the UK: .

Royal College of Music Museum of Instruments

Prince Consort Road
London SW7 2BS

The RCM Museum is full of musical treasures dating from the 15th century onwards. On display you will find highlights from the collection of over 1,000 instruments including the anonymous clavicytherium, believed to be the earliest surviving stringed keyboard instrument, remarkable and unfamiliar instruments such as the contrabassophon, division viol and serpent, plus trombones owned and played by Elgar and Holst. Alongside these are some of the most significant portraits from the RCM collection, including oil paintings of Haydn, Boyce and Farinelli, as well as manuscripts, early printed edition, photographs, letters and many other objects from the Library and Special Collections.

Royal Armouries at HM Tower of London

HM Tower of London
London EC3N 4AB

The Royal Armouries is located in the White Tower, the central keep of the Tower of London, which is its historical home. The Armouries is one of the ancient institutions of the Tower of London. Its origins may be traced back to the working armoury of the medieval kings of England. The first recorded paying visitor to the Armouries was in 1545 when a visiting foreign dignitary viewed the personal armoury of Henry VIII in the White Tower. The Restoration of Charles II in 1660 saw the establishment of two permanent public displays: the Line of Kings and the Spanish Armoury. All these displays can still be seen in the White Tower, along with more modern weapons and armours.

Royal Air Force Museum

Grahame Park Way, Colindale
London NW9 5LL

Wing your way over to a wonderful collection of aircraft, interactives, medals, uniforms, film shows and memorabilia on display and trace the story of the RAF and aviation itself. Visit the awe-inspiring sound and light show that takes you back in time to the Battle of Britain.

Royal Academy of Music Museum

Royal Academy of Music, Marylebone Road
London NW1 5HT

The museum displays material from the Academy's world renowned collection of instruments, manuscripts, objects and images. An integral part of Academy life, the museum regularly hosts exhibitions and events including daily live demonstrations on our historic pianos. We welcome all members of the public, students and families. The Royal Academy of Music is Britain's senior conservatoire, founded in 1822. Collections: The collections contain early printed and manuscript music and books dating from the 16th century to the present day.

Rose Theatre

56 Park Street
London SE1 9AR

Built in 1587 by Philip Henslowe, the Rose was the first theatre on London's Bankside. In 1989 its remains were discovered and partially excavated amidst a blaze of international press coverage.

Ragged School Museum

46-50 Copperfield Road
London E3 4RR

The award-winning Museum is housed in three Victorian canalside warehouses, converted by Dr Barnardo into a ragged school. Visitors to the museum today can take a journey through the history of the region as well as experience what it was like to be taught over one hundred years ago by 'stepping back in time' to the atmospheric recreated Victorian classroom.

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Rangers Road, Chingford
London E4 7QH

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge is a unique timber-framed Tudor hunt standing built by Henry VIII in 1543. It has magnificent views of Epping Forest from its upper floors and permanent displays in its Tudor kitchen.

Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great

West Smithfield
London EC1A 9DS

The ancient Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great was founded by a courtier of Henry I (son of William the Conqueror). It is a stunning example of Norman architecture which has survived the numerous transformations and upheavals London has undergone over the past 900 years, including the Great Fire and the air raids of two world wars.

Pollock's Toy Museum

1 Scala Street
London W1P 1LT

Pollock's Toy Museum occupies two houses joined together in the heart of Fitzrovia, one 18th century, one 19th; the rooms are small and connected by narrow winding staircases. The whole place exudes atmosphere and evocations of those special times of childhood.

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

University College London, Malet Place
London WC1E 6BT

The Petrie Museum houses an estimated 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world. It illustrates life in the Nile Valley from prehistory through the time of the pharaohs, the Ptolemaic, Roman and Coptic periods to the Islamic period. It is largely based on the artefact collections gathered by the pioneering archaeologist Sir Flinders Petrie on his many excavations, and includes his own detailed documentation.

Orleans House Gallery

Twickenham, Middlesex TW1 3DJ

Orleans House has a rich and vibrant history, from the baroque Octagon room, which was designed by renowned architect James Gibbs, to a main gallery which hosts five temporary exhibitions each year - ranging from the historical to the contemporary. Collections: Orleans House Gallery looks after the prestigious Richmond Borough Art Collection. The collection of over 2,700 paintings, watercolours, drawings, prints, photographs and objects primarily comprises local topographical views of the Twickenham and Richmond riverside, dating from the late 18th century to the present day.

Old Operating Theatre Museum

9A St Thomas' Street
London SE1 9RY

Hidden in the roof of a church, a 300-year old herb garret houses Britain's only surviving 19th century operating theatre. This museum, one of London's most intriguing historical interiors, contains the Operating Theatre, in use between 1821 and 1862 in the days before anaesthetic and antiseptic surgery. Collections: The museum has a diverse collection of medical, surgical and herbal objects, including amputation sets, bloodletting instruments, pharmaceutical jars, and nursing and obstetric instruments and items.

Natural History Museum

Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD

Dinosaurs, volcanoes, precious gems, creepy crawlies - as a visitor to The Natural History Museum you will be amazed by the diversity of our natural world. The Natural History Museum is home to the nation's finest collections of natural history specimens and is one of the UK's top visitor attractions. The museum's collection now runs to 70 million plants, animals, fungi, bacteria, fossils, rocks and minerals - many of which are displayed through its fascinating exhibitions and more than you could ever see in one day.

National Gallery

Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN

One of the greatest collections of European painting in the world. These pictures belong to the public and admission to see them is free.

National Army Museum

Royal Hospital Road
London SW3 4HT

Discover the impact the British Army has had on the story of Britain, Europe and the world, and see how the actions of a few can affect the futures of many. The National Army Museum tells the story of the British, Indian Army up to 1947 and the Commonwealth armies.

Musical Museum, The

The Musical Museum, 399 High Street
Brentford TW8 0DU

The Musical Museum contains one of the world's foremost collections of self-playing musical instruments. From the tiniest of clockwork music boxes to the 'Mighty Wurlitzer' the collection embraces an impressive and comphrehensive array of sophisticated reproducing pianos, orchestrions, orchestrelles, residence organs and violin players.

Museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society

1 Lambeth High Street
London SE1 7JN

The museum of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society was founded in 1842, as a scientific collection of materia medica for use by pharmacy students in the society's school of pharmacy. It only began to collect historical material in the 1930s. Collections: The 45,000 objects in the Royal Pharmaceutical Society's collections cover all aspects of British pharmacy history, from traditional dispensing equipment to 'Lambeth delftware' drug storage jars, and from proprietary (brandname) medicines to medical caricatures.

Museum of the Order of St John

St John's Gate, St John's Lane
London EC1M 4DA

The Museum of the Order of St John tells a unique and fascinating story - the story of the Order of St John - from its origins in 11th century Jerusalem, through to its role today with St John Ambulance and the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.

Museum of Soho (mosoho)

St Anne's Tower, 55 Dean Street
London W1D 6AF

The museum was started c1990 by a group of amateurs, keen to preserve any material relating to the history of Soho. Initially, it was hoped that a traditional museum could be established,but we have gradually come round to the idea that a 'virtual' museum would actually be more feasible. We now have a large interactive touch-screen situated in Sherwood St where you can access illustrations, galleries and articles about Soho from the street.

Museum of Richmond

Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue
Richmond TW9 1TP

The museum of Richmond celebrates the rich and diverse social heritage of the borough of Richmond which has been a centre of fashion, the arts and the intellect for centuries. The intimate display spans from the prehistoric times to the present day.

Museum of London Docklands

No. 1 Warehouse, West India Quay, Hertsmere Road
London E14 4AL

From Roman settlement to the development of Canary Wharf, this 200 year old warehouse reveals the long history of the capital as a port through stories of trade, migration and commerce. Collections: The collection consists of objects reflecting the social history of the Thames and London's port, including archaeological finds, works of art, scale models, contemporary tools and many miscellaneous items that would have been traded through the port. Collections also include the Sainsbury Archive, a collection of documents, artefacts and photographs relating to the history of the food retailing company founded by John James and Mary Ann Sainsbury in 1869.

Museum of London

London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN

The Museum of London charts the history of the capital and its people from the prehistoric period to the present day. Its galleries and exhibitions make sensitive use of both traditional and modern interactive techniques, and the museum has long been committed to educational and outreach services.

Museum of Immigration & Diversity, The

19 Princelet Street
London E1 6QH

The exhibition 'suitcases and Sanctuary', made largely by local schoolchildren, is a genuinely innovative celebration of immigration housed in a magical Grade II* listed building that combines a remarkable unrestored 1719 Huguenot master silk weaver's house with a rare Victorian synagogue illuminated by a pastel coloured stained glass ceiling. The complementary exhibition 'Leave to Remain' by 3 refugee artists takes a wry look at asylum in today's Britain.

Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture - MoDA

Middlesex University, 9 Boulevard Drive, Beaufort Park
Colindale NW9 5HF

The museum of Domestic Design & Architecture's (MoDA) collections are available online, on tour and on request. The collections include wallpapers, textiles, designs, books, catalogues and magazines from the late 19th to the late 20th century. Collections: The Silver Studio collection at MoDA is a Designated Collection of national importance. This is the archive of one of Britain's leading commercial design studios active between 1880 and 1963, and comprises over 40,000 designs on paper, samples, pattern books and an archive of the Studio's letters, diaries, visual reference material, trade cards and other printed ephemera.

Museum of Croydon

Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street
Croydon CR9 1ET

The museum of Croydon is built on the fascinating objects and stories of the people who have lived, loved and worked in Croydon. The displays cover the history of Croydon from 1800 to the present day, with changing exhibitions in our Croydon NOW area and temporary exhibition gallery.

Museum of Brands, Packaging & Advertising

111-117 Lancaster Road, Notting Hill
London W11 1QT

200 years of consumer culture, reflected through packaging design, brand development, poster and TV advertising from the collection of Robert Opie. Over 12,000 items including toys, magazines, branded goods, social ephemera, postcards and fashions.

Museum of Asian Music

Bradford Road
London W3 7SP

The museum of Asian Music is an innovative learning resource with a busy calendar of recitals, events and exhibitions. Opened by the Prince of Wales in 2008, the museum offers an interactive way to discover the diversity of Asian music in a hands-on environment.

Museum No 1, Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew

Richmond TW9 3AB

Located within Kew Gardens, Museum No 1 houses the Plants+People exhibition. This shows the many fascinating ways in which we depend on plants, including products from the Amazon to Australia; the artistry of Japanese papers and lacquerware; plant-based medicines like quinine and vincristine that helped revolutionise human healthcare; and examples of the raw materials that make our music and feed, clothe and invigorate us.

Metropolitan Police Historical Collection

Empress State Building Lillie Road
Fulham SW6 1TR

The Collection has a display of historical artefacts relating to the history of the Metropolitan Police. This includes old records, uniforms, truncheons, and equipment.

Marylebone Cricket Club Museum

Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord's Cricket Ground
London NW8 8QN

The oldest sports museum in the world, the MCC is housed by the most famous cricket ground in the world, Lord's. Collections: From the original Ashes urn, kit used by the greatest players in the history of the sport to a changing gallery of cricket portraits.

Markfield Beam Engine & Museum

Markfield Road, South Tottenham
London N15 4RB

The Markfield Beam Engine and Museum is located in a Victorian Engine House which has in situ the original Beam Pumping Engine and was part of the original Tottenham Sewage Works. The site has recently been landscaped, the engine renovated and the engine restored to steam operation.

Magic Circle Museum at the Centre for the Magic Arts

Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way
London NW1 2HD

Priceless treasures that bring the history of mystery vividly to life. Accompanied by expert guides, you'll see the actual handcuffs used by Harry Houdini and the props used by HRH Prince Charles when he took his examination to become a member of The Inner Magic Circle. Learn how the great illusionist, Chung Ling Soo was shot dead during a performance an 1918. Discover how the British army used a famous magician to make the Suez Canal invisible to enemy bombers in 1941 and, if you look very closely, you might even see how a rabbit appears in a top hat.

London Transport Museum

Covent Garden Piazza
London WC2E 7BB

Lively new galleries tell the story of London's transport system and how it shaped the lives of people living and working in London. The Design for Travel gallery showcases original artworks and advertising posters.

London Sewing Machine Museum, The

308 Balham High Road
London SW17 7AA

Approximately 600 sewing machines on display including Queen Victoria's and Charlie Chaplin's sewing machines.

London Museum of Water & Steam

Green Dragon Lane
London TW8 0EN

Housed in a Grade I listed water pumping station built in the 19th century to supply Londoners with water, the museum is recognised as the most important historic site of the water industry in Britain. The museum's architecture ranges from late Georgian to Italianate with a thriving community of artists housed in the site's external workshop buildings. There is also an excellent 'Water for Life' gallery which describes the provision of water to London from Roman times to the present day.

London Motorcycle Museum

Ravenor Farm, Oldfield Lane South
Greenford, Middlesex UB6 9LB

The LMM - London's only motorcycle museum - is the capital's friendly focus for Britain's biking history and heritage. We have some 80 machines and other exhibits on permanent display.

London Motor Museum

3 Nestles Avenue, Hayes, Middlesex
London UB3 4SB

The London Motor Museum is the only custom car museum in Europe and home to a unique collection of privately owned American and European classic cars of the automobile era ranging from the 50s, 60s, 70s and 80s. The London Motor Museum has a fantastic collection of over 100 classic and custom cars, including hot rods, film cars like the Batmobile, Delorean (Back To The Future), a signed Ford Torino (Starsky and Hutch) and a range of beautiful cars from the 1930s to the present day, creating a unique blend of classic and custom cars which are unique and breathtakingly stunning.

London Fire Brigade Museum

Winchester House, 94a Southwark Bridge Rd
London SE1 0EG

Visit our museum in Southwark and see how firefighting has developed over the last 340 years. It holds a wealth of information and exhibits depicting the history of firefighting in London from the Great Fire of London in 1666 to the present day.

London Film Museum

1st Floor, Riverside Building, County Hall
London SE1 7PB

Here at the London Film Museum we celebrate all aspects of the British Film Industry. Since we started in 2008 we have been collecting and displaying items both historical and contemporary from major films.

London Canal Museum

12-13 New Wharf Road, King's Cross
London N1 9RT

London Canal Museum tells the story of London's canals, their people, cargoes, and the horses which pulled their boats. Collections: Centrepiece is the narrowboat Coronis with a reconstructed cabin into which visitors can step, listening to the sound of a family having their meal and discussing their lives. Our collection includes 'roses and castles' canal art and other decorative art, lifting, handling and weighing equipment for cargo, horse care equipment, and the working Bantam IV tug which is moored outside.

Little Holland House

40 Beeches Avenue
Carshalton SM5 3LW

The former home of artist, designer and craftsman Frank Dickinson (1874-1961). Designed and built by Dickinson between 1902-04, the Grade II* listed interior was created entirely by him, inspired by the ideals of Ruskin, Carlyle & Morris, in an eclectic mix of Arts and Crafts, Art Nouveau and Glasgow School style.

Library & Museum of Freemasonry, The

Freemasons' Hall, Great Queen Street
London WC2B 5AZ

One of the finest publicly available collections of Masonic material in the world. The collections illustrate the international, social and ethnic diversity of the membership including royalty, public figures, scientists and writers as well as the many millions of members from all walks of life. The museum contains an extensive collection of objects with Masonic decoration including pottery and porcelain, glassware, silver, furniture and clocks, jewels and regalia.

Lewisham Heritage

199-201 Lewisham High Street
London SE13 6LG

Lewisham Heritage is responsible for the archives, local history, museum and art collections of the London Borough of Lewisham. The Local History and Archives Centre holds historic materials for the borough of Lewisham and is situated in Lewisham Library.

Leighton House Museum

12 Holland Park Road
London W14 8LZ

Leighton House Museum is the former studio-house of the great Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). Located on the edge of London's Holland Park, the house is one of the most extraordinary buildings of the 19th century.

Lea Valley Experience Museum Project, The

10 South Access Road, Walthamstow
London E17 8AX

TThe concept of the museum is based around the industrial transport achievements of the Lea Valley Corridor since the 1800s, and the coming of the railways to the valley. We currently have a collection of many types of artefacts both large and small.

Kirkaldy Testing Museum, The

99 Southwark Street
London SE1 0JF

A museum which preserves a unique Victorian Materials Testing Machine in working order in the premises built to house it. It tells the story of the Kirkaldy family who ran the business for almost 100 years and the wider history of materials testing. The museum occupies the ground floor and basement of 99 Southwark Streeet.

Kingston Museum & Heritage Service

Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way
Kingston upon Thames KT1 2PS

Kingston Museum was built in 1904. The museum has three permanent galleries: Ancient Origins, Town of Kings (telling the story of the Borough from Saxon times) and Eadweard Muybridge. There is also an art gallery for special exhibitions.

Kew Palace & Queen Charlotte's Cottage

Royal Botanic Gardens Kew
Richmond TW9 3AB

Step into this tiny doll's house of a palace and sense the joys and sorrows of past royal lives in intimate detail, as King George III and his family come to life.

Kensington Palace

Kensington Gardens
London W8 4PX

Kensington Palace is not a traditional heritage experience - our approach is tradition with a twist, and we apply this to the four routes that your ticket includes: Victoria Revealed - an exhibition exploring the life and reign of one of the palace's most famous residents Queen Victoria, in her own words; the King's State Apartments which tell the grand stories of the Hanoverian court; the Queen's State Apartments which has a more modern and theatrical display to tell the story of William and Mary through to George I; and Fashion Rules: Dresses from the collections of HM The Queen, Princess Margaret and Diana, Princess of Wales.

Kempton Park Pumping Station & Steam Museum

Kempton Park Waterworks, Snakey Lane
Hanworth, Middlesex TW13 6XH

Home of the world's largest operating triple expansion steam engine.

Keats House

Keats Grove, Hampstead
London NW3 2RR

Keats House is where the poet John Keats (1795-1821) lived from 1818 to 1820. Here he wrote some of his best known poetry, including 'Ode to a Nightingale'. Collections: The Keats House Collection consists of books, manuscripts, letters, prints, paintings and artefacts relating to the life of the poet John Keats (1795-1821), his circle and the English Romantic movement. The Keats House Collection, including the Keats Memorial Library, is currently available for consultation by appointment only.

John Wesley's House & the Museum of Methodism

Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road
London EC1Y 1AU

Step back into 18th century London with a visit to Wesley's House. Discover the day-to-day running of a small Georgian town house.Built by Wesley, the founder of Methodism, in 1779, he lived here the last eleven winters of his life, when not touring to visit and preach to his Methodist societies round the country.

Jewish Museum London

Jewish Museum, Raymond Burton House, 129-131 Albert Street, Camden Town
London NW1 7NB

The Jewish Museum London celebrates Jewish life and cultural diversity. The collections held by The Jewish Museum are unique in the UK for their rich representation of items of Judaica, in particular with an English provenance.

Jewish Military Museum

Shield House, Harmony Way, (off Victoria Road), Hendon
London NW4 2BX

Illustrating British Jewry's contribution to the Armed Forces of the Crown from the Crimea to the present day. The museum commemorates the contribution made by British and other Jewish men and women over the last two centuries who have taken part in the various military struggles, though it inevitably focuses on the two world wars. The museum receives memorabilia donated by veterans and their families.

IWM London (part of Imperial War Museums)

Lambeth Road
London SE1 6HZ

IWM London tells the stories of those whose lives have been shaped by war through the depth, breadth and impact of our Galleries, displays and events. Our new First World War Galleries tell the story of the war - how it started, why it continued and its global impact - through the lives of those who experienced it. Collections: 20th century collections, include: art, documents, film and video archive, printed books, photograph archive, sound archive, exhibits and firearms.

Islington Local History Centre & Museum

245 St John Street, Islington
London EC1V 4NB

The New Islington Museum opened its doors in May 2008. Using its collection it explores the boroughs history through a number of exciting ways. Collections: Islington Museum.

Inns of Court & City Yeomanry Museum

10 Stone Buildings, Lincoln's Inn
London WC2A 3TG

A small collection housed in a classical George II building (1760 approx) in Lincoln's Inn recording the most unusual history of the regiment and its predecessor units going back to 1584 when the members, all lawyers, were formed to defend London against the threat of a Spanish invasion. Subsequently members took part in the English Civil War and the defence of the City during the Gordon Riots.