Visit London’s best museums to learn about the city’s rich culture and history
London is home to some of the best museums in the world and can be proud of its culture and heritage. There are a wide range of museums to visit covering almost every theme; from wartime and history museums, to toys and advertising there really is something for everyone included in the London Pass.
One of the most popular London museums is the Churchill War Rooms which are dedicated to the representation of Churchill’s war efforts and his leadership as Prime Minister during WWII. This underground bunker looks at the secrets and espionage that went on below ground during those tense few years in the early half of the 20th century. The Museum explores both Churchill’s personal life and his political decisions and is a fascinating museum for anyone interesting in wartime history.
If you’re a fan of literature and British literary heritage then a visit to the Charles Dickens Museum is a must. With over 10,000 items on display from Dickens’ personal artefacts, to early manuscripts and even his furniture, his old apartment on Doughty Street is said to have been the place in which he wrote two of his best loved masterpieces; Nicholas Nickelby and Oliver Twist.
As well as history and culture, London has a wealth of museums dedicated to more unique themes and contemporary topics. The Cartoon Museum is a small but unique museum which exhibits the evolution and characteristics of the British cartoon from the 18th century to the present day; and Pollock’s Toy Museum is another independent museum dedicated to the original toy theatre – a great place to take your kids to let them appreciate old fashioned entertainment!
There are also some great London museums dedicated to various British sports such the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum and Twickenham World Rugby Museum, both set within their world-famous spectacular sporting grounds. Tour behind-the scenes and get to see the players changing rooms and get exclusive access into these iconic venues.
London Museums FREE with a London Pass
The Churchill War Rooms are dedicated to the life of the ‘greatest Briton’, Sir Winston Churchill, and the secret underground headquarters that were the nerve centre of Britain’s war effort. Normally £16.35
As the home of human ingenuity, the Science Museum’s world-class collection aims to make sense of the science that shapes our lives, inspiring visitors with iconic objects... Normally £11.00
The Household Cavalry Museum is unlike any other military museum because it offers a unique ‘behind-the-scenes’ look at the work that goes into the ceremonial duties and operational role of The Household Cavalry. Normally £7.00
The World Rugby Museum is the ultimate London visitor experience for the world rugby enthusiast – and the Twickenham Stadium tours gives you backstage access to this hallowed turf. Normally £20.00
Lively exhibitions explore the powerful link between transport and the growth of modern London, its culture and society since 1800. Normally £16.00
The London Guards Museum is a fascinating insight into the history of the military in the capital and is unique among London museums as it was not originally intended for public view. Normally £5.00
Founded by Leicester Square Theatre director Martin Witts, it's one of London's newest museums and displays a collection of original props from Tommy Cooper’s handmade magic props to Bill Bailey’s 6-neck guitar. Normally £5.00
This state-of-the-art tennis museum in London has since received thousands of visitors from all over the world. Normally £12.00
The Charles Dickens Museum in central London is a celebration of one of the greatest novelists in British history. Normally £9.00
The Design Museum in London is dedicated to exhibiting the best contemporary design in every form from furniture to graphics and architecture to industrial design. Normally £13.00
The museum is set in two grade II listed buildings dating from the 1720s that have been sensitively restored to their original grandeur in order to exhibit these wonderful items in suitably lavish surroundings. Normally £4.00
The Jewish Museum in Camden, North London, is a celebration of Jewish life, culture and heritage. Normally £6.50
The Florence Nightingale Museum is dedicated to one of the most influential women of Victorian Britain who inspired so many people who have followed in her footsteps. Normally £7.00
The Museum has a unique collection of classic American Cars that relate to the story of the early motoring experience. Normally £30.00
The Foundling Museum was originally one of the first houses in London for abandoned children and housed over 27,000 children before its closure. Normally £7.50
This highly entertaining London tourist attraction covers the history and development of British cartoons from the 18th Century to the present day.This highly entertaining London tourist attraction covers the history and development of British cartoons from the 18th Century to the present day. Normally £7.00
The London Canal Museum tells the story of London’s canals from the days when they were a vital part of the city’s industrial and commercial life through years of decline and abandonment to today’s more leisurely pursuits. Normally £4.00
Named after Benjamin Pollock, a famous printer of toy theatres at the turn of the century, Pollock’s Toy Museum opened in 1956 and is dedicated to the traditional English toy theatre. Normally £6.00
Firepower is part of The Royal Artillery Museum of Woolwich and charters the history of the Gunners from the earliest cannons to the various artilleries employed today worldwide. Normally £5.30
This museum features over 12,000 original items: household and global brands, toys, sweets, fashions, posters and magazines. Normally £7.50
The Old Operating Theatre Museum and Herb Garret is one such London museum offering a fascinating insight into the medical profession of the past. Normally £6.50