London galleries and museums



Below you will find a list of all major and specialized London museums and galleries: Tate Modern, Tate Britain, National Gallery, Saatchi Gallery, Royal Academy of Arts, The British Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum, Imperial War Museum, Bank of England Museum, Design Museum, Royal Air Force (RAF) museum, Chelsea Museum and more.

MAIN LONDON GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS

Tate Modern Tate Modern Tate Modern is a modern art gallery. It is Britain's national gallery of international modern art and forms part of the Tate group (together with Tate Britain, Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives and Tate Online). Tate Modern is the most-visited modern art gallery in the world, with around 4.7 million visitors per year. Tate is based in the former Bankside Power Station. Official web page
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Admission: free
Nearest tube station: Southwark or London Bridge (Jubilee line). How to get there by bus.

Tate Britain Tate Britain Tate Britain is an art gallery situated on Millbank in London, and part of the Tate gallery network in Britain, with Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. It is the oldest gallery in the network, opening in 1897. It houses a substantial collection of the works of J. M. W. Turner. Official web page
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Admission: free
Nearest tube station: Pimlico (Victoria line). How to get there by bus.

National Gallery National Gallery The National Gallery is an art museum on Trafalgar Square. Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900. Official web page
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Admission: free
Nearest tube station: Charing Cross (Bakerloo or Northern line). How to get there by bus.

National Portrait Gallery

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Portrait Gallery
National Portrait Gallery The National Portrait Gallery is an art gallery housing a collection of portraits of historically important and famous British people. Official web page
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Admission: free
Nearest tube station: Charing Cross (Bakerloo or Northern line). How to get there by bus.

Somerset House - The Courtauld Gallery Somerset House - The Courtauld Gallery Visitors can enjoy a remarkable art collection, including famous Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces, and an acclaimed programme of temporary exhibitions Official web page
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Admission: £6 (admission is free on Mondays from 10am until 2pm - excluding public holidays)
Nearest tube station: Temple (District or Circle line). How to get there by bus.

Saatchi Gallery - Museum of Contemporary Art for London Saatchi Gallery - Museum of Contemporary Art for London The Saatchi Gallery is a London gallery for contemporary art, opened by Charles Saatchi in 1985 in order to exhibit his collection to the public. Official web page
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Nearest tube station: Sloane Square (District or Circle line). How to get there by bus.

Royal Academy of Arts Royal Academy of Arts Official web page
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Admission: £10
Nearest tube station: Piccadilly Circus (Piccadilly or Bakerloo line). How to get there by bus.

The British Museum The British Museum The British Museum is widely considered to be one of the world's greatest museums of human history and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some eight million works, is amongst the finest, most comprehensive, and largest in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present. Official web page
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Admission: free
Nearest tube station: Holborn (Central or Piccadilly line). How to get there by bus.

The Victoria and Albert Museum The Victoria and Albert Museum The Victoria and Albert Museum (often abbreviated as the V&A), is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. Official web page
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Admission: free
Nearest tube station: South Kensington (District or Circle line). How to get there by bus.

The Natural History Museum The Natural History Museum The museum is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology. The museum is a world-renowned centre of research, specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation. Given the age of the institution, many of the collections have great historical as well as scientific value, such as specimens collected by Darwin. The Natural History Museum Library contains extensive books, journals, manuscripts, and artwork collections linked to the work and research of the scientific departments. Official web page
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Admission: free
Nearest tube station: South Kensington (District or Circle line). How to get there by bus.

Science Museum Science Museum Official web page
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Admission: free
Nearest tube station: South Kensington (District or Circle line). How to get there by bus.

William Shakespeare museum William Shakespeare museum Open all year round, the Globe Exhibition and Tour gives you an opportunity to learn more about Globe and its most famous playwright, Shakespeare. Official web page
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Admission: £12.50 (theatre tour)
Nearest tube station: London Bridge (Jubilee or Norther line). How to get there by bus.

Museum of London Museum of London The Museum of London documents the history of London from the Prehistoric to the present day. Official web page
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Admission: free
Nearest tube station: St Paul's (Central line). How to get there by bus.

Imperial War Museum Imperial War Museum Official web page
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Admission: free
Nearest tube station: Lambeth North (Bakerloo line). How to get there by bus.

National Maritime Museum National Maritime Museum Official web page
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Admission: free
Nearest DLR station: Cutty Sark or Greenwich (you will have to take Docklands Light Railway from Bank or Monument station in the City)

Tower Bridge museum Tower Bridge museum Enjoy stunning views of London from the high level walkways and continue your journey to the Victorian Engine Rooms to learn about the inner workings of the Most Famous Bridge in the World. Admission £8.00. Official web page
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Admission: £8
Nearest tube station: Tower Hill (tube station)

SPECIALIZED MUSEUMS

The Wallace Collection The Wallace Collection is a national museum in an historic London town house. In 25 galleries are unsurpassed displays of French 18th century painting, furniture and porcelain with superb Old Master paintings and a world class armoury. Official web page

Churchill's war rooms Official web page

Bank of England Museum Having been in existence for more than 300 years the Bank of England has, unsurprisingly, accumulated a considerable number of items associated with its history. These items are grouped into "Collections". Some of them, such as banknotes and furniture, represent the survival of tools used in the everyday working of the Bank whilst others, such as the cartoons, have been acquired over the years either by purchase or presentation. Items from the Bank's collections are displayed in its Museum where they are used to illustrate the history of the institution and its role today at the centre of the UK economy. Official web page

The Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising ...the brands and packs, posters and adverts, fads and fashions, toys and games. Evocative and inspiring, it's a kaleidoscope of images and iconic brands. Official web page

The Fashion and Textile Museum The Fashion and Textile Museum is a cutting edge centre for contemporary fashion, textiles and jewellery in London. Founded by iconic British designer Zandra Rhodes, the centre showcases a programme of changing exhibitions exploring elements of fashion, textile and jewellery. Official web page

Design Museum Official web page

The Fan Museum Official web page

Museum of Sir John Soane Sir John Soane's Museum is open from Tuesday to Saturday, 10-5pm. Admission is free. Official web page

Royal Air Force (RAF) museum Opened in 1972 by Her Majesty the Queen and situated on the historic site of Hendon's London Aerodrome in Colindale, the North London Museum is the only London attraction to house over 100 aircraft from around the world including some very early aircraft designs through to the latest modern day jets and military aircraft. With free admission plus free interactive and fun activities, including 3D Cinema and Our Finest Hour, RAF museum offers entertaining and educational days out for all the family just 30 minutes from Central London. Official web page

Chelsea Museum Official web page

Updated on 05/2012.



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