Museum Sites Galore

6 November 2010
Minor revision on 29 July 2019

Some of these museums are private and both public and private museums can be free or have an admission price. Some are free but request a donation. They may get a government allowance but it never covers cost and maintenance costs. Tube stations are noted to help you find the location of the museum and to help you get there. Some places may have free admission before closing but you will have a short stay.

Apsley House
Hyde Park Corner W1, Home of the 1
st Duke of Wellington
Hyde Park Corner Tube station

Bank of England Museum
You can really hold a gold bar in your bare hand. Bank Tube station, naturally

Bell Foundry NOW CLOSED but more information via the link

See where Big Ben was cast. It is a bit small but you are within the office workspace of the factory. Aldgate East Tube station

Bramah Tea Museum
40 Southwark St SE1 (near Borough Market) London Bridge Tube station

British Library and the Reading Room
Euston Road N1 King’s Cross/St. Pancras Tube station

British Museum
Bloomsbury WC1, Russell Square Tube station

British Optical Association
Sorry, the like is way too long. Please read the website. Admission is free but you need to make a reservation. Ring bell to enter the building.

Cabinet War Rooms
King Charles Street SW1 Westminster Tube station

Canal Museum
Wharfedale Road N1 at Battlebridge basin. King’s Cross/St. Pancras Tube station

Charles Dickens Museum
Bloomsbury WC1, Russell Square Tube station

The Clink is where the name came from.
Clink Street SE1, west of London Bridge

Clock Museum
Guildhall off Aldermanbury EC2. Read the website for admissions and entry location.

Courtauld Institute Gallery
The Strand WC2, Temple Tube station

Dennis Sever House
Folgate St EC2 off Bishopsgate, north of Liverpool Street Tube station

Design Museum
28 Shad Thames SE1 (Southwark) near Tower Bridge

Freud Museum
20 Maresfield Gardens NW3 (look for Finchley Road Tube station)

Geffrye Museum
Kingsland Road, north of Old Street

Bankside SE1, near the Tate Modern

Guards Museum
Birdcage Walk near Wellington Barracks, St. James Tube station

Handel Museum
Brook Street W1 (Mayfair) west of New Bond Street
Bond Street Tube station

HMS Belfast
Southwark – River Thames SE1

Hermitage Rooms
Somerset House, The Strand WC2, Temple Tube station

Imperial War Museum
Lambeth Road SE1 at St. George’s Road, Lambeth North Tube station

Jewish Museum
Office location is 4 Shakespeare Road NE (read the web site first)

Sir John Soane Museum for architectural artifacts
13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields WC2 Holborn Tube station

Leighton House
18 Strafford Terrace W8 (near High Street Kensington Tube station)

London Fire Brigade Museum
Winchester House, 94a Southwark Bridge Road SE1
You must make a reservation to visit

Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Motorcycle Museum
29 Oldfield Lane South, Greenford, England UB6 (west of central London on the A40)

Museum of London
London Wall EC2, Barbican Tube station

Museum of London Docklands
West India Quay, Canary Warf E14

National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road Chelsea

National Gallery
Trafalgar Square WC2, Charing Cross or Leicester Square Tube station

National History Museum
Cromwell Road SW7, South Kensington Tube station

National Portrait Gallery
2 St. Martin’s Place WC2 (Trafalgar Square)
Charing Cross or Leicester Square Tube station

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeolog
Part of the University
College of London, the museum houses over 80,000 Egyptian objects. UCL: Gower Street WC1E 6BT Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 2000
Euston Square Tube station

Pollocks Toy Museum
Scala St at Whitefield St, behind Goodge Street Tube station

Postal Museum
Freeling House, Phoenix Place WC1

Queen’s Gallery (Buckingham Palace)
Buckingham Gate SW1, Victoria Tube station

Royal Academy of Arts
Piccadilly W1 west of Piccadilly Circus Tube station

Royal Air Force Museum
Cosford, England (West Midlands)

Royal College of Surgeons
Hunterian Museum, 35 Lincoln’s Inn Fields WC2, Holborn Tube station

Dr. Samuel Johnson Museum
Johnson House
Gough Square EC4 off Fleet Street

Science Museum
Exhibition Road SW7, South Kensington Tube station

Southwark Cathedral
London Bridge Station Rail & Tube station SE1

Sherlock Holmes Museum
239 Baker St NW1 (north of Marylebone Road), Baker Street Tube station

Tate Modern
Bankside SE1

Wobbly Bridge a pedestrian bridge that connect you to the Tate from St. Paul’s. This is not in itself a museum but it is interesting that it wobbled after it was built. Engineers had to install dampers to stem the sway. It’s offical name is he Millennium Bridge.

Tate Britain
Millbank, Pimlico Tube station
This is the original museum on Millbank near Vuxhall Bridge.
Or visit their home site, the
Tate, which has two museums in other parts of England.

Transport Museum
Covent Garden WC2, Covent Garden Tube station

V & A (Victoria & Albert) Museum
Cromwell Road SW7 South Kensington Tube station

Wallace Collection
Manchester Square W1 (Marylebone)

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
Church Road, Wimbledon SW19, Wimbledon Rail & Tube Station