The Best Free Museums in LONDON


In one of the most expensive European destinations, there is a way to save some money and still see things that you will not find anywhere else. There is a good number of free museums in London.There are 45 museums (!!!) that you can visit without spending a cent, most of them are open 7 days a week, including public holidays. On the list are major national museums but also some smaller but quirky museums that will intrigue you. With such offering, it is sure that every visitor, or even Londoner, will find something of interest. In my opinion, these are the best free museums in London: 

Best Free Museums in London: The British Museum

The British Museum

The British Museum is the equivalent of the Louvre in Paris. You just should not miss its visit. The museum houses more than 6 million exhibits showing the whole human history but the most popular object is Rosetta Stone.

 Natural History Museum


This museum starts impressing its visitors from the entrance. There are five main exhibit collections: Zoology, Palaeontology, Botany, Mineralogy (really impressive!) and Entomology.

 Tate Britain

At Tate Britain, you will find the largest collection of British art from 16th to late 20th century.

 Tate Modern

At Tate Modern, as its name speaks, the modern British art is on display. For me, call me illiterate or not, but this was the most depressive place in whole London.

 The Science Museum

Science museum

I’m not very much attracted by machinery but this museum cannot let you indifferent. Old aircrafts and cars were among my favourite objects here together with old radio stations, phonographs and gramophones.  

 The Museum of London

The museum is one of the largest urban history museums in the world and exhibits 2 million objects showing the history of London.   

 Royal Air Force Museum

Here you can see more than 100 aircrafts from around the world and take a part in some interactive activities like 3D cinema. Good place for a fun time for the whole family.

Museums of London Docklands

It is named the hidden gem of London. This museum houses items that are connected with the long history of London as a port, including the time when the city played important role in the sugar business and slavery.

The Museum of Childhood

Interesting collection of items connected with childhood going back in time (the 1600s) and continuing to the present days. One heartbreaking exhibition that tells the true stories of the Britain’s child migrants can be seen in the Museum from 24th October 2015 to 12 June 2016.

 The National Army Museum

At the moment the museum is closed for transformation. It will re-open in 2016.

Victoria and Albert Museum

The world’s leading museum of arts and design. It features collections of books, ceramics, design styles, drawings, fashion, furniture, jewellery, glass, textiles and others.

The National Maritime Museum

This museum is part of the Royal Museums Greenwich. Like most of the London’s museums, here also you will find one of the world’s largest collections of its kind. As the British nation is well known for its sea explorations, the items here cover few centuries of endeavours.

The Wallace Collection


The museum displays artworks from eighteenth and nineteenth century. But its charm is in its lavish premises that house paintings from Rembrandt and Diego Velazquez.  

The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

Petrie Museum worth visit because is one of the largest collection of Egyptian artefacts. And we all know that ancient Egyptian life hides big mysteries behind frescoes, mummies and pyramids. Many of its secrets are still not revealed…

The Grant Museum of Zoology

The museum has an impressive collection of all animal specimens on Earth. Many of these specimens are now at risk of extinction or already extinct.

National Gallery

The National Gallery is a home of more than 2000 artworks that represent all the European Schools of art in Europe. A vast collection that will take on a long and beautiful journey, for free!

National Portrait Gallery

It is another interesting gallery showing photographic and painted portraits. There are temporary exhibitions like one of the portraits of Audrey Hepburn.

Photographer’s Gallery

For photography adepts. It is the largest public photo gallery in London.

Serpentine Gallery

Displays contemporary art and design in two different building, 5 minutes walk from each other. Its location – in the heart of the Royal Park of Kensington Gardens and the architecture of one of its buildings (designed by one of the greatest architects of our time Zaha Hadid), make this gallery one of the must-visit in London.  

The Chocolate Museum

If you are a chocolate addict, you will probably include this museum in your itinerary. It is an independent museum that is organised partially as an exhibit and another part as a shop.


The National History Museum at Christmas

What are your favourite places in London? Are they include some of these museums?

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2 Comments on “The Best Free Museums in LONDON

    • The other good thing about these museums is that they are warm and cozy and just perfect for autumn or winter entertainment! 🙂

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