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Top 10 Free Entrance London Museums

7 October 2008 17 Comments

There are over 240 museums in . Many of them are the best of the world and offer free entrance. Oh, I envy those people live in !

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1. British

The British Museum is the best known museum of human history and culture. Its collections are  among the largest and most comprehensive in the world and originate from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginning to the present.

Address: Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
Website: The British Museum
Opening hours: Open everyday 10:00am-17:30pm (Open late Thursday and Friday)

2. Tate Modern & Tate Britain

Tate Modern & Tate Britain are part of the Tate gallery network, together with Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. Tate Britain was the first established of these museums, opening in 1897. It houses a substantial collection of the work of J.M.W. Turner. The Tate Modern is Britain’s national museum of international modern art.

Tate Modern: Bankside, London SE1 9TG ; Tate Britain: Millbank, London SW1P 4RG
Tate Modern & Tate Britain
Opening hours:
Tate Modern:
Open Sunday – Thursday 10.00–18.00 ; Open Friday and Saturday 10.00–22.00
Last admission into exhibitions 17.15 (Friday and Saturday 21.15)

Tate Britain:
Open daily 10.00–17.50 ; Exhibitions open 10.00–17.40
Open until 22.00 on the first Friday of each month for Late at Tate Britain

3. National Gallery

Founded in 1824, National Gallery houses a rich collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900 in its home on Trafalgar Square.

Address: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN
Website: National Gallery
Opening hours:
Daily 10am-6pm ; Wednesday 10am-9pm (Closing commences 5 mins before time stated)
Closed 1 January and 24-26 December.

4. Natural History Museum

The museum is a world-renowned centre of research, specialising in taxonomy, identification and conservation. It is home to life and earth science specimens comprising some 70 million items within five main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology.

Address: Cromwell Road, London SW7 5BD
Website: Natural History Museum
Opening hours:
Backpacks are available between 10.00 and 17.00. (Backpacks are free of charge, but you need to supply a refundable credit card deposit of £25.)

5. Science Museum

The Science Museum now holds a collection of over 300,000 items and hundreds of interactive exhibits, some of must-see including Stephenson’s Rocket, Puffing Billy (the oldest surviving steam locomotive), the first jet engine, a reconstructionof Francis Crick and James Watson’s model of DNA, some of the earliest remaining steam engines, a working example of Charles Babbage’s Difference engine, the first prototype of the 10,000-year Clock of the Long Now, and documentation of the first typewriter.

Address: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London SW7 2DD
Website: Science Museum
Openning hours: open 7 days a week from 10.00 to 18.00 except 24 to 26 December.

6. Victoria and Albert Museum

Named after Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts and design, housing a permanent collection of over 4.5 million objects. Its collection spans 5000 years of art, from ancient times to the present day, in virtually every medium, from the cultures of Europe, North America, Asia and North Africa.

Address: Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
Website: Victoria and Albert Museum
Opening Hours:
10.00 to 17.45 daily ; 10.00 to 22.00 Fridays (selected galleries remain open after 18.00. ).
Closed at 24, 25 & 26 December

7.  Museum of London

The Museum of London documents the history of London from the Prehistoric to the present day.

Address: London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN
Website: Museum of London
Openning Hours:
Mon to Sun: 10am-6pm ; Last admission: 5.30pm ; Closed: 24 to 26 December
Museum of London now opens until 9pm on the first Thursday of each month

8. Royal Observatory Greenwich

Founded by Charles II in 1675, Royal Observatory Greenwich is one of the most important historic scientific sites in the world. It’s the home of Greenwich Mean Time and the Prime Meridian line, that means by international decree, the official starting point for each new day, year and millennium.

Address:Greenwich, London SE10 9NF
Openning hours:
open daily, 10.00–17.00 ; Last admission at 16.30 ; Last planetarium show at 16.00 ; closed at 24–26 December.
close early on 31 December and open late on 1 January and for the London Marathon

You can visit National Maritime Museum and Queen’s House at Greenwich together, They are all free entrance.

9. the British Library

It is one of the world’s largest research libraries, holding over 150 million items in all known languages and formats; The Library’s collections include around 25 million books, along with substantial additional collection of manuscripts and historical items dating back as far as 300 BC.

Website: the British Library
Address & Openning hours: the British Library locations & opening times

10. Sir John Soane’s Museum

Sir John Soane’s Museum was formerly the house and studio of the neo-classical architect Sir John Soane. Now it’s a museum of architecture,  It holds many drawings and models of his projects and the collections of paintings, drawings and antiquities that he assembled.

Address: 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP
Website: Sir John Soane’s Museum
Openning hour:
Tuesday to Saturday inclusive, 10-5. Also on the first Tuesday evening of each month, 6-9 pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, Bank holidays and Christmas Eve.

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  • Tiddles said:

    I was just in london and even though it is one of the most expensive places to visit the best things are free! I went to so many galleries and museums and all for free! just food, travel and a bed to sleep in was the costs.


    Wolf reply on October 9th, 2008 10:58 pm:

    So, London is one of best places for business travel, Isn’t it? :D


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  • Sheila said:

    The V & A has to be my all time favourite! I could spend a week in there. Next on the list would be the National Gallery. When my sons were small we visited the Science Museum quite regularly because they loved the interactive Launchpad.


    Wolf reply on October 9th, 2008 11:08 pm:

    Dear Sheila, I really envy people like you! You can enjoy the benefit of these great museums so easily and freely.


  • My Bug Life said:

    I like museums and I try to visit one when I travel abroad..:)


    Wolf reply on October 9th, 2008 11:18 pm:

    I only visite museum when I travel abroad, because There are no good museums here, and the tickets cost a lot!


  • slivatree said:

    I lived there for 20 years and I didn’t know that!


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