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Museum of London, London

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Documenting the history of a city as iconic and important as London is no easy task, but Museum of London does so with care and attention to detail. Founded in 1976, the museum covers a period of time spanning all the way back to the prehistoric era and up to the present day. Overlooking the city’s ancient Roman wall, the museum contains a series of galleries replete with artifacts, models, pictures, and diagrams. Exhibit space here contains about one million objects. See what the city was like under the Romans and Saxons, learn about the impact of various civil wars on the city, and wander recreated Victorian streets and pleasure gardens. If you're traveling with children and would like to make their visit more engaging, download activity sheets from the museum's website beforehand. Use our London itinerary builder to add Museum of London and other attractions to your London vacation plans.
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  • Very well organized exhibits arranged by important period. As there is so much, one should not feel bad about focusing on what is of most personal interest - Roman days? WWII? 19th century shops? Toda...  more »
  • I enjoyed the exhibits at the museum. They have quite a few interesting artifacts considering the number of other wonderful museums in London. The museum was quite busy. There were large groups of Fre...  more »
  • If you find yourself at a loose end, go find this place. It's free and there is so much to see and do. From dinosaur all the way through to present day, including a victorian walk through.  more »
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  • Very nice, spacious museum. So much to learn about London. Amazing special exhibitions on display as well. Haven't had a chance yet, to see the fire of London one, but will definitely go back for it. General admission is free. There is an entry fee for the special exhibitions, but it usually isn't too much and well worth it. There are two lovely cafes as well, if you want to take a coffee break or stop for a snack.
  • As the name suggests this is a museum for the history of London. But it's very impressive and actually much much bigger than you think! It has a very intuitive date line signposting around the walkways to keep you on track on where you are in London's vast history. So there's lots to see and experience and it includes modern exhibits as well as the more traditional displays. It's also free (donations welcome) though certain 'guest' exhibitions require a separate fee. Overall an enjoyable attraction.
  • The Fire! Fire! exhibit is absolutely fantastic. The museum is spacious and well kept and they are careful to ensure there isn't overcrowding for special exhibits. I've visited a few times now and the exhibits are always well curated and very interesting. With two cafes in the museum as well you're able to make a morning of it if you want to.
  • First off, it's free. That alone should be enough to get you here for at least a few hours. Secondly, just because it's a museum, doesn't mean it's boring. There is actually a lot to see, and it's all presented in a way as to make it engaging, interesting, and educational, without being long-winded. Most of the displays you'll see are the real deal, from human and animal skulls- or pieces of them- to the artifacts of ages long past. They have an aurochs skull there that almost as big as a human torso, and almost had me running in the opposite direction. And each display has a short, but detailed information card to give you an idea of what each numbered item on display was and what it was used for. The galleries are even arranged in chronological order and you can work your way from the pre-Roman era all the way to modern-day London. They have some pretty sweet cinema rooms, as well, where you can see what it used to be like back in certain important periods in London's history. The 2012 Olympic Games that were held here are even included, complete with the actual torch that was used at the ceremony and a cool short video that gives you an awesome look at the rousing event when it was held. And if you get hungry during your brief travels through London's history, they a small cafe on the ground floor where you can get some decent coffee, food, and snacks. Oh, and of course, there would have to be a gift shop.
  • An excellent museum which covers London's history from the neolithic to yesterday. Many of the objects on display are incredibly important not just to London but also nationally. There are plenty of interactive exhibits and the Victorian Street is probably the best example of this. The staff are friendly and helpful. Free entry but a donation of at least £5 is gratefully received.