London's best unsung museums
Bank of England Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

1. Bank of England Museum

7.2
Threadneedle St (Bartholomew Ln), London, Greater London
Museum · Walbrook · 21 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Tacked on to the end of the Bank of England, this museum is housed in a replica Sir John Soane interior, the largest of its kind in the world. Read more.

Benjamin Franklin House is one of London's best unsung museums.

2. Benjamin Franklin House

7.0
36 Craven St., London, Greater London
Monument / Landmark · Charing Cross · 10 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: This creaky old London home of the US politician and scientist focuses on the scientific discoveries he made while living here between 1757 and 1775. Read more.

Brunel Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

3. Brunel Museum

7.6
Railway Ave., London, Greater London
History Museum · Surrey Quay · 15 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Within the elegant confines of this red brick engine house is the tale of the design and construction of the Thames Tunnel, the oldest tunnel in London. Read more.

The Cartoon Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

4. The Cartoon Museum

6.2
35 Little Russell St, London, Greater London
Art Museum · Holborn and Covent Garden · 20 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Chortle your way round this amusing little museum, which displays British cartoons, caricatures, comics and animations. Read more.

Charles Dickens Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

5. Charles Dickens Museum

8.7
48 Doughty St, London, Greater London
History Museum · Holborn and Covent Garden · 16 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: It’s easy to walk past the only surviving London house in which Dickens lived. You have to ring the doorbell to gain access to this unassuming townhouse. Read more.

Churchill War Rooms (Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms) is one of London's best unsung museums.

6. Churchill War Rooms (Churchill Museum & Cabinet War Rooms)

9.3
King Charles St., London, Greater London
Historic Site · Westminster · 66 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: It’s fitting that the man who had 300,000 people file past his coffin before his state funeral now has a museum dedicated to his life. Read more.

Clink Prison Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

7. Clink Prison Museum

5.6
1 Clink St (Stoney St), London, Greater London
History Museum · South Bank · 19 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: On the site of the notorious prison, this museum relays the history of Southwark as well as hosting some deeply unpleasant-looking torture devices. Read more.

Crystal Palace Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

8. Crystal Palace Museum

7.4
Anerley Hill, Crystal Palace, Greater London
History Museum · Crystal Palace · 6 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Tiny local museum dedicated to the memory of the Crystal Palace exhibition centre. Read more.

The Cuming Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

9. The Cuming Museum

151 Walworth Rd., London, Greater London
Museum · Elephant and Castle · 2 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Some 25,000 exhibits accumulated by two generations of the Cuming family in the 1800s, including objects from Ancient Egypt. Read more.

Design Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

10. Design Museum

28 Shad Thames, London, Greater London
Art Museum · Riverside · 94 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Opened in 1989, this riverside museum by Tower Bridge encompasses modern and contemporary industrial and fashion design, graphics, architecture and multimedia. Read more.

Dr Johnson's House is one of London's best unsung museums.

11. Dr Johnson's House

7.0
17 Gough Sq (at W Harding St), London, Greater London
History Museum · Fleet Street · 8 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Although the museum takes up all four floors of the house in which Johnson wrote his 'Dictionary', it’s the atmosphere that intrigues here. Read more.

The Orangery At The Fan Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

12. The Orangery At The Fan Museum

7.1
The Fan Museum, 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London, Greater London
Art Gallery · Greenwich West · 8 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: The world’s only museum dedicated to fans. It’s a tiny space consisting of two rooms with an overall collection of 3,500 antique fans, some of which date as far back as the eleventh century. Read more.

The Fashion and Textile Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

13. The Fashion and Textile Museum

8.1
83 Bermondsey St., Bermondsey, Greater London
Art Museum · Bermondsey · 12 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Founded by Zandra Rhodes, Bermondsey's very own celebration of the London (and international) rag trade. Read more.

Florence Nightingale Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

14. Florence Nightingale Museum

6.3
2 Lambeth Palace Rd., London, Greater London
History Museum · 6 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: An advocate of free healthcare, Florence Nightingale raised nursing to a professional level for women and started her own training school for nurses at St Thomas'. Read more.

Firepower: Royal Artillery Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

15. Firepower: Royal Artillery Museum

No1 Street, Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, Greater London
History Museum · Woolwich Riverside · 10 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Housed in two buildings at the Royal Artillery’s base abutting the Thames, the museum covers the history of guns and gunpowder from Ancient China to contemporary Iraq. Read more.

16. Freud Museum

8.8
20 Maresfield Gardens, London, Greater London
History Museum · Hampstead Town · 19 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: A beautiful Hampstead house and the great psychoanalyst’s home after he fled Austria, the Freud Museum is not only preserved as it was when Sigmund died, but as it was in Austria when he fled in 1938. Read more.

Geffrye Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

17. Geffrye Museum

8.4
136 Kingsland Rd (at Pearson St), London, Greater London
History Museum · Hackney · 52 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Named after former Lord Mayor Sir Robert Geffrye, it’s possibly the city’s most stylish museum, boasting a fine restaurant and an art exhibition space in the basement Read more.

The Guards Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

18. The Guards Museum

6.1
Birdcage Walk (at Wellington Barracks), London, Greater London
History Museum · Westminster · 5 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: The Guards Museum tells the story of the Grenadier Guards, Coldstream Guards, Scots Guards, Irish Guards and Welsh Guards. Read more.

Handel & Hendrix in London is one of London's best unsung museums.

19. Handel & Hendrix in London

6.4
25 Brook St, London, Greater London
History Museum · Mayfair · 9 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Seemingly removed from the modern world, Handel House offers much to soothe and inspire for lovers of Georgian architecture, interiors and portrait painting. Read more.

Horniman Museum and Gardens is one of London's best unsung museums.

20. Horniman Museum and Gardens

9.3
100 London Rd, Forest Hill, Greater London
Museum · Forest Hill, London, Greater London · 76 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: A 25-foot Alaskan totem pole outside the main entrance gives a clue as to what’s in here: a wealth of quirky anthropological and natural history treasures. Read more.

Hunterian Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

21. Hunterian Museum

8.5
35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields (Kingsway), London, Greater London
Museum · City of Westminster · 39 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Wandering among this collection of thousands of medical specimens and cases of surgical instruments is fascinating. Read more.

London Museum of Water & Steam is one of London's best unsung museums.

22. London Museum of Water & Steam

8.2
Kew Bridge Rd (Green Dragon Ln), London, Greater London
Museum · Brentford · 14 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: For genuine steam enthusiasts this museum hosts Cornish engines (in their original engine housings) and rotative engines (collected from pumping stations around the country). Read more.

London Canal Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

23. London Canal Museum

8.3
12-13 New Wharf Rd., London, Greater London
History Museum · Caledonian · 38 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: The London Canal Museum is housed in a former nineteenth-century ice warehouse used by Carlo Gatti for his famous ice cream, and it includes an exhibit on the history of the ice trade and ice cream. Read more.

Museum of the Order of St John is one of London's best unsung museums.

24. Museum of the Order of St John

7.2
St John's Ln. (at St John's Gate), London, Greater London
History Museum · Clerkenwell · 4 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: This is three museums in one: the history of St John’s Gate, a commemoration of the Order of St John, and an interactive display on the Order’s modern incarnation – the St John’s Ambulance. Read more.

Museum of London Docklands is one of London's best unsung museums.

25. Museum of London Docklands

8.6
West India Quay (at Hertsmere Rd), London, Greater London
History Museum · Tower Hamlets · 44 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Housed in a historic warehouse, this excellent museum is devoted to the river and the docks. Read more.

Museum Of Brands, Packaging & Advertising is one of London's best unsung museums.

26. Museum Of Brands, Packaging & Advertising

8.0
111-117 Lancaster Rd, London, Greater London
Museum · Kensington and Chelsea · 39 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: This 120-year history of consumerism, culture, design, domestic life, fashion, folly and fate, presented as a magnificently cluttered time tunnel of cartons and bottles, toys and advertising displays. Read more.

Museum of London is one of London's best unsung museums.

27. Museum of London

9.0
150 London Wall, London, Greater London
History Museum · Aldersgate · 130 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: The history of London told through reconstructed interiors and street scenes, alongside displays of original artefacts found during the museum's archaeological digs. Read more.

World Rugby Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

28. World Rugby Museum

Rugby Rd., Twickenham, Greater London
Museum · Twickenham · 4 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: You can almost smell embrocation in the air as you wander round this evocative and interactive collection of oval-ball artefacts and memorabilia. Read more.

National Army Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

29. National Army Museum

Royal Hospital Road, London, Greater London
Museum · Chelsea · 12 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Predictably, weapons feature prominently in here: the 2,500 edged weapons, 200 pole arms and 1,850 firearms should keep bloodthirsty teenagers interested. Read more.

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology is one of London's best unsung museums.

30. Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology

7.3
Malet Pl (Gower St), London, Greater London
History Museum · Bloomsbury · 10 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: With its 80,000 exhibits, the Petrie (pronounced pee-tree) is bursting at its seams with items from the Nile valley dating back 5,000 years. Read more.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

31. The Sherlock Holmes Museum

8.5
221B Baker St, London, Greater London
Museum · 98 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: The last word in factional conceit, 221b’s study is a loving Victorian recreation and a splendid photo op. Read more.

Sir John Soane's Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

32. Sir John Soane's Museum

9.1
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, Greater London
History Museum · Holborn and Covent Garden · 54 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: You’ll never forget your first visit to the home of architect Sir John Soane. It’s stuffed with curios and is almost exactly as Soane left it when he died in 1837. Read more.

Spencer House is one of London's best unsung museums.

33. Spencer House

27 St James's Pl, London, Greater London
Monument / Landmark · Green Park · 3 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Built 1756-66 for the first Earl Spencer (one of Diana’s ancestors), Spencer House is London’s finest surviving eighteenth-century private palace. Read more.

Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is one of London's best unsung museums.

34. Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum

8.9
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (Church Rd), London, Greater London
Museum · Village · 16 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: This enjoyably interactive museum surveys tennis throughout the world from its medieval beginnings. Read more.