Free museums
British Museum is one of Free museums.

1. British Museum

9.5
Great Russell St (btwn Montague & Bloomsbury), London, Greater London
History Museum · Bloomsbury · 737 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Officially the country's most popular tourist attraction, the British Museum opened to the public in 1759 in Montagu House, which then occupied this site. Read more.

Grant Museum of Zoology is one of Free museums.

2. Grant Museum of Zoology

8.8
21 University St (Gower St), London, Greater London
Science Museum · Bloomsbury · 18 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: The collection includes remains of many rare and extinct animals, such as a dodo and the skeleton of the zebra-like quagga, which was hunted out of existence in the 1880s. Read more.

Imperial War Museum is one of Free museums.

3. Imperial War Museum

9.1
Lambeth Rd, London, Greater London
History Museum · Lambeth, London, Greater London · 100 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Antique guns, tanks, aircraft and artillery are parked in the main hall of this imposing edifice, built in 1814 as a lunatic asylum (the Bethlehem Royal Hospital, aka Bedlam). Read more.

Library and Museum Of Freemasonry is one of Free museums.

4. Library and Museum Of Freemasonry

60 Great Queen St, London, Greater London
Museum · Holborn and Covent Garden · 1 tip

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Freemasons' Hall, the eye-catchingly bombastic stone building is the headquarters of the United Grand Lodge of England and the principal meeting place for Masonic Lodges in London. Read more.

Museum of London is one of Free museums.

5. Museum of London

9.1
150 London Wall, London, Greater London
History Museum · Aldersgate · 119 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Upstairs, the chronological displays begin with 'London Before London', where artefacts include flint axes from 300,000 BC, found near Piccadilly, and the bones of an aurochs. Read more.

RIBA British Architectural Library is one of Free museums.

6. RIBA British Architectural Library

66 Portland Pl, London, Greater London
College Library · Marylebone · 4 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Designed by George Grey Wornum, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) building is a fine example of 1930s architecture. The Grade II-listed building hosts regular talks and exhibitions. Read more.

Sir John Soane's Museum is one of Free museums.

7. Sir John Soane's Museum

9.1
13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, Greater London
History Museum · Holborn and Covent Garden · 51 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Designed by architect Sir John Soane to house his own collection of paintings and architectural salvage. Read more.

The Wallace Collection is one of Free museums.

8. The Wallace Collection

9.0
Hertford House (Manchester Sq), London, Greater London
Art Gallery · Marylebone · 67 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Built in 1776, this handsome house contains an exceptional collection of 18th-century French furniture, painting and objets d'art, as well as an amazing array of medieval armour and weaponry. Read more.

British Library is one of Free museums.

9. British Library

9.4
96 Euston Rd, St Pancras, Greater London
Library · 159 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: The collection is unmatched (150 million items and counting), and the reading rooms (open only to cardholders) are so popular that regular users are now complaining that they can't find a seat. Read more.

Burgh House and Hampstead Museum is one of Free museums.

10. Burgh House and Hampstead Museum

7.9
New End Sq, London, Greater London
Museum · Hampstead Town · 9 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: This seventeenth-century building, which used to belong to the daughter of Rudyard Kipling, now houses the Hampstead Museum and a licensed buttery. Read more.

The Kenwood House is one of Free museums.

11. The Kenwood House

114 Gloucester Place, Paddington, Greater London
Hotel · Marylebone · 3 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: The mansion was originally built in 1616 and remodelled for William Murray, who made the pivotal court ruling in 1772 that made it illegal to own slaves in England. Read more.

RAF Museum London is one of Free museums.

12. RAF Museum London

8.9
Grahame Park Way, Hendon, Greater London
History Museum · Colindale · 60 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Attractions at the Royal Air Force Museum include 80 aircraft on display, an interactive area, a simulator ride and 'Our Finest Hour', a multi-media account of the Battle of Britain. Read more.

Wellcome Collection is one of Free museums.

13. Wellcome Collection

9.2
183 Euston Rd (Gordon St), London, Greater London
Science Museum · Bloomsbury · 118 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Founder Sir Henry Wellcome, a pioneering 19th-century pharmacist and entrepreneur, amassed a vast and idiosyncratic collection of implements and curios relating to the medical trade. Read more.

National Maritime Museum is one of Free museums.

14. National Maritime Museum

8.6
Park Row, London, Greater London
History Museum · Greenwich West · 67 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: The world's largest maritime museum contains a huge store of creatively organised maritime art, cartography, models and regalia. Read more.

Horniman Museum and Gardens is one of Free museums.

15. Horniman Museum and Gardens

9.3
100 London Rd, Forest Hill, Greater London
Museum · Forest Hill, London, Greater London · 70 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: The most popular part of the museum is its showpiece Aquarium, where a series of tanks and rockpools cover seven distinct aquatic ecosystems. Read more.

Bank of England Museum is one of Free museums.

16. Bank of England Museum

7.2
Threadneedle St (Bartholomew Ln), London, Greater London
Museum · Walbrook · 20 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Housed inside the former Stock Offices of the Bank of England, this engaging and surprisingly lively museum explores the history of the national bank. Read more.

Geffrye Museum is one of Free museums.

17. Geffrye Museum

8.3
136 Kingsland Rd (at Pearson St), London, Greater London
History Museum · Hackney · 43 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Housed in a set of 18th-century almshouses, the Geffrye Museum offers a vivid physical history of the English interior. Read more.

Museum of London Docklands is one of Free museums.

18. Museum of London Docklands

8.4
West India Quay (at Hertsmere Rd), London, Greater London
History Museum · Tower Hamlets · 41 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Housed in a 19th-century warehouse (itself a Grade I-listed building), this huge museum explores the complex history of London's docklands and the river over two millennia. Read more.

V&A Museum Of Childhood is one of Free museums.

19. V&A Museum Of Childhood

8.4
Cambridge Heath Rd., Bethnal Green, Greater London
History Museum · Tower Hamlets · 40 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Home to one of the world's finest collections of children's toys, dolls' houses, games and costumes. Read more.

National Army Museum is one of Free museums.

20. National Army Museum

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

Time Out LondonTime Out London: This museum dedicated to the history of the British Army kicks off with 'Redcoats', a gallery that starts at Agincourt in 1415 and ends with the American War of Independence. Read more.

Natural History Museum is one of Free museums.

21. Natural History Museum

9.4
Cromwell Rd (Exhibition Rd), Queen's Gate, Greater London
History Museum · 419 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: The NHM opened in Alfred Waterhouse's purpose-built, Romanesque palazzo on the Cromwell Road in 1881. Now joined by the splendid Darwin Centre extension. Read more.

Science Museum is one of Free museums.

22. Science Museum

9.3
Exhibition Rd, Queen's Gate, Greater London
Science Museum · 375 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: Only marginally less popular with kids than its natural historical neighbour, the Science Museum is a celebration of the wonders of technology in the service of our daily lives. Read more.

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is one of Free museums.

23. Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A)

9.5
Cromwell Rd, Queen's Gate, Greater London
Art Museum · Queen's Gate, London, Greater London · 507 tips and reviews

Time Out LondonTime Out London: The V&A is one of the world's most magnificent museums, its foundation stone laid on this site by Queen Victoria in her last official public engagement in 1899. Read more.