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From the big-hitters to the small, specialist sites, London's crammed full of museums, most of which are free to all. Interactive displays, tours and, in particular, events for children and families are de rigeur for most of the larger museums and it's easy to spend a whole day just strolling, perusing and stopping for tea and cake breaks in the museum's cafe.

 
 

British Museum

The spectacular British Museum building is home to a vast collection of world artefacts

Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 
 

The British Museum's Great Court with its magnificent glass and steel roof by Sir Norman Foster is an exhibition piece in itself. And, like most of the galleries in the museum, it's free to wander around and look up at in awe. In fact, over seven million objects from all over the world are housed in this impressive museum of human history and culture (many of the artifacts are stored underneath the museum due to lack of space). Founded in 1753, displays ranging from prehistoric to modern times were primarily based on the collections of physician and scientist, Sir Hans Sloane. Notable objects - all of which can be seen without spending a cent - include the Parthenon Marbles, the Rosetta Stone, the Sutton Hoo and Mildenhall treasures, and the Portland Vase. With such a wealth of objects to discover you may want to sign up for one of the free events that regularly take place including talks, films, performances and discussions.

 
 

Events at British Museum

Connecting Continents: Indian Ocean Trade And Exchange
OngoingFree Event

27th November 2014 to 31st May 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Connecting Continents: Indian Ocean Trade And Exchange British Museum A selection of objects, artworks and artefacts which are connected to the history of trade in the Indian Ocean. 2014-11-272015-05-31 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Ancient Lives, New Discoveries
Ongoing

22nd May 2014 to 19th April 2015 - Various Times | 10

 
Ancient Lives, New Discoveries British Museum An installation of eight people who were mummified in ancient Egypt and Sudan, including a priest's daughter, a temple doorkeeper and a child, using cutting-edge technology to discover how they lived their lives. 2014-05-222015-04-19 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Arduino Workshop
Free Event

Sunday 1st March 2015 - 11am-4pm | Free, adv booking essential

 
Arduino Workshop British Museum Use an Arduino toolkit to create interactive models. 2015-03-012015-03-01 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

Use an Arduino toolkit to create interactive models.

Maya Writing At Copan: The Fate Of 18-Rabbit: Talk
On SoonFree Event

Tuesday 3rd March 2015 - 1.15pm-2pm | Free

 
Maya Writing At Copan: The Fate Of 18-Rabbit: Talk British Museum An informative gallery talk. 2015-03-032015-03-03 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

An informative gallery talk.

The Sculptures Of The Parthenon: Talk
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Wednesday 4th March 2015 - 1.15pm-2pm | Free

 
The Sculptures Of The Parthenon: Talk British Museum An informative talk. 2015-03-042015-03-04 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

An informative talk.

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Bank of England Museum

The UK's central bank has a long and complicated history dating back to 1694

Bartholomew Lane, City, London, EC2R 8AH

Tube: Bank Station, Cannon Street Station, Mansion House Station, Moorgate Station, Monument Station

 
 

Housed within the Bank of England, this museum traces the history of the bank from its foundation by Royal Charter in 1694 to its role today as the nation's central bank. There are gold bars dating from ancient times to the modern market bar, coins, and a unique collection of banknotes. There are also many items you might not expect to find - pikes and muskets used to defend the bank, Roman pottery and mosaics uncovered when it was rebuilt in 1930, and documents relating to famous customers such as Horatio Nelson, George Washington and the Duchess of Marlborough.

 
 

Events at Bank of England Museum

The First World War and the Bank of England OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st July 2014 to 1st April 2015 | Free

 
The First World War and the Bank of England Bank of England Museum The First World War and the Bank of England, taking place at the Bank of England Museum, looks at the impact the Great War had on the economy and the effects on the Bank of ... 2014-07-212015-04-01 Where:
Bank of England Museum, Bartholomew Lane London, EC2R 8AH
Category: Museums
Flora And Fauna On SoonFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd March to 0th September 2015 | Free

 
Flora And Fauna Bank of England Museum What's the colour of money? The Bank Of England Museum in the City turns its attention to another type of greenery in Flora And Fauna (23rd March-September 2015) which looks at the rich array of ... 2015-03-232015-09-00 Where:
Bank of England Museum, Bartholomew Lane London, EC2R 8AH
Category: Museums

What's the colour of money? The Bank Of England Museum in the City turns its attention to another type of greenery in Flora And Fauna (23rd March-September 2015) which looks at the rich array of ...more

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The British Library

Full of literary treasures and fascinating facts, plus plenty of quiet corners for book-browsing

96 Euston Road, King's Cross, London, NW1 2DB

Tube: King's Cross Station, Euston Station

 
 

With over 150 million items, a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland, artwork by artists such as Antony Gormley and Eduardo Paolozzi, and a host of historically momentous works - including the Magna Carta, the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare's First Folio and the Lindisfarne Gospels - a guided tour around the British Library is essential if you only have time for one visit. This is, after all, the largest public building constructed in the United Kingdom in the 20th century and, as such, warrants a guided tour around its cavernous spaces. While the library has a lot to offer the casual visitor - exhibition galleries (mostly free) special exhibitions, events, films, musical performances and poetry readings - if it's your first visit it's a good idea to let an experienced guide navigate you through the main treasures that call this place home. These guides also really know their stuff and will open your eyes to this gargantuan repository. Of particular interest is the Diamond Sutra, the world's earliest dated printed book, and the only surviving copy of 'Beowulf'. The King's Library - a three-storey glass tower - forms the centre-piece of the building both architecturally and in terms of its historic acquisitions. With 65,000 printed volumes, The King's Library refers to King George III, whose personal collection is on display here. Some of the tours include access to the reading rooms, access to which is usually limited to those with passes. While it is free to explore this iconic building, paying for a tour is more than worth it if you only have a few hours to take everything in.

 
 

Events at British Library

Lines In The Ice: Seeking The Northwest Passage
OngoingFree Event

14th November 2014 to 29th March 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Lines In The Ice: Seeking The Northwest Passage British Library A display featuring early European maps, early Arctic photography and accounts by the Inuit population, examining the fascination to exploring the Arctic, and in particular, the Northwest Passage. 2014-11-142015-03-29 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums
Divine Warbling: The London Pleasure Gardens: Lecture
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Monday 2nd March 2015 - 6.30pm-8pm | 10, OAP 8, NUS/unwaged/under 18s/mems 7

 
Divine Warbling: The London Pleasure Gardens: Lecture British Library Speaker Cliff Eisen discusses the pleasure gardens in Vauxhall, Ranelagh and Marylebone, accompanied by harpsichordist and conductor Steven Devine and soprano Kate Semmens. 2015-03-022015-03-02 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

Speaker Cliff Eisen discusses the pleasure gardens in Vauxhall, Ranelagh and Marylebone, accompanied by harpsichordist and conductor Steven Devine and soprano Kate Semmens.

Anthony Trollope Treasures Display
On SoonFree Event

3rd March to 7th June 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Anthony Trollope Treasures Display British Library A display dedicated to the English author including items from his archive and personal effects and the library's manuscript copy of Trollope's autobiography, 2015-03-032015-06-07 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums
Scott McCloud
On Soon

Friday 6th March 2015 - 6.30pm-8pm | 8

 
Scott McCloud British Library The novelist talks. 2015-03-062015-03-06 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

The novelist talks.

The Future Of The Arctic: Panel Discussion
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Monday 16th March 2015 - 6.30pm-8pm | 10, OAP 8, NUS/unwaged/under 18s/mems 7

 
The Future Of The Arctic: Panel Discussion British Library A panel discussion about opportunities arising from Arctic activity increases. 2015-03-162015-03-16 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

A panel discussion about opportunities arising from Arctic activity increases.

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Imperial War Museum

Providing insightful documentation of conflict, from the First World War to the present day

Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle, Southwark, London, SE1 6HZ

Tube: Lambeth North Station

 
 

Occupying the former Bethlehem Hospital for the Insane ('Bedlam'), the Imperial War Museum is the national museum of 20th-century conflict. Founded in 1917, it not only contains a fascinating display of the vehicles and weapons of war, but also makes an in-depth study of the social effects of conflict. From the M4 Sherman tank, the V2 rocket and Polaris missile, to the walk-through recreation of a front line trench from the Somme, the Imperial War Museum represents all facets of fighting and its aftermath. Both World Wars are chronicled with thought-provoking displays of painting and poetry from Sassoon to Wilfred Owen, and a reconstructed air raid shelter and Blitzed street from 1940. The sights, sounds and smells have been carefully recreated to really bring the experience to life. Over 15,000 paintings, 120 million feet of cine film and 30,000 posters make this a unique collection.

 
 

Events at IWM London (Imperial War Museums)

War Story: Afghanistan 2014
OngoingFree Event

24th October 2014 to 6th September 2015 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
War Story: Afghanistan 2014 IWM London (Imperial War Museums) Exhibition featuring the voices and experiences of British troops, members of the Afghan National Security Forces and UK government and NGO workers. 2014-10-242015-09-06 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums
Holocaust Exhibition
OngoingFree Event

1st January to 31st December 2015 - 10am-5pm | Free

 
Holocaust Exhibition IWM London (Imperial War Museums) Film footage, photographs and rare artefacts documenting the history of the persecution of Jews and other groups, before and during the Second World War. 2015-01-012015-12-31 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums
Hew Locke OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

19th February to 4th May 2015 | Free

 
Hew Locke IWM London (Imperial War Museums) Past and present drawings, sculpture and wall reliefs by the Scottish artist Hew Locke explore the exercise of control over sea highways and naval power in this IWM Contemporary exhibition. The show features a large ... 2015-02-192015-05-04 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums
Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

19th July 2014 to 8th March 2015 | Free

 
Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War IWM London (Imperial War Museums) The first major retrospective of British First World War art for almost 100 years, featuring 110 paintings, sculptures and drawings by artists such as Paul Nash, Eric Kennington and CRW Nevinson - some of Britain's ... 2014-07-192015-03-08 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums
First World War Galleries OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

19th July 2014 to 31st December 2015 | Free

 
First World War Galleries IWM London (Imperial War Museums) Visitors will discover the story of the First World War when IWM London re-opens on 19th July 2014 with new permanent First World War Galleries where visitors can discover the story of the war, how ... 2014-07-192015-12-31 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums
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Museum of London

This museum tells the story of the London, from prehistoric times to present day

150 Wall, City, London, EC2Y 5HN

Tube: Barbican Station, St. Paul's Station

 
 

Experience the real flavour of London life from the prehistoric to present day at this modern museum boasting over 1.1 million objects - many rescued from archaeological digs or discovered during building works in the City. A chain of chronological galleries guides visitors through the history of this ancient city; 47,000 objects from Roman London pave the way with buckles, brooches and belt-fittings to the medieval period, 17th-century glassware leads onto vivid Victorian street scenes, interiors and shop fronts. From the skulls of those thought to have been massacred by Queen Boudica to boots worn by the Duke of Wellington, Queen Victoria's Parliamentary robes and paraphernalia from the Suffragettes' Movement, the history of London and its inhabitants is brought back to life with startling intensity. Don't miss fragments of the old London Wall located just outside the museum.

 
 

Events at Museum of London

He Wasn't An Easy Gentleman To Describe, Photographs By Kasia Wozniak
Ends TodayFree Event

27th February, 28th February and 1st March 2015 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
He Wasn't An Easy Gentleman To Describe, Photographs By Kasia Wozniak Museum of London The artist showcases fashion images captured on an adapted field camera dating from the late 19th century, inspired by the adventures of the fictional detective, Sherlock Holmes. 2014-10-152015-03-01 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
Sherlock Holmes, The Man Who Never Lived And Will Never Die
Ongoing

17th October 2014 to 12th April 2015 - 10am-6pm | 10.90, per person family 8.50, concs 9

 
Sherlock Holmes, The Man Who Never Lived And Will Never Die Museum of London An exhibition which recreates the Victorian London of the fictional detective, featuring works in photography, paintings, film and original artefacts. 2014-10-172015-04-12 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
Sherlock Holmes Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

17th October 2014 to 12th April 2015 | Adult 12, concession 10

 
Sherlock Holmes Museum of London Likely to be one of 2014's most popular exhibitions, Sherlock Holmes at the Museum of London will be the largest exploration of the fictional detective in over 60 years. Drawing on the museum's Victorian and ... 2014-10-172015-04-12 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
Designing A Moment: The London 2012 Cauldron OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th July 2014 to 31st December 2015 | Free

 
Designing A Moment: The London 2012 Cauldron Museum of London A new pavilion gallery has been built in the courtyard of the Museum of London to house the Cauldron designed by Thomas Heatherwick for the 2012 London Olympics which became such an iconic symbol of ... 2014-07-252015-12-31 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
Elizabeth's Ghosts: The Afterlife Of The Queen In The Stuart Era
On SoonFree Event

Monday 2nd March 2015 - 1pm-2pm | Free

 
Elizabeth's Ghosts: The Afterlife Of The Queen In The Stuart Era Museum of London A range of sources will be examined to further understand the impact that Elizabeth had in the century after her death in terms of politics and religion - and the perceptions about powerful women. 2015-03-022015-03-02 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

A range of sources will be examined to further understand the impact that Elizabeth had in the century after her death in terms of politics and religion - and the perceptions about powerful women.

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National Maritime Museum | Queen's House | Royal Observatory

The world's largest Maritime Museum is situated in the Greenwich World Heritage site

Park Row, London, SE10 9NF

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 
 

  • National Maritime Museum
Located in the heart of historic Greenwich, the National Maritime Museum houses the most important collection of objects relating to the history of Britain at sea. The collection dates back to 1823 when a National Gallery of Naval Art was established, featuring some 300 portraits, paintings and artefacts. The museum occupies a former asylum and hospital school, and enjoys fantastic views of the Thames from its elevated position. With the addition of the covered Neptune Court, the museum now boasts galleries dealing with topics ranging from navigation, naval exploits and Nelson, to exploration, the ecology of the sea and emigration. Visitors can try their hand at signalling and gunnery, explore the expansion of the Empire or just revel at the power, majesty and romance of the sea through poetry, painting and photography. Admission to the Museum is free, but you may want to splash out on tickets to the Cutty Sark or an exhibition.
  • Queen's House
As far as royal residences go this is a modest palace - an appealing, but simple, bright white, classical, Palladian villa flanked by colonnades. Its understated appearance, however, belies its immense historical significance. Built in 1616 by Inigo Jones for Anne of Denmark - the wife of James I - Queen's House was the first neo-classical building seen in England. Originally conceived as a hunting lodge and addition to the Palace of Greenwich, it also acted as a bridge spanning the public road to Deptford, which divided the park in two. Despite revolutionising Jacobean architecture the house, itself, didn't get finished until 1635 when it became home to Charles I and his Queen, Henrietta Maria. The house went on to survive tumultuous times. Queen Anne died before it was completed, shortly after Civil War broke out and Oliver Cromwell stripped the Stuarts of the residence and its many treasures. It is now used by the National Maritime Museum to exhibit paintings of illustrious seafarers and historic Greenwich. The Stuart 'Tulip Staircase', purported as the first spiral staircase in Britain, has been reinstated and takes its name from the beautiful floral patterning on the wrought-iron balustrade. Some faded painted panels remain on the ceiling of the royal bedchamber while the cuboid Great Hall is swathed in impressive computer-enhanced copies of Gentileschi frescos. For the valiant among you, Queen's House is notoriously haunted and photos of shrouded figures ascending the spiral stairs are thought to be legitimate. Admission to the house is free.
  • Royal Observatory
This museum of time and space was built by Sir Christopher Wren in 1675. It marks the site of the Greenwich Meridian - the base point for World Time and the site of Longitude 0. If you time it right, you can watch the timeball drop at 1pm each day. The National Maritime Museum, at this site since 1937, and Royal Observatory have accumulated over 2 million objects about the sea, ships, astronomy and time. Visitors can also see the Astronomer Royal's apartments, the famous Harrison timekeepers (1735-60) with computer simulations, intricate instruments, Wren's Octagon Room and the largest refracting telescope in Britain. In 2007 the 15 million Peter Harrison Planetarium opened, a beautiful cone-shaped addition to the Royal Observatory designed by architects Allies and Morrison. This 120-seat, state-of-the-art facility replaces the small and out of date planetarium in the dome of the South Building. Admission to the Observatory's Astronomy Centre is free, but if you want access to other areas and the Peter Harrison Planetarium there will be small fee.

 
 
 

Natural History Museum

Educational, exciting and larger than life. The Natural History Museum is truly unforgettable

Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station, Gloucester Road Station

 
 

An 8-metre long giant squid, a walrus from Hudson Bay overstuffed by a London taxidermist in the 1880s, the skeleton of a Triceratops, a life-size Blue Whale and a sea cow are just a few of the 70 million items to call this exciting, interactive, life and earth science museum home. The permanent galleries show exhibitions on topics as diverse as: Dinosaurs - the ultimate prehistoric exhibition; Creepy-Crawlies - guaranteed to have you scratching in seconds; Human Biology - the must-see exhibition about the evolution of the species; and The Power Within - an examination of the earthquake experience. The Vault - a permanent exhibition of gems and rare meteorites - contains some famous, historic and priceless jewels. For those wanting to explore further a visit to The Darwin Centre is highly recommended. Book in for one of their free regular lectures and demonstrations and you'll see the how the museum's work is not just about preserving the past but conserving for the future. In warmer months the tranquil wildlife garden (open April to October), offers a further free attraction where you can get closer to nature. All galleries are free, although you may have to pay for some temporary exhibitions.

 
 

Events at Natural History Museum

Hands On Nature: Dinosaurs
OngoingFree Event

28th February, 7th March and 21st March 2015 at 11am-1pm and 2pm-5pm | Free

 
Hands On Nature: Dinosaurs Natural History Museum Learn how to identify real fossil specimens from the Museum's collection. 2014-12-202015-03-21 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
Images of Nature Free Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th March 2014 to 0th July 2015 | Free

 
Images of Nature Natural History Museum Women artists are the theme of Natural History Museum's temporary exhibition in the Images of Nature gallery, which showcases botanical and zoological artworks from the museum's extensive collection. Many of the artworks include watercolours dating ... 2014-03-082015-07-00 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums

Women artists are the theme of Natural History Museum's temporary exhibition in the Images of Nature gallery, which showcases botanical and zoological artworks from the museum's extensive collection. Many of the artworks include watercolours dating ...more

Dino Scene Investigation
OngoingFree Event

1st, 8th, 15th and 22nd Mar 2015 at 11am-1pm and 2pm-5pm | Free

 
Dino Scene Investigation Natural History Museum Drop-in fossil workshop. 2015-01-042015-03-22 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
Wildlife Photographer of the Year Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th October 2014 to 30th August 2015 | 12.60 (Adults), 6.30 (Concession and Child)

 
Wildlife Photographer of the Year Natural History Museum Some photographers wait for weeks in order to catch that one great action shot, some set up elaborate timing mechanisms. Others have simply seen an opportunity, grabbed a camera and produced a unique picture of ... 2014-10-242015-08-30 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
Storytelling With Puppets: Little Red Hen & Chicken Licken: Workshop (Over 3s)
On SoonFree Event

3rd, 5th, 10th, 12th, 17th, 19th and 24th Mar 2015 - Various Times | Free, adv booking required

 
Storytelling With Puppets: Little Red Hen & Chicken Licken: Workshop (Over 3s) Natural History Museum Explore natural history and science using puppets and storytelling. 2015-03-032015-03-24 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums

Explore natural history and science using puppets and storytelling.

Crime Scene Live
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Tuesday 3rd March 2015 - 6.30pm-10pm | 60, mems 54

 
Crime Scene Live Natural History Museum Work with Museum forensic experts to solve a murder mystery, then go into court and be cross-examined on your evidence by London barristers. 2015-02-062015-03-06 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums

Work with Museum forensic experts to solve a murder mystery, then go into court and be cross-examined on your evidence by London barristers.

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Science Museum

Full of hands-on exhibits and mind-boggling artefacts, plus a 3D IMAX Cinema

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

Home to one of the world's most magnificent collections of science, industry, technology and medicine, the Science Museum is one of London's most hands-on and interactive museums. Funded by the profits of the Great Exhibition of 1851, it started life in the 19th century as part of Prince Albert's grand scheme to promote industrial technology. Today, it occupies a purpose-built building and contains some 300,000 objects, covering the entire history of Western science, technology and medicine. Displays are designed to encourage interaction with certain areas aimed at specific age groups. In the Launchpad gallery, for example, visitors are invited to learn about forces and motion with exhibits that make physics fun for children aged between 8 and 14 years. There's a whole host of scientific things to discover, from how aircraft are built to morphing your face to see how you'll look in 10 years' time. The monthly Science Museum Lates are also free - offering adults a chance to enjoy the museum free of charge as well as free from marauding kids.

 
 

Events at Science Museum

Drawn By Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection
Ends Today

27th February, 28th February and 1st March 2015 - 10am-6pm | 8, concs 5

 
Drawn By Light: The Royal Photographic Society Collection Science Museum More than 200 images and artefacts by leading historical names in the world of photography, including works from the 1820s by Roger Fenton and Julian Margaret Cameron, right up to the present day by artists including Terry O'Neill and Martin Parr. The works are from the collection of the world's oldest surviving photographic society. 2014-12-022015-03-01 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Unlocking Lovelock: Scientist, Inventor, Maverick
OngoingFree Event

22nd October 2014 to 9th April 2015 | Free

 
Unlocking Lovelock: Scientist, Inventor, Maverick Science Museum Delve into the archives of one of Britain's most important living scientists, James Lovelock. Among the exhibition are laboratory notebooks, drafts of papers and equipment from the lab in his back garden. 2014-10-222015-04-09 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Shackleton's Man Goes South
OngoingFree Event

22nd October 2014 to 26th April 2015 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Shackleton's Man Goes South Science Museum Shackleton's Man Goes South is the name of a novel by Tony White and a display in the Atmosphere gallery that charts the literary and scientific inspiration behind the writing of the book. 2014-10-222015-04-26 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Cosmos & Culture
OngoingFree Event

22nd October 2014 to 31st December 2015 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Cosmos & Culture Science Museum Explore how astronomy has changed how the universe is seen. Objects from ancient heritage to cutting edge technology show the history of people and their connection with the stars. 2014-10-222015-12-31 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Aleksander Kolkowski: The Exponential Horn: In Search Of Perfect Sound
OngoingFree Event

20th May 2014 to 20th November 2015 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Aleksander Kolkowski: The Exponential Horn: In Search Of Perfect Sound Science Museum An installation by the Science Museum's Sound Artist in Residence in 2012, featuring a full-size reconstruction of the UK's largest audio loudspeaker, the Denman Horn, which measures 27ft. 2014-05-202015-11-20 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Engineer Your Future
OngoingFree Event

17th December 2014 to 17th December 2017 - 10am-5.45pm | Free

 
Engineer Your Future Science Museum A contemporary exhibition looking at engineering and the role of engineers, with interactive challenges for visitors. 2014-12-172017-12-17 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Cravings: Can Your Food Control You? OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

12th February 2015 to 1st January 2016 | Free

 
Cravings: Can Your Food Control You? Science Museum Cravings: Can Your Food Control You? at the Science Museum explores the power that food has over our bodies, brains and behaviour. Through personal stories and cutting-edge science and technology, it shows how gut and ... 2015-02-122016-01-01 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Churchill's Scientists OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd January 2015 to 1st January 2016 | Free

 
Churchill's Scientists Science Museum The Science Museum's major exhibition of 2015 is Churchill's Scientists, which will run from January 2015 until early 2016. Marking the 50th anniversary of Winston Churchill's death, the exhibition will celebrate the little-known story of ... 2015-01-232016-01-01 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
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Sir John Soane's Museum

Take a stroll through time at Sir John Soane's extraordinary home

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London, WC2A 3BP

Tube: Holborn Station, Chancery Lane Station

 
 

An appealingly higgledy-piggledy treasure trove of artefacts, this extraordinary house elegantly located on Lincoln's Inn Fields is well worth an exploratory rummage. Lurking in nooks and crannies within the sprawling rooms and halls of neo-classical architect Sir John Soane's former residence are over 30,000 architectural drawings and antiquities. Works by Turner, Canaletto and Piranesi feature in the painting collection, with William Hogarth's eight canvasses of 'A Rake's Progress' forming the centre-piece. Each of the many spaces in this museum has its own strong identity and appeal. From the domed ceiling of the Breakfast Room and the Gothic library, to the study with its Roman architectural fragments and the two courtyards crammed with ancient stonework, this is a house of diversity and architectural merit. One of the most intriguing rooms is the Picture Gallery. Here, Canaletto's magnificent Riva degli Schiavoni, looking West, takes centre stage. Look out for the alabaster Egyptian Sarcophagus of Seti I dated 1370 BC appropriately located in the basement 'Sepulchral Chamber'.

 
 

Events at Sir John Soane's Museum

Building a Dialogue: The Architect and the Client OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

17th February to 9th May 2015 | Free

 
Building a Dialogue: The Architect and the Client Sir John Soane's Museum With case studies including Sir John Soane's Dulwich Picture Gallery and Holy Trinity Church and Wren's Royal Naval College, Building a Dialogue: The Architect and the Client explores the delicate, complex and sometimes difficult relationship ... 2015-02-172015-05-09 Where:
Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields London, WC2A 3BP
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Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum

Expansive, elegant. Spend a day browsing the V&A's art and design collections

Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

With over 145 galleries to explore and over 4 million items, the V&A is one of the most influential museums of decorative and applied arts in the world. It was originally founded in 1852, with the aim of enthusing and educating British manufacturers and designers. It is now home to a stunning collection of European, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Islamic artefacts ranging from ceramics, glass, metalwork and sculpture to costume, armour, weaponry and furniture. The gallery also houses the national collection of the art of photography, the oldest photography collection in the world. Visitors can delve into the fascinating dress collection that features samples from historical dress to 21st-century haute-couture or examine the celebrated Arts and Crafts interiors of the Morris and Gamble Rooms. The gallery is often cited as housing the greatest collection of Italian Renaissance sculpture outside Italy, while the British Galleries - which opened to great acclaim in November 2001 - are unique in their exploration of British design from Chippendale to Morris, Adam to Mackintosh. Highlights include the Great Bed of Ward as mentioned in Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', and James II's wedding suit. The building itself - a mix of Victorian and Edwardian design - also presents a truly formidable display. The Cast Courts (two great halls housing the museum's impressive collection of plaster casts), in particular, form a major focal point of the museum - with their high glass roof, elevated corridors and walkways.

 
 

Events at Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

In Black And White: Prints And Posters From Africa And The Diaspora
OngoingFree Event

29th November 2014 to 6th July 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
In Black And White: Prints And Posters From Africa And The Diaspora Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum Prints, posters, photographs, books and artefacts highlighting the important role of the printed medium when addressing social and political issues. 2014-11-292015-07-06 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
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Blue & White: British Printed Ceramics
OngoingFree Event

31st January 2015 to 3rd January 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Blue & White: British Printed Ceramics Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum The quintessentially British style of ceramic design is presented in this exhibition, featuring works from the 1750s to the present day. 2015-01-312016-01-03 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
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Personal Favourites: Gold And Silver From The Rosalinde And Arthur Gilbert Collection
OngoingFree Event

14th November 2014 to 24th October 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Personal Favourites: Gold And Silver From The Rosalinde And Arthur Gilbert Collection Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum Display featuring some of the collector's favourite masterpieces in silver and gold, including a Venetian Renaissance bowl and a 1907 Tiffany's gold cup. 2014-11-142015-10-24 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
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Staying Power: Photographs Of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th February to 24th May 2015 | Free

 
Staying Power: Photographs Of Black British Experience, 1950s-1990s Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum A "beautiful and arresting" exhibition (The Telegraph), Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s showcases images recently acquired by the V&A from the Black Cultural Archives. Aiming to increase the number of black British ... 2015-02-162015-05-24 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
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Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd May 2014 to 15th March 2015 | 13.50

 
Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum The V&A turns its attentions, and not inconsiderable costume collection, to the subject of marriage, and in particular the evolution of the wedding dress over the past two hundred years. When did white become the ... 2014-05-032015-03-15 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
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V & A Exhibition Road Project Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st October 2012 to 1st January 2016

 
V & A Exhibition Road Project Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum A new purpose-built underground gallery, magnificent courtyard space and a new entrance from Exhibition Road on the west side of the Victoria and Albert Museum are part of a planned 41 million redevelopment of the ... 2012-10-012016-01-01 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
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