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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

The Prince And The Pir: Dervishes And Mysticism In Iran And India
OngoingFree Event

3rd April to 8th July 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
The Prince And The Pir: Dervishes And Mysticism In Iran And India British Museum 2015-04-032015-07-08 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Bonaparte And The British: Prints And Propaganda In The Age Of Napoleon
OngoingFree Event

3rd April to 16th August 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Bonaparte And The British: Prints And Propaganda In The Age Of Napoleon British Museum 2015-04-032015-08-16 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Connecting Continents: Indian Ocean Trade And Exchange
OngoingFree Event

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

 
Connecting Continents: Indian Ocean Trade And Exchange British Museum 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 12th July 2015 - Various Times | 10

 
Ancient Lives, New Discoveries British Museum 2014-05-222015-07-12 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
On Beauty: Discussion

Friday 29th May 2015 - 6.30pm-7.30pm | 5, mems/concs 3

 
On Beauty: Discussion British Museum 2015-05-292015-05-29 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

This panel discussion will consider Greek perceptions of beauty.

An Etruscan Affair: The Impact Of Early Etruscan Discoveries On European Culture: Conference
Now On

Friday 29th May 2015 at 10am-7.30pm & Saturday 30th May 2015 at 10am-1.30pm | 70, mems 35

 
An Etruscan Affair: The Impact Of Early Etruscan Discoveries On European Culture: Conference British Museum 2015-05-292015-05-30 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

The conference considers rich and exciting Etruscan discoveries in Tuscany, Lazio and Umbria.

Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd April to 2nd August 2015 | Adult 10, concs 8. Under 16s Free

 
Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation British Museum 2015-04-232015-08-02 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Defining Beauty: The Body In Ancient Greek Art Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th March to 22nd June 2015

 
Defining Beauty: The Body In Ancient Greek Art British Museum 2015-03-062015-06-22 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Hercules Unchained
On Soon

Saturday 30th May 2015 - 2pm | 3, concs/mems 2

 
Hercules Unchained British Museum 2015-05-292015-06-04 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
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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

Flora And Fauna Free Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd March to 0th September 2015 | Free

 
Flora And Fauna Bank of England Museum 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

Cornelia Parker: Magna Carta (An Embroidery)
OngoingFree Event

15th May to 24th July 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Cornelia Parker: Magna Carta (An Embroidery) British Library 2015-05-152015-07-24 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums
Anthony Trollope Treasures Display
OngoingFree Event

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

 
Anthony Trollope Treasures Display British Library 2015-03-032015-06-07 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums
Visual Urbanism: Locating Place In Time

Friday 29th May 2015 | 25, OAP/NUS/unwaged/under 18s/mems 15

 
Visual Urbanism: Locating Place In Time British Library 2015-05-292015-05-29 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

Presentations and panel discussions.

Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th March to 1st September 2015 | 12, concs available

 
Magna Carta: Law, Liberty, Legacy British Library 2015-03-132015-09-01 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums
Magna Carta's American Adventure: Talk
On Soon

Monday 1st June 2015 - 6.30pm-8pm | 10, OAP 8, NUS/unwaged/under 18s/mems 7

 
Magna Carta's American Adventure: Talk British Library 2015-06-012015-06-01 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

The evolution and influence of the Magna Carta in America.

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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)

Design A 1940s Scarf
Now OnFree Event

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

 
Design A 1940s Scarf IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 2015-05-232015-05-31 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums

Design and make your own bold and colourful scarf.

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) 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-6pm | Free

 
Holocaust Exhibition IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 2015-01-012015-12-31 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums
Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

5th March to 31st August 2015 | Adults 10, Concessions 7, Children (aged 15 and under) 5

 
Fashion on the Ration: 1940s Street Style IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 2015-03-052015-08-31 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums
Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th May 2015 to 30th May 2016 | Free

 
Peter Kennard: Unofficial War Artist IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 2015-05-142016-05-30 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) 2014-07-192015-12-31 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums
Visions of War Above and Below OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd April 2015 to 25th September 2016 | Free

 
Visions of War Above and Below IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 2015-04-022016-09-25 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums
Object Conversations: Talk
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 31st May 2015 at 11am-12.30pm and 2pm-4pm | Free

 
Object Conversations: Talk IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 2015-01-042015-05-31 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

Puppet Performers (Over 5s)
Free Event

Friday 29th May 2015 at 12.30pm-2pm and 2.30pm-4pm | Free

 
Puppet Performers (Over 5s) Museum of London 2015-05-292015-05-29 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

Learn about street performers.

The Isle Full Of Noises
Ends TodayFree Event

Wednesday 27th and Friday 29th May 2015 at 1pm-1.30pm, 2pm-2.30pm and 3pm-3.30pm | Free

 
The Isle Full Of Noises Museum of London 2015-05-272015-05-29 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

A family-friendly retelling of Shakespeare's play The Tempest.

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 2014-07-252015-12-31 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
Clowning Around
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 30th May 2015 at 1pm-1.30pm, 2pm-2.30pm and 3pm-3.30pm | Free

 
Clowning Around Museum of London 2015-05-302015-05-30 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

Hear the story of Joseph Grimaldi.

Model Theatre
On SoonFree Event

Saturday 30th May 2015 at 2.30pm-4pm and 2.30pm-2pm | Free

 
Model Theatre Museum of London 2015-05-302015-05-30 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

Create a pop-up theatre.

Tales From Shakespeare's Troupe
On SoonFree Event

Sunday 31st May 2015 at 1pm-1.30pm, 2pm-2.30pm and 3pm-3.30pm | Free

 
Tales From Shakespeare's Troupe Museum of London 2015-05-312015-05-31 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

Discover more about being a member of Shakespeare's acting group in a live story-telling session.

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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.

 
 

Events at The Queen's House

Unseen: The Lives of Looking by Dryden Goodwin OngoingFree Event

5th March to 26th July 2015 | Free

 
Unseen: The Lives of Looking by Dryden Goodwin The Queen's House 2015-03-052015-07-26 Where:
The Queen's House, Park Row London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums
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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

Specimen Preparation Area In Action
OngoingFree Event

28th May, 11th Jun, 18th Jun and 25th Jun 2015 at 11am-1pm and 2pm-4pm | Free

 
Specimen Preparation Area In Action Natural History Museum 2015-04-162015-06-25 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 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

Sensational Butterflies Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

2nd April to 13th September 2015 | 5.90 (Adults, Children and concessions), 19.80 (Family)

 
Sensational Butterflies Natural History Museum 2015-04-022015-09-13 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

27th March to 13th September 2015 | 4.50-10

 
Coral Reefs: Secret Cities of the Sea Natural History Museum 2015-03-272015-09-13 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 2014-10-242015-08-30 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
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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

Magic Lanterns
Now OnFree Event

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

 
Magic Lanterns Science Museum 2015-05-032015-05-31 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums

Build a lantern projector from a basic electrical circuit.

Cosmos & Culture
OngoingFree Event

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

 
Cosmos & Culture Science Museum 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 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 2014-12-172017-12-17 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards and The First Book Award OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th April to 28th June 2015 | Free

 
The Kraszna-Krausz Book Awards and The First Book Award Science Museum 2015-04-202015-06-28 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
Revelations: Experiments in Photography Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th March to 13th September 2015 | 8

 
Revelations: Experiments in Photography Science Museum 2015-03-202015-09-13 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 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 March 2016 | Free

 
Churchill's Scientists Science Museum 2015-01-232016-03-01 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'.

 
 
 

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

Create! Design And Make Your Own Garment: Workshop (Ages 16-19)
Ends Today

27th, 28th and 29th May 2015 - 11am-4pm | 52, adv booking essential

 
Create! Design And Make Your Own Garment: Workshop (Ages 16-19) Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-272015-05-29 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums

Create an Alexander McQueen-inspired garment with fashion designer Juliana Sissons.

Make It: Sculpture (Ages 5-12)
Ends Today

27th, 28th and 29th May 2015 at 10.30am-12.30pm and 2.30pm-4.30pm | child 7.50

 
Make It: Sculpture (Ages 5-12) Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-252015-05-29 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums

Work with an artist to explore the technique of plaster casting.

The Imagination Station: May Half-Term
Now OnFree Event

27th to 31st May 2015 - 10.30am-5pm | Free

 
The Imagination Station: May Half-Term Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-232015-05-31 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums

Experience the world of Renaissance Italy in an interactive performance.

Swarovski Design Project
Now OnFree Event

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

 
Swarovski Design Project Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-032015-05-31 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums

A selection of shortlisted work by 3rd Year BA Jewellery Design students from Central Saint Martins inspired by the exhibition Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty. The students were asked to create couture jewellery with a focus ...

Civic Objects
OngoingFree Event

3rd May to 19th July 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Civic Objects Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-032015-07-19 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Ways To Be Public
OngoingFree Event

3rd May to 30th September 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Ways To Be Public Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-032015-09-30 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
The Curious Neoclassical Vision Of Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot
OngoingFree Event

3rd May to 6th December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
The Curious Neoclassical Vision Of Ennemond-Alexandre Petitot Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-032015-12-06 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
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 2014-11-292015-07-06 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
A Room From Damascus
OngoingFree Event

3rd May to 16th December 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
A Room From Damascus Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-032015-12-16 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
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 2014-11-142015-10-24 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Road Building
OngoingFree Event

3rd May 2015 to 15th October 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Road Building Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-032016-10-15 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
All Of This Belongs To You: Guided Tour
Free Event

Friday 29th May 2015 - 6.30pm-7.30pm | Free, adv booking essential

 
All Of This Belongs To You: Guided Tour Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-292015-05-29 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums

A BSL tour of the exhibition.

Digital Kids: May Half Term (Over 5s) Now OnFree Event

23rd to 31st May 2015 | Free

 
Digital Kids: May Half Term (Over 5s) Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-05-232015-05-31 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums

This May Half Term children aged 5 and above can create their own digital art with help from experts at the Victoria and Albert Museum. The free, drop in Digital Kids sessions run all day, ...more

All Of This Belongs To You OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st April to 19th July 2015 | Free

 
All Of This Belongs To You Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-04-012015-07-19 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

14th March to 2nd August 2015 | 16 (concessions available)

 
Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-03-142015-08-02 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
What Is Luxury? OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th April to 27th September 2015 | Free

 
What Is Luxury? Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-04-252015-09-27 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Blue & White: British Printed Ceramics OngoingFree Event

31st January 2015 to 3rd January 2016 | Free

 
Blue & White: British Printed Ceramics Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2015-01-312016-01-03 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
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 2012-10-012016-01-01 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
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