Top 10 Free Museums In London

Travelling to London can be quite expensive, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend all your money in the city to have fun. In fact, there are several places and attractions in this vibrant megalopolis that are budget-friendly, and some of these are even offered for FREE!

Among these economical spots to be in the city are the London museums. Here are 10 free museums in London for you to see for free yourself…


The Victoria and Albert Museum, commonly known by its abbreviation the V & A, is considered to be the largest museum in the world as far as decorative arts and design is concerned. It permanently houses over 4.5 million of art pieces from different eras, which makes it a fascinating place to be when in London.

This museum, which was named after Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, occupies 12.5 acres of land and has 145 galleries to display its rare collections, which range from furniture to ceramics, photos, and sculpture among others.

Cromwell Road
London SW7 2RL
Nearest tube: South Kensington

Tel: 020 7942 2000


Opened in 1976, the Museum of London aims to foster love and interest in the city. It is one of the largest urban history museums in the world housing over 2 million objects dating from the Prehistoric time to the present day.

150 London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN
Tel: 020 7001 9844


One of Exhibition Road’s three major museums, the Science Museum is connected to the National Museum of Science and Industry and among London’s major attractions. It was founded in 1857 and holds more than 300,000 of science-related pieces, including Stephenson’s Rocket and the first jet engine.

For those who are visiting the museum though, it is good to note that although admission is free in the Science Museum, this only holds for permanent exhibits. Special exhibitions as well as its IMAX 3D Cinema will be requiring visitors for a ticket sold at a relatively reasonable price.

Exhibition Road
South Kensington

London SW7 2DD
Tel: 0870 870 4868


A national gallery established in 1500, Tate Britain is just one of the four “Tate” museums – joining it is Tate Modern, Tate St. Ives, and Tate Liverpool – it’s also the oldest of them all. Among the highlights in the museum are the historic British art works dating from 1500-1900, modern and contemporary art which dates in the 1900-2008, and the Turner Collection.

London SW1P 4RG
Tel: 020 7887 8888


Tate Modern, as mentioned from above, is also among the four “Tates”, and by its name, you can expect art collection from the modern times – from the 1900s onwards. The building, which was designed to cater for 1.8 million visitors every year, had to undergo extension as it receives about 4 million visitors, both locals and tourists, yearly. One of the highlights in the museum is its display of the pivotal moments that took place in the twentieth century art.

London SE1 9TG
Tel: 020 7887 8888


For contemporary arts enthusiasts, the Saatchi Gallery would be the perfect place to be. It was opened in 1985 by art collector and advertising agency owner, Charles Saatchi, as a place to display his works. Compared to many museums in the city, this museum allows visitors to take photos everywhere in the 70,000 sqft premises.

Duke of York’s HQ
King’s Road
London SW3 4RY


The National Gallery overlooks Trafalgar Square and was founded in 1894. It now houses more than 2,300 paintings coming from the mid thirteenth century to the 1900s. Among the famous works displayed in the museum are from Raphael, Botticelli, Titian, and Michelangelo.

The National Gallery
Trafalgar Square
London WC2N 5DN
Tel: +44 (0)20 7747 2885


Since its opening in 1753, the British Museum prides itself for being free all throughout the time. It showcases an incredible number of art pieces – more than 7 million! It would actually take almost a week to totally check out the pieces displayed in the museum. Be sure not to miss the antiquities from the Greek and Egyptian culture though.

Great Russell Street
London, WC1B 3DG
Tel: +44 (0)20 7323 8299


One of the largest museums in London, the Natural History Museum is home to millions of wonderful yet somehow weird specimens from the natural world. Among the most visited is the display of dinosaur skeletons.

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road
London SW7 5BD
Tel: 020 7942 5000


The Horniman Museum was founded in 1898 by Frederick Horniman. It has an arts and crafts design made by Charles Harrison Townsend. The museum boasts of its collections that showcase the cultural and natural world. Among the spots often visited in the museum are its fabulous and delightful gardens, and the beautiful conservatory, above.

100 London Road
Forest Hill
London SE23 3PQ
Tel: 020 8699 1872

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