Fascinating world of history is totally exposed to you: 12 free London museums

Living in London - the pleasure is not cheap, but this does not mean that you need to give up leisure. In the capital there is a huge number of museums, galleries, classes and activities that can give an impressive rest and do not require the purchase of tickets or entrance fees.

Today we offer you a stroll through the most interesting museums in London, where you can get for free.

1. Museum of London

It is in this museum that you can go back in time and trace the entire history of London from the prehistoric period to modern times. The Museum of London has three floors, where various objects, exhibits, maps, models and reconstructions are on display. If you stroll around the museum counter-clockwise, you can see London during the Roman Empire, the ancient Saxons, the Middle Ages, the Great Fire and the Civil War.

In the garden at the museum you can relax, have a snack and a cup of coffee. Also, very often there are various exhibitions, seminars, lectures and screenings of documentary films.

Address: 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN.

Opening hours: Monday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.

2. British Museum

British Museum is the main historical and archaeological museum of Great Britain and the second most visited museum in the world (after Louvre). There are more than 13 million items in almost a hundred galleries. The exhibits demonstrate the development of art from the Paleolithic times to the present day. The museum collection includes a huge number of items from all over the world, so it is impossible to explore everything in full for one day. True connoisseurs of the works of Michelangelo, Durer, Botticelli, Raphael, Van Dyck, Rubens, Rembrandt and Van Gogh visit the British Museum on a regular basis.

Address: Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG.

Working hours: daily from 10:00 to 17:30.

3. The Chocolate Museum

This is an independent museum, created by the Frenchwoman Isabelle Alaya, who devoted her life to chocolate and the secrets of its making. In 2008, she founded her own brand Melange Chocolate in the UK, and in 2013 Madame Alaya opened the doors of the Museum of Chocolate. Now everyone can learn everything about the British chocolate industry and personally cook it by themselves, for example, a candy with fruits, nuts or spices.

Address: 187 Ferndale Rd, Brixton, London SW9 8BA.

Opening hours: Monday-Tuesday - closed, Wednesday-Friday from 14:00 to 19:00, Saturday-Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00.

4. Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum is located in the majestic building of the Victorian era. Its collection includes a large number of excellent zoological, geological and botanical exhibits. Undoubtedly, the star of the museum is a 30-meter skeleton of a dinosaur, whose head practically sticks into the ceiling of the hall. This is a great place to visually see how the planet Earth evolved along with its inhabitants.

Address: Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD.

Working hours: daily from 10:00 to 17:50.

5. Design Museum

London Design Museum is one of the leading design museums in the world. Here, they equally pay attention to both the history of design and current topical trends. The museum regularly hosts various exhibitions and events, where the most influential people of modern architecture, fashion and design perform.

Address: 224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington, London W8 6AG.

Working hours: daily from 10:00 to 18:00.

6. Science Museum

In the museum there are more than 10 thousand exhibits, which tell about the development of technology, medicine and science. Here you can learn a lot of interesting things about the greatest discoveries and achievements, as well as trace the history of scientific thought from the Neolithic age with primitive instruments of labor, to our days - the age of space technology. In addition, museum visitors can take part in exciting interactive entertainment. For example, to become part of the team of the space expedition on the famous ship Apollo.

Address: Exhibition Rd, Kensington, London SW7 2DD.

Working hours: daily from 10:00 to 18:00.

7. Victoria & Albert Museum

In this museum, the world's largest collection of interior, design and decorative arts of all nations for the last 3 thousand years is collected. Weapons, jewelry, dishes, furniture, books, clothes and decor elements fully reveal the culture and life of its owners. The huge collection of pictorial art, which has more than 4 thousand items can`t be forgotten to mention as well. By the way, the museum regularly hosts various free events.

Address: Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL.

Opening hours: Saturday-Thursday from 10:00 to 17:45, Friday from 10:00 to 22:00.

8. Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection is a museum and a library. The museum shows an unusual mix of medical artifacts and original works exploring the links between medicine, life and art. The library has more than 750 thousand different books and magazines. The Wellcome Collection has two permanent exhibitions - "Medicine Man" and "Medicine Now", as well as other exhibitions and events are held regularly.

Address: 183 Euston Rd, Kings Cross, London NW1 2BE.

Opening hours: Monday - closed, Tuesday-Wednesday from 10:00 to 18:00, Thursday from 10:00 to 22:00, Friday-Saturday from 10:00 to 18:00, Sunday from 11:00 to 18:00.

9. Imperial War Museum

This museum was founded in the midst of the First World War. The collection of exhibits was initially small, but eventually expanded, especially after the Second World War. Today Imperial War Museum has a large number of military equipment, weapons, photographs and personal belongings of soldiers. All these subjects are devoted to armed conflicts in which the United Kingdom participated. In the museum you can not only look at military equipment, but also learn about the modern war and its impact on man and society as a whole.

Address: Lambeth Rd, London SE1 6HZ.

Working hours: daily from 10:00 to 18:00.

10. Horniman Museum & Gardens

The museum has been functioning since the Victorian era, when Frederick John Horniman opened the doors of his house for the first time. Since then, his collection of taxidermy animals, musical instruments, subjects of anthropology and natural history has increased tenfold. Also, the museum has a large garden of 16 acres, where you can simply relax or take part in activities.

Address: 100 London Rd, Forest Hill, London SE23 3PQ.

Working hours: daily from 10:00 to 17:30.

11. Sir John Soane's Museum

The building of the museum is a transformed house in which a half century ago the world-famous architect John Soane lived. During his life he collected a huge collection of antiquities, furniture items, sculptures, architectural models and paintings, including the work of such famous artists as Hogarth, Turner and Canaletto. In addition, the museum often conducts interesting lectures and events.

Address: Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London W1U 3BN.

Working hours: daily from 10:00 to 17:00.

12. The Wallace Collection

The museum is located almost in the center of London. It contains a rich collection of samples of classical painting, sculptures, furniture, weapons and interior items. Among the variety of exhibited paintings, you can see the works of Rubens and Titian. In addition, the museum often organizes various cognitive lectures and seminars, which in most cases are free.

Address: Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London W1U 3BN.

Working hours: daily from 10:00 to 17:00.

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