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London: 22 free museums and galleries for a ticket-free cultural day

London: 22 free museums and galleries for a ticket-free cultural day

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London may not be among the cheapest places to visit in the world but at least it has a bunch of free museums and galleries so you can have a culture-filled day without spending a dime on tickets. Plan your visit to the best free museums and galleries in London keeping in mind the opening hours.

Here’s a map of all the mentioned museums and galleries:


#1 British Museum

Some of the greatest artifacts of human history are kept here – the Rosetta Stone, sculptures from the Parthenon in Athens, ancient Egyptian mummies and many more. Although the British Museum is free, a donation of £5 is recommended.

Opening hours: daily 10 am -5.30 pm (Fridays until 8.30 pm)

#2 Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is where you and your kids will find answers to almost every evolution or animal question. The huge whale skeleton and the dinosaurs exhibits are the superstars of this venue.

Opening hours: daily 10 am – 5.50 pm

#3 Victoria and Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum is a treasury of art, design, fashion, and furniture design from different periods and styles.

Opening hours: daily 10 am – 5.50 pm (Fridays until 10 pm)

#4 Museum of London

The Museum of London is where you can delve into the history of London since prehistoric times by strolling among recreated city areas from different epochs.

Opening hours: daily 10 am – 6 pm

#5 Museum of London Docklands

Make it a little bit more specific and explore the history of London as an important port and a trade hub. The Museum of London Docklands is located in a warehouse that is two centuries old.

Opening hours: daily 10 am – 6 pm

#6 Science Museum

Science becomes alive in the 3D and 4D simulators of the Science Museum where you can experience an Apollo space mission. This is the most visited science museum in Europe and you will quickly see why.

Opening hours: daily 10 am – 6 pm

#7 V&A Museum of Childhood

This museum houses an impressive collection of toys and games from the last five centuries.

Opening hours: daily 10 am – 5.45 pm

#8 Horniman Museum and Gardens

Horniman Museum and Garden is a real treasure that contains an aquarium, anthropology and natural history collections, musical instruments and manicured gardens.

Opening hours: daily 10 am – 5.30 pm

#9 Grant Museum of Zoology

This Victorian-style museum is full of skeletons, specimen in jars, and stuffed animals covering the whole animal kingdom.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 1 pm – 5 pm

#10 Bank of England Museum

Head to the Bank of England to delve into its history since its foundation in 1694 and learn about its famous customers through the centuries.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10 am5 pm

#11 Royal Air Force Museum

Spend a day among more than a hundred aircraft exhibited at the Royal Air Force Museum in London – entertaining for both kids and adults.

Opening hours: daily 10 am – 6 pm

#12 Anaesthesia Museum

This quirky museum contains a collection of objects related to the history of pain relief and medicine.

Opening hours: Monday – Friday 10 am – 4 pm

#13 London Sewing Machine Museum

The London Sewing Machine Museum keeps a collection of 600 sewing machines, including the first Singer machine and machines owned by royalties. The museum only accepts visitors over 16 years.

Opening hours: Every first Saturday of the month 2 pm – 5 pm

#14 Queen’s House Greenwich

You have 22 rooms to visit and art from the last 400 years to explore at the Queen’s House in Greenwich.

Opening hours: daily 10 am – 5 pm

#15 Kenwood House

Find a serene hidden gem in London at the Kenwood House. Kick back and unwind in the vast gardens or marvel at the Rembrandt’s self-portrait and other pieces of art hanging on the walls inside.

Opening hours: daily 10 am – 4 pm

#16 Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum in London focuses on both the conflicts causing wars and how people are affected by wars.

Opening hours: daily 10 am – 6 pm

#17 Hogarth House

You can see many pieces of art from the artist William Hogarth in his restored country home.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 12 am – 5 pm


#18 National Gallery

The National Gallery contains a huge collection of Western European art from Van Gogh, Leonardo da Vinci, Renoir, Rembrandt, and many more.

Opening hours: daily 10 am – 6 pm (Fridays until 9 pm)

#19 National Portrait Gallery

If you want to browse through British history in faces, this is the best place to do it. The National Portrait Gallery will meet you face to face with queens, kings, and contemporary movie stars.

Opening hours: daily 10 am – 6 pm (Thursdays and Fridays until 9 pm)

#20 Tate Modern

Immerse in the best modern art collection in Britain at the Tate Modern. You will see works of art by Salvador Dalí, Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, and Andy Warhol among the others.

Opening hours: daily 10 am – 6 pm (Fridays and Saturdays until 10 pm)

#21 Tate Britain

Tate Britain contains the biggest collection of British art since the 1500’s until nowadays.

Opening hours: Saturday – Thursday 10 am – 6 pm (Fridays until 10 pm) 

#22 Newport Street Gallery

Newport Street Gallery is where the artists Damien Hirst has open his personal art collection to the public. The collection includes works of art by Banksy, Francis Bacon, Pablo Picasso, Tracey Emin and many more.

Opening hours: Tuesday – Sunday 10 am – 6 pm but check because the gallery is often closed for installations. 

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    Great list! No matter how many times I’ve been to London, there’s always more to discover… I mean, a Sewing Machine Museum? This city is incredible! Thanks for sharing 🙂

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