Museum of London
The Museum of London, opened in 1976, records the history of the city from prehistoric times to the present day through several models and unusual objects.
The different galleries were built in such a way that it is only possible to visit the museum one way, making the visit more straightforward and agreeable. The galleries are in chronological order, with over 7,000 models and original artefacts. The museum also includes reconstructions of the city’s architecture from various periods.
During the visit, it is possible to learn about the following periods of London’s history:
- London Before London: This prehistoric gallery relates the story of those living on the banks of the River Thames from 450 B.C. to 50 A.D.
- Roman London: The Romans were the first to build the city where London is actually located. This exhibition includes ceramic objects and tools from that era.
- Medieval London: From 410 to 1558, the Viking incursions and Normand conquest transformed the course of London’s history.
- War, plagues and fire: Between 1550 and 1660, London suffered important changes caused by the English Civil War, the Great Pest and the Great Fire in 1666.
- The reconstruction of London: After the Great Fire, London was practically completely rebuilt.
- A city of its people: In 1850, London had become one of the wealthiest cities in the world, however, it was a very much divided city between the different social classes.
- A Worldwide City: Throughout the centuries, London has become one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world.
A journey through time
The Museum of London is designed in a very interactive and attractive way, making it a very pleasant visit. The exhibitions are truly fascinating and it is a very entertaining way of learning about London’s history.
Monday – Sunday: 10 am to 5 pm
Tube: Barbican, Circle, Hammersmith and Metropolitan lines; St Paul's, Central line.
Buses: 4, 8, 25, 56, 100, 25, 172, 242 and 521.
St Paul's Cathedral (456 m) Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre (1.1 km) The Monument (1.1 km) Tate Modern (1.1 km) Sir John Soane’s Museum (1.5 km)