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London Museums and Galleries

Some of the world’s most important museums and galleries are located in London. Tourists will be happy to know that most of them are free.   

London's best museums

  • Museo Británico The British Museum is the top attraction in London, with over 5 million visitors a year.
  • National Gallery The National Gallery is the most important art gallery in London, home to paintings of artists like Van Gogh and Rembrandt.
  • Imperial War Museum The atomic bomb, a human torpedo, tanks and military aircrafts can all be found in one of the world’s most famous war museums.

Two hidden treasures

  • The Wallace Collection Located in a palatial mansion of the eighteenth century, the Wallace collection includes some of the best art works in London.
  • Madame Tussauds Londres Opened in 1884, the Madame Tussauds Museum of London is the world’s most popular wax museum in the world.

Other museums and art galleries 

  • Museo de Historia Natural The Natural History Museum is dedicated to the planet Earth and the living beings that inhabit it. This exhibit also holds interactive demonstrations of how the natural catastrophes affect the globe.  
  • Museo de la Ciencia In London’s Science Museum you’ll find over 300,000 inventions that have determined the course of history. This is definitely a children’s favourite.
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Founded in 1852, Victoria and Albert Museum is the largest art and design museum in the world. Discover all this museum has to offer on its seven floors.  
  • Tate Modern The Tate Modern is the UK’s most important Modern Art Museum and the most visited. It houses paintings by Picasso and Andy Warhol, among others.
  • Tate Britain Opened in 1897, Tate Britain was one of the first Tate galleries in the United Kingdom. It houses the world’s largest British art collection.
  • Museo de Londres This museum tells the story of London from ancient history until the present day with curious objects, models and recreations.
  • National Portrait Gallery Located next to the National Gallery, this gallery has a collection of portraits of British famous  citizens.
  • Museo del Transporte de Londres The London Transport Museum shows and explains the evolution of transport in Britain’s capital city. 
  • Museo de Sherlock Holmes Opened in 1990 in Baker Street, the Sherlock Holmes Museum is a house-museum dedicated to the life of the UK’s most famous detective. 
  • Sir John Soane’s Museum Located in Holborn, this museum was home and studio of the neoclassic architect Sir John Soane.
  • Ripley´s, Believe it or not! This museum is dedicated to bizarre and surprising objects compiled from all over the world.

How to save when visiting London's museums? 

To save when visiting London’s museums and other top attractions don’t miss reading our section of how to save, where we talk of two very interesting options: