Museums

All the news from London’s museums


The first Christmas card goes on show in London

1843 was an important year in the history of Christmas, and a new exhibition at the Charles Dickens Museum is bringing them together for the first time.

The Clash: Museum of London Calling

It’s 40 years since The Clash’s third album ‘London Calling’ was released, and an exhibition has pulled together a host of memorabilia for that iconic album.

Tickets Alert: Photography at Sir John Soane’s Museum

The old house packed full of curiosities is one of those museums that normally bans photography – but not in the evenings.

Go behind the scenes of Piccadilly Circus tube station

A hidden series of tunnels and lift shafts lie out of sight under Piccadilly Circus, and now tours are offered of these hidden spaces.

See a Mercury mission spacecraft in the Science Museum

Sitting near the back of the Science Museum is a full-size model of a spacecraft that’s currently on a journey to Mercury.

Tickets Alert: Tours of the hidden parts of Moorgate tube station

More tours of hidden parts of the London Underground have been announced for next year, and they’re adding Morgate to the list of venues.

Exhibition Review: Notgeld and the farting coppersmith

In the British Museum at the moment is an exhibition about a period of German history that’s both well known, and hardly known at all – the hyperinflation of the world war periods.

See inside the Museum of London’s new Farringdon home

The Museum of London is set to move soon from its current home into a cluster of semi-derelict Victorian iron and 1960s concrete buildings.

London’s Science City at the Science Museum

There’s a new gallery at the Science Museum that shows off an awful lot of wood, brass and books.

The British Empire and animal collecting

A new exhibition at the Grant Museum takes a look at how the attitudes of the British Empire affected the collections of natural wildlife that were brought back to the UK.

The roundel that got cancelled

There’s a display in the Transport Museum of roundels used by TfL, but one of them shouldn’t be there.

London’s largest ever Bronze Age hoard discovered

The largest ever Bronze Age hoard to be discovered in London, and the third largest of its kind in the UK, has been unearthed in Havering. A total of 453 bronze objects dating between c.900 and c.800 BC have been

Silvery spiral stairs for East London’s Museum of Childhood

The V&A’s Museum of Childhood in East London has secured planning permission for a large revamp of the listed building.

See the Admonitions of the Instructress to the Court Ladies

A document that is so rare and fragile that it can only be seen for a few weeks each year has gone on display in the British Museum.

Book review: Hidden London: Discovering the Forgotten Underground

Released to tie in with an exhibition of the same name, this book is a picture rich journey through some of the disused and hidden spaces on the London Underground.

Tickets Alert: Train trip into the Jubilee line’s overrun tunnels

There’s a chance next month to visit a part of the Jubilee line rarely seen – the overrun tunnels that run beyond Charing Cross station towards Aldwych.

Discover a disused London Underground station in Covent Garden

As you step through the familiar terracotta frontage of an old tube station it’s difficult to believe you’re two floors above ground, and not deep under it.

Samuel Pepys dinner plate goes on display

This is more significant than it sounds, as it’s one of only three items of silver plate known to have belonged to Pepys as part of his personal collection and is now the only one on display in the UK.