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About the Museum of London

A huge museum in the City devoted to the history, mostly of the centre of London, from Roman times right up to the modern day.

A number of permanent galleries are laid out in chronological order, with a mixture of original objects and recreations.

Particular highlights include the recreation of a Victorian street, the 2012 Olympic cauldron, and the Lord Mayor's carriage.

A number of displays change several times a year, with smaller free exhibitions, and usually one major paid-for exhibition.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

Museum of London,
150 London Wall,
London,
EC2Y 5HN

Link to Museum of London's website

 

Exhibitions open at the moment

London Making Now
London is and always has been a city of makers. Explore their stories in this display.
London Making Now
10am to 5pm
Barbican
Ends on Thu 24th February 2022
2021-10-07
2022-02-24
 

Museum of London Map

 

Fequently asked questions

What's the nearest railway station to Museum of London

The nearest station is Barbican which is 0.2 miles away.


Museum of London - Latest News

Exploring the work of 15 contemporary London artists
Exploring the work of 15 contemporary London artists

The Museum of London has added to its modern collection after it commissioned works by fifteen London-based contemporary artists and makers, and they’ve gone on display in a new exhibition.

The Clash’s broken guitar going on display at the Museum of London
The Clash’s broken guitar going on display at the Museum of London

The Clash’s third album, London Calling, famously features bassist, Paul Simonon breaking his guitar on stage, and that same broken guitar is going on permanent display at the Museum of London from 23 July 2021.

London Zoo’s NHS sign is to be preserved by the Museum of London
London Zoo’s NHS sign is to be preserved by the Museum of London

A large NHS sign installed in London Zoo’s Giraffe House during the pandemic has been acquired by the Museum of London as part of its ongoing Collecting COVID initiative.

Museum of London reopening with extended exhibitions
Museum of London reopening with extended exhibitions

The two Museums, of London, and of London Docklands have both confirmed they will reopen from 19th May, and are extending exhibitions that were to have closed during the lockdown.

Barbican Centre upgrade as Centre for Music is cancelled
Barbican Centre upgrade as Centre for Music is cancelled

Plans for a new concert hall in the City of London have been cancelled as the City decides to revamp the Barbican Centre instead.

The “Trump Baby” blimp is coming to the Museum of London
The “Trump Baby” blimp is coming to the Museum of London

A giant orange balloon of Donald Trump in a baby nappy is to become part of the permanent collection at the Museum of London.

Museum of London celebrates dub music
Museum of London celebrates dub music

A new exhibition, Dub London celebrates dub reggae music and culture in the capital, from its roots in Jamaican reggae to how it has shaped communities and culture over the last 50 years.

Museums of London and Docklands to reopen next month
Museums of London and Docklands to reopen next month

The joint Museum of London and Museum of London Docklands has announced that they will be reopening their doors at both venues on Thursday 6th August.

Museum of London gets permission for new £337 million home
Museum of London gets permission for new £337 million home

The Museum of London has secured planning permission to move from its London Wall home to the former Smithfields market buildings in Farringdon.

An A-Z of London’s fashion alphabet
An A-Z of London’s fashion alphabet

The Museum of London has created a new page on their website, bringing together 26 short videos all about London fashion.

Museum of London’s pandemic exhibition goes online
Museum of London’s pandemic exhibition goes online

A couple of years ago, a prophetic exhibition about pandemics was held at the Museum of London, and now they’ve put it online.

The Museum of London’s new home – past, present and future
The Museum of London’s new home – past, present and future

Images have been released showing the proposed new home for the Museum of London in Smithfield, near Farringdon station.

Collecting Coronavirus – the Museum of London wants your memories
Collecting Coronavirus – the Museum of London wants your memories

The Museum of London is seeking to collect both objects and first-hand experiences to reflect Londoners’ lives during these dark days, in order to keep a record and to ensure future generations

The history of executing people to open in the autumn
The history of executing people to open in the autumn

Just in time for Halloween, an exhibition will be opening later this year all about how people were killed by the state.

Museum of London submits application to move to Smithfield
Museum of London submits application to move to Smithfield

The Museum of London has filed the formal planning application that will see it move from its London Wall site to the derelict market buildings at Smithfield.

Syd’s century old coffee stall is saved
Syd’s century old coffee stall is saved

For three generations, Syd’s coffee stall has been serving up hot drinks and food in Shoreditch, but tomorrow it closes for the last time.

The Clash: Museum of London Calling
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.

See inside the Museum of London’s new Farringdon home
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.

Samuel Pepys dinner plate goes on display
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.

A chance to go inside the derelict Smithfield Meat Market
A chance to go inside the derelict Smithfield Meat Market

Although Smithfields is still a functioning meat market, about half of the Victorian buildings are derelict and this weekend is a chance to go inside.

Museum of London wants the Trump Baby Blimp
Museum of London wants the Trump Baby Blimp

A satirical image of the President who is famed for lacking a sense of humour could end up in a museum.

Huge 200 year old panorama of London to go on display
Huge 200 year old panorama of London to go on display

A huge 20 feet wide panorama of London and Westminster is to go on public display from next Friday for the first time.

Earliest human skull ever mudlarked from the Thames to go on display
Earliest human skull ever mudlarked from the Thames to go on display

Around 5,600 years ago a man died next to a wide meandering river, and over the millennia, the river changed, the landscape changed, but the remains of that man waited.

Musical tower to replace the Museum of London
Musical tower to replace the Museum of London

A tall twisting tower is set to rise on the site of the Museum of London, as the new home for a large concert hall.

 

Recent exhibitions

This exhibition looks at the popular seasonal pastime of ice skating which, in London, dates back to at least the 12th century.
2016-12-16
2017-02-08
This exhibition explores the way artists and photographers responded to the bombing of London during WW2.
2017-01-27
2017-05-08
Display exploring alternative currencies past and present – from 17th century trade tokens to today’s Brixton Pound.
2017-10-06
2018-01-21
Consider speculative London futures as depicted in fiction past and present.
2017-10-21
2018-04-15
Fantastical realities seen through the eyes of artists, architects and designers.
2018-01-19
2018-04-15
This exhibition delves into the history behind the School’s creation, its iconic uniform, historic practices, and charitable benefactors.
2018-07-12
2018-10-07

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