Museum of London

Price guide: Free

150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN

Price guide: Free

Museum of London - Lord Mayor's Coach © Museum of London
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Expert overall rating:4.0 out of 5
Value for money:
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Recommended for:
Culture vultures, Families with teenagers, Families with younger children, Mature travellers, Singles, Art, Education, History

Best for First-time visitors - Expert review of Museum of London

A fine and fulsome introduction to a great city.

After undergoing a long, £20m makeover, the Museum of London now offers an imaginative and rewarding overview of the capital that is both historical and thematic. Despite being encircled by traffic and set in a somewhat bleak building, its galleries prove easy to enjoy once you get inside and there is also a good cafe. The displays follow a chronological route from 450,000 BC to today and are spread over two levels. For me the sections on Roman London (level E) and the Victorian Walk (level 2) are particularly engaging, and there are plenty of high-calibre exhibits to contemplate including Viking weapons found in the Thames and a very fancy 1928 bronze lift from Selfridges department store. The Linbury Gallery is devoted to the City of London and houses the splendid Lord Mayor's State Coach, built in 1757 and still used every year for ceremonial duties.

Price advice: 

Admission is free.

Expert tips: 
Guided highlights tours of the museum last 40 minutes and are free but you'll need to get a ticket.
While you're here, you can also visit the nearby Barbican arts centre (www.barbican.org.uk) to enjoy exhibitions, films, music and theatre.

More information on Museum of London:

Price guide:
Free
Type:
Museum
Address:
150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN
Telephone:
020 7001 9844
Website:
http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk
Months open:
All year round
Opening times:
Mon-Sun 10am-6pm.
Indoor/outdoor?:
Indoor

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