Free museums in London

The London museums are amongst the most renowned in the world, but better yet: they are often free. Therefore, you have no excuse to not venture into one of them during your stay in London!

  • Aymeric Channellière



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The National Gallery

Start your museum tour with the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square. It’s the most important art museum in England, displaying paintings from the Middle Ages to the end of the 19th century. Its collections include many paintings of the greatest painters: Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Van Gogh and Monet, as well as the masterpieces of the english painting masters, like Turner or Constable.

Open every day from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., Friday until 9 p.m.

The National Portrait Gallery

Follow this with the nearbyNational Portrait Gallery, where you can admire the portraits of the major figures of British history. Paintings, caricatures and even photographs will teach you all about English kings, noblemen and scientists.

Open every day from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Thursday and Friday until 9 p.m.

The Victoria & Albert museum

Located on Cromwell Road, you will find theVictoria & Albert museum, dedicated to decorative arts. Its collections recall a period stretching from Antiquity to the 20th century: furniture, clothes (including haute couture dresses), photographs or even pieces of pottery from all over the world, letting you get a better idea of how you are going to decorate your new apartment!

Open every day from 10 a.m. until 5:45 p.m., Friday until 10 p.m.

The National History Museum

Go a bit further up that same street and you are already in front of the Natural History Museum. The pace is set right from the entrance hall: you are standing beneath an enormous diplodocus skeleton ! Its collections, including those built by Darwin or even James Cook, contain over 70 million specimens (forgive so little). Botany, zoology or mineralogy, you’re going to have to choose!

Open every day (except Tuesday) from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.

The Tate Modern

On the right bank of the Thames, the Tate Modern gives you access to the national collection of contemporary art. Located in an old closed down power plant, the museum spreads out over seven floors, including one for permanent exhibitions and therefore free! You will be able to see extremely rich content. Our favourites : The many paintings of Francis Bacon or even the beautiful Rothko room and its enormous colourful canvases.

Open every day from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m., and Friday and Saturday until 10 p.m.

The British Museum

Your thirst for culture still isn’t quenched ? Head to the British Museum! This one gathers one of the most important collections in the world with no less than seven million objects coming from all periods of time and all continents. With Prehistory, Egypt, Ancient Greece or even medieval collections, you will most likely not have time to see everything, but you will still be able to scratch the surface of human history!

Open every day from 10 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. and Friday until 8:30 p.m.



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