The Museum of London

Situated in the Barbican Centre at the heart of the City of London, the Museum of London provides a comprehensive history of the UK’s capital from prehistoric times to the present.

Not one of the most well-known UK attractions, the Museum of London provides visitors with an unforgettable experience, charting the story of one of the world’s most famous cities, from prehistoric times to the present.

The Museum’s Prehistoric collection is one of the largest of its kind and has caused a great deal of excitement both in the UK and internationally with the most important element being some 900 pieces of Bronze Age and Iron Age metalwork recovered mostly from the Thames. The collection has over 11,000 artefacts in total.

The Roman collection has an impressive 47,000 objects recovered during rebuilding works. With a host of different artefacts including coins, weapons and ceramics to delight visitors the most impressive is the Roman Room with a complete Roman mosaic floor.

The Tudor and Stuart collections are a major part at the Museum of London and document the changing times of the capital during the 16th and 17th centuries. Metalwork, edged weaponry, toys, watches, ceramics, coins and glass all come together to give visitors a deeper insight into the periods' pivotal roles in history.

The 1700 to the Present collection has over half-a-million objects, images and digital recordings. For practical reasons, these collections are organised by object type thereby allowing staff to develop expertise in specialist areas:

The Decorative Arts collection includes ceramics, glass, silver, jewellery, enamels, watches and objects of vertu. The collection includes a range silver dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, incorporating interesting collections of bottle labels, caddy spoons and novelty pepper pots.

The dress collection at Museum of London is internationally renowned for its quality and diversity and seeks to represent London’s role as a centre for the fashion and clothing industry, from education through to design, production, promotion, retail and wear; and reflect the diversity of life in London, recording and collecting the clothing of all London’s communities.The Museum houses over 24,000 items linked with fashion from the Tudor period to the present day. The main part of the collection consists of fashionable dress and accessories with the 20th century objects being the most diverse, encompassing clothing from a wider range of socio-economic, ethnic and cultural groups.

The Life Stories and Oral History section is home to the memories of Londoners that the Museum has been collecting since the 1980s. The collection now has over 5000 hours of recorded life story interviews with a wide variety of people who have lived and worked in the capital and who talk about their lives and everyday experiences in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries.

With a host of other collections and exhibits, the Museum of London is something of an undiscovered gem among UK attractions and is a must see for anyone who wants to really understand London and its history.

Museum of London Opening times:

Monday to Sunday: 10am-6pm
Please note that the galleries will begin to close at 5.40pm
Closed: 24 to 26 December

Admission: Free

Getting there

Museum of London
150 London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN

By tube: Barbican, St Paul's, Moorgate

By bus: 4, 8, 25, 56, 100, 25, 172, 242, 521