Museum of London

London, EC2Y 5HN

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The Museum of London provides an unforgettable journey through the capital's turbulent past.

The Museum of London is an amalgamation of two earlier museums: the Guildhall Museum, founded in 1826, and the London Museum, founded in 1912. Both collections came together after the Second World War. The new Museum of London opened in 1976.

The Museum of London tells the story of the city and its people. It cares for more than two million objects in its collections and attracts over 400,000 visitors per year. It holds the largest archaeological archive in Europe.

In November 2017, the Museum ran a highly successful Art Happens crowdfunding campaign to conserve and redress their Pleasure Gardens, a permanent gallery display inspired by the Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in their heyday.

The collections are constantly growing as archaeological digs yield new discoveries, and contemporary objects are acquired to ensure the museum has a record of life in 21st-century London.

Among the collections are 25,000 items of fashion and textiles; 150,000 paintings, prints and photographs of the city; 17,000 skeletons; 50,000 objects from prehistoric and Roman London; 15,000 objects from Saxon and medieval London; 55,000 objects from Tudor and Stuart London and 110,000 objects from modern London (the 18th century to today). There are also1800 life stories from individual Londoners and half a million historic documents, including the archives of the Port of London Authority and Sainsbury’s supermarket.

A new gallery houses Thomas Heatherwick's iconic Cauldron designed for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, commemorating the unforgettable moment when it was lit during the opening ceremony.

Art we’ve helped buy at Museum of London

John Ritchie's A Summer Day in Hyde Park evokes the Victorians at their leisure on the banks of the Serpentine, providing a wealth of costume detail and several charming vignettes along the way.

The little clay figure of Thomas Todd by the Chinese model maker Chitqua is an intimate portrait of a successful merchant – one of the many who helped create London into a thriving mercantile centre in the 18th century.

Venue information

Opening times

Daily, 10am – 6pm Closed 24-26 Dec

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