It is hardly surprising that the Capital contains both major world class museums and lesser-known and sometimes quirky or funky museums. But did you know that some of them are free? See one of the world's finest collections of Ancient Egyptian artefacts, examine a 26-metre-long dinosaur, or find out what it was like to live in medieval London, or even get up close to a human torpedo! All of this and more is just waiting to be discovered...
Bank of England Museum
The charming Bank of England Museum traces the history of the bank from its foundation by Royal Charter in 1694 to its role today as the country's central bank. There are gold bars, coins and banknotes, as well as many items you might not expect to find...
Located in the 14th-century church of St Mary-at-Lambeth the Garden Museum aims to be the "first stop for garden enthusiasts". The garden contains the tomb of Admiral Bligh of Bounty fame.
London's Guildhall was the centre of the city's local government for 800 years. The Great Hall was fully restored after the Great Fire and the Blitz. There are also monuments to amongst others Mayor William Beckford, Wellington, Nelson, and Churchill.
Hampstead Museum/Burgh House
At Burgh House, find out about the history of Hampstead, including its 18th Century Spa and the area's many famous writers and artists such as Constable. This Queen Ann House contains the Helen Allingham Collection and is also a community arts centre.
Hogarth was a celebrated artist and satirist whose work often mocked 18th century society. As the name suggests, Hogarth's House is where he lived before he died in 1764, and it's here that you'll find the most extensive collection of his prints on public display.
The Horniman Museum is a family friendly museum with exhibits from around the world to delight adults and children alike.
Located in the Royal College of Surgeons, this medical museum is not for the faint of heart or stomach: skeletons, mummified heads, and organs in jars of fromeldehyde abound. Don't visit the Hunterian Museum immediately after lunch...
Imperial War Museum
The Imperial War Museum is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. It is proud to be regarded as one of the essential sights of London.
Perched on the edge of rolling Hampstead Heath, Kenwood House has stunning white stucco façades. Inside you'll find a collection of exquisite paintings by Rembrant, Vermeer, Turner, Reynolds and Gainsborough.
Library and Museum of Freemasonry
The Freemason's hall is a model of spectacular interior. The Library and Museum welcome a large collection of Masonic regalia and artefacts.
Museum of Childhood at Bethnal Green
The Museum of Childhood is a branch of the Victoria and Albert Museum and has Toy collections, including dolls, dolls' houses, games and puppets of international range and importance. Also includes costumes and nursery antiques. Children's activities are held at weekends and holiday periods.
Museum of Fulham Palace
Visit London's Best Kept Secret. The Museum of Fulham Palace tells the story of this nationally important site. Displays include archaeology, social history and garden history. Art Cart with activities for children Ring for details of current events.
Museum of London
The Museum of London Group represents over a quarter of a million years of history and includes over a million items.
National Army Museum
The history of the British army from 1415 to the end of the C 20th, includes fantastic display of military swords. At weekends, the National Army Museum galleries are brought to life by uniformed performers in role as soldiers from the past.
National Maritime Museum and Royal Observatory
The National Maritime Museum is the largest in the world and displays the history of Britain at sea. A huge collection - including unrivalled material on Nelson and Cook. Includes the 17th-century Queen's House and the Royal Observatory, Greenwich.
Natural History Museum
Visit the UK's national museum of nature and a centre of scientific excellence. The Natural History Museum maintains and develops the collections and uses them to promote discovery, understanding, responsible use and enjoyment of the natural world.
Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
The Petrie Museum is one of the largest and most inspiring collections of Egyptian archaeology anywhere in the world, illustrating life in the Nile Valley from prehistory, through Pharaonic to Roman and Islamic times. The Collection also includes the world's earliest surviving dress (around 2,800BC), decorative art from Akhenaten's famous city at Amarna and one of the largest collections of life of Roman mummy.
Take to the skies on a free day out at the RAF Museum. There are over 80 aircraft on display, together with uniforms, weapons, photographs and more. Plus, there's a Battle of Britain sound and light show, a helipad, and even a Red Arrows flight simulator.
The Royal Hospital at Chelsea
Visitors to the Royal Hospital Chelsea are able to see the Great Hall, Octagon and Chapel, walk around Figure, College and Light Horse Courts and visit the Museum and Shop. Guidebooks are available from the Shop. Conducted tours, for which a charge is made, with a Chelsea Pensioner guide, are also available.
The collections form an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical change since the eighteenth century. Vigorous collecting keeps them up-to-date, and the Science Museum constantly strives to improve not only their condition and accessibility but also our understanding of their significance.
Sir John Soane's Museum
Sir John Soane was an architect and collector of curios. He amassed some remarkable antiquities from all four corners of the globe and these are now on display in the Sir John Soane's Museum ; a real insight into the life of this extraordinary Victorian.
Victoria and Albert Museum
Visit the world's greatest museum of art and design with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. At the Victoria and Albert Museum discover over 3000 years' of amazing artefacts from many of the world's richest cultures including ceramics, furniture, fashion, glass, jewellery, metalwork, photographs, sculpture, textiles and paintings.
Both a national museum and a prestigious private collection of art, the Wallace Collection features one of the world's best collections of French 18th-century pictures, porcelain and furniture, plus a fantastic array of 17th-century paintings.
The Wellcome Collection
The legacy of pharmaceutical entrepreneur Henry Solomon Wellcome is celebrated in the Wellcome Collection located at the former headquarters of the Wellcome Trust in Euston Road, London. Billed as "Medicine, life and art", it contains two permanent galleries ("Medicine man" and "Medicine now") and a temporary gallery, in addition to housing the Wellcome Library, Europe's largest resource for the study of the history of medicine.