Best 10 museums in London

Find a wealth of fascinating artefacts in London's best museums.
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London is a real treat for museum and gallery lovers, and they're popular destinations among London's many attractions. There are hundreds of museums to choose from, including the British Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum. Below is a list of London's top museums (in no particular order). Many are free, so it won't cost you a penny to see all that they have to offer.

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1. British Museum Free

The Great Court at The British Museum © Reid

Spend hours wandering the world-famous British Museum, which exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times, collected from around the world. Don't miss the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection.

2. London Transport Museum

London Transport Museum vintage buses © London Transport Museum. Image courtesy of London Transport Museum.

Travel through the London Transport Museum, which hosts exhibitions connecting transport with the social and cultural history of London. Inside, you'll find more than 80 vehicles covering 200 years of London's history, including a red Routemaster bus and the world's first Underground steam train. There are great posters and artworks too!

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3. Natural History Museum Free

Hintze Hall at Natural History Museum © Reid

As well as the permanent (and permanently fascinating!) dinosaur exhibition, the Natural History Museum boasts a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world. See a life-sized blue whale, a 40-million-year-old spider, and the beautiful Hintze Hall.

4. Victoria and Albert Museum Free

Victoria and Albert Museum © Reid

The V&A celebrates art and design with 3,000 years' worth of amazing artefacts from around the world. A real treasure trove of goodies, you never know what you'll discover next among the furniture, paintings, sculpture, metalwork and textiles.

5. Science Museum Free

Mathematics: The Winton Gallery at the Science Museum © NIck Guttridge. Image courtesy of the Science Musuem

From the future of space travel to asking that difficult question: "who am I?", the Science Museum makes your brain perform Olympic-standard mental gymnastics. See, touch and experience the major scientific advances of the last 300 years; and don't forget the awesome Imax cinema.

6. Royal Museums Greenwich

Explore space and time at the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Image courtesy of Visit Greenwich.

Visit the Royal Museums Greenwich and immerse yourself in the fascinating history of this UNESCO World Heritage site. All a few minutes from each other, the group includes the National Maritime Museum, the Queen's House, the Royal Observatory (incorporating the Peter Harrison Planetarium) and the spectacular tea clipper Cutty Sark.

7. Imperial War Museum Free

Discover the stories of those who lived, fought and died in conflict from the First World War to the present at the Imperial War Museum. Learn about life at home and on the front during WW1 at the First World War Galleries, examine the role of the United Nations, and visit the acclaimed Holocaust Exhibition.

8. The Design Museum Free

The Design Museum © Design Museum/Gareth Gardner. Image courtesy of Design Museum.

The Design Museum is the world's leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form: from furniture to graphics, and architecture to industrial design. Check out the regular exhibitions showcasing the rich creativity found in all forms of design, and its importance to our world.

9. Bank of England Museum Free

Unveil the fascinating history of the Bank of England, from its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the nation's central bank. Step into the Bank of England Museum's impressive building and explore the unique collection of banknotes and coins. There's even a real gold bar you can touch!

10. Museum of London Docklands Free

City of Gallows. Executions exhibition at Museum of London Docklands © Museum of London
This 200-year-old warehouse reveals the fascinating history of the capital as a port, through stories of trade, migration and commerce via world-class galleries and amazing and unusual objects.
If you're keen to see even more museums, follow the Museum Mile, which covers 13 of the city's museums and galleries between Bloomsbury and the Embankment.

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