I think this is one of the most overlooked museums in London. If you are interested in the history of London, this is the place for you. I try to stop for a bit on every trip I make to London although I never budget enough time to get through the whole thing. They start closing the galleries about 20 minutes before closing and they are quite proficient at getting you out on time.
If you haven't been here for awhile, it's worth another stop, they have expanded the collection which now runs from London's beginnings and it's Roman past through current time, it used to stop in the early 1900s. There are a couple of sections I don't remember from previous visits including a recreated Victorian street and a pleasure garden. Budget a couple of hours for a proper visit, I always shoot straight through the Roman times to get to the later periods.
Monday to Saturday 10.00am to 5.50pm
Sunday 12.00 noon to 5.50pm
Last admission 5.30pm
The Museum of London is one of the must-see museums in London, if one is interested in the history of London. I am fascinated about it. At the museum one can learn about the 450.000 years of the history of London.
There are sections on London before London, Roman London, Medieval London, War, Plague and Fire - and on Modern London.
There are so many interesting things at the museum, f.ex. the Shepperton woman, who lived in ca 3640-3100 BC. She was found in the London region and is one of the oldest sceletons to be found here. Her face has been reconstructed (see my first photo) and her sceleton lies beside the reconstructed face.
In Roman London one can see artefacts from the Temple of Mithras, which is in the middle of London, and archeological digging and research is taking place there right now (2013).
I particularly liked the Victorian Walk and the shops there. There is just so much of interest here that one would need to pay several visits to the museum to be able to enjoy it to the fullest and take in the knowledge.
The centrepiece at the museum is the more than 250 years old Lord Mayor´s Coach. It is still used every November.
Opening hours: Every day of the week from 10:00-18:00.
Photos are allowed without flash.
Dedicated to the history of what is now the city of London, this is a relatively small museum and is divided into time periods, starting with prehistoric, the Roman occupation, and down through the centuries.
A few unexpected items: rhinoceros and hippopotamus bones, all kinds of treasures found only by dredging the Thames.
Adjacent to the building itself are remnants of the London Wall
Hours: Monday to Sunday: 10am-6pm
The Museum of London tells the story of the capital from pre-historic times (London before London) to the present day.
The museum has a fairly wide ranging collection of exhibits (although quite a few are replicas of the real ones on display at the British Museum). The quality of the displays seems to vary without any relation to the quality of the available exhibits, in my humble opinion. Some parts of the museum are clear, understandable and informative whilst being engaging and imaginative (a success), other areas are unfortunately not so much of a success despite what someone clearly thought was a good idea. In particular the first two sections show this well. The "London before London" section is very well set out with a clear chronology and good explanations, the next section "Roman London" is a little confusing and treats the exhibits without what I would consider "due gravity". Here you will find captioning which does not really flow or help build a narrative and strangely placed iPhones and Starbucks coffee cups amongst the displays. Someone clearly thought this would be a good idea, but I beg to differ!
Despite this slight disappointment, the museum is a good experience as there are a number of very interesting exhibits in each section. As you reach the end you will also meet the famous "Lord Mayor's Coach".
It should also be remembered that the museum is free to get in and so many imperfections can be (and should be) forgiven!
The Museum of London is free and has the history of London going all the way back to prehistoric times, and it is specially designed that there is only one route through the galleries starting millenniums ago up to the present time. The museum focuses on archaeology and also has many interactive displays. Of particular interest are the galleries about the Civil War and the Great Fire of London. Recently it had £20, million redevelopment and it is quite easy to spend a half day here.
...and it's absolutely free!
The Museum of London is a must-see, in my opinion. It's taken me far too long to get around to visiting and I am cross with myself about that.
The displays really are excellent, taking you from deep prehistory right through to the 20th century. You'll see some fantastic finds as well, from a truly wonderful selection of prehistoric handaxes through Roman sculptures (even a complete Roman ladder!) and Medieval shoes (very pointy!) to Oliver Cromwell's death mask, a wonderful 1700s silk dress, a Victorian street right up to squatters in the London of the 1990s.
I was hugely impressed by how the museum presents its history, and by how accessible all the displays are. The scale models for each period really help you to understand how the city has grown and changed over the centuries.
For me, the highlight was the 2000-year-old Battersea shield, an Iron Age bronze shield which was found in the Thames (near Battersea, obviously). It is simply stunning in its beauty and intricate workmanship.
So...if you want to understand London in its historical context do make sure you go to this museum. It really is worth a visit.
Photography is allowed, there is a cafe and a rather good giftshop.
I've finally got round to visiting the Museum of London after wanting to visit for a very long time. You can learn and discover how London changed over the centuries starting from the prehistoric era via Roman rule, the Medieval Times, The Civil War, The Plague and The Fire to the present day.
I enjoyed exploring the Great Fire Experience with it's visual exhibitions and interactive displays alongside the recreated streets of Victorian London and the Galleries of Modern London.
The museum overlooks the original city wall remains going back to the Roman Empire. The museum is situated in the oldest part of London, The City, and today is London's business and financial centre.
I would highly recommend visiting this museum in order to get a deeper insight about London. The museum is free admission although donations are encouraged. The museum is opened daily from 10.00am-6.00pm.
If you want to see some classic comic characters this is the place to go. The Cartoon Museaum shows the best of British Cartoon and Comic Art.
I think it is a gallery for adults and in particular people who are more interested in cartoons and comics however children will enjoy the young artist' s gallery, where you can draw your own masterpiece.. but they will ignore all the rest.!
The shop and library have lots of interesting items and books for purchase.
This is quite an interesting Museum, and like many others it has free admission. There is a good and fairly cheap costing guide book for the museum. The museum depicts the story of London and there are also visiting and temporary exhibitions.
During 2011 and 2012 they gave space over to an exhibition entitled "Dickens and London"; they levied a charge for tickets. It was reasonable as exhibitions go, although it had much more of a focus on London rather than Dickens!
There is an excellent bookshop and a decent cafe.
Anyone with even a passing interest in the history of the city they are visiting should put this museum high on their “to do” list! It was one of my favourites as a child, and it has grown and improved so much since then so now I think it’s just about as good as a museum can get – and best of all, it’s free!
The museum tells the story of London from its very earliest days in prehistoric times, through its first real development under the Romans, its growth during medieval times and on through the centuries to its role as the centre of the British Empire under Victoria. The 20th century galleries include fashion, popular culture (older visitors will remember the Swinging Sixties when London was the capital of cool!), immigration, the war years and much more.
One must-see exhibit is the diorama of the Great Fire – very effective. Another is the Lord Mayor’s stage coach, still used at the annual Lord Mayor’s Parade each November. But whatever your interest, I’m sure you’ll find something to interest you here.
When you’re tired and in need of refreshments, there are a couple of options. We recently had a very good coffee and cakes in the attractive Sackler Hall Café on the lower floor (modern galleries section), and there’s also a café on the floor above, near the main entrance. If you prefer to bring your own lunch there’s a space set aside for eating and drinking, which is especially popular with organised school groups – you have been warned!
The museum is open every day from 10.00 am to 6.00 pm (apart from 24th-26th December). And as I said, it’s totally free – though some special exhibitions may be charged for.
This is a part of the Museum of London probably missed by many visitors to London. The Museum of London Docklands is free and open all year apart from the 24, 25 and 26 December. Admission is free.
This museum looks at the period from roman Settlement through to modern regeneration. the museum is pslit over the 4 floors of the building and well worth visiting.
The Museum of London, tucked away in the city, is rather overshadowed by the British Museum. But unlike its cousin in Bloomsbury, which is called ‘British’ but displays artefacts from all over the world, the Museum of London lives up to its name, with exhibits relating to the capital only.
The galleries on the entrance level deal with the earlier period of London history, starting with the prehistoric period, ‘London before London’ and moving through Roman and Medieval London to the early modern period: ‘war, plague and fire’. The content is well-presented with a good mix of information, original artefacts, reconstructions and interactivity for younger visitors.
The Galleries of Modern London, which have recently opened are also organised chronologically: ‘1670s-1850s: Expanding City’, ‘1850s-1940s: People’s City’ and ‘1950s-Today: World City’, along with the City Gallery and the Sackler Hall. The layout of the space however means that you do not need to follow a slavishly chronological route.
The most modern section was in some ways the least interesting. Maybe I am simply in denial about my increasing age, but displaying modern tiny devices alongside their older and much larger predecessors is a rather obvious point. One exhibit in this section which did appeal to visitors of my age group was a sofa in front of a screen showing favourites from Watch with Mother: The Woodentops, Andy Pandy and Bill and Ben, alongside actual puppets.
Going back in time to the 1850s to 1940s, there is a Lyons Corner House, or at least the window of one, complete with a display of cakes and boxes of ‘Nippy’ chocolates. A cleverly-designed projection on the other side of the window gave the impression of a bustling restaurant within. At a table outside the restaurant you can read a 1939 menu. Calf's head salad followed by stewed prunes and rice, anyone?
Of course, those tucking into their calf’s head salad followed by prunes and rice in 1939 were probably aware that war was on the horizon. The war is covered through audiovisual presentations of films of the devastation and recordings of the recollections of ordinary Londoners. A further exhibit consists of open suitcases which light up to reveal the items an evacuated child might have packed, as well as letters and diary entries of evacuees.
Another highlight is the ‘Victorian walk’ – a series of recreated shopfronts displaying typical wares. As well as a toyshop, tobacconist, barber, pawnbroker, bank, post office, pub, tailor, pharmacy, milliner’s, grocer’s and ‘fancy stationer’s’ there is even a gentlemen’s urinal. No ladies’ though – Victorian ladies were not expected to require such a facility.
The centrepiece of the 1670s to 1850s section is a recreation of a London pleasure garden. I was less impressed with this than with the Victorian walk, but it was nevertheless well done, with clever projection bringing the scene to life. I was fascinated by the wooden-walled prison cell from the Wellclose Square prison, generally used for debtors. Inmates had carved their names on the walls with an impressive degree of skill in lettering. One temporary resident had even added a heartfelt rhyme:
‘The cupboard is empty, to our sorrow
But we hope it will be full tomorrow’
There is also a rather good interactive exhibit on the 'Great Stink' which made the need for a proper sewage system apparent. I won't give away too much, but don't be too trusting when invited to 'touch'.
Admission is free.
The museum covers all of London's history from as early as 450,000BC to World War 2. The exhibits and models are quite good but rather perfunctory - this would class as one of those museums the kids would be asking to leave early. That is for now................on May 28, 2010 new galleries will open in the museum and tell the story of London from 1666 to the present day - this promises to be a big new development and I will revisit.
I wouldn't call the Museum of London a "first-tier" attraction - in the category of St. Paul's or the National Gallery or Regent's Park. But any one who is a true fan of London will want to pay a visit to the Museum of London sooner rather than later. This is a very good museum of local and regional history, and also an institution that is currently (2009) undergoing a serious, prolonged re-creation of its major exhibits and displays. By the time that the work is completed late in 2009 there will be even more reasons to visit the Museum of London.
I was particularly impressed with the exhibit - including dioramas and and excellent short film - about the Great Fire of 1666. Also, if you are interested in the Roman heritage of London, there are a few exhibits of fascinating statuary and devotional objects found in various archeological digs in and around the Greater London area.
This is the right place to learn something about the history of this city; from the beginning to today.
One of the section I enjoyed more here was the one with some Victorian shops (XIX century). Yes, they are reals ones!