Address: 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN


Time: 10.00am to 6.00pm

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Phone: 0207 001 9844

700m from Moorgate

400m from Barbican

Fittingly, the Museum of London is found next to the ruins of London Wall, the old Roman city boundary that dates back to 200AD.

The Museum itself was the amalgamation of two previous museums, the Guildhall Museum and the London Museum, which were founded in 1826 and 1912 respectively. They merged in 1965 and were opened as the Museum of London in 1976 by Queen Elizabeth II.

The Guildhall Museum had opened in the City and moved to Guildhall in 1872. Much of its displays were of an archaeological nature although, due to its City location, there were a number of business and civic related displays that included company livery plates, city seals, ceremonial staffs and regalia as well as watches and clocks.

The London Museum opened in 1912 at Kensington Palace, moving to Lancaster House in 1914. Although it had some ancient relics, most were of a more modern nature and included paintings and costumes.

They both closed during the Second World War and when they reopened, London Museum returned to Kensington Palace from 1951 and Guildhall opened in 1955 at the Royal Exchange. In 2003 the Museum opened a second London branch in a Grade I listed warehouse near Canary Wharf.

Today’s building, sited near the Barbican, is designed as a walkthrough museum through the ages, starting with prehistoric times. The exhibits include Roman, Saxon, medieval, Tudor and Stuart, decorative arts, fashion old and new, life stories, paintings, photographs, river and maritime. There are interactive displays and details of major events such as the Great Plague, the Great Fire of 1666 and the Second World War. In 2010 the Museum underwent a £20m redevelopment.

To both historians and general visitors, the museum is one of the London must sees.

The images below form only part of the exhibits on show and displays can often change.

Click on the pics below for an enlarged view and use the arrow towards the right edge of each pic to go on to the next.