Museum of London

Museum of London
London Wall
City of London




020 7001 9844


020 7600 1058

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The Lord Mayor of London's state coach in its gallery at the Museum of London
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Step inside Museum of London for an unforgettable journey through the capital’s turbulent past.

Venue Type:


Opening hours

Museum and Shop opening times:
Open daily 10.00-18.00
Last admission 17.30
Café opening times:
Open 10.00-17.00

Closed: 24-26 December

Admission charges

Entry is free to all. Groups of 10+ (school, college and adult) must book in advance. Call the Box Office on 020 7001 9844 or e-mail


  • Museums Association

Additional info

Wheelchairs: The Museum has powered and manual wheelchairs, which may be borrowed free of charge for the duration of your visit. Please ask at the admissions desk.

Large print events brochures, map and audio guides: Our events brochure and map of the Museum's galleries is available in large print. Please ask upon arrival or telephone 020 7001 9844. There are also audio tours available. The tour is available free of charge to blind or partially sighted visitors.

Induction loop: The Museum's audio facilities (including audio tours) are suitable for the hard of hearing. Our induction loops can be used by any visitor with a hearing aid fitted with a T switch.

Events: We have a range of events which are suitable for blind or partially sighted visitors. Please ask for an events brochure or call our box office team on 0870 444 3850. They will be pleased to assist you.

Toilets and lifts: There are disabled toilets and access by lift to all levels of the Museum. Please telephone 0870 444 3850 prior to your visit if you would like further details.

The entire collection of the Museum of London is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The museum of London charts the history of the capital and its people from the prehistoric period to the present day. Its galleries and exhibitions make sensitive use of both traditional and modern interactive techniques, and the museum has long been committed to educational and outreach services.

The extensive collections contain highly significant ranges of archaeological material from London, and include the London Archaeological Archive of finds and records from over 25 years of excavations. Social and working history collections, costume and decorative arts, paintings, pictures and photographs illustrate London's development since 1700, and the museum's contemporary collecting policy seeks to reflect the ever-changing pattern of London life in London.

The collections are divided between two departments:

The Department of Archaeological Collections and Archive: Material relating to London from the prehistoric period to c.1700. This includes the Archaeological Archive, housing material from archaeological excavations in London.

The Department of History Collections: Material relating to London from c.1700 to the present day.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Social History, Science and Technology, Personalities, Music, Medicine, Maritime, Land Transport, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Prehistoric
  • Roman
  • Saxon and Medieval
  • Tudor and Stuart
  • Costume and Decorative Arts
  • Oral History and Contemporary Collecting
  • The Collecting 2000 project
  • Painting, Prints and Drawings
  • Photographs
  • Social and Working History
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.

He wasn't an easy gentleman to describe

  • 15 October 2014 — 1 March 2015 *on now

The adventures of the world’s most famous fictional detective and master of disguise, Sherlock Holmes, inspire a new fashion photography series featuring images by photographer, Kasia Wozniak.

Kasia’s photographs were captured on a specially adapted field camera dating from 1890 using the wet plate collodion process, where a glass or metal plate is coated using special chemicals, sensitized, exposed and developed in a darkroom within the span of around ten minutes. This early photographic process was first published by Frederick Scott Archer in 1851, gradually replacing the daguerreotype.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Conservator Melina Plottu installing Deerstalker hat

Sherlock Holmes: The Man Who Never Lived and Will Never Die

  • 17 October 2014 — 12 April 2015 *on now

This year the Museum of London welcomes an exciting new exhibition, delving into the mind of the world’s most famous fictional detective; Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes.

Asking searching questions such as who is Sherlock Holmes, and why does he still conjure up such enduring fascination, this major exhibition – London’s first on the detective since 1951 – will explore how Sherlock Holmes has transcended literature onto stage and screen and continues to attract huge audiences to this day.

Going beyond film and fiction, visitors to the museum will be transported to the real Victorian London – the backdrop for many of Conan Doyle’s stories. Through early film, photography, paintings and original artefacts, the exhibition will recreate the atmosphere of Sherlock’s London, with visitors able to envisage the places that the detective visited and imagine they are standing on the pavement of the Strand watching the horse drawn traffic pass by.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


£12 (£10.90 without donation)
£10 (£9 without donation)
Flexible family tickets
£9.50 per person (£8.50 per person without donation)


Curator, Hilary Young, with original typewriter (1965) that Michael Bond used to write ‘Paddington at Work’ and ‘Paddington Goes to Town’

A Bear Called Paddington

  • 14 November 2014 — 4 January 2015 *on now

As the much-loved, well-mannered bear gets set for his big-screen debut in the new film PADDINGTON, this autumn we celebrate the small stowaway from Darkest Peru and his London adventures, with a small exhibition of objects charting his journey from page to screen.

For all ages!

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Sherlock Holmes walking tour

Sherlock Holmes walking tour

  • 22 November 2014 11am-12:30pm
  • 29 November 2014 11am-12:30pm
  • 6 December 2014 11am-12:30pm
  • 13 December 2014 11am-12:30pm
  • 20 December 2014 11am-12:30pm

Starting at Baker Street, take in the sights and sounds of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Victorian London.

Suitable for

  • 18+


Start: Baker Street


£18 (booking fee applies)


Late London: Sherlock's City

  • 21 November 2014 7-9pm *on now

Enter the mind of the city’s most iconic consulting detective and for one night only immerse yourself in Sherlock’s unique habits and pursuits. Plus get a combined ticket and see our exhibition after-hours.

The evening's highlights:

Installation: Memory Maze
Wander through a maze of memories inspired by Sherlock. Learn the science behind memory and the mind and contribute your own recollections to creative science gurus, Guerilla Science’s, interactive memory repository. Designed in collaboration with Broqwiem.

Bartitsu demos: A gentleman uses his brain over his brawn
Learn the gentleman’s art of self-defence, Bartitsu, with Jujitsu expert and Bartitsu enthusiast, James Garvey, who teaches the ancient art at the Idler Academy.

Comedy: Sherlock improv
Give anyone who has ever written a Sherlock story a run for their money and join comedy improv gurus Shoot from the Hip! to help crowdsource some witty new sherlock sketches!

Life Drawing
London Drawing use original canon excerpts to recreate a study of Sherlock’s bohemian side.

Specially commissioned performance:
Invitation to Fall
Amy Sharrocks
In the Museum of London’s spotlit theatre, inspired by the story of the Reichenbach Falls in The Final Problem, you are invited to come for a fall.

With talks from Sherlock Fashion curator, Tim Long, memory expert and co-founder of Memrise, Ed Cooke, and free reign to indulge your inner Sherlock geek with creative art workshoppers Hurdy Gurdy.

Suitable for

  • Not suitable for children


Late London: Sherlock's City tickets £12 (concs £10, Friends £10)
Late London and exhibition entry tickets £18 (concs £15, Friends £10)


Sherlock's city

Late London: Sherlock's city

  • 21 November 2014 7-10pm *on now

For one night only, enter the mind of the city’s most iconic consulting detective. Immerse yourself in his unique pursuits and habits through installations, live performances, workshops and more. Plus get a combined ticket and see our Sherlock Holmes exhibition after hours.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£12 (booking fee applies)

Kids in Museums Takeover Day

  • 21 November 2014 *on now

Pupils from a SEN unit in a mainstream secondary school will be presenting 'Voices of London' to members of the public in various galleries of the museum. They will be telling stories from London writers through the ages including Chaucer, Shakespeare and Dickens, using the museum's collections as inspiration.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly


The case of the curious cocktail

The case of the curious cocktail

  • 16 December 2014 7-10pm

Foodie futurologists, the Robin Collective, put on a thrilling cocktailmaking hunt through the galleries after dark. Put your deduction skills to the test to craft your own Holmesian cocktail.

Suitable for

  • 18+


£36 (booking fee applies)


Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

All Dressed Up

This game is dressing up with a difference. Not only can you create a character, but you can dress them with real clothes from the 20th Century. What will you do? Create a cunning disguise for a 20th Century undercover agent, or simply have fun mixing up all your options. The choice is yours!

Digging up the Romans

Learn about Roman people, town life, invasion & settlement, army, beliefs and crafts, roads & trade.

Fortunata and the Four Gods

An interactive story for students with special educational needs told as a chant, in call-and-response. The resource includes teachers notes on how to use the story with your class. The main
storyteller (in this case, the voice on the story’s audio track) calls a line of the story and everyone
responds by repeating the line back. This style of telling stories was developed as a teaching strategy
by Keith Park, a teacher, author and storyteller, as a way of including pupils with severe and profound
learning disabilities in larger group activities, and make drama and literacy work more accessible.

Londinium game

Designed for KS2 students, this game uses Roman objects and information about the shops on a Roman high street to help players learn about life in Roman London. Take a trip through a Londinium high street, identifying the items and returning them to the correct shops.

SEN accessible object pages

These accessible object pages aim to help students with learning difficulties interact online with objects in our collection. They use a variety of media to interpret the objects so pupils can explore a 3D object by zooming into it and moving it around. There is a short written caption along with a key-word signing video of this caption with audio. Where possible, an image is also provided to give the object more context.

Starting out

A game for KS4 students to help teach financial management. Players imagine they have just left school and are about to start a new life in London. They choose a career path and where they will live then make choices about their lifestyle and how to spend their money.


  • ENglish

The Great Fire of London website

An interactive story for use as a class activity and individually at KS1. Travel back in time to London in 1666 and help put out the Great Fire.


  • Museum of London
  • The National Archives
  • London Fire Brigade Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • London Metropolitan Archives

The Postcodes Project: London's Neighbourhood Stories

The Museum of London holds a wide range of objects from across the city. To highlight some of their fascinating local stories we have selected a single object for each London postcode area. The site can be used in various ways: taking a themed tour, selecting an area on the map, looking for a specific place or using the arrows to move around. You can add to the richness of the site by submitting your own local stories.

Young Archaeologists' Club (YAC)

The Central London branch of the Young Archaeologists' Club is hosted by Museum of London Archaeology. Join up and take part in various historical and archaeological explorations in and around London. There is also an annual trip to the Thames and regular monthly meetings - 3rd Saturday of the month from 10.30-12.30 at Mortimer Wheeler House in Hackney, home of the London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre. The club is suitable for children aged between 8-16 years living in Central London.

How to obtain

To join or to find out more email or call 020 7410 2228 and speak to Karen.