The Garden Museum explores and celebrates British gardens and gardening through its collection, temporary exhibitions, events and garden.
Visitors will also see a permanent display of paintings, tools, ephemera and historic artefacts: a glimpse into the uniquely British love affair with gardens.
Whether you are an enthusiastic amateur gardener, more of a specialist or someone with a passion for museums, history or architecture, the Museum has something for you.
Situated on the South Bank of the Thames, opposite the Houses of Parliament, the Museum has a spectacular home in the former St Mary-at-Lambeth Parish Church, which itself its steeped in history and has some interesting stories to tell.
At the heart of the Garden Museum is the Sackler Garden. Designed by Dan Pearson as an ‘Eden’ of rare plants, the garden is inspired by John Tradescant’s journeys as a plant collector. Taking advantage of the sheltered, warm space, Dan has created a green retreat in response to the bronze and glass architecture, conjuring up a calm, reflective atmosphere. This is intended to be a garden in which to take your time.
The Garden Café offers a daily menu consisting of fresh and seasonal food, with a focus on simple, quality ingredients.
Museum, Garden, parklands or rural site
Museum, Garden, Shop and Cafe: Sunday to Friday 10.30 am - 5.00 pm. Saturday 10.30am - 4.00pm Closed 1st Monday of the Month
Winter closure - 24th December to 22nd January
Senior citizen: £8.50
Student/Unemployed/Art Pass: £5
Family (1 adult, 1 child): £12.50
Family (2 adults, 2 children): £25
Children under 6 years: Free
- National Art Pass
Permanent collection of garden tools and memorabilia, two temporary exhibition spaces, shop and vegetarian cafe
The Museum's collection has particular focus on the development of gardening and garden design through the ages, as well as the role of plant hunters in the introduction of new species to the UK.
Agriculture, Architecture, Archives, Decorative and Applied Art, Design, Maritime, Natural Sciences, Personalities, Social History, Toys and Hobbies
Key artists and exhibits
- Tomb of the Tradescant family
- Tomb of Admiral Bligh
- The Vegetable Lamb
- Personal effects of Gertrude Jekyll
- Architecture and tombs of the church St. Mary-at-Lambeth
- Replica 17th Century Knot Garden
- Garden related tools, artefacts, curiosities and ephemera
5 Lambeth Palace Road