Museums

 Picture: Tower Bridge

London is well known for its great museums, The Natural History Museum, Victoria & Albert Museum and the British Museum included.  But there are many smaller but still very interesting museums to visit and the one's listed below have free entry as well.

Design Museum                                   

224-238 Kensington High Street W8 6AG

Telephone: 020 3862 5900

Admission: Free Admission to the Permanent Collection (Designer Maker User)

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours:10am to 6pm

Underground: High Street Kensington / Holland Park  

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/RjGNcGP4thk

The new Design Museum is just ready to open.  Three times larger than its previous home and free entry into its permanent collection.  Opening on 24th November 2016

Anaesthesia Heritage Centre Museum                               

21 Portland Place, W1B 1PY

Telephone: 020 7631 1650

Admission: Free  

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday

Opening Hours:10am to 4pm

Underground: Oxford Circus or Regents Park    

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/femha    

The Anaesthesia Museum is part of the Anaesthesia Heritage Centre and it contains objects relating to the history of anaesthesia. The earliest object in our collections is a resuscitation set of 1774. Our collections give an insight into the history of anaesthesia, resuscitation and pain relief.

The museum has a permanent and a temporary display, as well as pull-out drawers and flipbooks containing biographies and details of large anaesthetic machines.

Bank of England Museum           

Threadneedle Street, EC2

Telephone: 020 7601 5545

Admission: Free  

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday

Opening Hours:10am to 5pm              

Underground: Bank     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/3U8gM

Open Monday to Friday 10:00 to 17:00.  The Bank of England Museum tells the story of the Bank from its foundation in 1694 to its role today as the United Kingdom's central bank.

British Dental Association Museum     

64 Wimpole Street, W1G 8YS4

Telephone: 020 7563 4549

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Tuesday/Thursday

Opening Hours:    1pm to 4pm       

Underground: Oxford Circus or Bond Street      

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/6PeQz

Only open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1pm to 4pm, this is a museum to get your mouth around!  Detailing the history of dental care, the museum has in excess of 20,000 items in its collection.

British Museum                                                     

Great Russell Street, WC1

Telephone: 020 7323 8299

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours: 10am to 5.30pm (Friday until 8.30pm)

Underground: Tottenham Court Road or Holborn     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/fnxTr 

If you would like to see historical exhibits from across the world the British Museum is the place to be.

The Postal Museum      

Freeling House, Phoenix Place, WC1X 0DL

Telephone: 020 7239 2570

Admission: Free 

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday

Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm        

Underground: Russell Square      

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Cbwpm

The Royal Mail Archive in London holds the written records of Royal Mail, the GPO and the Post Office, as well as stamps, posters, photos and more.

Burgh House & Hampstead Museum     

New End Square, Hampstead, NW3 1LT

Telephone: 020 7431 0144

Admission: Free    

Opening Days: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Sunday

Opening Hours: 12pm to 5pm                

Underground: Hampstead      

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/BIKdu

Burgh House was built in 1704 during Queen Anne's reign. Its first occupants were Henry and Hannah Sewell. After Henry's death in 1708, Hannah continued living here until 1720.

The Francis Crick Institute - Exhibition  

1 Midland Road, NW1 1AT

Telephone: 020 3796 0000

Admission: Free 

Opening Days: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Opening Hours: W 10:00-20:00 T 10:00-15:00 F & S 10:00-17:00

Underground: Kings Cross St Pancras

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/5cru6c3vHpB2

Come face to face with life changing science for free, in the heart of King's Cross. Pop into their first major exhibition to discover how some of London's most brilliant minds are re-thinking research to help shape the future of human health.

Freddie Fox Museum                                      

James J. Fox, 19 St James’s Street, SW1A 1ES

Telephone: 020 7930 3787

Admission: Free   

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Opening Hours: 9.30am to 5.45pm (Saturday 9.30am to 5pm)

Underground: Green Park      

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ZWmfq

Cigar museum in the premises of James J. Fox  fine cigar merchants

Geffrye Museum     

136 Kingsland Road, E2

Telephone: 020 7739 9893

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours:10am to 5pm                    

Underground: Old Street 

Overground: Hoxton     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/OtgKF

The Geffrye Museum is one of London's best-loved museums. It shows the changing style of the English domestic interior in a series of period rooms from 1600 to the present day.

Grant Museum of Zoology     

Rockefeller Building, 21 University Street, WC1E 6DE

Telephone: 020 7679 2000

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Opening Hours:1pm to 5pm                  

Underground: Euston Square     Train: Euston     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/UuEF9

The Grant Museum of Zoology is the only remaining university zoological museum in London. It houses around 67,000 specimens, covering the whole Animal Kingdom.

Founded in 1828 as a teaching collection, the Museum is packed full of skeletons, mounted animals and specimens preserved in fluid.

Horniman Museum & Gardens     

100 London Road, Forest Hill, SE23 3PQ

Telephone: 020 8699 1872

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours:10.30am to 5.30pm

Train: Forest Hill

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/OXOsK

With Anthropology, Musical Instruments and Natural History collections displayed in six free galleries and an award winning garden.

Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons  

** Closed until Autumn 2020 **                             

The Royal College of Surgeons, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3PE

Telephone: 020 7405 3474

Admission: Free  

Opening Days: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm           

Underground: Holborn or Temple      

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/OV3Xu

Renowned collections of human anatomy and pathology as well as natural history and works of art.

Imperial War Museum              

Lambeth Road, SE1

Telephone: 020 7416 5000

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm

Underground: Lambeth North      

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/q918X

IWM London tells the stories of those whose lives have shaped by war.  The museum has just been updated to commemorate the anniversary of the start of World War 1.

London Sewing Machine Museum     

308 Balham High Road Sw17 7AA

Admission: Free

Opening Days: First Saturday of the month

Opening Hours: 2pm to 5pm

Underground: Tooting Bec  Train: Balham   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/GVG1F 

Only open on Saturday's throughout the year, check with their web site for opening dates. 

Feature attraction is a machine which was given to Queen Victoria's eldest daughter as a wedding present.The collection has been amassed by the Managing Director of the Wimbledon Sewing Machine Co Ltd, Mr Ray Rushton, over a period of 50 years and includes many rare machines amongst the 600 machines on show.

Museum of London              

London Wall. EC2

Telephone: 020 7001 9844

Admission: Free    

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm          

Underground: St Paul’s     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Qfmnh

The Museum of London tells the story of the world’s greatest city and its people. It cares for more than two million objects in its collections and attracts over 400,000 visitors per year.

It holds the largest archaeological archive in Europe. The London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre (LAARC) and the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology form part of the Museum of London’s Department of Archives and Archaeological Collections.

Museum of London Docklands     

West India Quay, Canary Wharf, E14 4AL

Telephone: 020 7001 9844

Admission: Free   

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm           

Underground: Canary Wharf     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/SnGDg

From Roman settlement to Docklands’ regeneration, this 200 year old warehouse reveals the long history of London.

Museum of the Order of St John     

St John’s Gate, St John’s Lane, Clerkenwell, EC1M 4DA

Telephone: 020 7324 4005

Admission: Free    

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm

Underground/Train: Farringdon      

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/HMkwC

The Museum of the Order of St John tells a unique and fascinating story — the story of the Order of St John — from its origins in eleventh century Jerusalem, through to its role today with St John Ambulance and the St John Eye Hospital in Jerusalem.

This story highlights how, from founding a hospital to care for sick pilgrims in eleventh century Jerusalem, St John has maintained its caring role to the present day, working on numerous humanitarian projects worldwide.

National Army Museum     

Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea, SW3

Telephone: 020 7881 6606

Admission: Free 

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours: 10am to 5.30pm    

Underground: Sloane Square       Bus: 170 from Victoria Station

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/xsFSU

Just reopened after a major redevelopment.

The National Army Museum has a range of exciting exhibitions, both permanent and temporary, that tell the fascinating story of the British Army and its role in shaping the world we live in.

National Maritime Museum                 

Romney Road, Greenwich, SE10

Telephone: 020 8858 4422

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm           

Docklands Light Railway: Cutty Sark     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/9yd9a

Discover 500 years of Britain's encounter with the world at sea. See the uniform Nelson wore at the Battle of Trafalgar, steer a ship into port and fire a canon in our Maritime galleries.

Natural History Museum                   

Cromwell Road, SW7

Telephone: 020 7942 5000

Admission: Free 

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours: 10am to 5.50pm                 

Underground: South Kensington      

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/9qLhE

Love history?  Love the Natural History Museum.  A ‘must see’ for both children and adults.

Choose from over 30 permanent galleries to explore, including famous Dinosaurs.

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology     

University College London, Malet Place, WC1E 6BT

Telephone: 020 7679 2884

Admission: Free  

Opening Days: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Opening Hours: 1pm to 5pm                

Underground: Euston Square or Goodge Street    

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/71v97

The Petrie Museum houses an estimated 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian & Sudanese archaeology in the world.

Ragged School Museum     

46-50 Copperfield Road, E3 4RR

Telephone: 020 8980 6405

Admission: Free 

Opening Days: Wednesday/Thursday/First Sunday of each month

Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm.  First Sunday 2pm to 5pm.

Underground: Mile End

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/A2L2I

The Ragged School Museum is housed in a group of three canal side buildings which once formed the largest “ragged” or free school in London.

Royal Academy of Music Museum                 

Marylebone Road, NW1 5HT

Telephone: 020 7873 7373

Admission: Free        

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Opening Hours: 11.30am to 5.30pm. Saturday 12pm to 4pm.

Underground: Baker Street   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/7C3Z6

The Museum displays material from the Academy’s world-renowned collection of instruments, manuscripts, objects and images. An integral part of Academy life, the museum regularly hosts exhibitions and events including daily live demonstrations on their historic pianos.

Royal Air Force Museum     

Grahame Park Way, Hendon, NW9 5LL

Telephone: 020 8205 2266

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm           

Underground: Colindale   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/KifEo

Situated on the historic site of Hendon's London Aerodrome in Colindale, the museum is London’s only attraction to house over 100 aircraft from around the world including some very early aircraft designs through to the latest modern day jets.

Royal Institution of Great Britain     

21 Albemarle Street, W1S 4BS

Telephone: 020 7409 2992

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday

Opening Hours: 9am to 6pm        

Underground: Green Park or Oxford Circus   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/2lZ8m

See science at work spread across three floors at the RIGB. The   highlight of the exhibition is Faraday's1850’s magnetic laboratory.

Science Museum                                                  

Exhibition Road, South Kensington SW7 2DD

Telephone: 0870 870 4868           

Admission: Free     

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours: 10am to 6pm   

Underground: South Kensington   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/zzVGM

Interested in science and want to get your hands-on? Well this is the museum to visit.  Great exhibitions and plenty of hands-on displays.

Sir John Soane’s Museum     

13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, WC2

Telephone: 020 7405 2107

Admission: Free     

Opening Days: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm

Underground: Holborn   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ysZwr

The house and museum of architect Sir John Soane.  Sir John was appointed Professor of Architecture at the Royal Academy in 1806.

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry      

60 Great Queen Street, WC2B 5AZ

Telephone: 020 7395 9257

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday

Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm         

Underground: Holborn or Covent Garden   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/8gFOA

The Museum contains an extensive collection of objects with Masonic decoration including pottery & porcelain, glassware, silver, furniture and clocks, jewels & regalia. Items belonging to famous & Royal Freemasons including Winston Churchill.

Twinings Museum & Shop     

216 Strand, WC2

Telephone: 020 7353 3511

Admission: Free  

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours:  Mon-Fri 9.30am-7.30pm Sat 10am-5pm Sun 10:30am-4.30pm            

Underground: Temple   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/CGGiQ

If old teapots, caddies and nostalgic photographs of the Twining family and your thing this is the place to go.  There are free tea tasting sessions to wet your taste buds and plenty of tea to buy.

V & A Museum of Childhood     

Cambridge Heath Road, E2

Telephone: 020 8983 5200

Admission: Free    

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours: 10am to 5.45pm               

Underground: Bethnal Green   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/PPgRP

The V&A Museum of Childhood houses the Victoria and Albert Museum's collection of childhood-related objects and artefacts, spanning the 1600s to the present day. 

Victoria & Albert Museum                 

Cromwell Road, SW7

Admission: Free  

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours: 10am to 5.45pm        

Underground: South Kensington   

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/EKrKA

The World’s greatest museum of art and design.  The Victoria and Albert Museum's collections span two thousand years of art in virtually every medium, from many parts of the world, and visitors to the museum encounter a treasure house of amazing and beautiful objects.

Royal London Hospital Museum     

St Augustine with St Philip's Church, Newark Street, E1 2AA

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday

Opening Hours: 10am to 4.30pm

Underground: Whitechapel           

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/h0eRV

The Museum is located in the former crypt of a fine, late 19th century, early English style church, designed by Arthur Cawston, which has been extensively restored.

The Museum has sections on the history of the hospital since its foundation in 1740, Joseph Merrick (the 'Elephant Man'), and former London hospital nurses Edith Cavell and Eva Luckes. A showcase on forensic medicine features original material on the Whitechapel ('Jack the Ripper') murders and hospital surgeon and curator, Thomas Horrocks Openshaw who helped investigate. It also has a permanent exhibition of artefacts and archives relating to the hospital and the history of healthcare in the East End.

Works of art, surgical instruments, medical and nursing equipment, uniforms, medals, and written archives and printed books are included. 

Vestry House Museum     

Vestry Road, Walthamstow E17 9NH

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours: 10am to 4pm

Underground/Train: Walthamstow Central     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/N1E1t

Themed displays capture the unique heritage of this area or north east London.

Explore life during past and present Waltham Forest through the fascinating displays on domestic life, local history, fashion and toys and games. See the Victorian parlour and enter the police cell!

The Chocolate Museum     

187 Ferndale Road, Brixton SW9 8BA

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Opening Hours: 2pm to 7pm Saturday 10am to 6.30pm

Underground/Train: Brixton     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/YPEO8

Learn about the history of chocolate and how chocolate is made.  There is a chocolate shop and café for those visitors who cannot resist.

Hackney Museum           

Technology & Learning Centre, 1 Reading Lane E8 1GQ

Telephone: 020 8356 3500

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Opening Hours: 9.30am to 5.30pm Saturday 10am to 5pm

Overground: Hackney Central     Train: Hackney Downs     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/Bjh0m

Learn about the history of Hackney and the surrounding area.  The museum is suitable for all ages.

The Crystal     

One Siemens Brothers Way, Royal Victoria Docks, E16 1GB

Admission: Free       

Opening Days: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm Saturday & Sunday 10am to 7pm         

Docklands Light Railway: Royal Victoria     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/6auio

The Crystal is the world’s first centre dedicated to improving knowledge of urban sustainability.

Bruce Castle Museum           

Lordship Lane N17 8NU

Telephone: 020 8808 8772

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours: 1pm to 5pm

Underground: Wood Green     Train: Bruce Grove     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/ejzGq

Bruce Castle is a Grade I listed 16th Century manor house in 20 acres of parkland. William Compton - a member of Henry VIII’s court, built the oldest surviving parts of the building.

Since then the building has been modified several times by subsequent owners including the Coleraine family. One of the wives of the 2nd Lord Coleraine is said to haunt the building.

Sir Rowland Hill's family ran a progressive school for boys at Bruce Castle during the Victorian period. Sir Rowland reformed the British postal system and became famous for introducing the Penny Post.

Bruce Castle opened as a Museum in 1906 and now houses local history collections relating to the borough of Haringey.

Royal College of Physicians Museum & Garden     

11 St Andrews Place, Regents Park, NW1 4LE

Telephone: 020 3075 1539

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday

Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm

Tube: Great Portland Street or Regent's Park     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/YOw1i

The museum collections are the product of centuries of gift-giving by RCP fellows and members.

William Harvey (1578-1657) discoverer of the circulation of blood, donated his own library and collections to the College in 1656 creating the Musaeum Harveianum – possibly the earliest named ‘museum’ in England.

The portraits, silver and medical instrument collections are displayed throughout their headquarters in Regent’s Park.

Bethlem Museum of the Mind     

Bethlem Royal Hospital, Monks Orchard Road, Beckenham, Kent, BR3 3BX

Telephone: 020 3228 4227

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday & first and last Saturday each month

Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm

Train: West Wickham

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/88xl6

Bethlem Royal Hospital was founded in 1247 and was the first institution in the UK to specialise in the care of the mentally ill. The hospital continues to provide in-patient care as part of the South London and Maudsley NHS Foundation Trust, and has been based since 1930 in the outer London suburbs.

Museum of Croydon     

Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, Croydon CR9 1ET

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Opening Hours: 10.30am to 5pm

Train: East Croydon     

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/rwIJa

The Museum of Croydon has a varied collection of life through the ages within its galleries

Kingston Museum     

Wheatfield Way, Kingston Upon Thames, KT1 2PS

Telephone: 020 8547 5006

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Opening Hours: 10am to 5pm Thursday 10am to 7pm

Train: Kingston

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/mxtQ2

Kingston Museum was built in 1904 and restored between 1992 and 1997.

The Museum has three permanent exhibitions:

  • Ancient Origins
  • Eadweard Muybridge
  • Town of Kings

St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum     

North Wings, St Bartholomew's Hospital, West Smithfield, EC1A 7BE

Telephone: 020 3466 5798

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday

Opening Hours: 10am to 4pm

Tube: St Paul's or Barbican

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/V8vTg

The museum has a permanent exhibition of original archives and objects.  It includes works of art and surgical instruments and medical equipment used in the hospital.  Two vast and spectacular paintings by William Hogarth are visible from the museum.

Dartford Borough Museum     

Market Street, Dartford, DA1 1EU

Telephone: 01322 224739

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday

Opening Hours: 12.30pm to 5.30pm. Saturday 9am to 1pm and 2pm to 5pm

Train: Dartford

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/qmpTb

Dartford Borough Museum is a free resource provided by Dartford Borough Council for the benefit of both residents of the borough and visitors from further afield.

Anyone who wants to know more about the Borough of Dartford should visit us, whether they are new to the area or have lived here for all of their life. The Museum is quite small but is packed with objects and information relating to the story of Dartford.

Honeywood Museum     

Honeywood Walk, Carshalton, SM5 3NX

Telephone: 020 8770 4297

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday/Bank Holidays

Opening Hours: 11am to 5pm.  Saturday, Sunday, Bank Holidays 10am to 5pm

Train: Carshalton

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/7DVgi

Honeywood Museum is a Grade II listed building next to the picturesque Carshalton Ponds. The family-friendly museum re-opened in May 2012 after a complete refurbishment.

It has beautifully restored period details including the Edwardian Billiards Room, Drawing Room and Bathroom. There are exhibitions which tell the fascinating history of the house and the people who lived there, and an on-going diary of events which illuminate the history of Carshalton and the Borough of Sutton.

Enfield Museum  

Dugdale Centre, Thomas Hardy House, 39 London Road, Enfield, EN2 6DS

Telephone: 020 8379 8354

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours: 9am to 5pm - Sunday 10am to 1pm

Train: Enfield Town or Enfield Chase

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/x88J3

Their permanent exhibition 'Enfield Life' is on the first floor and is open year round (except some public holidays). Temporary exhibits on a variety of themes of local interest are regularly held in the exhibition space on the ground floor.

Headstone Manor Museum   

Pinner View, Harrow, HA2 6PX

Telephone: 020 8863 6720

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours: 12pm to 5pm Weekdays 10.30am to 5pm Weekends & Bank Holidays

Times do vary during the Winter months, visit their web site for up to date information

Tube: Harrow & Wealdstone or North Harrow    Overground: Headstone Lane

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/HKI4U

Entry is Free to this tranquil oasis hidden away in the middle of a London suburb. With events, activities, changing displays, a beautiful setting and spectacular buildings there is always something to see and do!

Darwin Centre    

Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road, SW7 5BD

Telephone: 020 7942 5000

Admission: Free

Opening Days: Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday/Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Opening Hours: 10am to 5.50pm

Tube: South Kensington

Location Map: https://goo.gl/maps/7l6p4

The Darwin Centre protects and houses the Museum's most valuable specimen collections. It is a public gallery and events space for visitors and a world-leading research facility. Our scientists work here.

Designed by internationally renowned C F Møller Architects of Denmark, construction began in June 2006. The Darwin Centre opened to the public on 15 September 2009.

The Centre cost £78 million and took around 25 months and 280 people to build it.

The building is the most significant expansion of the Museum since it moved to South Kensington in 1881.

There are 80 million specimens at the Natural History Museum with 17 million insects and three million plant specimens looked after in the Darwin Centre and its Cocoon building.

  Picture: Inside the British Museum

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