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Free London museums off the beaten track

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Free London museums off the beaten track

A question from a native Londoner:

I know all the main free museums in London (British Museum, National Gallery, National Portrait Gallery, V&A, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Tate Britain, Tate Modern, V&A Museum of Childhood, Museum of London, Soane Museum, Horniman Museum, Kenwood House). I have checked all the usual websites and have not come up with very much other than the Bank of England Museum and the various museums that are part of University College. Does anybody know of any other free museums that are somewhat off the beaten track? Obviously I am looking for the smaller and more obscure museums, not for the obvious ones that I have already listed.

Thanks, JQ

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11. Re: Free London museums off the beaten track

Not free, but certainly off the beaten path: http://www.london-fire.gov.uk/OurMuseum.asp

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12. Re: Free London museums off the beaten track

Free but a little bit out of the way.


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13. Re: Free London museums off the beaten track

Thanks very much. Lots of useful suggestions here, incuding some that I had never heard of.

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14. Re: Free London museums off the beaten track

Also consider London Metropolitan Archives (EC1)

They usually have events, exhibitions and walks, usually free but may require booking.




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15. Re: Free London museums off the beaten track

The Roca bath manufacturers are hosting a small exhibition of sanitary ware down the ages. Some pretty things in a building designed by Zaha Hadid, and a charming staff. Imperial Wharf.

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16. Re: Free London museums off the beaten track

The Courtauld Gallery is actually free on Mondays from 10-2. That's when we'll be touring it.

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17. Re: Free London museums off the beaten track

Someone has already mentioned the RAF museum in Colindale, which I think is great but also right opposite Colindale station is the British library (newspapers) I was on my way back from the RAF museum when a member of station staff pointed it out to me. I spent the whole afternoon reading newspapers from British history, I also read all the newspapers from the day I was born, very interesting.


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18. Re: Free London museums off the beaten track

Another vote for the Wallace Collection.

Is the Kirkaldy Testing Museum free? It opens one Sunday a month.

The Pepys room in Fleet Street.

The crypts beneath St Bride's Church, also in Fleet Street.

Christies and Sotheby's showrooms, if you're not too intimidated to walk into them - also other private art galleries have free shows which you'll find listed in Time Out. theartgirl is the expert on these, obviously.

Most local museums, such as Gunnersbury Park Museum


and Wandsworth.

Boston Manor House may be free, since it's run by the council rather than the National Trust or English Heritage


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19. Re: Free London museums off the beaten track

Has anyone mentioned the wonderful Sir John Soane museum which is not that far off the beaten track (it's close to Holborn tube) but is tucked away a little in Lincoln's Inn? http://www.soane.org/

The Hunterian museum of the Royal College of Surgeons is the opposite side of the square http://www.rcseng.ac.uk/museums

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20. Re: Free London museums off the beaten track

There are a number of free medicine-related museums in addition to those already listed

Not everything at http://www.medicalmuseums.org/, but a fair few, are free