Discover some great value culture with a visit to these top free museums and galleries in London
1. British Museum
2. National Gallery
Discover more than 2,000 paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century at the National Gallery. See works by western European masters of painting such as Da Vinci, Botticelli, Caravaggio and Van Gogh.
3. Museum of London
4. Royal Academy of Arts
World-class art institution Royal Academy of Arts introduced free displays for the first time in 2018, taking in works from its varied archives. Spot paintings by Michelangelo, Constable and Gainsborough, study Greek and Roman statues, and gaze at exquisite sculptures.
5. Natural History Museum
6. Science Museum
Experience the wonders of science first-hand with the Science Museum’s interactive displays. Showcasing more than 15,000 objects, the permanent collection includes must-see exhibits such as Amy Johnson's Gipsy Moth plane.
7. IWM London
8. National Portrait Gallery
Head to the National Portrait Gallery to see the largest collection of portraits in the world. The museum’s focus is on the relationship between the artist and the subject portrayed in the picture, which gives an original insight into different times in history and society.
9. National Maritime Museum
10. Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum hosts one of the greatest collections of art and design objects in the world (more than 2.3 million items, to be precise). Discover its beautiful galleries and retrace the history of creativity through fashion, furniture, sculpture, photography, jewellery and more.
11. Tate Modern
12. Tate Britain
See some of the best of British art from 1500 to today at Tate Britain, including the world’s largest collection of works by JMW Turner. Follow the Walk Through British Art rooms and see stunning paintings by Gainsborough, Whistler and Bacon.
13. Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre
14. Wellcome Collection
Discover what it means to be human through the Wellcome Collection’s jam-packed displays of science, medicine, life and art objects. Become immersed in a host of Insta-worthy and quirky exhibits, including those that play on the senses.
15. Queen's House
16. Royal Air Force Museum
Retrace the history of aviation at this fascinating London museum. With a huge amount of aircraft memorabilia under one roof, the Royal Air Force Museum gives a spectacular account of man's desire to take flight and the scientific advances to make it real.
17. Horniman Museum and Gardens
18. London Mithraeum
Delve into the ancient Roman Temple of Mithrus, which was originally built in AD 240 but only rediscovered in 1954 after centuries under the City of London's streets. Trace the story of the London Mithraeum through artefacts found during excavations and interactive displays.
19. British Library
20. National Army Museum
Find out about Britain's army at the National Army Museum. Relive the history of the armed forces, from the British Civil Wars to the modern day, through thousands of inspiring objects in five galleries.
21. Sir John Soane's Museum
22. The Wallace Collection
Be amazed by The Wallace Collection's precious collection of 18th-century French paintings, together with works by Titian, Canaletto and Rembrandt. The superb building, situated just off Oxford Street, is a treasure in itself.
23. Museum of London Docklands
24. V&A Museum of Childhood
Visiting the V&A Museum of Childhood is like being a kid again, for one day. Discover a wide collection of childhood objects from the 1600s to the present day: toys, games, dolls and more.
25. Bank of England Museum
26. Whitechapel Gallery
Head to the Whitechapel Gallery for cutting-edge contemporary art by emerging and renowned artists. In addition to the exciting programme of exhibitions, the gallery hosts talks, events and workshops.