Free museums in London to experience culture and history

Museums preserve our history and culture in a way that few other mediums can…

From interactive presentations, to the display of authentic relics from the past, museums give us a glimpse into past lives and how we became who we are today. You do not need a lot of money to explore the best museums in London — many of them are absolutely free! Whether you are a student or a backpacker on a tight budget, take a look at the best free museums the city has to offer:

British Museum

No visit to London is complete without a visit to the British Museum. Open daily, the museum boasts tens of thousands of rare artefacts and artworks from all over the world. It is the home of the famed Rosetta Stone, along with a vast number of other ancient treasures.


National Gallery

The National Gallery houses an impressive art collection with works by artists such as Van Gogh, Van Eyck, and Caravaggio gracing its halls.


Natural History Museum

For scientists and animal lovers, the Natural History Museum houses over 70 million specimens, from insects to the impressive dinosaur fossils.


Tate Britain

For a truly British art experience, Tate Britain displays a large gallery of British art, dating from the 16th to the 21st centuries.


Tate Modern

For modern art lovers, the Tate Modern displays artworks from 1900 to the present day and explores how art movements rose and fell through the decades.


Museum of London

The Museum of London provides a comprehensive timeline of the city itself. See how London came to be and how it fared through the years.


National Maritime Museum

The National Maritime Museum houses the world’s largest collection of seafaring objects. Learn about historical navigation techniques, cartography and the hardships faced by the history’s most prominent voyagers.

Most museums on this list are open from 10am to 5pm or 6pm. Admission is free, though some special exhibits will still require a ticket.

Contact the reception of your LHA site today for more interesting places to visit in London during your stay with us.