London’s FREE Museum Scene

London is full of culture and that culture is FREE! Since 2009, I have frequented London and have never passed up a chance to visit the museum scene. It is one of my favorite past times while visiting London! From archaeological artifacts to priceless artwork, you will have your pick of outstanding museums showcasing the best of what London has to offer.

A listing of my favorite FREE museums to visit while in London.


The National Gallery

* Photos of purchased postcards of my favorite paintings in the National Gallery

The National Gallery in London is located in Trafalgar Square and houses an impressive art collection of over 2,000 paintings from the 13th century to 1900. The artists displayed inside the National Gallery are everyone from Monet, Rembrandt, Gossart, Van Gogh, Michelangelo, etc.  One famous piece that I could not stop looking at was ‘Sunflowers’ by Van Gogh. To see a Van Gogh in person, may be one of the best ‘skip a heartbeat’ moments one can ever have.


The National Portrait Gallery

The Portrait Gallery is a separate adjacent museum to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. It is one of my favorite art galleries and houses an incredible collection of historic portraits.

A few of my favorite portraits at the NPG are the famous Anne Boylen, Diana, Princess of Wales by Bryan Organ and Paul McCartney by Humphrey Ocean.


The British Museum

One of my favorite London museums that I have returned to since I enjoy it so much. The British Museum focuses on culture, art and the history of humans. It houses an impressive collection of Middle Eastern, Egyptian, Greek and Roman artifacts and is a great museum for all generations.


Victoria and Albert

The Victoria and Albert Museum is absolutely stunning and massive. It houses the world’s largest collection of design and the decorative arts. If you love the history of fashion, interior design, sculptures and arts- The Victoria and Albert is a must see FREE museum!


Tate Modern

A phenomenal Modern Art Gallery inside a former Bankside Power Station. This museum houses current artwork from the 1900s to current day. I have been twice as it one of my favorite places to visit on this side of London.

The building itself is incredible and a smart use of space in an older building within the Bankside area of the London Borough of Southhawk.  The Tate Modern is the second most visited museum nationally and as with all the museums, free admission.


The Wallace Collection

Another lovely free London museum that houses international artwork, furniture and paintings including Titus, the Artist’s son by Rembrandt. This incredible collection is housed inside the Hertford House in Central London. There is also a lovely café inside that serves a delicious carrot cake- Just saying…


The British Library

Although that this is technically a library, I had to include this in my list. The British Library houses a phenomenal collection of music scores, maps and manuscripts. On my first visit to The British Library, I was thrilled to see a music score from The Beatles. Check their website on their visiting exhibitions and free events that are held at the library. This is one incredible place to visit.


National History Museum

The Natural History Museum is the most recent addition to my ‘London Museum Scene’ experience. I visited here the summer of 2019 and was amazed by their thoughtful collection and displays of natural sciences. This is a multi-generational museum so it it a great place to bring the family.


📸 All photos are taken by me and are my intellectual property

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