Guide to... Museums in London

London is one of the best cities in the world for museums. Whether you are interested in science, art, history, war, or practically any topic you will find a museum in London to suit your taste.

Many museums in London are free too so if you are looking for a cheap day out in London you will find few better options than incorporating a visit to a museum in your day. Of course the Science Museum and Natural History Museum are really well known but there are many other great museums that are not well known.

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Honourable Artillery Company Museum
Honourable Artillery Company Museum

Honourable Artillery Company Museum, City Road, London, EC1Y 2BQ

Regimental artefacts and memorabiliaRead more

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Horniman Museum
Horniman Museum

Horniman Museum, 100 London Road, London, SE23 3PQ

Musical instruments, art, natural history, anthropology, African arts and culture, aquarium, gardensRead more

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House Mill
House Mill

House Mill, The Miller’s House, Three Mill Lane, London, E3 3DU

18th–19th century tidal millRead more

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House of Dreams Museum
House of Dreams Museum

House of Dreams Museum, 45 Melbourne Grove, London, SE22 8RG

House turned into outsider art sculpture by former textile designer and art director Steven WrightRead more

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Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons
Hunterian Museum

Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons, 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3PE

Hunterian Collection of preserved anatomical specimens, history, artefacts and developments in surgery, part of the...Read more

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ICANDO
ICANDO

ICANDO, 17-19 Buckingham Palace Road, London, SW1W 0PT

Formerly the Girl Guide Heritage Centre, exhibits and activities about Girl Guides[11]Read more

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Inns of Court & City Yeomanry
Inns of Court & City Yeomanry Museum

Inns of Court & City Yeomanry, 10 Stone Buildings, London, WC2A 3TG

Regimental history and artefacts of the Inns of Court & City YeomanryRead more

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UCL Institute of Archaeology
Institute of Archaeology Collections

UCL Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Square, London, WC1H 0PY

Part of the University College London, open by appointment only, prehistoric ceramics and stone artefacts, Classical...Read more

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Jack the Ripper Museum
Jack the Ripper Museum

Jack the Ripper Museum, 12 Cable Street, London, E1 8JG

History of the East London in the 1880s, providing a serious examination of the crimes of Jack the Ripper within the...Read more

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Kelmscott House
Kelmscott House Museum

Kelmscott House, 26 Upper Mall, London, W6 9TA

London home of William Morris, exhibits of his designsRead more

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Kennel Club Dog Art Gallery
Kennel Club Dog Art Gallery

Kennel Club Dog Art Gallery, London

Exhibits and collection of dog paintings, open by appointmentRead more

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Kew Gardens
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens, London, TW9 3AB

Includes Shirley Sherwood Gallery of Botanical Art, Marianne North Gallery, exhibits on plants and conservation, Kew...Read more

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Kingston Museum
Kingston Museum

Kingston Museum, Wheatfield Way, London, KT1 2PS

Local history, Eadweard Muybridge gallery of photographs, exhibits of art, photography, cultureRead more

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Kirkaldy Testing Museum
Kirkaldy Testing Museum

Kirkaldy Testing Museum, 99 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0JF

Materials testing machines used by engineer David KirkaldyRead more

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L-13 Light Industrial Workshop
L-13 Light Industrial Workshop

L-13 Light Industrial Workshop, 31 Eyre Street Hill, London, EC1R 5EW

Contemporary art spaceRead more

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Landmark Arts Centre
Landmark Arts Centre

Landmark Arts Centre, London, TW11 9NN

Arts centre with visual art gallery, located in the former St Alban's Church[12]Read more

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Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability
Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability

Langdon Down Museum of Learning Disability, Normansfield, 2A Langdon Park, London, TW11 9PS

Operated by the Down's Syndrome Association in the Langdon Down Centre, history of treating people with learning...Read more

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Central Saint Martins
Lethaby Gallery

Central Saint Martins, 1 Granary Square, London, N1C 4AA

Located at Granary Square, art gallery of Central Saint Martins, features contemporary and historic works from its...Read more

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The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
Library and Museum of Freemasonry

The Library and Museum of Freemasonry, 60 Great Queen Street, London, WC2B 5AZ

Library, artefacts and regalia of FreemasonryRead more

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Little Holland House, Carshalton
Little Holland House

Little Holland House, Carshalton, 40 Beeches Avenue, London, SM5 3LW

Arts and Crafts home of the artist Frank Dickinson (1874–1961) with interior influenced by John Ruskin and William...Read more

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London Fire Brigade Museum
London Fire Brigade Museum

London Fire Brigade Museum, Lambeth High Street, London, SE1 7JS

Open by appointment only, history of the London Fire Brigade, equipment, apparatusRead more

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London Motorcycle Museum
London Motorcycle Museum

London Motorcycle Museum, London, UB6 9LB

Over 150 classic and British motorcyclesRead more

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London Sewing Machine Museum
London Sewing Machine Museum

London Sewing Machine Museum, 292-312 Balham High Road, London, SW17 7AA

Collection of sewing machines[13]Read more

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The Magic Circle
Magic Circle Museum

The Magic Circle, Centre for the Magic Arts, 12 Stephenson Way, London, NW1 2HD

Magic tricks, props, posters, artefacts, open by appointmentRead more

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Mall Galleries
Mall Galleries

Mall Galleries, The Mall, London, SW1Y 5AH

Gallery exhibits of the Federation of British ArtistsRead more

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Markfield Beam Engine
Markfield Beam Engine and Museum

Markfield Beam Engine, Markfield Road, London, N15 4RB

Victorian 100 horsepower beam pumping engineRead more

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Media Space
Media Space

Media Space, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD

Located on the second floor of the Science Museum, showcases the collection of the National Media Museum, explores...Read more

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Merton Heritage Centre
Merton Heritage Centre

Merton Heritage Centre, London Road, London, SM4 5DX

Local history[14]Read more

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MOCA, London
MOCA, London

MOCA, London, 113 Bellenden Road, London, SE15 4QY

Museum dedicated to Contemporary Art of varied media. Curated by Michael PetryRead more

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Morley College
Morley Gallery

Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London, SE1 7HT

Part of Morley College, exhibitions include painting, printmaking, sculpture, photography, ceramics, textiles,...Read more

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Museum of Army Music
Museum of Army Music

Museum of Army Music, 2 Kneller Road, London, TW2 7DN

Open Wednesday afternoons and by appointment, history of British military bands and music, includes musical...Read more

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Museum of Asian Music
Museum of Asian Music

Museum of Asian Music, 1 Bradford Road, London, W3 7SZ

Musical instruments, music extracts and video clips of music from across AsiaRead more

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Museum of Comedy
Museum of Comedy

Museum of Comedy, St George’s Church, Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2SR

Located in the undercroft of St. George's, Bloomsbury, photos, posters, memorabilia, scrips, video and film about the...Read more

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Museum of Croydon
Museum of Croydon

Museum of Croydon, 1918 Katharine Street, London, CR0 1NX

Local history, culture, social history, Riesco Gallery with collections of Chinese pottery and ceramics, and Roman...Read more

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Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture
Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture

Museum of Domestic Design and Architecture, 9 Boulevard Drive, London, NW9 5HF

Open by appointment only, research museum of Middlesex University, 19th and 20th century decorative arts for the home...Read more

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Museum of Immigration and Diversity
Museum of Immigration and Diversity

Museum of Immigration and Diversity, 19 Princelet Street, London, E1 6QH

Museums Tourist Attractions Sightseeing Local History Museums

Museum of Life Sciences
Museum of Life Sciences

Museum of Life Sciences, King's College London, London, SE1 1UL

Historic biological and pharmaceutical collections, including skeletons, fluid-preserved material, taxidermy, and...Read more

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Museum of London
Museum of London

Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN

City's history, culture, archaeologyRead more

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Museum of Richmond
Museum of Richmond

Museum of Richmond, Old Town Hall, Whittaker Avenue, London, TW9 1TP

Local history, cultureRead more

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Museum of Wimbledon
Museum of Wimbledon

Museum of Wimbledon, 22 The Ridgway, London, SW19 4QN

Local history, culture[15]Read more

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Musical Museum, Brentford
Musical Museum

Musical Museum, Brentford, 399 High Street, London, TW8 0DU

Collection of music boxes and automatic instrumentsRead more

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Harrow School
Old Speech Room Gallery and Museum, Harrow School

Harrow School, The Bursary, 5 High Street, London, HA1 3HP

Egyptian and Greek antiquities, English watercolours, Modern British paintings, sculpture, printed books and natural...Read more

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Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art
Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art

Parasol unit foundation for contemporary art, 14 Wharf Road, London, N1 7RW

Exhibitions of works by international contemporary artists working in various mediaRead more

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Peckham Platform
Peckham Platform

Peckham Platform, Copeland Park, 133 Copeland Road, London, SE15 3SN

Contemporary artRead more

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Pitzhanger Manor
Pitzhanger Manor

Pitzhanger Manor, Mattock Lane, London, W5 5EQ

Also known as PM Gallery and House, manor designed by architect John Soane with PM Gallery for contemporary art....Read more

Museums Tourist Attractions Sightseeing Historic Houses

Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum
Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum

Polish Institute and Sikorski Museum, 20 Princes Gate, London, SW7 1PT

Contributions of the Polish Armed Forces in the West in World War IIRead more

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Russian Cultural Centre (London)
Pushkin House

Russian Cultural Centre (London), 5A Bloomsbury Square, London, WC1A 2TA

Russian art and cultureRead more

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Kew Gardens
Queen Charlotte's Cottage

Kew Gardens, London, TW9 2AA

Located within the Kew Gardens, 18th century rustic country retreat built for Queen Charlotte, open seasonallyRead more

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Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge
Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge

Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge, 8 Ranger's Road, London, E4 7QH

Tudor hunting lodgeRead more

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Rainham Hall
Rainham Hall

Rainham Hall, Broadway, London, RM13 9YN

Operated by the National Trust, 18th-century Queen Anne houseRead more

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Royal College of Music
RCM Museum of Music

Royal College of Music, Prince Consort Road, London, SW7 2BS

Musical instruments, art, documents and accessories, part of the Royal College of MusicRead more

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Red House (London)
Red House

Red House (London), Red House Lane, London, DA6 8JF

Operated by the National Trust, 19th-century house commissioned, created and lived in by William Morris, founder of...Read more

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Red Mansion Foundation
Red Mansion Foundation

Red Mansion Foundation, Portland Place, London

Gallery exhibits of contemporary Chinese artRead more

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Redbridge Museum
Redbridge Museum

Redbridge Museum, Redbridge Central Library, Clements Road, London, IG1 1EA

Local history, culture, located on the second floor of Ilford Central Library[16]Read more

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Riverside Gallery
Riverside Gallery

Riverside Gallery, Old Town Hall, London, TW9 1TP

Municipal art gallery[17]Read more

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Rivington Place
Rivington Place

Rivington Place, Rivington Place, London, EC2A 3BE

International visual arts centre, home to InIVA and Autograph ABPRead more

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Rose Theatre Exhibition
Rose Theatre Exhibition

Rose Theatre Exhibition, 56 Park Street, London, SE1 9AR

Excavations of an Elizabethan theatreRead more

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Royal Academy of Music Museum
Royal Academy of Music Museum

Royal Academy of Music Museum, London, NW1 5HT

Musical instruments and artefacts of the Royal Academy of MusicRead more

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Royal Air Force Museum London
Royal Air Force Museum London

Royal Air Force Museum London, Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL

History of aviation and the British Royal Air ForceRead more

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Royal College of Physicians
Royal College of Physicians Museum

Royal College of Physicians, 11 Saint Andrews Place, London, NW1 4LE

Portraits, silver, medical instruments and artefactsRead more

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Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum
Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum

Royal Pharmaceutical Society Museum, 66-68 East Smithfield, London, E1W 1AW

British pharmacy history, medicines and artefactsRead more

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Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition
Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition

Shakespeare's Globe Exhibition, 21 New Globe Walk, London, SE1 9DT

Backstage tours and history of the theatre, costumes, music, theatrical effects, recreation of a 17th-century...Read more

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Shirley Windmill
Shirley Windmill

Shirley Windmill, London, CR0 5DY

Restored mid-19th-century tower windmillRead more

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Soseki Museum in London
Soseki Museum in London

Soseki Museum in London, 80 The Chase, London, SW4 0NG

London home of Japanese author Natsume Sōseki[18]Read more

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South London Gallery
South London Gallery

South London Gallery, 65-67 Peckham Road, London, SE5 8UH

Contemporary artRead more

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Southside House
Southside House

Southside House, 3-4 Woodhayes Road, London, SW19 4RJ

17th century period houseRead more

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St Bartholomew's Hospital
St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum

St Bartholomew's Hospital, St Bartholomew’s Hospital Museum, North Wing, St Bartholomew’s Hospital,, West Smithfield, London , EC1A 7BE

History of the hospital and its work, historic surgical instruments, sculpture, mediaeval archives, works of art...Read more

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St Paul's Cathedral
St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral, St. Paul's Churchyard, London, EC4M 8AD

Anglican cathedral with religious art, sculpture, architecture, tombs, decorative artsRead more

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Avenue House
Stephens Collection

Avenue House, 17 East End Road, London, N3 3QE

Life of Dr Henry Stephens, inventor of an indelible blue-black ink, and his son Henry Charles Stephens, their ink...Read more

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Studio Voltaire
Studio Voltaire

Studio Voltaire, 1A Nelsons Row, London, SW4 7JR

Contemporary art[19]Read more

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The Building Centre
The Building Centre

The Building Centre, 26 Store Street, London, WC1E 7BT

Exhibits on architecture and design[4]Read more

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The Showroom
The Showroom

The Showroom, 63 Penfold Street, London, NW8 8PQ

Contemporary art galleryRead more

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Twickenham Museum
Twickenham Museum

Twickenham Museum, 25 The Embankment, London, TW1 3DU

Local historyRead more

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Type Museum
Type Museum

Type Museum, 100 Hackford Road, London, SW9 0QU

Collection of typesetting equipment and artefacts, currently[when?] not open to the publicRead more

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University College London
UCL Art Museum

University College London, University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Part of the University College London, exhibits in the Strang Print Room (South Cloisters)[20]Read more

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University College London
UCL Geology Collections

University College London, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

Part of the University College London, rocks, minerals, fossils on display in the Rock Room, limited opening hours[21]Read more

Museums Tourist Attractions Sightseeing Natural History Museums

Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia
Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia

Upminster Tithe Barn Museum of Nostalgia, Hall Lane, London, RM14 1AU

Artefacts of rural domestic and agricultural lifeRead more

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Upminster Windmill
Upminster Windmill

Upminster Windmill, The Mill Field, Saint Marys Lane, London, RM14 2QL

19th century windmill, exhibits on its historyRead more

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Valence House Museum
Valence House Museum

Valence House Museum, Becontree Avenue, London, RM8 3HT

Local history, archaeology, maritime and fishing industry, artRead more

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Valentines Mansion
Valentines Mansion

Valentines Mansion, Emerson Road, London, IG1 4XA

Country house with recreated Victorian kitchen and Georgian rooms, contemporary art exhibits, 18th-century gardensRead more

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Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum
Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum

Walthamstow Pumphouse Museum, 10 South Access Road, London, E17 8AX

The museum is due to become the Lea Valley Experience, pioneering achievements in road, rail, air and sea transport...Read more

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Wandle Industrial Museum
Wandle Industrial Museum

Wandle Industrial Museum, London Road, London, CR4 3UD

Industries along the River Wandle, including flour and textile mills[22]Read more

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Westminster Abbey Museum
Westminster Abbey Museum

Westminster Abbey Museum, 20 Deans Yard, London, SW1P 3PA

Royal and other funeral effigies, religious artefactsRead more

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Part of Westminster Abbey

Whitewebbs Museum of Transport
Whitewebbs Museum of Transport

Whitewebbs Museum of Transport, Whitewebbs Road, London, EN2 9HW

Cars, trucks, motorcycles, model railway[24]Read more

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Wiener Library
Wiener Library

Wiener Library, 29 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DP

Exhibits of art and history from its collections about the Holocaust and genocides around the worldRead more

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Wimbledon Windmill
Wimbledon Windmill Museum

Wimbledon Windmill, Windmill Road, London, SW19 5NR

19th century windmill, exhibits on its history and other windmillsRead more

Museums Tourist Attractions Sightseeing Milling Museums

World Rugby Museum
World Rugby Museum

World Rugby Museum, Twickenham Stadium, 200 Whitton Road, London, TW2 7BA

Rugby union history and the England national rugby union team, players, memorabilia, history of Twickenham StadiumRead more

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