Museum of London

The Lord Mayor of London's state coach in its gallery at the Museum of London
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Step inside Museum of London for an unforgettable journey through the capital’s turbulent past.

The Museum of London tells the story of the world’s greatest city and its people. It cares for more than two million objects in its collections and attracts over 400,000 visitors per year. It holds the largest archaeological archive in Europe.

The London Archaeological Archive and Research Centre (LAARC) and the Centre for Human Bioarchaeology form part of the Museum of London’s Department of Archives and Archaeological Collections.

Venue Type:

Museum

Opening hours

Museum and Shop opening times:
Open daily 10.00-18.00
Last admission 17.30
Café opening times:
Open 10.00-17.00

Closed: 24-26 December

Admission charges

Entry to the Museum of London is free to all. Groups of 10+ (school, college and adult) must book in advance. Call the Box Office on 020 7001 9844 or e-mail groups@museumoflondon.org.uk.

Discounts

  • Museums Association

Additional info

Wheelchairs: The Museum has powered and manual wheelchairs, which may be borrowed free of charge for the duration of your visit. Please ask at the admissions desk.

Large print events brochures, map and audio guides: Our events brochure and map of the Museum's galleries is available in large print. Please ask upon arrival or telephone 020 7001 9844. There are also audio tours available. The tour is available free of charge to blind or partially sighted visitors.

Induction loop: The Museum's audio facilities (including audio tours) are suitable for the hard of hearing. Our induction loops can be used by any visitor with a hearing aid fitted with a T switch.

Events: We have a range of events which are suitable for blind or partially sighted visitors. Please ask for an events brochure or call our box office team on 0870 444 3850. They will be pleased to assist you.

Toilets and lifts: There are disabled toilets and access by lift to all levels of the Museum. Please telephone 0870 444 3850 prior to your visit if you would like further details.

The entire collection of the Museum of London is a Designated Collection of national importance.

The museum of London charts the history of the capital and its people from the prehistoric period to the present day. Its galleries and exhibitions make sensitive use of both traditional and modern interactive techniques, and the museum has long been committed to educational and outreach services.

The extensive collections contain highly significant ranges of archaeological material from London, and include the London Archaeological Archive of finds and records from over 25 years of excavations. Social and working history collections, costume and decorative arts, paintings, pictures and photographs illustrate London's development since 1700, and the museum's contemporary collecting policy seeks to reflect the ever-changing pattern of London life in London.

The collections are divided between two departments:

The Department of Archaeological Collections and Archive: Material relating to London from the prehistoric period to c.1700. This includes the Archaeological Archive, housing material from archaeological excavations in London.

The Department of History Collections: Material relating to London from c.1700 to the present day.

Collection details

Weapons and War, Social History, Science and Technology, Personalities, Music, Medicine, Maritime, Land Transport, Fine Art, Decorative and Applied Art, Costume and Textiles, Coins and Medals, Archives, Archaeology

Key artists and exhibits

  • Prehistoric
  • Roman
  • Saxon and Medieval
  • Tudor and Stuart
  • Costume and Decorative Arts
  • Oral History and Contemporary Collecting
  • The Collecting 2000 project
  • Painting, Prints and Drawings
  • Photographs
  • Social and Working History
  • Designated Collection
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
Urbanisation

The City is Ours

  • 14 July 2017 — 2 January 2018 *on now

In this interactive exhibition, see how and why cities are changing and what urban communities around the world are doing to improve city life. Look at what data has to tell us about the urbanisation of our planet in a dramatic visualisation. Get hands-on to explore challenges facing cities around the world, from the use of digital technologies to housing and homelessness. Discover new innovations from social housing in Chile to underground bike storage in Tokyo. Share your opinions and find out about local London initiatives too.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/whats-on/exhibitions/the-city-is-ours

Real-time London Data Visualisation, Tekja

Pulse

  • 14 July 2017 — 15 April 2018 *on now

Pulse is a digital installation that will collect, analyse and visualise live data about London for the duration of the City is Ours exhibition. Data harvested from social media will be visualised in real time to give insights into the city's everyday happenings and moods.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/event-detail?id=117808

PADDINGTON 2

Half term with Paddington

  • 21 — 29 October 2017

To coincide with the release of PADDINGTON 2, head to Museum of London for daily events and a small display celebrating the well-mannered bear. The display will include original costumes and props from the new film. In partnership with STUDIOCANAL.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
Art workshop

Pop-up London

  • 28 October 2017 12:30-2pm, 2:30-4pm

Paddington wants to buy a present for his Aunt Lucy’s 100th birthday and what better gift than a pop-up book of London, Paddington’s new home town! Say happy birthday to Aunt Lucy and make your very own pop-up book of London just like the one on display in the museum, straight off the set of PADDINGTON 2! This is a drop-in workshop, so stop by anytime between 12.30-2pm, 2.30-4pm.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Website

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/event-detail?id=143809

PADDINGTON 2

Paddington trail

  • 21 — 29 October 2017

Everyday over half term, take part in a free trail and experience Paddington’s museum adventure! Paddington loves adventures and exploring around London. Follow in his footsteps and explore the museum through his eyes.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
Drawing at Museum of London

Perfect Paddington Pictures

  • 21 October 2017 12:30-1:15pm, 1:45-2:30pm, 3-3:45pm
  • 27 October 2017 12:30-1:15pm, 1:45-2:30pm, 3-3:45pm

Learn the art of illustration! Paddington is a friendly bear with a sense of adventure. Travelling on the London Underground, visiting Trafalgar Square or the Tower of London become even more exciting and extra-ordinary if a bear called Paddington is involved! Learn how to draw Paddington in this creative workshop. This is a free workshop, but requires a ticket. Pick one up from the information desk on the day.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Admission

This is a free workshop, but requires a ticket.

Animation workshop at Museum of London

Your Paddington story

  • 21 October 2017 12:30-2pm, 2:30-4pm
  • 23 October 2017 12:30-2pm, 2:30-4pm

Let’s get animated! Have a go at making your own story about Paddington and his London adventures using the digital app PuppetPals! You will learn the key ingredients to storytelling and use characters from the film and famous London landmarks to decide what happens to Paddington and his pals in this digital storytelling workshop. This is a drop-in workshop, so stop by anytime between 12.30-2pm & 2.30-4pm.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
PADDINGTON 2

Animating Paddington

  • 22 October 2017 From 12:30pm, From 2pm, From 3:30pm

Discover new animation skills! Days out in London are always exciting, especially when a bear called Paddington is involved! Using the PuppetPals app, create your own animation of a day out with London’s favourite bear. Could Paddington be taking a trip to the Museum of London? Or is he simply on his way to Portobello Road market to see his good friend Mr Gruber? You decide in this digital workshop. This is a free workshop, but requires a ticket. Pick one up from the Information Desk on the day.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Admission

This is a free workshop, but requires a ticket. Pick one up from the Information Desk on the day.

Website

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/event-detail?id=143610

PADDINGTON 2

Paddington’s London adventures

  • 22 October 2017 From 1pm, From 2pm, From 3pm
  • 24 October 2017 From 1pm, From 2pm, From 3pm

Can you create a story? We have all heard lots of tales about Paddington but now it’s your chance to become the storyteller! Have a go at creating your very own Paddington adventure using inspiration from our Behind the Scenes of PADDINGTON 2 display, famous London landmarks and museum objects. What lies ahead for this lovable bear in your imagination? This is a free workshop, but requires a ticket. Pick one up from the information desk on the day.
Suggested ages: 6+

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 5-6
  • 11-13

Website

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/event-detail?id=143808

Storytelling at Museum of London

Storybook London with Katherine Woodfine

  • 23 October 2017

Children's author Katherine Woodfine celebrates the rich history of children's stories inspired by London in this engaging talk for families. From classics like Paddington and One Hundred and One Dalmatians to today's fantasy re-imaginings of the city, she'll take you on a journey through the London of children's literature. What are your favourite books about London? Tell Katherine and her listeners, as she records this talk for children's books radio show and podcast Down The Rabbit Hole.
Suggested ages: 5+

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
Puppet making at Museum of London

Paddington puppets

  • 23 October 2017 12:30-2pm, 2:30-4pm

Where will you take Paddington? Create a Paddington puppet, inspired by the new film, PADDINGTON 2. Will your puppet have Paddington’s signature blue coat and brown suitcase? Is there a marmalade sandwich hidden under your puppet’s hat? You decide! Then take your puppet Paddington to explore the museum. This is a drop-in workshop, so stop by anytime between 12.30-2pm, 2.30-4pm.
Suggested ages: 5+

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
Storytelling at Museum of London

Paddington rhyme time

  • 23 October 2017 10:30-10:45am, 2-2:15pm
  • 24 October 2017 10:30-10:45am, 2-2:15pm
  • 27 October 2017 10:30-10:45am, 2-2:15pm

Come and learn some rhymes! Croon some tunes and move to the groove in this Paddington themed rhyme session for under 5s and their parents and carers. Enjoy songs, movement, puppets and props in the museum galleries. Each rhyme time lasts 15 minutes so don’t miss it!
Suggested ages: 2 - 5

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6

Website

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/event-detail?id=144408

Face painting at Museum of London

Paddington face painting

  • 23 October 2017 11am-2pm
  • 25 October 2017 11am-2pm
  • 27 October 2017 11am-2pm

Face painting fun! Get your face painted to look like Paddington, everyone’s favourite London bear! This is a drop in activity, so stop by anytime from 11am-2pm.
Suggested ages: 2 +

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13
PADDINGTON 2

Story Telling: A Bear Called Paddington

  • 24 October 2017 11-11:30am, 12-12:30pm, 1-1:30pm

Join in a playful storytelling session full of adventure, songs and activities based around Michael Bond’s original classic A Bear Called Paddington.
Suggested ages: 5+

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
PADDINGTON 2

Marvellous masks

  • 24 October 2017 12:30-2pm
  • 26 October 2017 2:30-4pm

Use your imagination to create your own mask inspired by Paddington or Cleopatra the Cat from the new film, PADDINGTON 2! Who will you choose? Customise your mask with pens, sequins and felt.
Suggested ages: 5+

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
  • 11-13

Website

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/event-detail?id=143611

PADDINGTON 2

Paddington meet and greet

  • 24 October 2017 11am-4pm
  • 26 October 2017 11am-4pm

Paddington will be out and about in various locations in the Museum of London all day. Where in the museum will you find him? This is a drop-in activity and will be on a first come, first served basis and you might need to queue. In partnership with Rainbow Productions.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Website

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/event-detail?id=145408

PADDINGTON 2

Karen Jankel storytelling

  • 25 October 2017

The museum is delighted to welcome back special guest, Karen Jankel, daughter of Paddington’s creator, Michael Bond. Karen will be sharing her memories and stories about growing up with Paddington and some fun facts about the new film PADDINGTON 2.
She will also host a book reading of her favourite Paddington story.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
Family drawing event at Museum of London

Paddington mugs

  • 25 October 2017 12:30-2pm, 2:30-4pm

Paddington loves nothing more than tucking into a marmalade sandwich and drinking a cup of cocoa with his good friend Mr Gruber. Design your own ceramic mug inspired by Paddington’s London adventures as a keepsake of your visit to the museum. Why not use it to enjoy some cocoa with your friends too!

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10
Museum of London craft activity

Hot air balloon triumphs

  • 25 October 2017 10:30am-12pm, 1-2:30pm

Come on a hot air balloon adventure!
Soar up into the sky like Paddington and join us to stick, paint and design your very own brightly decorated hot air balloon. Then imagine it floating over the roofs of London, just like Paddington in his new film - where will yours take you and what will you see? This workshop is designed for 3+ year olds and their grown-ups. This is a drop-in workshop, so stop by anytime between 10.30am -12pm, 1-2.30pm.

Suitable for

  • 0-4
  • 5-6
PADDINGTON 2

Paddington play in a day

  • 25 October 2017 11-11:30am, 12-12:30pm, 3-3:30pm
  • 27 October 2017 11-11:30am, 12-12:30pm, 3-3:30pm

Act out various scenes from the Paddington films and create sounds and music to accompany the action in this drama workshop. Your ‘director’ Paul Rubinstein will provide cues, support, storytelling and background music. Most of the scenes will be taken from the Paddington films but watch out for some humorous outtakes as well as scenes that include your own ideas too! This is a free workshop, but requires a ticket. Pick one up from the Information Desk on the day.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Website

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/event-detail?id=144009

Storytelling at Museum of London

Paddington helps out!

  • 26 October 2017 11-11:30am, 1-1:30pm, 2-2:30pm, 3-3:30pm

Somehow trouble always comes naturally to Paddington. What other bear could catch a fish in his hat or cause havoc in the Browns’ Kitchen whilst just trying to be helpful? Come along and hear all about what happens when Paddington just tries to help out in this storytelling session adapted from an original Michael Bond story.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Website

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/event-detail?id=144010

Children at a storytelling event

Paddington at the palace

  • 28 October 2017 1-1:30pm, 2-2:30pm, 3-3:30pm
  • 29 October 2017 1-1:30pm, 2-2:30pm, 3-3:30pm

When Mr Gruber takes Paddington to Buckingham Palace to watch the Changing of the Guard, there are so many people in the way he can’t see a thing. Luckily, someone very important seems to like small bears… This interactive storytelling session will be told by Patricia, a plucky woman on her way to an interview to work in the palace kitchen. Help teach her the royal etiquette she and Paddington will need in this adaptation of an original Michael Bond story.

Suitable for

  • 5-6
  • 7-10

Website

https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london/event-detail?id=144011

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

The Postcodes Project: London's Neighbourhood Stories

http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/postcodes

The Museum of London holds a wide range of objects from across the city. To highlight some of their fascinating local stories we have selected a single object for each London postcode area. The site can be used in various ways: taking a themed tour, selecting an area on the map, looking for a specific place or using the arrows to move around. You can add to the richness of the site by submitting your own local stories.

Museum of London
London Wall
London
City of London
EC2Y 5HN
England

Website

www.museumoflondon.org.uk

E-mail

info@museumoflondon.org.uk

Telephone

020 7001 9844

Fax

020 7600 1058

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