LONDON | The Museum of London is a museum that documents the history of London from prehistoric times through to today. Located in the Barbican Complex, the Museum of London is one of our favourite museums in London as it really helps visitors to understand what makes London so special – its people, and does a good job at exploring the history of this city through its many inhabitants.
Fragments of the Roman London Wall can be seen, along with paleolithic artefacts and many other items or archaeological significance in the ‘London Before London’ section. Medieval London is explored, as is the 1660s to 1850 in the “Expanding City” gallery, and 1850s to 1940s in the “People’s City” section. Displays include a reconstruction of Georgian pleasure gardens, an art deco lift from Selfridges, recreated Victorian shops and public buildings, and sections on the West End, Suffragettes, World War I and World War II.
Finally ‘World City’ explores developments from the 1950s onwards, with a focus on things like the Swinging 60s, 1970s punk, 1990s ‘Cool Britannia’, and today.
The Museum of London also has a branch in Docklands which explores the history of London as a port, from Roman times 2,000 years ago through to modern times.
The Museum of London isn’t as popular as it should be, and a big reason for this is that it’s quite hard to find. Plans are currently afoot to move the museum to a new site in 2021, into what is currently a collection of derelict Victorian buildings that formed part of the now closed Smithfield market in nearby West Smithfield. If the move is approved, the museum will become even bigger and better, with 27,000 square meters (up from the current 17,000), allowing for much more of the museum’s collection to be displayed.
Museum of London
150 London Wall
London EC2Y 5HN
Telephone: 020 7001 9844