London is a fantastic place to experience history and culture, and fortunately there are plenty of museums that won’t cost you a penny to enter.
The British Museum is one of the world’s oldest and contains a huge array of historical items from the UK and across the globe, including the world-famous Rosetta Stone and a number of fascinating Egyptian mummies.
It is open every day from 10.00 – 17.30, except on Fridays, when it is open until 20.30.
Holborn and Tottenham Court Road are the nearest Underground stations, just 500m away from the museum.
The Natural History Museum
Built in 1881, the Natural History Museum is packed with natural wonders, perhaps the most famous of which is the giant cast of a Diplodocus skeleton in the entrance hall.
Venture further inside and you’ll be able to discover a huge array of animals, including an impressive collection of stuffed birds, as well as precious metals, gems and crystals.
The museum is open daily from 10.00 to 17.50. The nearest Tube station, just five minutes’ walk away, is South Kensington on the District, Piccadilly and Circle lines.
The Science Museum
The Science Museum features seven floors devoted to scientific and technological innovations, including a number of fascinating items from the field of space exploration, such as full-scale models of the Huygens Titan probe and Beagle 2 Mars Lander.
Many of the exhibits are interactive and give children the chance to learn about science by getting a hands-on experience.
Open from 10.00 to 18.00 (last entry 17.15), the Science Museum is located on Exhibition Road in South Kensington. The nearest tube station is South Kensington, which is on the District, Circle and Piccadilly lines and is a five-minute walk away.
The National Maritime Museum
The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich gives visitors the chance to immerse themselves in Britain’s seafaring history, learning about famous explorers, captains and the British Empire.
One of the exhibitions, Nelson, Navy and Nation, contains a range of items linked to the renowned admiral and features the coat he wore at the Battle of Trafalgar.
The museum is open every day from 10.00 to 17.00. Greenwich is not far from central London and can be reached by bus and the Docklands Light Railway (DLR). It is a five-minute walk from the Cutty Sark DLR station.