Stuck for what to do on a rainy day? Why not head to one of these museums for some free and educational fun!
British Museum – Open daily 10am – 5.30pm (Fridays until 8.30pm), located in Bloomsbury. Peruse its 8 million works documenting the history of human culture from its beginnings to the present day. They also organise a range of free tours, talks, and activities for all ages!
Bank of England Museum – Open Mon – Fri 10am – 5pm, located in central London. Discover the history of the Bank and its buildings from its foundation in 1694 to present day. A small museum that’ll take about an hour to get around, with plenty of interactive activities. You can even hold a real gold bar!
Horniman Museum and Gardens – Open daily 10.30am – 5.30pm, located in Forest Hill. A museum open since Victorian times and packed with a range of exciting things to see, including a gigantic stuffed walrus, musical instruments, and an aquarium. All surrounded by 16 acres of gardens!
Imperial War Museum – Open daily 10am – 6pm, located in Lambeth. A museum covering conflicts from WWI to the present day, including history of wartime experience. Explore a recreation of WWI trenches and marvel at the many tanks and planes on display.
Museum of Croydon – Open Tue – Sat 10.30am – 5pm, located in the iconic Croydon clock tower. Discover the history of Croydon through objects and stories of local people, sorted into various themes such as “work & play” and “life & love”.
Museum of London – Open daily 10am – 6pm, located on the London Wall. One of the world’s largest urban history museum, discover London’s turbulent past from pre-Roman to modern times through a range of artefacts and interactive displays. They also run a range of free events for all ages!
Museum of London Docklands – Open daily 10am – 6pm, located at West India Quay. Linked to the Museum of London, but focussing on the history of London as a port. From whale bones to WWII gas masks, there’s a range of exciting things to see. They also have an interactive gallery dedicated to children!
National Maritime Museum – Open daily 10am – 5pm, located in Greenwich. A museum dedicated to all things nautical, filled with inspirational stories of exploration and endeavour at sea! See the uniform Nelson wore at the Battle of Trafalgar, and Turner’s sea-inspired artwork.
Natural History Museum – Open daily 10am – 5.50pm, located in South Kensington. Promoting the discovery and enjoyment of the natural world through hands-on exhibits and unique collections. Favourites are the earthquake room and the dinosaur gallery.
RAF Museum – Open daily 10am -6pm Mar – Oct, 10am – 5pm Nov – Feb, located in Hendon. If you’re a fan of aviation, head to this museum and get up close to 100 different aircraft and enjoy interactive exhibits.