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A Short Guide to The Museum of London


The Museum of London tells the social history of London from prehistoric to modern times, the museum is located on London Wall near to the Barbican complex.

The Museum of London is an amalgamation of two earlier museums: the Guildhall Museum, founded in 1826 and the London Museum founded in 1912.  Both collections came together after the second world war and the new Museum of London opened in 1976.


The Guildhall Museum was largely archaeological, whilst the original London Museum had varied interests, collecting modern objects, paintings, and costumes. Since 1976 the Museum of London has operated as a social and urban history museum.


The museum features a series of chronological galleries containing original artefacts, models, pictures and interactive displays which chart the rise of London and its urban development. A small section of the original Roman London Wall can be seen just outside the museum. The galleries “London Before London” , Roman London”, “Medieval London” and “War, Plague and Fire” concentrate on old London whilst “Expanding City ” , “People’s City” and “World City” are galleries of Modern London.


The Museum of London opened a second public site in 2003 when the Museum of London Docklands housed in a Grade I listed warehouse at Canary Wharf was officially revealed.


Although the Museum is still in its original building, the museum recently announced plans to move from its Barbican site to nearby Smithfield Market.

For more information, visit the Museum of London website here

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