A fragment of a Roman mosaic and a focus on archaeology was the beginning of what has become the Museum of London, an award-winning, interactive, child-friendly space, and home to a collection of seven million objects that span a 10,000-year history. These include clothing and textiles like iconic costumes and religious attire, artworks and photographs, prehistoric artefacts, and many other objects connected to the city through the ages as well as intangible recorded memories from Londoners. Together, the museum’s permanent galleries and its rotating collection, temporary events and exhibitions tell the story of the city’s history from its beginnings to the present day.
The Museum of London’s permanent galleries stretch across time: Visitors can explore the capital’s beginnings before it was even built; learn about the Londinium of Roman London; step into Medieval London; understand the devastation of war, plague and fire and what the city looked like after it was rebuilt; discover the wealth, power and people that drove the city to greatness from the 1850s; and look at the diverse metropolis we know today that has been transformed by innovations in culture, fashion and technology. London’s role as a 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games host also features. Parents and carers with children age 8 and under will enjoy a visit to the children’s play space, Mudlarks. Two cafes onsite offer family-friendly menus by Benugo.
The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm. A general admission time slot is free to pre-book, but check the Museum of London website for special ticketed events, exhibitions, talks, walks and tours which may need to be booked separately. Remember to pre-book a time slot to visit Mudlarks; free tickets are available for this from 10am the day before your scheduled visit.