Something for everyone at free museums in London and around Britain
With thousands of free museums in Britain to choose from, you’ll be missing out if you don’t visit at least one. History, design, science, giant stuffed walruses – at Britain’s free museums you can indulge your particular (or peculiar) passion without spending a penny.
It’ll come as no surprise that the free museums in London are among the biggest in Britain. Discover Aztec art and Egyptian mummies at the world-famous British Museum; marvel at the fascinating dinosaur exhibition and iconic blue whale at the Natural History Museum; take the kids along for the interactive exhibits and awe-inspiring objects at the Science Museum and immerse yourself in all things art and design at the V&A Museum, all in London and all for free.
The museum magic doesn’t stop in the capital. Liverpool has one of the most impressive collections of free museums outside of London, including the newly opened Museum of Liverpool, which documents the history of the city. Glasgow’s Riverside Museum is another new addition to the museum circuit. Inside, it’s Scotland’s Museum of Transport, outside, it’s a waterfront landmark designed by internationally-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid.
There are also loads of smaller museums with plenty of weird and wonderful sights to behold for free. London’s Horniman Museum is home to an overstuffed walrus – you’ll find him in the taxidermy collection, along with the story of the taxidermist who had never seen a walrus before so stuffed the animal’s saggy skin too tight. In the Guildhall, Leicester, you can step back in time and come face to face with 'Crankie Gemmie' and 'Emma Smith', two of Leicester's notorious pick-pockets who can be found lurking within the Victorian police cells. And don’t miss the Leeds Tiger and the Leeds Mummy at the Leeds City Museum.