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Museum of London

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The Museum of London documents the history of London from the Prehistoric to the present day. The museum is located close to the Barbican Centre, it is a few minutes walk north of St Paul's Cathedral, overlooking the remains of the Roman city wall and on the edge of the oldest part of London.

The museum comprises a series of chronological galleries containing original artefacts, models, pictures and diagrams, with a strong emphasis on archaeological discoveries, the built city and urban development and interactive displays and activities for all ages. Fragments of the Roman London Wall can be seen just outside the museum. The prehistoric gallery, "London Before London" and the "Medieval London" gallery have already been updated, and in 2007 a new exhibition on the Great Fire of London opened.

Museum of London
Kings Coach

In 2010 further improvments tell the story of London and Londoners from the Great Fire of 1666 to the present day. The transformation includes four new galleries. The new City Gallery features large street level windows along London Wall and provides an illuminated showcase for the Lord Mayor's State Coach, which takes to the streets each November for the Lord Mayor's Show.

The Galleries of Modern London increase the museum's exhibition space by 25 percent and enable the display of 7,000 objects. Star exhibits include a reconstruction of the Victorian Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens, the foreboding wooden interior of the Wellclose debtors prison, an art deco lift from Selfridges department store and the puppet stars of BBC children's TV Andy Pandy and Bill and Ben.

The new galleries place a renewed emphasis on contemporary London and contemporary collecting. "World City" is the gallery, which tells London's story from 1950 to the present day. Fashion looms large here - from the stiff and starchy suits of the 1950s, through to the Mary Quant dress of the swinging 60s, hippy chic in the 70s and the bondage trousers and ripped T-shirts of the punk era. And fashion comes right up to date with a pashmina from Alexander McQueen's 2008 collection.

The museum's new Sackler Hall contains a new elliptical curtain where the work of up-and-coming young filmmakers will be screened in a bi-annual Museum of London Film Commission, in association with Film London. The museum's new art gallery "Inspiring London" will display new acquisitions of contemporary prints, paintings and drawings alongside a range of artwork from the museum's existing collection.

Opening Times:

The museum is open every day from 10am to 6pm, except 24th-26th December. Entry is free.

Contact Details:

Museum of London
London Wall
Telephone: +44 (0) 20 7001 9844