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5 quirky and FREE museums in London

If you love spending hours exploring the corridors and corners of some of the most fantastic museums of the world… If you like strange, historical, or one-of-a-kind items… If you are a “museum-worm” just like us at Savewallets….. you will love the guide we’ve put together for you.

These are some of the most original and – in some cases best hidden secrets – among the museums of London. And a crucial detail: you pay £0 to enter. Grab your map and audio-guide for this one!

Ragged School Museum

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A great idea to go with kids! This museum is all about the East End in canal-side warehouses, which used to be one of the largest ragged school for poor kids. A historical jewel to get a great sense of how things were back in the 1880s and 1900s.

Highlight: A fully reconstructed Victorian classroom; and Victorian lessons!

When: Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 10am to 5pm; plus the first Sunday of every month, from 2pm to 5pm.

Where: 46-50 Copperfield Road, London, E3 4RR. Directions for getting to the museum are here.

Special event coming up: The Ministry of Christmas at Ragged School Museum from 25th Nov to 23rd Dec 2017 (see details)

More info here.

Bank of England Museum

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This museum is held inside the very wall of the impressive building of the Bank of England, which gave its name to the Underground station where you will find it. We mean, of course, Bank station. Discover all the secrets and the history of UK’s central bank – including the special security feature on our bank notes!

Highlight: gold bars from a long, long time ago; and the Roman mosaics discovered during the 1930 rebuild of the bank. Plus, hold a real gold bar in your own hands!

When: Monday to Friday, from 10 am to 5pm

Where: Bartholomew Lane, London, EC2R 8AH. More travel information can be found here.

Special event coming up: Museums at Night festival on 27th Oct 2017. It’s a free event as well! (see details)

More info here.

The Queen’s House

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Part of the Royal Museums of Greenwich, this museum was recently restored. It is the first Classical building in the UK, and was made by Inigo Jones. It is a part of the original 16th and 17th Greenwich Century palace complex. Today, it houses hundreds of works by many renowned artists, like Canaletto and Gainsborough.

Highlight: The iconic Armada Portrait, featuring Elizabeth I – located in the in the Queen’s Presence Chamber

When: Daily, from 10am to 5pm, including Bank Holidays

Where: Romney Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF. Directions for getting to the museum are here.

Special event coming up: Christmas concert: Make We Mirth on 16th Dec 2017 (see details)

More info here.

V&A Museum of Childhood

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Recently refurbished, this museum is a part of the Victoria & Albert Museum. It exhibits weird and historic childhood-related objects and historic artifacts, from as far back as 1872. This is the largest museum of this sort in the world. It also offers lots of things for kids to play with today! It holds super interesting exhibitions regularly.

Highlight: The Victorian praxinoscopes

When: Daily, from 10am to 5.45pm (last admission: 5.30pm)

Where: Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA. Directions for getting to the museum are here.

Special event coming up: Christmas Meet and Make on 8th Dec 2017 (see details)

More info here.

The Geffrey Museum of the Home

5 quirky and FREE museums in London - Save money, personal finance

This is for the history and the architecture lovers! The generally curious will be satisfied as well. Each of this house’s 16 different rooms is decorated in the style of a different time period – from 1630 to 1998. A fun and surprising adventure. It also has a pretty fun Kid’s Zone.

Highlight: The Period rooms are the absolute star!

When: Tuesday to Sunday, from 10am to 5pm; Bank Holidays open

Where: 136 Kingsland Road, London, E2 8EA. More travel information can be found here

Special event coming up: The London Cheese Project on 4th Nov 2017 (see details)

More info here.

Now, take your diary out and start planning your visits to these one-of-a-kind museums in London! Let us know which one you liked the best…..we would love to hear from you!

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