A walk along Museum Mile provides a fascinating insight into London, past and present. From King's Cross to the River Thames, discover 12 of the city's most extraordinary museums and galleries and their equally diverse collections.
Take in the beauty of Van Gogh at The Courtauld Gallery and Shakespeare's First Folio at the British Library. Marvel at 400 years of anatomical history at the Hunterian Museum and witness the forefront of medical science at the Wellcome Collection. From the intimate to the iconic, the local and global collections that make up Museum Mile promise inspiring discoveries for all.
96 Euston Road
London NW1 2DB
+44 (0)843 2081144
Discover Magna Carta, the Lindisfarne Gospels, Leonardo's notebooks, Mozart's handwritten scores and the Gutenberg Bible alongside beautiful sacred texts, maps, manuscripts, sound recordings and stamps from over the centuries and around the world.
An introduction to the British Library
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
+44 (0)20 7323 8299
Founded in 1753, the British Museum's remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history and culture. Six million visitors every year experience the collections from Africa, Asia, Europe, the Americas and the Ancient World, including world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies.
An introduction to the British Museum
Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square
London WC1H 0XG
+44 (0)20 7898 4915
Dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the art, culture, history and contemporary contexts of Africa, Asia and the Middle East through a changing programme of visiting exhibitions and events, with a permanent rotating display of SOAS's own collections shown in the Foyle Special Collections Gallery.
An introduction to the Brunei Gallery
35 Little Russell Street
London WC1A 2HH
+44 (0)20 7580 8155
Original British cartoon and comic art from the 18th century to the present. From Steve Bell to Hogarth and Gillray, Heath Robinson to Ronald Searle, Manga to favourite characters like Dennis the Menace and Andy Capp, there’s something for everyone.
48 Doughty Street
London WC1N 2LX
+44 (0)20 7405 2127
Visit the beautifully restored Charles Dickens Museum to experience Dickens’ house as if he had just stepped out of the door. Explore original manuscripts, furniture, paintings and other items relating to Britain’s most popular novelist in the Georgian townhouse in which he wrote Oliver Twist and Nicholas Nickleby.
An introduction to the Charles Dickens Museum
Somerset House, Strand
London WC2R 0RN
+44 (0)20 7848 2526
Come face to face with world-famous art by artists such as Rubens, Monet, Manet, Van Gogh and Cézanne. The magnificent collection ranges from the Renaissance to the 20th century and is best known for its outstanding Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces.
An introduction to the Courtauld Gallery
40 Brunswick Square
London WC1N 1AZ
+44 (0)20 7841 3600
Discover the stories of the Foundling Hospital, London's first home for abandoned children, revealed through poignant artefacts. The Hospital's art collection features paintings by Hogarth, Gainsborough and Reynolds displayed alongside Handel's will and a fair copy of Messiah.
An introduction to the Foundling Museum
35-43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3PE
+44 (0)20 7869 6560
Revealing 400 years of medical history, from one of the oldest anatomical collections in the world to the latest advances in minimal access surgery. Highlights include surgeon John Hunter's collection of human and animal specimens, Lister's first antiseptic spray and Winston Churchill's false teeth.
An introduction to the Hunterian Museum
60 Great Queen Street,
London WC2B 5AZ
+44 (0)20 7395 9257
Discover one of the world's finest collections of Masonic material housed at the home of English freemasonry, including pottery, porcelain, glass, silver, furniture, clocks and regalia. The ceremonial areas of the amazing Art Deco Freemasons' Hall are also available to view.
An introduction to the Freemason Museum
The Piazza, Covent Garden
London WC2E 7BB
+44 (0)20 7379 6344
Discover the story of London's transport system and how it has shaped the lives of people living and working in the city. Showcasing original artworks and advertising posters, historic vehicles including the iconic Routemaster bus and the world's first underground steam train. Train simulators and interactive exhibits make the visit enjoyable for all ages.
An introduction to the London Transport Museum
13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields
London WC2A 3BP
+44 (0)20 7405 2107
Step back in time with a visit to Sir John Soane's Museum – virtually unchanged since his death in1837. Behind an elegantly severe façade lie architecturally stunning interiors which contain world-class collections of art, sculpture, furniture, antiquities, casts, stained glass, books and models – all contributing to a veritable ‘academy or architecture’, just as Soane intended.
An introduction to the John Soane's Museum
UCL, Gower Street
London WC1E 6BT
+44 (0)20 7679 2884
University College London (UCL) houses unique collections of art and artefacts. See a dress older than the pyramids at the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, a jar of moles at the Grant Museum of Zoology, original Turner prints at the Art Museum and fossilised footprints up close in the Rock Room.
An introduction to the Grant Museum
183 Euston Road
London NW1 2BE
+44 (0)20 7611 2222
Part gallery, part museum, and incorporating an extraordinary library and events, Wellcome Collection explores the links between medicine, life and art, placing science in the broad context of health and wellbeing. Most certainly the destination for the incurably curious.
An introduction to the Wellcome Collection
Download the podcast to enjoy a self-guided walk around Museum Mile. Voices include some of the passionate people involved with the museums, and local historian and tour guide Aly Mir, who pops in a fact or two about the historic area.
Visit the Museum Mile website to download the podcast to enjoy a self-guided walk around Museum Mile. Voices include some of the passionate people involved with the museums, and local historian and tour guide Aly Mir, who pops in a fact or two about the historic area.
Walk the Museum Mile with Inmidtown's Walks Guide, Aly Mir. There are half-day and full-day options and all walks are free.
Please note that the mp4 files for objects contain a still image of the object for illustration purposes.