From the Tate Modern to the British Museum, London is home to some of the world’s most interesting museums. The vast majority are free of charge, and the wide selection can be overwhelming. But many of the small, more interesting London museums get overlooked.

We’ve rounded up some of the most underrated artistic and educational establishments around the capital. Proving that when it comes to London museums, bigger isn’t always better.

Hunterian Museum – one of the most interesting London museums

Home to some of the UK’s oldest specimens from animal fossils to human skeletons. This interesting London museum showcases a number of anatomical, zoological pieces, and paintings. All assembled by the 18th-century surgeon John Hunter.

The building is part of the Royal College of Surgeons. Located in the heart of central London, the Huntarian museum houses 3,500 bone-chilling artifacts to view. 

Museum of Childhood

Based in East London’s Bethnal Green, the Museum of Childhood houses a wide assortment of child-friendly items. All garnered from the Victoria & Albert Museum’s collection.

From games to school essentials, the objects in this interesting London museum take you through the centuries. From the 1600s to modern times, reflecting each generation’s childhood experience.

Ideal for kids, this interesting and unique London museum is a fun, interactive way to engage with history while enjoying a day out in the city.

Sir John Soane’s Museum

Open to the public since the early 1800s, this famous British architect’s house dates back to 1792. It contains a museum, and library and is located at No. 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, with the buildings dating back to 1792.

Referred to as an ‘Academy of Architecture’, the museum showcases various collections of Sir John Soane’s work. Pieces shown are from private sketchbooks and drawings to Roman works of art and other antiquities.

Hayward Gallery – ecelctic London museums

Often overshadowed by the Tate Modern, the Hayward gallery celebrates some of the world’s most controversial and explorative artists. Opened in 1968, its architectural structure reflects that of British buildings from the ‘60s with its warehouse-style design.

This interesting London museum is part of the capital’s South Bank Centre, there are visual art shows and exhibitions to view. Some of the most famous include Tracey Emin’s Love is What You Want and works by Andy Warhol.


Larger mainstream establishments can often overshadow unique, and interesting London museums. If you are looking for something a bit different then this list should help you discover museums that are off the beaten path. Many of these museums contain not so typical artefacts and can be a great way to spend the day