Museum Mile

Top 30 things in Camden: Museum Mile

Museum Mile is the area between Kings Cross and the River Thames and home to 13 extraordinary, world-class museums that provide a fascinating insight into London’s past and present.  

The best way to discover the Museum Mile is on foot. It takes roughly about 30 minutes to walk from Euston Road to the River Thames. Why not pack a lunch and head out to feed your curiosity in this unique cultural neighborhood? If you prefer the company of an expert guide you can book a Museum Mile walking tour with Midtown's Walks Guide, Aly Mir. There are half-day and full-day options and all walks are free. For full details, including dates and times click here.*

*Advance booking is required and admission to the walk is by ticket only.

Prefer to go it alone? Take a wander from King’s Cross to the River Thames and drop in on those that take your fancy. From the unusual to the unparalleled, the intimate to the iconic: you really can choose your own adventure! 

Visit the British Library to see the Magna Carta, the Lindisfarne Gospels, Leonardo's notebooks and Mozart's handwritten scores. Stop at the British Museum for a remarkable collection that spans over two million years of human history and culture. Check out The Brunei Gallery at SOAS for a programme dedicated to promoting a better understanding of the art, culture and history of Africa, Asia and the Middle East.

Spend some time at The Cartoon Museum for Steve Bell to Hogarth and Gillray, Heath Robinson to Ronald Searle, Manga and all your favorite cartoon characters like Dennis the Menace and Andy Capp. Visit the beautifully restored Charles Dickens Museum to experience Dickens’ house as if he had just stepped out the door. In the beautiful Somerset house: The Courtauld Gallery is the place to come face to face with world-famous art by Rubens, Monet, Manet, Van Gogh and Cézanne. Get lost in The Foundling Museum, the UK’s first children’s charity and first public art gallery that celebrates the ways in which artists have helped improve children’s lives for over 275 years. Revel in 400 years of medical history at The Hunterian Museum at The Royal College of Surgeons, home to one of the oldest anatomical collections in the world. Learn some secret handshakes at The Library and Museum of Freemasonry. Discover the story of London's transport system and how it has shaped the lives of people living and working in this city at the London Transport Museum.

Step back in time with a visit to Sir John Soane's Museum – which has been left virtually unchanged since his death in 1837. Pop into the UCL Museums and Collections to check out a dress older than the Pyramids or just to see a jar of moles, if that’s more your thing. Want to know what it means to be human? Then stop in at the Wellcome Collection as there’s really nowhere else that will do. 

Find the Museum Mile map here.

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