East London Museum Guide

East London has a number of great museums that cover a wide range of interests. Read on for our guide to the best in the area.


V&A Museum of Childhood

Situated in Bethnal Green, the famous V&A Museum of Childhood contains an assortment of intriguing objects both by and for children, ranging from 1600 all the way to present day. We recommend checking out the fantastic exhibitions and events on offer – which are a great way to entertain the kids. 


Address: Cambridge Heath Road, London, E2 9PA

Telephone: 020 8983 5200


Museum of London Docklands

Close to Canary Wharf is the Museum of London Docklands which details the growth of the area and the history the River Thames. This Grade-I listed building is home to an array of historical exhibits, arranged in chronological order, starting from the Roman era. 


Address: No1 Warehouse, West India Quay, London, E14 4AL

Telephone:  020 7001 9844


The Royal London Hospital Museum

The Royal London Hospital Museum documents how the hospital has cared for the local community since 1740. The museum is stuffed full of fascinating artefacts, such as surgical instruments and written archives including stories about some of the intriguing patients, nurses and doctors from the hospital. 


Address: St Augustine with St Philip’s Church, Newark Street, London, E1 2AA

Telephone: 020 7377 7608


Jack the Ripper Museum

If you’re interested in the macabre then head to the Jack the Ripper museum in Shadwell, which tells the story of the infamous killer from the perspective of six of his victims. This grisly museum displays some original artefacts from the period, alongside recreations of the crime scenes – perhaps one to avoid attending with younger children.


Address: 12 Cable Street, London, E1 8JG

Telephone: 020 7488 9811


The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities, Fine Art & Natural History

If you’re looking for something a little different from your normal museum, then head to the Viktor Wynd museum and bar located in a basement in Hackney. From shrunken heads to dodo bones, the collection spans several centuries and categories and is sure to intrigue and amuse. 


Address: 11 Mare Street, London, E8 4RP

Telephone: 020 7998 3617


Museum of Happiness

Newly opened in 2017, the Museum of Happiness aims to provide an experiential adventure exploring the fundamentals of happiness and well-being. Experience the variety of workshops, events and interactive experiences that offer science-backed techniques to implement into your daily life. 


Address: 66 Leonard Street, Hackney, London, EC2A 4LW 

Telephone: 0207 060 3392


Dennis Severs’ House

Be transported back to the 18thcentury at Dennis Severs’ House in Spitalfields. The house has been designed to be like a time capsule, capturing how a family of Huguenot silk-weavers would have lived from 1724. Enjoy a silent tour and soak up all the sensorial details present in this unique and well-preserved museum. 


Address: 18 Folgate Street, London, E1 6BX

Telephone: 020 7247 4013


Charles Dickens Museum

Take a peek inside the wonderous home of Charles Dickens in Camden where classics such as Oliver Twist and The Pickwick Papers were written. Admire inspirational artefacts such as original manuscripts, first editions and many personal items of Dickens and his family members. Not strictly in East London, but worth a visit all the same.


Address: 48-49 Doughty Street, London, WC1N 2LX

Telephone: 020 7405 2127


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