10 Of London’s Weird And Wonderful Museums You Never Knew Existed

These are the reason why we love this quirky, awesome city! Perfect for a lazy Sunday or to impress a friend from out of town, be sure to visit one of these amazing museums (and get an arty snap for Instagram to look cool and cultured).

1 – Old Operating Theatre, London Bridge

Entry: £6.50

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Not one for the faint hearted, the Old Operating Theatre is all about pain, blood, guts and gore! Used in the days before anaesthetics the exhibitions on display will explain in great detail how horrific operations used to be, the creepy atmosphere adding shivers down your spine as you soak up the sights and sounds of medical torture.

2 – Geffrye Museum, Hackney

Entry: FREE

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Fancy a bit of time travelling? Skip between centuries in seconds with 11 elaborately decorated period rooms in the heart of Hackney.

3 – Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising, Notting Hill

Entry: £7.50

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For a great trip down memory lane the Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising is a brilliant place to visit as you explore the history of family favourites such as Coca-Cola and Heinz as well as packing that dates back as far as the 1800’s!

4 – Cartoon Museum, Holborn

Entry: £7.00

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Release your inner child at Holborn’s Cartoon Museum, just a stone’s throw from the British Museum each exhibition explores British cartoon and comic art with collections dating back to the 18th century. See if you can spot the early Billy Whizz and Bash Street Kids!

5 – Fashion and Textile Museum, Bermondsey

Entry: £8.80

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From materials and outfits to history and fashion exhibitions the Fashion and Textile Museum features designs from fresh young designers as well as timeless classics and everything in between. This museum is a must for anyone who loves dressing up!

6 – Churchill War Rooms, Westminster

Entry: £18

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Although the Churchill War Rooms are a pricier option it’s a real WW2 bunker bursting at the seams with original film footage, memorabilia, photos, recordings and much, much more.

7 – Grant Museum of Zoology, Bloomsbury

Entry: FREE

The Grant Museum Of Zoology Houses A Collection Of Weird And Wonderful Artefacts...LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 04: Employee Emma-Louise Nicholls checks the display cabinets at The Grant Museum of Zoology on September 4, 2012 in London, England. Containing 67,000 specimens, the Grant Museum of Zoology is the only one of it's kind in London. Started as a teaching collection in 1828 the collection displays only about 5% of all the specimens it holds. (Photo by Peter Macdiarmid/Getty Images)

Another weird and slightly gross museum is the Grant Museum of Zoology, housing various animal oddities preserved in test tubes and glass vials so you see the specimens up, close and very personal!

8 – Hunterian Museum, Holborn

Entry: FREE

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Similar to the Grant Museum of Zoology, the Hunterian Museum is full of weird and wonderful pieces such as a preserved monkey’s head, Churchill’s dentures and human diseases dissected and on display. Not one for the faint hearted, diseased human remains feature highly!

9 – Fan Museum, Greenwich

Entry: £4.00

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Although it doesn’t sound very exciting, the Fan Museum houses a collection of over 4,000 hand fans and is the only collection of its kind in the world. Impressive.

10 – The Magic Circle Museum, Euston

Entry: Varies

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Unfortunately the Magic Circle Museum has to be booked in advance but it’s home to some of the most amazing magic shows, tours and exhibitions in the business that will blow you mind.

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