Opened in December 1976 the Museum of London records the history of London from prehistoric to modern times. A few minutes’ walk from St Paul’s Cathedral, the museum is located on London Wall, which is on the edge of the oldest part of London and which is now the main financial district.
The architects adopted an innovative approach to museum design, whereby the galleries were laid out so that there was only one route through the museum – from the prehistoric period to the modern galleries.
Thus the museum comprises a series of chronological galleries containing original artefacts, models, pictures and diagrams, with a strong emphasis on archaeological discoveries, the built city, urban development and London’s social and cultural life, with interactive displays and activities for all ages. Fragments of the Roman London Wall can be seen just outside the museum. The prehistoric gallery, “London Before London” and the “Medieval London” gallery have already been updated, and in 2010 a refurbished gallery on “War, Plague and Fire” opened, covering the period of the English Civil War and the Great Fire of London.
In addition to the permanent galleries, the museum also holds special exhibitions. For example never-before-seen objects from the Metropolitan Police’s Crime Museum are on public display for the first time ever. This special exhibition ends on the 10th April 2016.
In March 2015, the museum announced plans to move from its Barbican site to nearby Smithfield Market. The move, contingent upon raising an estimated £70 million, is planned to be complete by 2021.
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