Museum of London

Powell & Moya, London, 1976


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Entrance portico seen from within the rotunda 

John Donat and Martin Charles     Download Original

  • Entrance portico seen from within the rotunda    
  • Approach to the museum from pedestrian bridge    
  • Covered forecourt    
  • Frontage to Aldersgate street    
  • East front of the museum with remains of the Roman wall    
  • View from the upper gallery showing the lower gallery    
  • Ramp into the library    
  • Display of Roman artefacts inside one gallery    
  • Medieval London exhibit    
  • Late Tudor exhibit inside one of the galleries    
  • Nineteenth century exhibit on lower gallery    
  • Site plan    
  • Site plan showing Barbican estate    
  • Plan at road level    
  • Plan of pedestrian deck    
  • Plan of lower exhibition level    
  • Plan of level five    
  • Plan of level seven    
  • Section    
  • Section through entrance foyer    
  • Section through office tower    
  • Model showing original scheme from south west    
  • Model showing western view along london wall    
  • Model showing rotunda with restaurant below    
  • Sketch of proposed view from north east    

A museum built on a busy roundabout on the edge of the Barbican site in central London to document the history of the city

The Museum of London is the largest urban history museum in the world. It was opened on 2nd December 1976 by Her Majesty the Queen as London’s first new post-war museum. There are over two million items in the collections including art, archaeology, photography, social and working history, life stories, and film.

Seen from the road as a giant brick circular bastion, which forms a circular forecourt to the entrance, the white ceramic tile clad museum is accessed on the first floor from raised walkways.

The museum is laid out in a series of chronological galleries starting in Prehistory, through the Stuarts and ending in 20th Century London. The galleries are built around several large historical artefacts, such as the Lord Mayor's coach while others overlook London's Roman walls.


  • Begun: Apr 1971
  • Completed: Dec 1976
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Address: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London, EC2Y 5HN, United Kingdom

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