Museums and galleries in Southwark

Southwark is one of London's most culturally rich boroughs. With many galleries and museums, there's lots to see and do.

Check out the latest exhibitions and find out more about our historic area.


 Borough and Bankside







The South London Art Map is a free guide to art galleries in south London. Participating galleries take part in late night openings on the last Friday of every month. The map highlights Bankside, Peckham and Deptford areas and offers free map downloads on the website. Click here for the participating list of galleries.


Brunel Museum

The Brunel Museum exhibits displays on the construction of the Thames Tunnel and other projects by Marc and Isambard Kingdom Brunel.

The Clink Prison Museum

The Clink Prison Museum was built by the Bishops of Winchester to keep control of medieval Bankside, the Clink prison was destroyed in 1780. The exhibition occupies the site and tells its

The Cinema Museum

Close to Elephant and Castle, the Cinema Museum houses a unique collection of artefacts, memorabilia and equipment that preserves the history and grandeur of cinema from the 1890s to the present day.

The Cuming Museum

The Cuming Museum houses one of London's finest local collections. It includes objects illustrating Southwark's history from the Romans to the present day, as well as others from around the world.

Design Museum

The Design Museum is dedicated to contemporary design. Set in a beautifully converted 1930s warehouse, the permanent collection is devoted to design for mass production.

The Fashion and Textile Museum

Founded by fashion designer Zandra Rhodes, the Fashion and Textile Museum opened in 2003, and is the UK's first museum dedicated to contemporary fashion and textiles. 

Golden Hinde

The Golden Hinde is a full size reconstruction of Sir Francis Drake's famous ship. It is a unique opportunity to look at life on board a 16th century ship, which was once home to 60 people!

HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast is the last remaining big gun cruiser and has been preserved as a floating museum.

Imperial War Museum London

The Imperial War Museum examines the role of Britain and the Commonwealth in conflicts since 1914.

Kirkaldy Testing Museum

The Kirkaldy Testing Museum is one of Southwark's best kept secrets, and is the source for structural engineering and materials testing innovations around the World.  

Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garrett

The Old Operating Theatre and Herb Garrett museum has many exhibits illustrating the history of medicine at St Thomas' and Guy's hospitals, two of London's pioneering hospitals.

Tower Bridge Exhibition

The Tower Bridge Exhibition introduces you to the colourful history and construction of one of London's most famous landmarks. 

Page last updated: 28 November 2017