We all know the big museums of London - the V&A, Science Museum, Natural History Museum and the National Gallery - so I want to share with you smaller ones that you might not know about. My selection is based on the most eccentric museums you can visit in the Big Smoke so you're bound to have a memorable visit. Though, it's still worth saying, some of these museums are very niche so you might find them either incredibly fascinating or incredibly dull depending on whether you find the subject matter interesting. Either way, there should be something in this list that appeals to you!
Pollock's Toy Museum
The space is a treasure-chest of old, beady-eyed dolls that could be considered somewhat creepy, and that's half the fun of visiting Pollock's Toy Museum. Despite the juvenile subject matter this museum is possibly better suited to adults who want to be swept up in nostalgia than parents who want to provide their kids with distraction. Be prepared to encounter many toys from your childhood as well as many that hail from as far back as the Victorian period. By the end of your visit, a part of you will be mourning the disappearance of many of these charming toys with the advent of digital technology.
The world's only Fan Museum resides in the leafy borough of Greenwich. Housed in a Grade II-listed building that dates from the 18th century, the museum holds a collection of over 3,500 fans. Predominantly antique rather than modern, some of those on display date from 11th century. Most casual visitors will be satisfied with just one trip but lovers of fashion and design have good reason to return - temporary exhibitions change every few months and the museum also offers an affordable afternoon tea in a very attractive orangery.
The Crime Museum, New Scotland Yard
London has plenty of macabre museums, but perhaps the most morbid is The Crime Museum, better known as The Black Museum, at New Scotland Yard. Housing an extensive number of weapons which have been used to commit murders or serious assaults in London, its collection includes items used by Jack the Ripper and Charlie Peace. The cases referenced remain shocking and emotive now as it did then. Despite a brief exhibition between 2015 - 2016 this museum is sadly off limits to the general public, however, that is, unless you are a UK police officer, an that case you are granted visitation by prior appointment.
Clowns Gallery Museum
No eccentric-museums-of-London-list would be complete without at least mentioning the one that's dedicated to clowns. Located at the Holy Trinity Church - also known as the Clowns' Church - the Clowns Gallery-Museum houses a collection of props, costumes, and other artefacts from famous British clowns. The museum is run by actual clowns so if you suffer from Coulrophobia (a phobia of clowns) you really ought to avoid stepping inside! Whilst this place is incredibly niche, it's also one the least visited museums on this list because it only opens on the first Friday of each month.