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After 45 brilliant years, the Museum of London has officially closed its doors at the London Wall site. This marks the start of the highly anticipated move to its new home at West Smithfield, where it will reopen in 2026 as the London Museum.

The new museum will occupy Smithfield’s iconic market buildings and save the historic Victorian structures for future generations. The museum will also work with Fabric in 2025 for a festival curated by Londoners hosted in and around the new museum building, offering Londoners a chance to see the restored General Market building alongside music, art commissions, food and events inspired by London and its people.

The new site will benefit from more accessible transport links, with Farringdon station just a short walk away, with the new Elizabeth line, as well as Circle, Hammersmith and City, and Metropolitan underground lines, and Thameslink trains.

Displays at the new museum will cover key moments in the city’s history from the Roman era to the birth of celebrity culture and the digital age. The ground floor level will retain the feel of the former marketplace, acting as a civic space that will host exhibitions and events curated and designed by the city’s creative talent. Around the outside of the building, a “museum high street” will house independent shops, cafes, social enterprises and cultural partners.

To stay in the know about updates on the new Museum opening and how it will tell the greatest stories from the greatest city in the world, follow the Museum of London on social media (@museumoflondon on X and Facebook) or visit the Museum of London website.

Until then, Londoners and visitors alike can continue to visit the Museum of London Docklands. General admission is free, but there may be charges for special exhibitions. Visit the Museum of London Docklands website for full visitor information and opening times.