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​​Access via
Guildhall West Wing Entrance
Corner of Aldermanbury and Gresham Street 
London EC2V 7HH


For details call 020 7332 1868 (Guildhall Library)

Opening hours

Monday to Friday 9.30am-5pm
Wednesday 9.30am-7.30pm
Saturday 9.30am-5pm
(alternate Saturdays only)

Currently closed in line with Government advice on coronavirus/Covid-19


Based on current Government advice on Coronavirus/Covid-19, we regret to inform you that the City of London Police Museum will be closed to the public until summer 2020, when the situation will be reviewed and, where possible, a specific date for reopening will be published. Further information and updates will be posted on this page as the situation progresses.

For those who have booked tours, please email the museum for information about cancellations and refunds.

Activities for children

Try your hand at colouring a Police helmet, imagining a new type of ambulance and do some physical exercise, inspired by the Police team who won Olympic gold. Complete the activities and share any images on social media tagging #CoLPoliceMuseum.

Activity Sheet - Make your own Police helmet (2MB)

Activity Sheet - Colouring a Police helmet (100KB)

Activity Sheet - Invent your own ambulance (180KB)

Activity Sheet - Train like the Police and go for gold! (120KB)

Explore the museum online

Listen to our new museum audio-guide from the comfort and safety of your own home.

Discover the stories behind two suffragette bombs, from the collection of the City of London Police Museum. Read the story on Google Arts & Culture

Events and Tours at the Museum

Guided Tours
Free guided tours will take place on the first Friday of each month when we reopen.
If you would like to book a group visit, please email the Police Museum for details and pricing.

Saturday Opening
The City of London Police Museum will be open on alternate Saturdays when we reopen.

Family Fun
When we reopen we will add details of family activity days at the museum here. In the past we have done family tours with singing and games, made police helmets from card and made photo-fit faces.

Talks for adults are hosted in conjunction with the Guildhall Library and will be listed here when we reopen.

School Groups
When we reopen we will run the following workshops for visiting educational groups. Please enquire about pricing.

Key Stage 1/EYFS/SEN: People who help us (1 hr)
Pupils will find out what the police do, see what the police look like, find out about the animals who help the police, learn how you can ask the police for help and try on some police hats!

Key Stage 2: Heroes and villains (1.5 hrs)
Students will explore the role of the police and the people and animals who help them and investigate vicious villains - and some not so vicious - using handling objects and a guided tour of the museum.

Key Stage 3: Policing from AD 1100 (1.5 hrs)
This workshop explores crime and policing from 1000 to the present. Students will handle museum objects and get a guided tour of the museum to explore how policing has changed over the centuries.

Key Stage 4: The Whitechapel and City Murders (1.5 hrs)
Tied in to the Edexcel GCSE topic, students use primary sources and secondary source information in the museum to build up a picture of the murder of Catherine Eddowes by Jack the Ripper in 1888 and how the police investigated the crime.

Key Stage 5: Review a criminal case (2 hrs)
Tied in to the WJEC Criminology Diploma Unit 3, students will use original police case files and exhibits in the museum to investigate the Houndsditch Murders of 1910. Can they build up a picture of how the case was investigated and why no-one was convicted of the crimes.

The Culture Mile School Visits Fund is available to London schools with at least 35% of pupils in receipt of Pupil Premium and to non-school educational organisations that work with school-age children (special schools do not need to meet the Pupil Premium requirement). Funding is available for visits taking place before the end of March 2020 and can be used towards any reasonable costs that are necessary to enable the visit to take place, e.g. admission or session fees, transport or staff cover.

To find out more please email the Police Museum. If you do not have access to a computer please get in touch at 020 7322 1100 for more information.

City of London Police old photo

About the City of London Police

The City of London Police has been responsible for policing the Square Mile since 1839.

The City of London, the financial centre of the UK, may only be 'One Square Mile' but it has its own police force, separate from the Metropolitan Police.

The City Police, as well as safeguarding the Square Mile and its 9,000 residents, 320,000 workers and the many visitors that come each year to see landmarks such as St Paul's Cathedral and Tower Bridge, specialises in economic crime.