The Museum of London has embarked on an exciting journey to create a new museum for London. We have a once-in-a- generation opportunity to reconceive what a museum could and should be. London is the most magnetic city in the world and we need a museum that is just as compelling – a shared place for Londoners who want to feel more rooted in the city, and for UK and global visitors seeking authentic London experiences and stories.
This landmark project entails many difficult stages to preserve our original market buildings, including extensive salvage works to ensure that historical features are proudly displayed and protected. This project is set for final completion in 2026, however some areas may be open to the public from late 2025.
Our newly created London Museum will occupy market buildings in Smithfield – saving the historic General and Poultry Market sites for generations to come. Moving to Smithfield means that the museum will be able to do so much more. It will give us street-level entrances in a wonderful neighbourhood, better transport links courtesy of the Elizabeth line, and the opportunity to create innovative new galleries, exhibitions and events. Sitting at the heart of the historic City of London, the London Museum will be a space for learning, exploration and adventure, welcoming millions more visitors and showcasing more of the London Collection than ever before, a place where London’s stories cross and collide.
The London Museum will open early and close late – reflecting London’s position as a 24-hour global city. Extended opening hours on Friday and Saturday nights will attract visitors to Smithfield throughout the weekend, and the new museum will support a host of independent small businesses around its perimeter, creating jobs and creative opportunities.
After a Safety Briefing and dressing in 5 point PPE in our Welfare Facilty, visitors will be accompanied by an experienced member of our Sir Robert McAlpine Site Team and a representative from the Museum of London Team on a guided site tour of both the General and Poultry Market sites.
Guests will explore the former Victorian General Market currently under construction – including a section of the General Market ground floor, the basement – the vaults and former market shop units. You’ll discover how these magnificent spaces will be transformed into a world-class museum.
Visitors will also enter the Poultry Market site which will soon be the home of the Museum’s temporary galleries, educational spaces and back of house areas.
All guests will also receive a gift bag from Sir Robert McAlpine and the Museum of London. This exciting giveaway will include more information about our project and construction careers within our business and some souvenirs to help you remember this unique experience!
Minimum age: 19 years old