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Museum

City of London Police Museum

 

​Location​Access through Guildhall Library Entrance, Aldermanbury, London EC2V 7HH
​Price​Free Admission
​Opening times

Normal opening times

The museum will be closed on Bank Holiday (27th May)

Monday – Friday: 9.30am-5pm
(9.30am-7.30pm on Wednesdays)

Saturdays: 10am-4pm on the following dates:

13 and 27 April
11 May
1, 15 and 29 June
13 and 27 July
10 and 31 August
14 and 28 September
12 and 26 October
9  and 23 November
7 and 21 December

Sunday: Closed

Note: Last entry 15 minutes before closing time.

Sundays and Bank Holidays: Closed

​Contact usTelephone: 020 7332 1868

The City of London Police Museum takes visitors on a unique journey, which includes the last hours of Catherine Eddowes, one of Jack the Ripper’s victims; bomb damage during the Blitz; being at the forefront of technology to counter terrorism and the current work against economic crime and cybercrime.

The City of London Police has been responsible for policing the Square Mile since 1839. Over the course of more than 175 years, the force’s priorities have remained the same: keep the City safe. It is also the UK’s leading police force for fraud and economic crime.

The purpose-built museum is a collaboration between the City of London Police and the City of London Corporation’s Guildhall Library, which is situated next to the new museum at Guildhall, the City’s historic headquarters. The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) awarded a grant of c.£90,000 towards the development of the museum and associated community engagement. Admission to the museum is free and over 2016 and 2017 there will be a variety of special events, talks and walks, as well as a range of merchandise available.

Schools programme

A new schools programme has been developed for the museum. If you are interested in booking a workshop please contact colpolicemuseum@cityoflondon.gov.uk.

If your school is located in Greater London 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) you may be eligible for funding to help cover the cost of your visit. Funding is available for visits taking place before the end of March 2020. The fund 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. http://schoolvisitsfund.org.uk/

Events

Please join us for a wide range of captivating events throughout the year.  

The City of London Police Museum tells the story of 180 of the City of London Police and some of the major events that the police have dealt with. Find out more about the history behind the objects and photographs on display. Visit the museum for a free guided tour at 1pm on the first Friday of every month. 

Book your free guided tour

Can you be a police artist? Thursday 30th May 2019
Drop-in to the City of London Police Museum next to Guildhall Library to see if you can work like a police officer to draw a likeness of a suspect using the City of London Police’s 1970s Photo-Fit kit that we have in the museum.
1.00-3.00pm
Free, drop-in
Suitable for families with children aged 5 and up
 
Family tour Thursday 1st August 2019
Come to the City of London Police Museum next to Guildhall Library to have a specially designed interactive family tour of the museum, including listening to stories, playing games and dressing up.
1.00pm
Free, no need to book
Suitable for families with children of all ages

Group Visits and Tours  

Short introductory talks to the museum and its collection can be arranged via the Guildhall Library. To do so, please email: colpolicemuseum@cityoflondon.gov.uk.

Guided tours by a volunteer associated with the City of London Police can be arranged on occasion. To enquire please click on the “Contact Us” link on the upper left hand side of this page.  

Volunteer at the City of London Police Museum

We are looking for enthusiastic people to join our team of tour guide volunteers. Activities include:

  • Delivering guided tours.
  • Delivering education workshops for schools, colleges and universities.
  • Assisting with events.
  • Welcoming visitors.
  • Answering questions about the history of the police and the museum.

By joining our friendly and dedicated team you can:

  • Learn more about the fascinating history of the City of London Police and the Square Mile.
  • Welcome visitors and answer any questions they may have.
  • Help visitors engage with the history of the City of London Police and the Force’s collections.
  • Provide tours to members of the public, education and private groups.
  • Receive training and guidance from experienced staff and existing volunteers.

To find out more please send an email to colpolicemuseum@cityoflondon.gov.uk. If you do not have access to a computer please get in touch at 020 7322 1869 for more information

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