Department for Culture Media and Sport

sponsored institutions


  • British Museum 
    Houses a collection representative of world cultures, providing access to the greatest achievements of humanity.
  • Imperial War Museum
    Covers conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. The Museum comprises:
    • IWM London
    • IWM Duxford
    • Churchill Museum and Cabinet War Rooms
    • HMS Belfast
    • IWM North.
  • National Gallery
    Houses the national collection of Western European painting from the 13th to the 19th centuries.
  • National Maritime Museum
    Illustrates the importance of the sea, ships, time and the stars. The Museum comprises three sites:
    • the Maritime Galleries
    • the Royal Observatory
    • the Queen's House
  • National Museums Liverpool
    The only DCMS national museum based entirely outside London. Eight unique venues cover everything from art, social history to space travel, entomology to ethnology, dinosaurs to docks.
    • World Museum Liverpool
    • Walker Art Gallery
    • Merseyside Maritime Museum
    • International Slavery Museum
    • National Conservation Centre
    • Lady Lever Art Gallery
    • Sudley House
    • Museum of Liverpool
  • National Museum of Science & Industry
    Cares for the national collections of science, technology, industry, transport and medicine. It incorporates:
    • the Science Museum, London
    • the National Railway Museum at York and Shildon
    • the National Media Museum at Bradford
    • the Science Museum Swindon, storage facility
  • National Portrait Gallery
    Founded in 1856 to collect and display portraits of eminent British men and women, the collection is now the most extensive of its kind in the world.
  • Natural History Museum
    The UK's national museum of nature, and a centre of scientific excellence in taxonomy and biodiversity. It incorporates:
    • Natural History Museum, South Kensington
    • Natural History Museum, Tring
  • Royal Armouries
    Cares for the national collection of arms and armour. Its outstations are:
    • Royal Armouries in  Leeds
    • Royal Armouries, Fort Nelson
    • Royal Armouries at the Tower of London
  • Sir John Soane's Museum
    Displays the antiquities, furniture and paintings collected by the architect Sir John Soane in the house he designed for his private residence in Lincoln's Inn Fields.
  • Tate
    Houses the national collection of British art from the 16th century and the national collection of international modern art. Tate is a family of galleries, comprising:
    • Tate Britain
    • Tate Modern
    • Tate Liverpool
    • Tate St Ives (including the Barbara Hepworth Museum and Sculpture Garden)
  • Victoria and Albert Museum
    Housing one of the greatest collections of decorative arts in the world, the V&A displays everything from fashion, textiles, theatrical collections, through to toys, furniture and paintings. The V&A includes:
    • V&A in South Kensington
    • V&A Museum of Childhood in Bethnal GreenWallace Collection
  • Wallace Collection
    Both a national museum and the finest private collection of art ever assembled by one family. Among its treasures are one of the best collections of French 18th century pictures, porcelain and furniture in the world, a remarkable array of 17th century paintings and a superb armoury.



  • Design Museum
    One of the world's leading museums of design, fashion and architecture.
  • Geffrye Museum
    Shows the changing style of English domestic interior design and decoration using a series of period rooms dating from 1600 to the present day.
  • Horniman Museum and Gardens
    Using its collections on anthropology, natural history and musical instruments, as well as its gardens and aquarium, the museum seeks to encourage a wider appreciation of the world, its environments, peoples and cultures.
  • Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester
    Situated in the oldest passenger railway buildings in the world, the Museum tells the story of the history, science and industry of Manchester.
  • National Coal Mining Museum for England
    The Museum provides insight into the working lives of miners throughout the ages, as well as the chance to travel 140 metres underground into one of Britain's oldest working mines. 
  • People's History Museum
    The national centre for the collection, conservation, interpretation and study of material relating to the history of working people in Britain.
  • Tyne & Wear Museums
    A major regional museum and art gallery service, consisting of
    • Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum
    • Discovery Museum
    • Great North Museum
    • Hatton Gallery
    • Laing Art Gallery
    • Monkwearmouth Station Museum
    • Regional Museum Store & Resource Centre, joint storage facility with Beamish Museum
    • Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum
    • Shipley Art Gallery
    • South Shields Museum
    • Stephenson Railway Museum
    • Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens
    • Washington ‘F’ Pit

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