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This October – for the first time ever – never-before-seen-objects from the Metropolitan Police’s Crime Museum will go on public display in a major new exhibition opening at the Museum of London. Since its establishment by serving officers in the mid-1870s the Crime Museum has previously only been open to police professionals and invited guests. Now, using original evidence from this extraordinary collection, we’ll unlock real-life case files to take you on an uneasy journey through some of the UK’s most notorious crimes from Dr Crippen to the Krays, the Great Train Robbery to the Millennium Dome diamond heist. Created with the support of the Metropolitan Police Service and the Mayor’s Office for Policing And Crime (MOPAC), the exhibition will consider the changing nature of crime and advances in detection over the last 140 years, as well as the challenges faced in policing the capital, such as terrorism, drugs and rioting. Giving voice to the real people – victims, perpetrators and police officers – behind these objects we’ll explore the impact of crime, personalising what is so often depersonalised. Confronting how, as a society, we respond when normality is shattered and lives are torn apart, we’ll also be forced to question our enduring fascination with this hidden collection and its stories. The Crime Museum Uncovered will be accompanied by a programme of talks and events. 

Hours -

Timeslots are from 10:00-16:30 (Last entry at 16:00) every half an hour.

Late opening until 21:30 (Last entry  at 20:00) on the following dates:

Friday 6 November

Friday 1 January

Friday 5 February

Friday 4&

Child Policy -

Children are ages 12-15. Children under 12 go Free.

It is not recommended that children under 16 visit the exhibition without a parent or carer.

Adults planning to bring a child under  16 to visit the exhibition are asked to consider whether it is suitable for that child. 

The exhibition is based on the collection of the Metropolitan Police’s Crime Museum. This collection relates to criminal cases of the past 140 years and has not previously been available for viewing by the public. The exhibition explores what the collection can tell us about the Crime Museum itself, and about crime and developments in policing and investigation in London during the period of its existence. The exhibition is designed for an adult audience. It includes:

Objects, films and photographs relating to real criminal cases. These include cases of violence, murder and terrorism, as well as smaller exhibits on abortion, drugs (including drugs paraphernalia) and capital punishment. The objects are largely evidence from the cases and are directly linked to and were used in the crimes or their investigation. The films are mainly footage of press reporting of the cases.

Examples of weapons, including firearms, knives and concealed and home-made weapons.

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  • Museum Of London, 150 London Wall , London, London, EC2Y 5HN
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