The London Overground is a network of rail services forming a convenient perimeter around central London, thereby making all of Greater London more accessible and better connected. Still a fairly new means of transportation, the London Overground was launched in 2007. Its trains pass through 21 of the city’s 33 boroughs with approximately 30% of all Londoners living within a 15 minute walk of an Overground station.
The Overground’s East London extension opened in spring of 2010. This line runs from Highbury and Islington station in the north to Croydon to the south and is particularly useful – especially for culture vultures keen to check out London’s quirkier side. Eleven museums and galleries located along the line have come together as the “Culture Line” which offers passengers the opportunity to “discover hidden treasure on the line Dalston and Croydon.” From George Washington’s false teeth, to a chapel built by the founder of the Methodist church and plenty more historic and fascinating sights to see, the Culture Line has something for everyone.
Here’s a list of the 11 museums and galleries along the London Overground’s East London extension, from north to south.
Estorick Collection 
39a Canonbury Square, N1 2AN
Nearest London Overground Station is at Highbury and Islington.
The UK’s only gallery devoted to Italian modern art.
Hackney Museum
1 Reading Lane, E8 1GQ
Nearest London Overground Station is at Hackney Central.
This great little museum highlights a borough that’s long been a starting off point for many of London’s immigrant communities. Free admission.
Geffrye Museum
136 Kingsland Road  London E2 8EA
Nearest London Overground Station is at Hoxton.
This museum focuses on “the living rooms of the urban middle classes in England, particularly London.” It also features a chronological sequence of period rooms from the 1600s to the present. Free admission.
Wesley’s Chapel
49 City Road, EC1Y 1AU
Nearest London Overground Station is at Shoreditch High Street.
This museum is both a place of worship and an attraction for anyone interested in John Wesley and the history of Methodism. Free admission.
The Royal London Hospital Museum
St Augustine with St Philip’s Church, Newark Street, E1 2AA
Nearest London Overground Station is at Whitechapel.
Located in the former crypt of a 19th century church, this museum tells the story of the Royal London Hospital with sections about the so called “Elephant Man” Joseph Merrick. Free admission.
Whitechapel Gallery
77-82 Whitechapel High Street, E1 7QX
Nearest London Overground Station is at Whitechapel.
One of London’s leading centers for contemporary art with exhibitions ranging from Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Lucian Freud and Gilbert & George. General admission if free. Check about special and temporary exhibitions.
The Women’s Library
London Metropolitan University, 25 Old Castle Street, E1 7NT
Nearest London Overground Station is at Whitechapel.
Europe’s largest collection of material relating to the lives of women including objects related to the suffrage movement. Free admission.
Brunel Museum
Railway Avenue, SE16 4LF
Nearest London Overground Station is at Rotherhithe.
This museum is located inside the Brunel Engine House, which was designed by Sir Marc Isambard Brunel as part of the infrastructure of the Thames Tunnel. Entry to the Brunel Museum is £3 (about $5), £1.50 for concessions and free for children under 16 free. Entry to Great Eastern launch ramps is free.
Horniman Museum
100 London Road, SE23 3PQ
Nearest London Overground Station is at Forest Hill.
A true London gem housed in a lovely Arts & Crafts era building and featuring an amazing Victorian natural history collection including a world famous stuffed walrus as well as a “super aquarium” and lush gardens. Free admission.
Crystal Palace Museum
Anerley Hill, SE19 2BA
Nearest London Overground Station is at Crystal Palace.
Explore the history of this leafy part of London named after one of this city’s most impressive structures which was destroyed in a fire in 1936. Free admission.
Museum of Croydon
Central Library, Croydon Clocktower, Katharine Street, CR9 1ET
Nearest London Overground Station is at West Croydon.
Situated in the southern fringe of London, Croydon was once a thriving city in its own right rivaling the mighty capital just to its north. Learn its story here. Free admission.
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