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London has so many amazing museums to visit. Whether you’re into history, into science or into design, there is a museum something for you. I’ve rounded up 10 museums you must visit in London which you can check out below. The best thing is, most of them are FREE and are perfect for both adults and kids alike! If you’re brave enough to step into the world of the weird and wonderful you can also check out my blog on 26 unusual museums in London to visit.
Close to the Barbican Centre and St. Paul’s Cathedral, The Museum of London details the entire history of the UK’s capital, from before records began to the modern day. The London Museum focuses on its inhabitants and its social history. Containing more than 6 million objects, the museum remains the largest metropolitan history collection in the world. Original items, diagrams and models portray London’s social and cultural life throughout the past and into the present.
The in-depth exploration, study and examples of plants, insects, minerals, fossils and animal life can all be located at the Natural History Museum in South Kensington. There are an abundance of art collections, journals and manuscripts depicting the work and research for each of these related fields. The museum specialises in identifying, classifying and preserving life and earth science with approximately 80 million exhibits. The most famous one being the model of the Diplodocus dinosaur which dominated the central hall until 2017. A great one for both adults and children.
The Victoria and Albert Museum in the borough of Kensington and Chelsea was founded in 1852 by Queen Victoria and Prince Albert and encompasses everything you need to know about art, design and sculpture, with a collection of over 2.27 million items of interest. Covering 12.5 acres with 145 galleries, the collection extends over 5,000 years. With comprehensive exhibits of ceramics, textiles, costumes, furniture, jewellery, prints, photographs and many other fascinating artifacts, the V & A, being one of the largest museums in the world, also boasts one of the largest collections in the world. If you love fashion this is the one for you.
Founded in 1857 and situated on Exhibition road, Kensington, The Science Museum is a world-class collection of scientific, technological and medical advancement from across the world. It holds a collection of over 350, 000 items, including famous items such as Puffing Billy (the oldest surviving steam locomotive), the first jet engine and a reconstruction of Francis Crick and James Watson’s model of DNA. The Science Museum is very interactive with hundred of exhibits you can play and learn with. Being so interactive means its a great option for children to learn and have fun at the same time. An IMAX 3D Cinema also opened in 2001 showing science and nature documentaries. The science Museum attracts 3.3 million people annually.
The London Transport Museum consists of two museums. The first is primarily based in Covent Garden and revives the history of London’s transport over the centuries. It has on display examples of buses, trams, trolleybuses and rail vehicles from the 19th and 20th centuries, and the first underground electric train. The second site is in Acton and is known as the London Transport Museum Depot where historical transport artifacts that are too large to be accommodated in the main museum are stored including a complete tube train. The gift shop has some brilliant Transport for London gifts any London enthusiast will love, including cushions made from replica fabric of the current London tube trains.
Founded in 1989, The Design Museum is all about the future and the education of shaping the modern world in contemporary design. On the first floor is a reference library with archive material for research, and amenities including a creative workshop and design studio. The top floor has exhibits in architecture, graphics and product and industrial design. The lower two levels are host to temporary exhibitions with an auditorium for talks and seminars.
Uncover heroic maritime tales of adventure and discovery at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich. Learn all about Nelson’s ship, HMS Victory, and look out for the navigational instruments used by Christopher Columbus and Francis Drake. With over 2.5 million exhibits you’ll discover all you need to know about ancient ships, the weapons employed, the uniforms that were worn, including medals, flags, historical art and everything maritime.
The British Museum (the first public National Museum in the world) was established in 1753 and is devoted to human history, art and culture. With about 8 million objects, covering almost 2 million years, the British Museum is a valuable source for anyone interested in the history of humankind. Global exhibits include pieces from the South Seas by famous voyagers such as Captain Cook and you can marvel at exhibits like the legendary Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon Marbles. The British Museum has everything you need to know about the history of human culture from its beginnings to the present.
The Imperial War Museum, established during the first world war, is where you can live and breathe the experiences of the remarkable people who fought and lived their lives during conflict. Gain an insight from the stories of the survivors of the holocaust and discover the experiences of refugees past and present. You can also see real life and replica aircrafts used during these times.
Discover the secret underground headquarters where Winston Churchill lived and worked during World War Two, and walk the passageways to find out what life was really like during these intense times. Through emotive depictions of the Churchill era, you can learn all about the extraordinary life from early childhood to the demise of this truly remarkable Prime Minister.
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