Info Considering Britain’s seafaring history, it’s fitting that one of the world’s most prominent maritime museums, the National Maritime Museum, has a home in London. Part of the Royal Museums group in Greenwich, the Maritime Museum sits alongside the Royal Observatory the Queen’s House museum, and the Cutty Sark ship, displayed ... more
SE10 9NF Greenwich
Info The London Natural History Museum is located on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London. The Natural History Museum exhibits a vast range of natural history specimens. Tourists, and natural history buffs alike can always view the Museum’s permanent collection admission free. The history of the collection ... more
London SW7 5BD
Info London’s rich and varied museum scene received an institution devoted to the city’s considerable design contributions in the Design Museum. Established in 1989, the Design Museum has welcomed millions of visitors for its exhibits related to product, industrial, graphic, fashion and architectural design. Exhibitions at the ... more
London SE1 2YD
Art Gallery / Museum
National Portrait Gallery
St Martin's Place
London, UK WC2H 0HE
Museum / Landmark
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"I was amazed when I entered the British Library and walked into the room with original manuscripts from the beginning of time. I spent much too much t ..." more
96 Euston Road
London museums are among the best in the world, but unlike most major museums elsewhere, many here have free entry. Considering that years could be spent exploring some of these castles of wonder, museums in London have to be one of the best deals in the world as well.
Hundreds of museums litter these history-strewn streets, with some appealing to very niche interests. (The Anaesthesia Museum! A museum with the world’s finest collection of fans!) The biggies can keep a person occupied until eternity, however. The British Museum has head-spinning artifacts from around the world, including the Rosetta Stone and a statue from Easter Island. The Natural History Museum shows historical wonders of the non-human kind, including dinosaur skeletons. For a more localized view of history, the Museum of London and the London Transport Museum reveal glimpses into the city’s past.
Art museums abound, with traditional art filling the walls of the Victoria and Albert Museum and the National Gallery, while contemporary pieces show up at the Tate Modern, the Saatchi Gallery, and the Design Museum.
The guards at the art museums won’t be happy with you if you try to touch the paintings, so if you need a hands-on experience, the Science Museum pulls together top-notch interactive exhibits explaining the wonders of science and technology. The museum’s IMAX 3D theater can provide a much-needed sit-down after a full day of traipsing London’s museums.