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London Museums - London Apartments UKLondon is packed with some of the most exciting museums in Europe. Boasting a wide assortment of topics and subjects - there really is a something for every taste. You'll be amazed at what you can discover in London's museums. There are over 300 to choose from, ranging from the traditional to the hi-tech. Most of the main London museums are free to enter. If you have a London Pass, it will give you free entry to other charging exhibitions, free audio tours and free museum guidebooks.
See below the major London museums.
British MuseumIn the collections of the British Museum the world can write the new histories that it needs to understand its past and shape its future. The British Museum is first and foremost a museum of human history and culture. It houses more than thirteen million items originating from all continents of the world. The world-famous British Museum exhibits the works of man from prehistoric to modern times from around the world. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, and the mummies in the Ancient Egypt collection.
Natural History MuseumThe Natural History Museum boasts a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world. The museum is home to some 70 million articles belonging to five main categories - botany, mineralogy, paleontology, zoology and entomology. The museum is particularly famous for its exhibition of dinosaur skeletons, and ornate architecture — sometimes dubbed a cathedral of nature — both exemplified by the large Diplodocus cast which dominates the vaulted central hall.
Science MuseumSee, touch and experience the major scientific advances of the last 300 years. It homes over 300,000 items including the world famous Stephenson’s Rocket. There are also hundreds of interactive exhibits to keep you amused! The Science Museum was founded in 1857 as part of the South Kensington Museum, and gained independence in 1909. Today the Museum is world renowned for its historic collections, awe-inspiring galleries and inspirational exhibitions.
Museum of LondonThe museum is a few minutes' walk north of St Paul's Cathedral, overlooking the remains of the Roman city wall and on the edge of the oldest part of London, known as the City, now the financial district. The Museum of London is the world's largest urban museum, packed with historic objects and exhibitions telling the story of London's past. Discover prehistoric London, the city under Roman rule, and the grandeur of medieval London. It is primarily concerned with the social history of London and its inhabitants throughout history.
Imperial War Museum LondonIWM is unique in its coverage of conflicts, especially those involving Britain and the Commonwealth, from the First World War to the present day. IWM is a family of five museums: IWM London; IWM North in Trafford, Greater Manchester; IWM Duxford near Cambridge; the Churchill War Rooms in Whitehall, London; and the historic ship HMS Belfast, moored in the Pool of London on the River Thames. Discover the story of those who lived, fought and died in conflict from the First World War to the present at the Imperial War Museum. Learn about WW1 in The Trench Experience, explore espionage in The Secret War, and visit the acclaimed Holocaust Exhibition.
National Maritime MuseumThe National Maritime Museum is a museum dedicated to the sea, ships, astronomy and time. It houses over two million objects and is well known as being the leading maritime museum in the UK. It also has the world’s largest historical reference library, containing more than 100,000 books, some dating as far back as the fifteenth century. It was formally opened in 1937 by King George VI. Discover 500 years of Britain's encounter with the world at sea. Hear the personal stories of our island nation in the new Voyagers gallery. See the uniform Nelson was wearing when he was fatally shot at the Battle of Trafalgar, steer a ship into port and fire a cannon in the Maritime galleries.
Victoria and Albert MuseumThe Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's greatest museum of art and design, representing over three thousand years of human creativity, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity. It was founded in 1852, and was originally known as the South Kensington Museum. Now, the V&A museum covers more than 12.5 acres and has 145 galleries. It contains 5000 years of art from all cultures, from all over the world, including photography, sculptures, art and textiles. Highlights include the Medieval Renaissance galleries containing some of the greatest surviving treasures from the period, the breathtaking William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery and the stunning British Galleries, illustrating the history of Britain through the nation’s art and design.
Design MuseumThe Design Museum has championed creative thinking and inspired problem solving, celebrating the talent of the world’s best designers and architects. The museum showed what Jonathan Ive could do before he went to Apple, it is the place that Puma chose to show the world Yves Behar’s ground breaking packaging for its shoes that cut carbon emissions by half and it gave Zaha Hadid her first solo show in Britain. The Design Museum’s pioneering programme of exhibitions, educational projects and its collection have made it the definitive voice for contemporary design. The museum encourages debate: everyone from Dieter Rams to Vivienne Westwood. The Design Museum is now the world’s leading museum devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to graphics, and architecture to industrial design. Exhibitions demonstrate both the richness of the creativity to be found in all forms of design, and its importance.
London Transport MuseumBy conserving and explaining the Capital city's transport heritage, London Transport Museum offers people an understanding of the Capital's past development and engages them in the debate about its future. The London Transport Museum is based in Covent Garden, one of London’s nicest areas. It’s main priority is conservation of the heritage of Britain’s transport and explaining to visitors that may not know about it. Inside you'll find more than 80 vehicles spanning 200 years of London's history, including a red Routemaster bus and the world's first Underground steam train.