Top 7 Museums in London
London has some of the best museums in the world. You could get lost in one of its museums every day of the year and still not see everything.
They cover human history spanning centuries, science, modern art, photography, and natural history. All of London's major museums are free, which makes them an even more attractive for locals and visitors alike.
1. The British Museum
Arguably one of the finest collections of human history in the world the British Museum is simply amazing. Visitors will see wonderful Egyptian artefacts and mummies, the Mausoleum at Halicarnassuss, which dates from the 4th century BC and is one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, Roman glass and statues, items from Medieval Europe, including the Lewis chessmen, bronze age jewellery, Anglo-Saxon weapons, and much, much more covering Asia, Africa, and the Middle East.
2. Natural History Museum London's Natural History Museum has millions of specimens covering the history of the earth and of its plants and animals. The museum is divided into colour coded zones with the Blue zone being one of the most popular. Here you'll find dinosaur skeletons, fossils, and life sized models.
The museums hosts Nature Live, a free programme that runs daily where visitors can chat with scientists about any topic relating to the earth old, present, and future. The museum is particularly popular for those with children, but there is fascinating information for people of all ages here. Even the building itself is beautiful.
3. Science Museum
To explore the scientific progress of civilisation right through time the Science Museum is the place to go. Its interactive exhibits make it a winner for everyone.
The galleries contain thousands of items, including the Apollo 10 Command Module, early steam engines, a real, full sized aeroplanes from the early 20th century. The museum also features medical science right from its early tools to modern discoveries.
4. Victoria and Albert Museum The Victoria and Albert Museum, also called the V&A is a treasure trove of objects of the decorative arts spanning thousands of years and from civilisations around the world. The museum is huge, covering over 12 acres of space filled with glass, jewellery, pottery, costumes, and photographs makes it the largest museum of its kind in the world.
The 145 galleries of the museum are divied into four major collections: Sculpture, Ceramics and Glass, Textiles and Fashion, and Word and Image. Highlights include Henry VIII's writing box, the Luck of Edenhall, a 13th century glass vase, The Becket Casket, and Rembrant's painting 'The Departure of the Shunammite Woman.'
5. National Gallery
The National Gallery features thousands of paintings the cover the period from the 13th century to the turn of the 20th century. An interesting bit of trivia about the museum is that during World War II in order to protect the painting they were evacuated from London and sent to a number or locations in Wales.
The collection contains masterpieces, including Monet's 'The Water Lily Pond', da Vinci's 'The Virgin of the Rocks', and Holbein's 'The Ambassadors.
6. Tate Modern The Tate Modern focuses on art from around the world that dates only to the year 1900. It received millions of visitors a year, making it one of the most popular modern art museums in the world. It is also one of London's youngest museums, having only opened in the year 2000.
The collection contains works from some our most famous artists, including Warhol, Pollock, Picasso, Bacon, and Matisse. There are large gallery spaces used for temporary installations by contemporary artists.
7. The Museum of London Discovery London's history right from its pre-historic era through its turbulent times, to the modern day. The museum is located in what is today known as the financial district, but it sits on the oldest parts of London near the beautiful St. Paul's Cathedral.
Highlights include Roman London, Medieval London, Plague and Fire, and Stone Age artefacts.