Together with Paris, London takes the first place for most visited museums in the world. Stretched all over the city centre, London’s museums are perhaps the most valuable attraction and cultural asset. Going to London and miss visiting the museums is something similar to crime. Exhibitions and displays, enormous collections of art, culture and history objects and documents are hidden behind the walls of London’s museums. Unlike most of the big capitals, London has tradition to keep most of its museums free of charge, and of course donations are welcomed.
It’s difficult to define, which exactly are the best among the museums, because they are all so interesting. Which one to visit will depend on your preferences – art, design, history, or science. Let’s check our list with some of the most visited and valued London museums, which are among the best not only in Europe, but in the world.
History & Science
The British Museum
British Museum is one of the oldest and biggest museums in London. Its collection is one of the largest with 8 million objects from all over the world. The museum’s exhibitions are dedicated to human history and culture, following their existence from the beginning to present days. The highlights every visitor should see are: the famous Rosetta Stone, the Assyrian Lion Hunt reliefs, the Sculptures from the Parthenon, the Mummy of Katebet , The Lewis Chessmen, The Sutton Hoo ship-burial helmet and the Oxus Treasure.
Galleries in the Museum are divided by continent or history period. There also a number of themed displays referring to humans most significant cultural achievements from the world history. Some interesting displays are the Enlightenment and Money, which investigates the history of money. All the time temporary exhibitions take place in the British Museum, presenting interesting and never seen objects from world’s cultural development.
Admission & Prices
British Museum is opened daily from 10 am – to 5:30 am and Friday from 10 am -to 8.30 pm.
Entrance is free for all permanent exhibitions and tickets will be needed for some of the temporary exhibitions.
You can get there by:
The Tube – the nearest stations are Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Russell Square, Goodge Street.
Bus – Bus routes 1, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242 stop near the museum
By Car – You can park your car at the nearest parking at Bloomsbury Square
Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum displays huge diversity of animal species, stuffed animals, dinosaurs’ skeletons , insects, fossils and many more. The Natural History Museum is divided into four sections :
The Blue Zone – Dinosaur Gallery; Mammals; Fishes Amphibians and Reptiles; Human Biology; Marine Invertebrates
The Green Zone – Fossils and Minerals, Creepy Crawlies; Birds; Giant Sequoia; Minerals; The Vault; Primates and Evolution investigation display
The Red Zone – investigates the transformation of or planet and exhibitions, multimedia and photos of minerals, volcanoes and also specimens of human and animal existence of our planet, old as the world
The Orange Zone- In the Orange is included the Darwin Centre and Wildlife Garden. Taking a tour through the Orange zone a visitor can see huge plants, butterflies or enter the zoology building
Because of the tremendous number of exhibits, it will be useful to know what are the highlights in the Natural History Museum are: Dinosaur and the famous T-Rex, the skeleton and a model of a blue whale, Restless Surface Gallery, The Creepy Crawlies room, for those who like insects, spiders and crabs, the cross section through a Giant Sequoia tree and the Bee Tree in the Wildlife Garden
Admission & Prices
Natural History Museum is opened every day from 10 am to 5:50 pm. Entrance is free of charge except for some of the temporary exhibitions.
By the Tube- Nearest station is South Kensington, served by District, Piccadilly and Circle lines
By Bus- Numbers 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1 stop close to the Museum
By Car- The Museum doesn’t have a parking and there isn’t a parking near to the museum.
The Science Museum is very interesting place, not for science lovers, but for those who love extraordinary experience and unusual gadgets. The museum is the most visited science display in Europe and holds more than 15 000 object within its exhibitions. You will go through the development of the modern science, medicine and technology. Most of the displays are multimedia and interactive, the museum, like all other has shop but this time it’s worth to be visited.
If case you’re interested in science lectures, you’re welcomed to take part in the Dana Centre for lectures and performances for free. The museum shows the latest scientific inventions, even interesting art object linked to science. The “must see” exhibits in the Science Museum are : the Apollo 10 command module and a flight simulator, 600 kg Spacelab-2 X-ray space telescope, The Puffing Billy – the oldest steam locomotive and the Stephenson’s Rocket.
Don’t miss the museums IMAX cinema, which will give you the chance to watch scientific and educational movies in 3D and 4D, experiencing science with all your senses. Some of the features is the Clockmaker’s Collection, which was moved into the Science Museum in 2015.
Admission & Prices
The opening hours are from 10 pm to 6 pm every day. Admission here is free like all other London museums. But you will have to buy tickets for the cinema and flying simulators. Tickets start from £11.
By the Tube- You can take District, Circle and Piccadilly lines and take off at South Kensigton Station or Gloucester Road.
By Bus-Bus routes 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1 stop outside South Kensington Underground Station
By car- Science Museum has very small parking, so you better park your car at the nearest parking – in Prince Consort Road and Queen’s Gate
Royal Museums Greenwich
This is a group of museums, which joined together in 2012 – The National Maritime Museum, The Queen’s House and The Royal Observatory. The Museums are located in Greenwich, but you have many options to get there. In the National Maritime Museum, visitor can explore Britain’s history of sea travels and see famous objects from travels and trading through the years. In Queen’s House today you can see exhibition of famous works of art of Gainsborough, Hogarth and the van de Veldes and other artists.
The Queen’s House itself it’s an interesting building, 17th century villa was the first Classical building in England. The Observatory is famous, because it is standing on the historic Prime Meridian. Understand what GTM means (Greenwich Mean Time) and take e journey in the planetarium. And at last, once you’re in Greenwich you should definitely visit Cutty Sark ship – the world famous tea clipper. You can take a look inside the ship, walk on it and even go underneath.
Admission & Prices
National Maritime Museum- Opened every day from 10 am to 5 pm. Entrance is free, charge may apply for some temporary exhibitions
Queen’s House- Queen’s House is now closed, for it is planned to re-open in July 2016.
Royal Observatory- Opened every day from 10 am to 5 pm. Prices for adults start from £16.80 and for children £7.70
Cutty Sark – Opened every day from 10 am to 5 pm. Tickets for Cutty Sark are sold as combo tickets with the Royal Observatory.
The easiest way to get there is to take train or DLR. The Tube stations are far, compared to rail stations. The nearest station is Maze Hill and Greenwich Railway Station. By DRL – Cutty Sark.
If you decide to take the Tube, the closest station are in 25 minute walk – New Cross and North Greenwich.
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