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London’s Best Free Attractions

London presents a most interesting paradoxical scene as on one hand it is one of the most expensive cities of the world and on the other hand it offers many cost-saving features such as its free attractions. As such, with a little bit of planning it is easy to visit the city even with a slender budget. Some of the best free tourist attractions in London include the following:

The British Museum: One of the most popular museums in London and attracting nearly 6 million visitors a year, the British Museum offers a massive collection having exhibits related to human history, art and culture. Workshops and activities for children and families are also organised by the Samsung Digital Discovery Centre throughout the year. There are regular exhibitions also, including Musical Celebration of the Chinese new year and the American Dream: pop to the present. Located on Great Russell Street and founded in 1753, this museum offers old artefacts, Egyptian statues and exhibits pertaining to ancient history. Its main exhibits include the Rosetta Stone, the Lewis Chessmen, The Sutton Hoo ship burial, Egyptian Mummies and the Parthenon sculptures. Its main foyer space is wonderfully bright and has a glass roof making it an ideal place to explore its exhibits even on a rainy day. The building is dominated by the round, domed Reading Room and an airy Great Court. More information regarding the collections can be obtained by attending a free lunchtime gallery talk, ‘eye opener’ tour or Friday evening spotlight tour, as well as with an object handling session.

Tate Modern: With a striking structure, the Tate Modern is the second most popular destination in the UK and it has been exhibiting international modern and contemporary art since it opened in May 2000. It is located in the old Bankside Power Station on the other side of the River Thames and in the short span of its existence it has become the most popular museum in London having been visited by more than 50 million people already. There is a huge 3300 square metre room at its entrance known as the Turbine Hall that is the venue for bigger exhibitions from October to April. The permanent collections can be seen on levels 2, 3 and 4 whereas a Transformed Visions collection and works created just after World War II can be seen on level 3. The other important places are the contemporary Poetry and Dream section and the Energy and Process that explores the art from the 1960s. On the 7th floor, you can appreciate the splendid view of St Paul’s Cathedral and the River Thames while sipping a cup of tea. The works of art that can be seen include Pablo Picasso’s ‘Weeping Woman,’ ‘Metamorphosis of Narcissus’ by Salvador Dalí, and ‘Eine Kleine Nachtmusik’ by Dorothea Tanning. Entry to the museum is free as well as for activities that take place every day including daily tours of the collection, with the help of expert guides.

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The National Gallery: Located at Trafalgar Square this museum has been in existence since 1838 offering visitors an opportunity to appreciate the national collection of Western European paintings. Its gallery houses about 2,300 works of art from the 13th to the 19th centuries and it offers free admission. Its collection is also home to 30 of the greatest paintings featuring works by Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Monet and Michelangelo.

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The Victoria and Albert Museum: This remarkable free-to-enter museum is on Exhibition Road and is a must for any lover of culture. Its foundation stone was laid by Queen Victoria in 1899 and the stunning building is home to thousands of art and design objects spanning a large range of time periods including Art Deco, Medieval, Renaissance and the Surrealism. Its collection includes the famous early photograph ‘Parliament Street from Trafalgar Square,’ the wooden semi-automaton ‘Tippoo’s Tiger’ made for Tipu Sultan, and the Hereford Screen, an impressive Victorian metalwork choir screen made in the Gothic Revival style. Displaying more than 4.5 million items across its 150 galleries, this amazing museum’s collection has been sourced from all over the world covering diverse interests including jewellery, fashion, sculptures and art, technology and ancient artefacts. One-hour free tours of the museum are organised four times a day, with a guide providing all pertinent information. The various exhibitions at the museum include Records and Rebels that explores the 1960s in respect of music, fashion, design and political activism; the Glastonbury Exhibition and A Brief History of the Underwear that explores the connection between fashion, sexuality and gender as a result of the underwear.

The National History Museum: This free museum, also on Exhibition Road, exhibits natural objects such as dinosaur skeletons and has galleries displaying creepy crawlies. It is one of the top museums in London and also in the world. It is the best museum for families as it offers something for all age groups. Even its building is worth seeing although it was built in the 1800s. At the entrance, kids will be fascinated by the latest exhibition displaying the blue whale and the 4-metre tall T-Rex in the Dinosaur Gallery. Its most prominent exhibit, Dippy the Dinosaur moves around the world so that people in other countries can also see it. Of special interest are the Volcano and Earthquake Gallery that exhibits a unique elevator travelling through a hallowed out Earth, and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, taking place until September 2017. After hours events for kids and adults take place throughout the year.

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