Museums Galore in London

With more than 200 museums and 857 galleries, and boasting of having three of the top ten museums and galleries in the world, London certainly offers a lot of culture to its visitors as well as to its residents. Some of the museums are really worth seeing and the following information regarding the most popular ones will be helpful in deciding which ones to see as it is difficult to see all of them.

The Natural History Museum: Among the top museums in London and the world, this is an ideal family museum as it has something to offer people of all ages. The building housing the museum is in itself worth seeing although it was built in the 1800s. The latest exhibition at the entrance will fascinate children when they see the blue whale and moving on, they can see the 4-metre tall T-Rex in the Dinosaur Gallery (Dippy the Dinosaur keeps moving around the world). The Volcano and Earthquake Gallery is a must-see as it exhibits a unique elevator that travels through a hallowed out Earth. The Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition will be on until September 2017. Both children and adults can experience after hours events that take place throughout the year.

Tate Modern: Located in the old Bankside Power Station on the other side of River Thames, the Tate Modern is worth a visit as it is the ideal place for contemporary art. It is now one of the most popular Museums in City of London although it opened in 2000 and it has already been visited by more than 50 million people. The Turbine Hall at the entrance is a huge 3300 square-metre room that serves as the home to bigger exhibitions from October to April. On levels 2, 3 and 4 you can see the permanent collections while level 3 concentrates on a Transformed Visions collection and works created just after World War II. The other interesting 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 have a relaxing cup of tea while appreciating the splendid view of St Paul’s Cathedral and the River Thames.

Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A Museum): This is an astounding museum that showcases more than 4.5 million items across 150 galleries. These items have been collected from all across the globe and cover all interests including jewellery, fashion, sculptures and art, technology and ancient artefacts. Free one-hour tours are offered four times a day that also provide a guide from the reception area to give you all the information you need. 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 looks into the connection between fashion, sexuality and gender as a result of the underwear.

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Science Museum: An ideal interactive museum for kids and for adults, the Science Museum offers many visually stimulating exhibitions and permanent fixtures all through its seven floors. The Energy Hall and the Flight Gallery are must-see attractions as is the IMAX cinema screen that screens educational short films as well as popular films. The museum gift shop attracts kids as it offers voice warpers, baby aliens, globes and retro lava lamps. In the summer months, the garden with a play area is most popular as people like to move out in the open. The exhibitions include The Wonderlab that provides information regarding what we don’t know about the world; and the Our Lives in Data exhibition that provides big data and how it affects our daily lives.

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National Portrait Gallery: This gallery offers the most extensive collection of portraits in the world of people who have changed the world in one way or the other. The portraits start from the 2nd floor with those of the Tudors and gradually gravitate to modern times. It also organises different courses for improving portrait technique. Famous prints can also be bought from the museum shop. The exhibitions include Picasso Portraits exhibition and A Century of Photography exhibition that displays extraordinary photography including some photographs that have been exhibited for the first time.

British Museum: One of the most popular museums in London, the British Museum exhibits items related to human history, art and culture through its various collections. It is best to consult the museum’s website before visiting, to decide which items to see. The Samsung Digital Discovery Centre organises workshops and activities for children and families throughout the year. The exhibitions at the museum include Musical celebration of the Chinese new year and the American dream: pop to the present.

The Royal Observatory: Home to the famous Greenwich Mean Time, this museum allows visitors to straddle across this timeline where east meets west. The observatory offers splendid views of London as it is located on the hill in Greenwich Park. On a clear day, you can see the Shard, London Eye, and even St Paul’s Cathedral. London’s only Planetarium is also located here and tours are organised to explore the area and see the planetarium shows.

Imperial War Museum: Three of the five Imperial War Museums of UK are located in London with the one at Elephant and Castle focussing on the events of WWII extending up to modern day conflicts. Visitors can find out more about a particular conflict or war in general. They can also take an exclusive tour. The exhibitions include the Permanent holocaust exhibition.

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