If you are a history lover and love to know more about culture, London is an ideal holiday destination for you. The city offers a wide range of museums.
We offer you a list of the most famous museums that you should visit straight away.
Natural History Museum
Exhibiting a wide range of specimens from natural history, The Natural History Museum is one of the most prestigious and eminent museums of natural history. The museum houses some 80 million items from collections like paleontology, botany, zoology, mineralogy and entomology.
The museum was founded in the year 1857 and is one of the major tourist attractions. It is located on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, It is a public funded national museum and does not charge visitors for admission.
National Gallery was founded in the year 1824 in order to showcase a collection of 36 paintings. Today, the gallery is home to over 2000 works. It boasts of masterpieces from almost all the European schools of art. You can find Italian paintings by people such as Giotto and Piero della Francesca. Free guided tours and audio games take place here.
Tate Modern is truly the powerhouse of modern art. Thanks to its architecture, it is totally awe-inspiring. The gallery forms part of the Tate group. Others in the group include Tate Liverpool, Tate Britain, Tate Online and Tate St Ives. The collection features the works of renowned artists from 1900 to the present day such as Matisse, Rothko, Twombly, Warhol, Dali, Bacon and Beuys to name a few.
London Transport Museum
London Transport Museum is the first underground electric train. The museum is based in Covent Garden and it seeks to conserve the transport heritage of Britain’s capital city. The train came without any windows since there was nothing to see.
The museum is a registered charity under English law.
One of the oldest museums of London, British Museum has an extensive collection committed to human history, art and culture. The museum is situated in the Bloomsbury district of London. The permanent collection of the museum comprises 8 million works and is definitely among the largest museums
The collection with its derivation from all continents, illustrates the story of human culture from the start to the present times. The museum was established in the year 1753 mainly based on the collections of scientist Hans Sloane.
National Maritime Museum
National Maritime Museum was founded in the year 1675 by Charles II. The gallery is a permanent exhibition that explores the significance of London’s maritime heritage and how it affects the world trade.
The museum is a non-departmental public body and is sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is home to the world’s collection of decorative arts in fields such as photography, sculpture, ceramics and portrait miniatures. The V&A museum is home to a collection of more than 4.5 million things. Founded in 1852, the museum is named after Prince Albert and Queen Victoria.
The Victoria and Albert Museum is nestled in the Brompton area of the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.