6 London museums not to miss
London has many things to be proud of, and one of them is free access to its major museums and galleries which - much like a museum exhibit - is a thing to be treasured and preserved. Make sure you take full advantage of such riches.
The British Museum
Established more than 250 years ago, the British Museum now has more than 8 million items in its permanent collection making it one of the largest and greatest public museums in the world. So you’ll never get round it all. But just a few highlights of these global and historic treasures include The Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon Sculptures (the Elgin Marbles), sphinxes and mummies.
Museum of London
If life in the capital seems a little uncertain today, perhaps we can take heart that London has a long history of division and disaster. Learn all about it here at the Museum of London. Exhibits will show you prehistoric, Roman and medieval London showing how it became a divided city – home to pleasure seekers and Puritans alike. And there was plenty of death and disaster too, from the execution of King Charles I in 1649, to a merciless plague in 1665 and the Great Fire of 1666. You’ll even be able to see Thomas Heatherwick’s beautiful London 2012 Olympic torch cauldron.
The Science Museum is a place is a palace of colour, lights, noise and movement. From steam engines to space, aeroplanes to rockets there are loads of exhibits and galleries to keep the whole family entertained and hopefully a little bit educated. There’s an interactive area for toddlers and galleries of experiments and explainers for older children. Touching and playing with (certain) exhibits is strongly encouraged.
The beautiful V&A is a joy to walk around and there’s a glittering array of lovely things upon which to feast your eyes. Ceramics, textiles, fashion, paintings, photography, jewellery and glass - it’s all here. There’s a lovely outdoor courtyard but make sure you visit the imposing and elegant V & A Cafe too.
London Transport Museum
In the heart of Covent Garden, this museum explores 200 years of the history of transport and how it has shaped the lives of Londoners - from the days of the sedan chair to the Tube. The London Transport Museum’s depots are full of red Routemaster buses, trains and Tubes and there’s lots of climbing and button-pushing to be done plus many tours and workshops. Is there an exhibit explaining why Londoners don’t look or talk to each other on the Tube? You’ll have to go and find out.