It’s ‘bucketing down’ and plans for a fun day at the beach just went out the window. Take that sad look off your face and dive into London’s rich selection of museums and galleries. Certain establishments are free to visit while the ones that do charge contain collections that are certainly worth the entrance fee! Appreciate the beginnings of the glorious city of London, lose yourself within the layered strokes of an artist’s paintbrush or hear eye-opening real-life stories. You’ve got a wealth of information at your feet. It’s time to get in your car hire and explore!
Victoria and Albert Museum
Declared the globes largest museum for decorative arts and design, the Victoria and Albert Museum display over 2.27 million exhibits and got its name from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. Exhibiting over 3,000 years’ worth of items from rich cultures around the globe, the Victoria and Albert Museum continues to awe visitors, 150 years after its inception.
London Transport Museum
Based in Covent Garden, the London Transport Museum aims to inform visitors of London’s transport heritage. Transport enthusiasts will enjoy strolling through the exhibits that detail the connection between London’s growth and transport. You’ll see over 45,000 vehicles, tickets, maps, old artworks and advertising posters, London’s iconic red double-decker and the world’s first underground steam train!
Museum of London
Documenting ancient history right up to the present time, the Museum of London provides free general entry unless a particular exhibition or event requests otherwise. Go back in time to England’s capital during the days of the Roman and Anglo-Saxon rule and discover how London overcame bitter civil wars, fire and the plague.
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Natural History Museum London
During the 1800’s, all natural history exhibits in the British Museum were moved to a new building to make room for more modern collections, and the natural history museum was born! Browse the permanent collection (free admittance) or the temporary collections (ticket at the entrance) and marvel at a 25.2-meter female whale skeleton, dinosaur fossils, a Darwin centre and more!
National Gallery London
Where do you go when you want to see the prized works of some of the world’s most famous painters including Leonardo, Botticelli, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Vermeer and Raphael? To the National Gallery of London, of course! Established in 1824, the National Gallery London sits in Trafalgar Square and offers free entry. Marvel at the Van Gogh’s Sunflowers or discover captivating styles from Venetian, Spanish, Flemish, Dutch and British masters among 2,300 plus paintings, some of which date as far back as the 13th century!
Located south of Millennium Bridge, the Tate Modern is all about international modern and contemporary art! Housing one of the largest collections of contemporary art on the planet, you’ll find artworks dating back to the 1900’s right up to the modern art of today. Like most galleries in the UK, the permanent collection is open to all while temporary collection is ticket admittance.
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