Museums

The vivacious and exciting London is home to numerous world-class museums. In fact, you have more than 300 museums to choose from, which range from the very traditional to the hi-tech ones. Admissions to most of the major London museums are free.

Holding a London Pass gives you free entry to some charging exhibitions, museum guidebooks, and audio tours. Here are some of the most popular London museums.

The British Museum

Better than ever, the British Museum is one of the best in the world where you can find 4000-year old Pharoahs enjoying a busy afterlife and Karl Marx enjoying the company of the Buddha. Located just north of Covent Garden, the British Museum houses the world’s largest African collection with more than 200,000 artifacts.

For maximum efficiency we suggest that you do it in a number of shorter trips instead of having a marathon tour of the museum. After all, admission is free. The museum is open Saturfay to Wednesday 10 am to 5:30 pm and Thursday to Friday 10 am to 10:30 pm.

Sir John Soane’s Museum
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This museum looks like a miniature version of the British Museum. It is full of artifacts; every bit of ceiling and wall is used. It has a great set of Hogarth prints and employs friendly curators who will give you great anecdotes. There are also hidden panels that reveal even more artworks. The museum is open Tuesday to Saturday 10am to 5 pm. Admission is free.

The Natural History Museum and Science Museum
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Museums in London are highly concentrated in South Kensington. The Natural History Museum and the Science Museum are two of the more popular ones in this area. They are great for rainy days and kids love them. Better to visit both museums because admission is free. They are open every day from 10 am to 6 pm.

The Victoria and Albert Museum
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Conveniently situated near the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum is one huge museum of arts and culture. It is worth the visit for its cast rooms alone. Some of the greatest architectural gems in Europe are found in two huge halls. It also features British Galleries, Oriental Galleries, Fashion, Performance, the Cast Room, and Jewelry.

Whatever it is you are interested in, you will find it. You can spend many hours in this London museum just wandering, but it is a good idea to visit several times instead of one visit. The Victoria and Albert Museum is open 10 am to 6 pm everyday. Admission is free.

Museum of London

This London museum is rather like other regular museums you will find in most cities and towns. But it is more than your ordinary museum. Located near the Barbican Centre, the museum documents the rich history of the city from the Prehistoric to the modern times. It is chiefly concerned with London’s social history. The museum is open from Monday to Sunday from 10 am to 6 pm. It is closed on December 24 to 26. Admission is free.