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Our guide to the best of the museums in London

London Museums - Natural History Museum, Science Museum, British Museum

Our guide to the best of the museums in London

London Museums

London museums are some of the finest in the world and most visitors to London will, at some point, find themselves wandering among the rich exhibits which they offer. Whether you marvel at the ancient artefacts at the London British Museum, expand your mind at the Natural History Museum London or the London Science Museum or simply escape the inevitable London rain at the London Transport Museum, the choice of London museums is so varied you are sure to find the perfect one for you.

One major draw of the London museums is the admission fee, or rather, the lack of it. Some of the finest museums in London including the London British Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the Natural History Museum London, the London Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum can be visited for free.

The Natural History Museum

Possibly the most popular London museum of all is the London Natural History Museum. Kids and adults alike delight in the fascinating scientific specimens displayed at the here. Home to over 70 million specimens, most famously the Diplodocus Skeleton which dominates the central hall, the Natural History Museum London takes you on a fascinating journey though our natural world. The earliest exhibits on display date back to the origins of the solar system. Scientists have used these relics to provide a fascinating insight into the history of our planet, and to make predictions for our future. For the past few years the grounds of the museum have been host to one of London’s most popular winter attractions, a beautiful outdoor ice rink. The ice rink is open from November to January, ensure you book in advance, tickets sell fast. Entrance to the Natural History Museum of London is free however there is a charge for ice skating.

The London Science Museum

Just down the road from the London Natural History Museum is the London Science Museum. Paying tribute to the scientific discoveries and inventions that have shaped the planet, the London Science Museum takes you on a fascinating journey through the history of medicine, the development of the industrial world and Mankind’s ventures into Space as well as much more. Entrance to the London Science Museum is free although a charge does apply for some exhibits such as the 3D I-Max theatre.

Both the Natural History Museum London and the London Science Museum are located in South Kensington on the aptly named Exhibition Road. This road contains 3 of the finest London museums, the trio being completed by the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The British Museum

One of the oldest museums in London, the London British Museum is in-fact not “British” at all but an enthralling collection of relics that tell the story of the human race from every corner of the planet. From the Mexican Aztecs, to the Ancient Egyptian, the Indian Mughals to the Roman Empire, the objects at the London British Museum (of which there are more than 7 million) document the history of some of the most fascinating world cultures. The London British Museum is situated in Russell Square at the heart of London’s entertainment district. Entrance to the London British Museum is free.

This introduction barely scratches the surface of the wonderful museums in London. The London Transport Museum documents the history of transport in London, the Imperial War Museum is a fascinating glimpse into some of the most interesting, and often turbulent periods in world history while the Victoria and Albert Museum pays tribute to some of the world’s finest art and design. With all the wonderful London museums to visit you may need to extend your London city break!

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