London’s Top 5 Museums


London is packed full of fun and interesting museums.  Here are some of the best to explore during a visit to the city.

The Natural History Museum is a free museum open all year round, with the exception of 24-26 December.  Its galleries and exhibitions include a wildlife garden filled with hundreds of British flowers, plants, and animals.  As well as famous displays such as the huge diplodocus statue, 25-meter long blue whale model and a giant squid originally caught off the Falkland Islands.

The Victoria and Albert Museum holds the biggest collection of art and design products in the world.  Its collections and galleries include prints and books, furniture, ceramics, glasswork, textiles, and fashion, amongst others.  There are also temporary exhibitions throughout the year that may require a ticket.

London’s Science Museum is home to some very well known items, like the first ever working jet engine and Stephenson’s Rocket.  Some of the newest additions to the museum include an IMAX cinema, with one of the screens having 3D capabilities.  Throughout the day, documentaries on nature and science are shown here.  One of the most fun aspects of the Science Museum is the large amount of interactive activities and exhibits that are fun not just for children, but adults too.

The Design Museum celebrates everything related to design.  Its exhibitions change frequently and have included works by fashion designers, architects, photographers, and other contemporary design pieces.  A top tip is to check their website frequently to plan your visit according to the kind of exhibitions you like.  Although there is a lot so see in the permanent exhibits, the temporary ones should not be missed.  There is an admission fee at this particular museum and some exhibitions require advanced tickets.

For a truly gruesome day out, the Old Operating Theatre Museum is the place to go.  Located in the roof space of St Thomas’s Church, this ancient operating room hold a large collection of old medical equipment, including hundreds of surgical tools.  Each week live demonstrations are held, the first showing how fast surgery needed to be completed, due to the lack of anesthetic and the second exploring how herbs and plants used to play a huge part in medicine.  The museum is open every day from 10:30am to 5:00pm and charges an entrance fee.  It can also be booked for an event after closing time.

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