If you are looking for culture in the capital, look no further than a trip to one of London’s amazing museums. This is our top five list of museums to visit, each is an architectural delight in its own right, and packed with fascinating, informative, and educational displays.
This museum is free and packed with world art and artifacts. It has ten curatorial and research departments covering art, antiquities, treasure, coins, medals, conservation and scientific research from the Middle East, Africa, Asia, Oceana, the Americas, Greece, Rome, Europe and Ancient Egypt and Sudan. There are also paid entry expos – during February there is a chance to visit ‘I am Ashurbanipal: King of the world, King of Assyria’, a major exhibition telling the story of Ashurbanipal through the British Museum’s unparalleled collection of Assyrian treasures and rare loans.
Free, open daily 10am to 5.30pm. Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG
This museum is home to over 2.27 million decorative art and design objects. It is the largest museum of its type in the world, which is why it is most certainly one of the best museums to visit in London! In its collection are key pieces that span over 5,000 years of creativity covering architecture, fashion, furniture, textiles, sculpting, ceramics, painting, jewellery, glass, photography, design, theatre and performance. Throughout February there is a special paid-entry exhibition exploring the design and culture of contemporary video games.
Free, open daily 10am to 5.45pm. Cromwell Rd, Knightsbridge, London SW7 2RL
A sensational collection of amazing objects and exhibitions of scientific achievement, with a whole heap of interactive exhibits that really get the curiosity going and are hugely educational as a result. Engineering, space travel, the human body and mind, medicine and physics are truly accessible in a space crammed with jaw-dropping feats of engineering. One of the paid-entry exhibits that is well worth a visit is The Sun: Living with our Star, fun hands-on experiences, unique objects, and stunning imagery – kids go free with a full paying adult.
Free, open daily 10am to 5.15pm. 64 Exhibition Rd, Kensington, London SW7 2DD
Discover oceans, the inner workings of the earth, animals, evolution, the human body, dinosaurs, and space in a huge array of interactive exhibitions and displays. The Natural History Museum in London may be revered for its prehistoric collection, complete with animatronic dinosaurs, but it’s not the only collection that is immersive and educational. Journey to the center of the earth and discover what’s beneath the earth’s source and what it’s like to be caught in an earthquake! Check out the paid entry exhibition – Wildlife Photographer of the Year, a collection of the world’s best nature photography, exhibited on 100 exquisite light panels.
Free, open daily 10am to 5.50pm. Cromwell Rd, Kensington, London SW7 5BD
This museum in London is the place to discover epic stories of exploration and endeavor that have shaped the place we live in today. It is an inspirational, historic experience with galleries that tell tales of piracy, polar exploration, sailing the world’s largest oceans and what the sea really means through personal stories of the deep! There are artifacts, relics, and replicas a-plenty to inspire imaginations young and old.
Free, open daily 10am to 5pm. Romney Road, Greenwich, London SE10 9NF