London Museums - A Guide to London's Best Museums

Make sure you don't miss London's British Museum. Photo: Juan Moyano
When sightseeing in London, an absolute must-do for all visitors is to check out the museums. The capital jewel of England is home to over 300 museums and covers a wide range of interests and attractions - from the most precious historical and religious artifacts to the most bizarre and unique finds and discoveries in the world. What makes these popular cultural attractions more attractive is that many of them offer free entry, or with the virtue of a London Pass tourists can get access to even those that charge admission fees. There are several Flights to London a day from Australia, and you can often travel for less than $1000 one-way.

Here are some of the best and most visited museums in London:

Science Museum

Even grown-ups will find themselves mesmerized with the more than 300,000 items on exhibit here. The Science Museum is made up of eight levels with several galleries on each floor. The collections come from all over the world - there's the Henry Wellcome collection of medical items which include the oldest surviving medicine chest, the Bryant & May collection of fire-making devices from the Stone Age until present day just to name a couple. There is also an IMAX 3D Cinema that regularly shows documentaries on science, nature and medicine as well as a huge library.

Natural History Museum

Step into the imposing Romanesque halls of The Natural History of Museum and prepare yourself for an awe-inspiring discovery of things past. Starting with the personal collection of Sir Hans Sloane in 1753, the museum now boasts of over 70 million items, with notable ones like "Dippy," the world-famous 105-foot dinosaur skeleton replica of Diplodocus, the skeleton of a Blue Whale, a 40-million year old spider and many more.

British Museum

Hailed as one of the world's greatest treasury of historical and cultural artifacts, the British Museum boasts of over 13 million items in its vast and varied collections that date as far back as the Stone Age to the turn of the 21st century. Marvel at important archaeological finds such as the Rosetta Stone, the colossal statues of Amenhotep III, the Elgin Marbles and the reconstructed Mausoleum at Halicarnassus which was one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

Victoria & Albert Museum

Formerly known as the South Kensington Museum, the V&A Museum is the world's largest repository of decorative arts - almost all forms and media of art and culture is represented in an astounding collection of over 4.5 million items spanning over 5,000 years. Some of the notable displays include the world's largest ceramics collection, full-size replicas of Michelangelo's David, Renaissance paintings and artworks, costume and jewellery collections and religious artifacts.
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