London Museums

As one of the largest cities in the world, London has much to offer.

London offers its more eager visitors the chance to find out more about science, the sea or the history of London

So much so, that one of its most acclaimed tourist attractions is its number of museums, with radically different themes and concepts, from historic testimonies to the latest in avant-garde. These refuges of knowledge satisfy the curiosity and fulfil the expectations of those who visit the British capital in search of cultural tourism.

British Museum

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Without a doubt the most important in the country and the oldest state museum in the world. Its collection has grown over more than 200 years and today, in a space of 4 kilometres, it exhibits more than six million pieces, some of which are priceless. In the face of such figures, the free entrance is appreciated as this means that you can visit the museum as many times as necessary. 

Among its most outstanding pieces are marbles from the Parthenon, Egyptian mummies, the Rosetta Stone and the Mildenhall Treasure. The Great Court, by the architect Norman Foster, was inaugurated a few years ago.  

This space has regenerated the appearance of the building, with the inner courtyard covered by a glass and steel dome. The Great Court is home to new galleries, restaurants and a new square.

Imperial War Museum

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A testimony to the wars that the United Kingdom has participated in, with special emphasis on the First and Second World Wars. Visitors can experience life at times of war and dramatic episodes such as the Nazi bombings of London. 

It shows arms, tanks and combat planes. It has a permanent collection on the Holocaust and has recently began to schedule exhibitions on the social aspect of conflicts. Lovers of military aviation can also visit the Imperial War Museum Duxford and the Royal Air Force Museum.

Museum of London

Focusing on the social aspect of the city, the Museum of London shows more than two thousand years of life and customs in London, dating from prehistorical times to the present day. It is the largest city history museum in the world and its very location is worthy of mention, as it was built on an ancient Roman amphitheatre. Among its most successful exhibitions we can find some restored Victorian shops and an exhibit on the great fire that devastated London, including Saint Paul's Cathedral, in 1666.

National Maritime Museum

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Ships, maps, scale models, uniforms and works of art that help to tell the naval history of the British Isles. It is a symbol of the influence that the country has had on maritime exploration throughout history. The Oceans of Discovery and Nelson displays, and the camera obscura in the old Royal Observatory are worth visiting. Among the models on display are the Grand Princess ocean liner or the royal barge of Prince Frederick, as well as a splendid display of paintings

Science Museum

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Ideal for kids, this museum has the most complete collection on science, technology, industry and medicine that you can find. The building will satisfy the curiosity of visitors interested in the origins of railways, aviation and any aspect of space travel. It displays examples of modern progress such as the Charles Babbage calculator, Stephenson's Rocket or the Apollo 10 command module. 

Although a museum, it applies the most modern technology at the service of the visitor. Children will be fascinated by the interactive gallery, where they can build a bridge or fly an aeroplane, and older visitors can enjoy other exhibits and a large-screen IMAX cinema. This audio-visual section is the only part that has an entrance fee; the rest of the museum is free.

Victoria & Albert Museum

The most elegant museum in London is the V&A, a true institution of decorative art. Among its most famous pieces we can find the glass gallery, the metalwork collection with pieces made from different precious metals, and the fashion collection, as well as the photographic archive which includes images dating from the 19th century to the present day. 

The city on the Thames holds up to 180 museums, with a range to satisfy all tastes. The offer is endless, from the interesting, pleasant Natural History Museum, to the ins and outs of astronomy at the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, including the Cabinet War Rooms, Churchill's underground bunker during the bombing, the Transport, Theatre, Design or Horniman Museums.
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