The Museums of London

Museum of London, Natural History Museum, British Museum, Science Museum and National Gallery.... the list of museums that London has to offer goes on!

It is estimated that there are about 2,500 museums in the UK, depending on what you include and there are about 30 million museum visits made annually in London.

Did you know the oldest map of the world is right here in London? Room 55 of the British Museum holds one of the greatest treasures of all. The Babylonian Map of the World, also known as the Imago Mundi, stands alone in an island cabinet. It was set in clay around 600 BCE, and may be based on an even older original.

We are lucky to be able to enjoy London's culture, from world-class exhibitions to stunning art galleries and historic houses, at over 50 national museums across the United Kingdom for free!

9 must-visit free museums:

  • British Library - World's largest library holding an impressive 150 million+ items.
  • British Museum
  • National Gallery
  • Natural History Museum
  • National Portrait Gallery
  • Science Museum.
  • Tate Modern
  • The Tate Britain

Several of the above museums are included as visits on Thames Valley Summer School courses.


Top 6 Museums of London:

British Museum: Retrace the history of humankind through the British Museum’s amazing collection of artifacts from all over the world. It is the biggest, the most popular and one of the oldest museums in London. That should mean it has loads of hidden bits to discover!

Did you know that in the 1700s, the museum was open to the public, but they had to make a written application to obtain tickets. Once they were approved, only ten tickets were dispensed every hour!


National Gallery: Discover more than 2,000 paintings from the Middle Ages to the 20th century at the National Gallery. Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, are just some of the artists showcased on the walls of the National Gallery.


Science Museum: Experience the wonders of science first-hand with the Science Museum’s interactive displays. Showcasing more than 15,000 objects, the permanent collection includes the Apollo 10 command capsule.


Natural History Museum: Discover fascinating exhibits from the natural world, from dinosaur skeletons to a giant blue whale model.

Did you know that The Natural History Museum in London holds the world's most important natural history collection?


Museum of London: The history of the city is at your feet. Enjoy the interactive displays and follow the evolution of London from prehistoric times, through the Middle Ages and the Victorian era, up to the present time.


National Portrait Museum: Head to the National Portrait Gallery to see the largest collection of portraits in the world. The museum’s focus is on the relationship between the artist and the subject portrayed in the picture, which gives an original insight into different times in history and society.


Follow this link to see which museums you could be visiting on our courses at Thames Valley Summer!

 10th January 2018 /    Alice /   Sight Seeing, Excursions, Culture

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