For those who have a keen interest in history, arts and culture, and want to visit a city that offers all three in abundance, London is the city to spend a holiday in. From cultural centres to museums and art galleries, there are an incredible number if places to visit and immerse oneself on a cultural fiesta quite unlike any other. And the best part is that most of the top museums in London are free to visit!
For first time visitors to London it is recommended to visit the city’s many museums. As most of the museums and top attractions are to be found in and around the centre of the city, it is always a good idea to select any of the hotels in London city to stay at.
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The British Museum: The British Museum was established in 1753, and houses an incredible collection that covers more than 2 million years of human evolution. It has millions of rare artefacts and objects in its rich and diverse collection. Visitors are overwhelmed by the sheer variety of objects and exhibits on display from all across the world all under one roof. Most of the top exhibits are to be found in its stunning Great Court. Here visitors can catch a sight of priceless exhibits like the Parthenon Sculptures, the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian Mummies, the massive bust of Rameses II among many other amazing exhibits. With more than 6 million visitors every year it is the most popular and most visited tourist attractions in the city. There are plenty of special exhibitions apart from guided tours and a host of activities always on at the museum.
Tate Modern: It is regarded as being Britain's foremost museum of modern and contemporary art. Its massive collection comprises art and sculpture exhibits from across the world and is located picturesquely within a former Bankside Power Station, along the banks of the River Thames. Its highlight is its gigantic Turbine Hall that stretches along the length of the entire building. Here visitors will see amazing art works from world renowned artists of the likes of Matisse, Cézanne, Picasso, Bonnard, Dali, Rothko, Pollock, Bourgeois and Warhol among other greats.
The Natural History Museum: The Natural History Museum is home to some of the finest specimens of natural history, which is all the more interesting because of its incredibly exciting interactive exhibits. It is housed within one of the city’s most dazzling landmark buildings. The most prominent attractions in the museum include its model blue whale, the Mammals Gallery and the extremely popular Dinosaurs gallery. Its highlight is its stunning Central Hall, which houses probably the most famous of its exhibits, the iconic diplodocus skeleton. There is the state-of-the-art Cocoon building that visitors can explore and where they will find an eclectic array of hundreds of specimens, apart from visiting its many laboratories where its scientists are always busy at work. The Natural History Museum hosts a number of special events and temporary exhibitions related to the significance of science and nature in human evolution and life.
The National Gallery: The National Gallery is home to an incredible display of Western European art ranging from 1250 to 1900. Its massive collection of art features creations by European Masters like Leonardo da Vinci, Botticelli, Cezanne, Rembrandt, Renoir, Gainsborough, Van Gogh and Turner among other famous artists. There are various activities hosted all through the year with audio-visual programs, lectures, special exhibitions and guided tours etc.
The Victoria and Albert Museum: The V&A (Victoria and Albert Museum) could be described as being the finest museum of art and design on the planet. Its enormous collection showcases more than 3,000 years of human creativity with its collections being unrivalled in sheer scope and diversity. The museum is located in South Kensington and has undergone a massive renewal and restoration program relatively recently. Some of the most prominent attractions that can be viewed here are to be found in the Medieval Renaissance Galleries, the incredible William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery Gallery and its captivating British Galleries, that portrays the history of the country through art and design over the centuries. Apart from its permanent collection that is free to view it also hosts a number of temporary exhibitions and also numerous events all year long.
These are just a few of the top museums that can be seen in and around the city. While there is no admission fee for most, it is recommended to leave a small contribution as a donation, which is used to finance the upkeep and maintenance of these magnificent institutions of Britain.