Free Museums in London

Visit the Top 5 Museums in London

London is one of the most famous cities in the world, and it boasts an impressive range of excellent museums. If you are planning a trip to London in the near future, try to visit one of the five best museums in the city, all of which are free to enter.

1. The Natural History Museum

This impressive museum in South Kensington is the place to go to find out all about the natural world. From the moment you enter the main hall and are greeted by the famous cast of a diplodocus skeleton, you will be completely mesmerized.

Continue to explore the museum and you will find yourself walking through galleries depicting insects, mammals, and dinosaurs amongst other things. The museum is great for kids because there are many interactive displays, fun facts, and hands-on exhibits to enjoy. You could easily spend a few hours or an entire day here depending on how much you want to see.

2. The Science Museum

The Science Museum is located next door to the Natural History Museum, so you can save some time and visit both museums together. Its origins date back to 1857, and since then it has built up a collection of over 300,000 items including the oldest steam locomotive in the world, called Puffing Billy.

There are exhibits on the subjects of medical history, agriculture, energy, telecommunications, flight, and more, and you can also learn all about the Industrial Revolution in Britain. When you’ve seen all that you want to, stop off in the IMAX 3D cinema to finish your trip.

3. The British Museum

The British Museum is one of the greatest museums in the world. It documents the history of human culture throughout the millennia, and has built up a collection of about eight million items from all over the world since it was founded in the eighteenth century.

The most famous items in the museum include the Rosetta Stone, which allowed hieroglyphics to be deciphered, the controversial Elgin Marbles, and a stone chopping tool from Olduvai Gorge in Tanzania.

4. The Museum of London

If you want to find out more about the history of London during your stay in the city then this museum should be the first place that you visit. The Museum of London contains models, artifacts, pictures, and interactive exhibits that tell the story of London from prehistoric times up to the present day.

Here you can learn more about the English Civil War, the Great Fire of London, World War I and World War II, and many other interesting events in the history of London. All in all, it is a fascinating way to find out more about the history of this famous city.

5. The National Maritime Museum

With over two million items in its collection, this is one of the largest maritime museums in the world. Inside, you will find works of art, models, manuscripts, and an excellent collection of portraits to rival even the best art galleries.

It is a great day out for all the family, and there are many hands-on exhibits to enjoy. You will even be able to have a go at steering a ship and firing a cannon while you learn all about the history of Britain at sea.

Enjoy London’s Fascinating Museums

These are five of the best museums in London, but there are plenty more to discover during your stay in the city. Whether you are travelling with your partner, as a family, or on your own, try to visit at least one of these free museums if you are looking for a great way to spend a few hours as you explore London.

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