Britain has a wealth of world history, all recorded and stored in the vast museums throughout the country. Most of these museums are free and in dense proportions, especially in London. Tourists explore these top museums to learn more about the world and its cultures. First-time travelers might have a hard time picking suitable museums to visit. This list outlines the top ones worthy of a visit.
10 Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum is home to prehistoric fossils. The museum also features in most Hollywood films, with Fantastic Beasts being the most recent. Its Roman architecture brings out the aesthetic appeal of the structure. On the other hand, the interior makes up for a perfect classical setting, necessary for exhibitions.
Entry to the museum is free except for selected exhibitions. However, interested tourists ought to book in advance to avoid missing tickets for the chosen exhibitions as they get sold out quickly.
9 National Gallery London
Just a 20-minute drive from St. Christopher’s London Bridge, the National Gallery is home to over 1,000 paintings. These art pieces are from all corners of the globe and include art dating from the 12th century.
Tourists visit to marvel at the works of Van Gogh, Picasso, Da Vinci, and many other notable painters in world history. To top it off, visitors can book a unique exhibition that takes them through the paintings’ history.
8 Science Museum
The most famous of all London museums is the Science Museum. The place houses over 15,000 scientific objects, including a piece of the moon. It also incorporates simulated scientific phenomena like lightning strikes. Vacationers also experience an IMAX 3D simulation of galaxies. The simulations highlight other significant scientific gains made by man.
Entry is free except for some unique exhibitions, and the area opens from 10 AM to 6 PM Wednesday to Sunday. The museum is within walking distance from the Natural History Museum.
7 Royal Museums
Royal Museums Greenwich is home to the Queen’s House Art Gallery, the Tea Clipper Cutty Sark, and the Royal Observatory Greenwich. The museum is a World Heritage Site, and all the attractions it hosts are within walking distance from each other.
Travelers view the iconic Cutty Sark as they try mapping seas in the Royal Observatory Greenwich. Most of these activities are free with few requiring booking fees.
Royal Museums Greenwich opens from 10 AM to 5 PM daily. It’s accessible by water via the Thames River, by road, and by the Docklands Light Railway.
6 London Transport Museum
London’s transport and culture have intertwined for ages. The city’s transport evolved with time, keeping the local culture at the heart of the evolution. This history is available and exhibited at the London Transport Museum.
The museum is home to the First Underground Steam Train. Other notable exhibits at the place are interactive art galleries that take visitors through simulations. These simulations showcase how transport in London was in the last centuries.
5 Bank Of England Museum
The Bank of England waded a lot of eras before becoming England’s Central Bank. The recorded historical events through the different periods are available at the Bank of England Museum in London. The museum is home to old gold bars and ancient coins from different places and eras. It also houses information on the history of world finance.
Bank of England Museum is free and opens from 10 AM to 5 PM, Monday to Friday. The museum is accessible by bus, tube station, and cycling.
4 The Design Museum
The Design Museum is home to architectural, industrial, fashion, and graphic designs. The museum is the world’s leading design museum. It concentrates on contemporary art and provides information on the history of design. The museum features works of fashion, architecture, engineering, and digital design from around the world. The exhibits outline the perspectives of the designer, maker, and user. Some modern exhibits available in this museum include Apple’s first iPhone.
The Design Museum is free to access and is on Kensington High Street. It opens from 10 AM to 6 PM, Sunday to Thursday, and from 10 AM to 9 PM, Friday to Saturday.
3 Victoria And Albert Museum
Victoria and Albert Museum is home to over 2.3 million artifacts and is one of the world’s leading art museums. The place boasts of objects dating back to the Victorian era. These instruments include jewelry, vases, paintings, and fashion items.
There are many activities travelers can enjoy here, including a hands-on tapestry experience. Also lined up for tourists are blockbuster exhibitions of the latest hits, including Adventures of Alice in Wonderland.
2 British Museum
The British Museum is home to prehistoric records detailing the evolution of man. The museum has over two million collections of artifacts that commemorate different human cultures around the world, including the Egyptian Mummies.
Entry to the museum is free except for some special exhibitions. It opens Monday to Sunday from 10 AM to 5 PM.
1 Imperial War Museum
Detailing the First World War, the Imperial Museum is home to the artillery used by the Allies during World War 1. The place describes life during the war, both from the civilian’s and soldier’s perspectives.
The museum dives further and provides visitors with information about the Second World War. Providing such data to the public amplifies the need for maintaining peace in present times. The entrance here is free and opens every day from 10 AM to 6 PM. Tourists can find the Imperial War Museum at Geraldine Mary Harmsworth Park, and it’s accessible either by bus or foot.