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Visit some of the UK`s most sensational museums, from decorative arts to science and maritime history, you can discover the UK’s past. Discover masterpieces at the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square.
London is the perfect city to explore for museum lovers with hundreds to choose from around the city. There are numerous major museums which are free of charge which make them a great choice if travelling as part of a large group or on a budget.
Located on Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery houses an impressive collection of artwork from the 13th century until 1900. Entrance into the main exhibitions of this gallery is free to the public and it is widely considered to house the finest collection of Western European paintings worldwide. Some of the iconic paintings include Sunflowers by Vincent van Gogh, Madonna and Child by Masaccio, The Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci and the Wilton Diptych. It’s a must see for art lovers.
Tate Modern is a modern art gallery located on South Bank. It holds the national collection of British art from early 1900 to the present day and is one of the largest museums of its kind in the world. It has 7 floors and the top floors plays host to a restaurant that allows for some great views over the river Thames.
The British Museum is located on Great Russell Street in London and is a museum dedicated to preserve the collections of artefacts which represent the cultures of the world. Popular exhibits in times past have included ‘Ice Age Art’ and ‘Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisations’. Special exhibitions take place throughout the year with daily gallery tours and guided tours available to the public. Entrance to the museum is free of charge.
If you’re interested in decorative art and design, then Victoria and Albert Museum may be of interest to you. It’s free, open daily to the public and features a large collection of costumes, textiles, furniture, photography and more. The museum is located in Chelsea which is close to both the Natural History Museum and the Science Museum so you can make a day of your visit.
The Science Museum is one of the most interactive museums that London has to offer. Visitors can digitally alter their faces and manipulate their voices which make it an enjoyable day out for all. It also houses some impressive items including James Watson’s model of DNA, the oldest surviving steam locomotive ‘Puffing Billy’ and some of the earliest steam engines. You will also find an IMAX 3D cinema which shows both science and nature documentaries.
Madame Tussauds is a famous wax museum that is located on Marylebone Road in London. It houses impressive wax statues of some of the most famous people in the world including sports stars, fashion icons, world leaders, pop stars, film characters and much more. It’s a popular museum for all ages.