Museums in London


Town: London Address: 13 Lincolns Inn Fields Phone: +44 2 7440 4263 e-mail: jbrock@soane.org.uk The Soane’s Museum focuses on architecture. The building in which the museum is housed was initially the house and studio of the eccentric architect Sir John Soane who designed the Bank of England building. The museum holds many models and drawings of his projects as well as his collections of paintings and antiquities. The museum can be found in the Holborn district of central London,
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Town: London Address: Great Russell Street Phone: +44 2 7323 8616 e-mail: information@britishmuseum.org Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 -17:30 The British Museum was designed by Sir Robert Smike and was established in 1753 by an act of Parliament. It is one of the most famous museums in the UK and with 14 acres of display area; it ranks among the world’s largest museums. Situated in the chic Bloomsbury region of London it is easily accessed by bus and train.
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Town: London Address: Lambeth Road Phone: +44 2 7416 5320 e-mail: mail@iwm.org.uk Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 -18:00 In 1917, the Government decided that a National War Museum should be established to collect and display content relating to the Great War, which was still being fought at the time. King George V opened the Museum in June 1920. At the outset of the World War II, the Museum was enlarged to cover both world wars and it was again extended in 1953 to take in all of the military engagements,
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Town: London Address: Cromwell Road Phone: +44 2 7942 2000 e-mail: bookings.office@vam.ac.uk Opening Hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00 -18:00 Friday 10:00 -22:00 Saturday-Sunday 10:00 -18:00 The Victoria & Albert (V&A) is the world’s largest and most important museum of art and design. It covers 12.5 acres of land and hosts 146 different galleries. The V&A was established as the 'Museum of Manufactures' in 1852 when Queen Victoria set the foundation stone. Today, its collection spans out on a timeline of over five thousand years.
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Town: London Address: Hertford House Manchester Square Phone: +44 2 7563 9500 e-mail: visiting@wallacecollection.org Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 -17:00 The Wallace Collection is a small museum located in an old city town house. It was founded in 1897 from the private collection of Sir Richard Wallace, which was opened to the public on his death in 1990. There are 25 galleries with excellent displays of 18th century French painting, porcelain and furniture with superb Old Masters and a first-rate armoury.
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Town: London Address: Clive Steps King Charles Street Phone: +44 2 7930 6961 e-mail: cwr@iwm.org.uk Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 09:30 -18:00 This museum is devoted to the personage of Winston Churchill, the greatest British statesman in the 20th Century and the Prime Minister during the World War II. It is set within the impressive Cabinet War Rooms, constructed at the end of the 1930s at the dawn of the war. The purpose of this bolthole was to provide a shelter to government authorities if a German invasion was to occur.
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Town: London Address: 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields Phone: +44 2 88584422 Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 -17:00 After a thorough renovation costing over £20 million, the 19th century National Maritime Museum got a new modern look. Its neoclassical courtyard has been covered by a glass roof, giving the museum is bright, airy atmosphere, which makes you feel like on deck. The gallery offers various interactive exhibitions which demand the active participation of the audience, including turning the ship's wheel or using Viking oars.
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Town: London Address: 40 Brunswick Square Phone: +44 2 7841 3600 e-mail: enquiries@foundlingmuseum.org.uk The Foundling Museum depicts the history of the London's first orphanage. It was founded in 1741 by three great personages of the period: the philanthropist Thomas Coram, the painter William Hogarth and the composer George Frideric Handel. Formerly known as 'Hospital for the Maintenance and Education of Exposed and Deserted Children', it took care of more than 27,000 orphans until its closure in 1953.
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Town: London Address: 9a St. Thomas St., Southwark Phone: +44 2 7188 2679 e-mail: curator@thegarret.org.uk Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:30 -17:00 Hidden in the attic of St Thomas Church, the Old Operating Theatre is the only surviving 19th-Century emergency room, rediscovered in 1956. At the end of the 17th Century, the hospital was rebuilt and its garret was transformed by the local apothecary into a storehouse for herbs. Nowadays the museum holds an impressive collection of artefacts revealing the horrors of old medical treatment before the evolution of science.
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Town: London Address: 64-66 Tooley Street, Phone: +44 2 7403 3171 A visit to Britain At War Museum Charitable Trust‎ reveals how it was to live in Britain during the World War II. With special sound effects, artifacts, and even the dust of an air raid, it recreates the wartime with all its fury and evil. The museum holds a great collection of wax models and authentic military paraphernalia from the period. There is also a large space devoted to the British most famous statesman and Prime Minister,
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Town: London Address: 1 Clink Street Phone: +44 2 73781558 Opening Hours: Monday-Friday 10:00 -18:00 Saturday-Sunday 10:00 -21:00 One of the most secret places in London, the Clink Prison museum is built on the site of the original jail from the early Tudor years, which survived until 1780 as one of the oldest prisons in England. It was also the first gaol for women. The museum derives its strange name from the local manor, called the Clink Liberty ,
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Town: London Address: 100 London Rd Phone: +44 2 86991872 e-mail: enquiry@horniman.demon.co.uk Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:30 -17:30 The Horniman Museum houses an impressive display of everything from history to musical instruments. This free, family friendly place shows interesting exhibits from all over the world to delight both adults and children. The museum also possesses the third largest ethnographic collection in the United Kingdom, just after the British Museum and the Pitt-Rivers Museum in Oxford. It comprises over 80,000 objects,
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Town: London Address: 12 Holland Park Rd Phone: +44 2 76023316 e-mail: LeightonHouseMuseum@rbkc.gov.uk Leighton House Museum is the former atelier of the great neoclassical artist Frederic Leighton. This 19th-entury English painter and sculptor was particularly known for his works depicting great historical events and biblical stories. Located between the London's Holland Park, the mansion is one of the most original buildings from the Victorian period, inspired by Leighton's journeys. His trips to the Middle East had a particular influence on his creativity and resulted in the construction of magnificent Arab Hall,
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Town: London Address: Threadneedle St, Phone: +44 2 76015545 e-mail: museum@bankofengland.co.uk The museum is housed in the interiors of the Bank of England. Set in the very heart of London, it reflects the history of the Bank, formerly called the Old Lady, from its establishment by the Royal Charter in 1694 to its current role as the British central bank. The local exhibits include ancient weapons used to defend the bank against robbers, early writing equipment,
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Town: London Address: Cambridge Heath Rd Phone: +44 2 89835200 e-mail: mocbookings@vam.ac.uk Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 10:00 -18:00 Situated in the heart of the East End, the Museum of Childhood displays an interesting collection of games, toys and nursery accessories that fascinate both children and adults. First opened in the 1860s, it is set in the historic red-brick building, which still has its original marble mosaic floor. The museum's exhibits include antique dolls' houses, teddy bears, puppets,
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Town: London Address: 17 Gough Square Phone: +44 2 7353 3745 e-mail: curator@drjohnsonshouse.org Opening Hours: Monday-Sunday 11:00 -17:30 Dr Johnson’s House is one of the few mansions of its age, which can still be admired in the City of London. Built at the beginning of the 18th Century, it was a home for Samuel Johnson, one of the best known personages in British literature, considered the most quoted English writer just after Shakespeare.
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Town: London Address: 36 Craven Street Phone: +44 2 7839 2006 e-mail: info@benjaminfranklinhouse.org In the very heart of London, just a few steps from the famous Trafalgar Square, is set Benjamin Franklin House. This is the world's only remaining home where the founding father of the United States used to live. This notable scientist, diplomat and inventor spent there over 16 years of his life, between 1757 and 1775. The museum holds a vast collection of Franklin's memorabilia.
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Town: London Address: Bishop's Avenue Phone: +44 2 7736 3233 e-mail: museum@fulhampalace.org The residence of the Bishop of London for over 1300 years , the Fulham Palace, surrounded by the picturesque Bishop's Park, is set in the antique 19th Century building. The local museum holds displays on stained glass, archaeology, and garden history, including the famous mummified rat, as well as the miniature model of the palace showing the building in every detail at a scale of 1:50.
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Town: London Address: 682 Old Kent Rd Phone: +44 2 76395604 Formerly used as a public library this small building in the Old Kent Road, in 1974 it was reopened by a famous English poet, who went down in history as Poet Laureate, one of the most loved figures of British television. Nowadays the Livesey Museum is a modern interactive museum, which aim is to encourage children's imagination and creativity. Its hands-on exhibitions let the young visitors learn through investigation and experiment.
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Town: London Address: Type Museum‎ Phone: +44 2 77350055 e-mail: enquiries@typemuseum.org Set in a range of industrial buildings constructed between 1895 and 1905 and formerly used as a veterinary hospital, the Type Museum aims to store, preserve and interpret the historic artefacts related with the spread of the print. The Type Museum holds a vast collection of items linked with the discovery and development of printed word and image, from the traditional typefounding to woodletter type and mechanical typecasting.
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