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Museum Junkies guide to London

A March 2003 trip to London by dkmcfadd

Quote: A former resident's (and a museum lovers) guide to museums of London.

Museum Junkies guide to London

Overview

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One of my favorite pastimes was visiting the "lesser" museums, ones often listed in the "if you have time" sections of guidebooks. They have equally good collections, are often free, and are much less crowded. Some are rather quirky. I loved the Wallace Collection and the National Portrait Collection. Both have wonderful collections, are easy to get to, and often are empty in comparison to places like the British Museum (also worth a visit, though crowded). I especially love the Portrait Gallery's paintings of the kings and queens, notably, the Tudor kings (Henry 8th). You'd think they'd be in the National Gallery, but they are in this museum instead. Also interesting are the modern, 20th-century port...Read More

Museum of London

Attraction

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This smallish museum is worth a visit, especially if you have children, or are, like me, young at heart. There were some new interactive exhibits when I was there a year ago and the museum was undergoing renovation then. The Roman London exhibit was very fun. The highlight of that exhibit was the street scenes section. Objects were placed behind cases as typical Roman Londoners would situate them, and there were models and painting representing people, the houses, and even the paving on the outside of the cases. There is also a very informative Victorian London exhibit and a cool model of London during the Great Fire of 1666. The model is a bit interactive and great for kids (though it requires...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 20, 2004

Museum of London
150 London Wall
London, England EC2Y 5HN
+44 (207) 814 5613

British Museum

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Attraction

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This is one world-class museum nobody can miss! And it's the best price in the world, FREE! Even the kids will like it! If you are without children on the visit, plan to spend at least half a day there, as it is so huge, it just takes that long to see the important stuff. I recommend taking an afternoon to see it. Tours and school groups tend to come in the mornings and that makes the museum crowded. Crowds make me feel overwhelmed and often the more important pieces are hard to see. If you chose to go, you must see the Egyptian collection, the Greek and Roman collection (which includes the Elgin Marbles -- the Parthenon Friezes), and the Near Eastern sections. The bulk of these are on the fir...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on February 20, 2004

British Museum
Great Russell Street
London, England WC1B 3DG
+44 (207) 7323 8299