Here are a few museums and galleries that I have been to in London.
by Pumpkin88 on July 7, 2011
I have always loved toys and games as a child and an adult so decided to find a toy museum in London. After searching the internet I found Pollocks toy museum and had to go!Pollocks Toy Museum is open Monday to Saturday between 10am and 5pm last entry 4.30 pm. I went on a week day during the school term as I did not want to go when lots of children would be there. I think that weekdays during the school term is the best time to go as you can really look around without being disturbed by too many noisy children. The museum is located near Warren Street tube station (a small walk) and I would suggest that you take a map as we got lost on our way there. Entrance fee is £3 for an adult and £1.50 for a child. The museum was opened in 1956 and has a very old feel to it. The whole of the museum feels like a child’s play room and makes you feel as though you are a child again. There are six rooms, three staircases and a toy shop downstairs. Each and every nook and cranny is packed with toys, dolls and games in a huge collection. Some of the toys are extremely old and fragile but are kept well and obviously looked after. My favourites are the china dolls; I always loved dolls as a child and find them very interesting. My boyfriend even smiled at some of the toys and eventually enjoyed himself after not wanting to go there!I think this place is excellent for adults and children alike, adults will love the nostalgia of the place and remembering the toys that they used to play with. Children will love looking at all of the toys and perhaps hearing stories from their parents about some of them.Great value for money and a lovely visit for all the family.
Whilst visiting the museums in London I found myself in the Victoria and Albert museum and have to say that I was quite disappointed, however whilst I say that I must also add that I am not really very knowledgeable about the royal family so may have missed the point of this museum slightly. I’m sure that the way it was full of people means that lots of people do enjoy this museum.The museum is located a 5 minute walk away from the South Kensington Underground tube station and is quite easy to find as there are a few other museums close by. The building is beautifully crafted and really does look spectacular from the outside. Inside the museum also has some charm, I really like the way that when you walk in to the museum you can see some of the exhibits. The museum is free to enter and is open every day between 10 am until 5.45 pm (10pm on a Friday). The museum is split into ten main galleries; 20th century, textiles, theatre and performance, William and Judith Bollinger Jewellery, Painting, glass, furniture, ceramics, Asia, Baroque and Rococo and Architecture. The two galleries that I like were the furniture gallery and the Asia gallery. The furniture gallery had some lovely pieces of exquisite furniture and beautiful well-kept clothing. I thought that the fine detail on some of the clothes was amazing! It was all lit really well so that you could see the finer details on the material. The Asia galleries were also quite interesting; the best part was the japan part where there was an assortment of Japanese weaponry and armour. My favourite part of the museum was the gift shop! I just adored some of the fabrics that some of the bags were made of although they were very expensive so I was unable to buy one. I would say that this gift shop is one of the most expensive ones that I have been to so I suggest that visitor’s take a fair amount of money and prepare to pay a high price.I don’t think I would visit this museum again but purely on personal preference, others may love this museum.
The Tate Modern in London is located on Park Street. You need to take a map with you as it is a long walk from the nearest tube station. It is free to enter you only need money for the gift shop or any paying exhibitions that you want to see. The Tate Modern is open every day from 10am.The Tate Modern is and ever changing display of some of the greatest modern artists of our time, the exhibits are always fresh and exciting as innovative artists create inspiring pieces. The museum is very big, it has seven floors and if all pieces are explored in detail you will need a few days to go around the whole thing. There are toilets and disabled access on all levels of the building by lifts and ramps.The Tate Modern uses space well, there are so many pieces of artwork yet it doesn’t feel as though it is all crammed in. One of my favourite artists displayed here is Andy Warhol and his Pop Art. I love the bright colours and bold images. I love the way that you can just sit down anywhere in the Tate Modern and begin drawing as people don’t mind, I always find in other art galleries that people get a little annoyed at this. I think you are able to do this here because of the amount of space in the gallery so people don’t have to squash round you. As the Tate Modern is so big it may be worth your while joining the free guided tours, these last 45 minutes and you don’t need to book in advance. These tours are of different aspects of the gallery dependent upon the time that you go on them so you should check the website for details.Even if you don’t really like art you may still enjoy the Tate Modern as some of the exhibits are funny, off the wall and some just strange!
I love see amazing sights and learning new things so what better way to combine my two passions than by visiting the museum. The Natural History museum is located a small walking distance from South Kensington Tube station. I have always found it easy to find as it is so big and has massive posters around the outside. There are also many other museums nearby so if you see these you know that you are heading in the right direction. As mentioned the museum itself is huge, inside it houses a magnitude of natural artefacts, fossils and exhibitions related to the natural world. There are four ‘zones’ in the museum which are colour coded in the free map. The red zone is where you can explore the planet and different artefacts from space. I really like this part of the museum as some of the artefacts such as the crystals are beautiful and really displayed well so that you get the full impact of them.Next is the green zone where you can explore the skeletons and fossils of animals and plant life from around the world. This section is quite good, I don’t really like looking at some of the animals as they do get a bit boring but every now and then you really see something amazing so it is well worth going around this part of the museum. The blue zone is my favourite section as it is home to two of my favourite archaeological marvels, the dinosaurs and the mammals. This section of the museum is spectacular and I personally believe should be left to last as it is by far the best part. However the queue for the dinosaurs is always really big so it is best to get there early. I think that it is worth the wait but others I know disagree. The last zone is the orange zone holds the Darwin centre and the garden area. I don’t really like this part so never really go in there to be honest.The museum is so big though that it is hard to go around it in one day if you look at most of the displays so doing over a few days would be best as it can get a bit overwhelming. The museum is free to enter (you can leave and go in as you wish); the only parts that are paying are the exhibitions, the gift shop and the restaurants, cafés and snack bars. I think that the food and drink here are too expensive so I would say take your own, there are lots of parks to eat in around there.There is disabled access, lots of toilets, a cloakroom and an education centre.The museum opens everyday 10am until 5.30pm.
One of my most memorable museum visits was when I went to the Imperial War Museum in London. The museum is located Lambeth Road (Underground: Bakerloo or Northern Line) and is open daily between 10am till 6pm however the last admission is 5.45pm. The museum is free to enter which is very generous I think as the exhibitions on display are excellently maintained and updated regularly. The museum focuses mainly upon the events of World War 2 and essentially the Holocaust. They also have special exhibitions that you can see but these usually do come with a small charge.The museum itself is quite large and does take a while to get around, I always find that some of the sections I like to walk through and glance at items rather than look in detail as I am not as interested in some of the displays as others. There are clean toilets and disabled access available to the museum. The most moving exhibits, in my opinion, is the Holocaust exhibition. I always find this very hard to look at but am also very interested in the stories of the people who were there at the time. This part of the museum does get very upsetting and I would suggest that you study the museums website before going here and I do not think that it would appropriate for children. One of the most moving parts of this exhibit for me is the wall of shoes that were worn by the Jews who were taken to the concentration camps. I would be dubious to call this museum an attraction but rather a place that is thought provoking and informative.The museum also has a gallery dedicated to big machine such planes and military weapons. I like this part of the museum due to the fact that you get to see how big things really are. It never ceases to amaze me when I look at some of the planes and think how people actually fought in them!I really love this museum but I can see why many people wouldn’t due to the upsetting nature of some of the exhibits.
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