The 10 Best Museums in London: Discover the city with culture

Thousands of tourists visit the city of London each year, and one of the reasons why this city is famous is also for its museums, most with free admission. In this section, we will discover the 10 Best Museums in London.

 

Tate Modern
Tate Modern

1. British Museum

The 3rd most visited museum in the world. More than seven million objects from all over the world. At first, the impression is giant, the visit can last for hours if you are not in a hurry. If instead, you have little time to spend in the city I suggest you choose an area and concentrate only on the one that interests you the most. Perfect for adults and children.

Location: Great Russell Street. Price: Free entrance.

Opening hours: Every day: from 10:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Friday until 8:30 pm (some galleries).
Closed: January 1, Good Friday, December 24, 25 and 26.

Transport:
Subway: Holborn, Central and Piccadilly lines; Tottenham Court Road, Northern and Central lines. Buses: lines 1, 7, 8, 10, 14, 19, 24, 25, 29, 38, 55, 73, 98, 134, 242 and 390.

Nearby places:
Sir John Soane’s Museum (720 m)
Covent Garden (807 m)
Chinatown (878 m)
Transport Museum of London (893 m)
National Portrait Gallery (1.1 km)

 

British Museum
British Museum

 

2. National Gallery

Founded in 1824, it houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings dating from the mid-13th century to 1900.  It is among the most visited art museums in the world, after the Louvre, the British Museum, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Location: Trafalgar Square, London WC2N 5DN. Price: Free entrance.

Opening hours: Daily 10 am-6pm Friday 10 am-9pm
Transport: Charing Cross Underground Station

Nearby places:
Sir John Soane’s Museum (720 m)
Covent Garden (807 m)
Chinatown (878 m)
Transport Museum of London (893 m)
National Portrait Gallery (1.1 km)

 

National Gallery
National Gallery

3. Museum of London

The museum is the largest urban history collection in the world, with more than six million objects. It hosts more than one million visitors each year, it documents the history of the English capital city from prehistoric to modern times.

Location: 150 London Wall. Price: Free entrance.

Opening hours: Daily 10am – 6pm (galleries close at 5:40pm. Closed 24, 25 & 26 Dec 2018)
Transport: Subway St. Paul’s

4. Victoria Albert Museum

Victoria Albert Museum
Victoria Albert Museum

Founded in 1852, the Victoria and Albert Museum is the largest art and design museum in the world.

Location: Cromwell Road. Price: Free entrance.

Opening hours: Every day from 10:00 am to.m. to 5:45 pm (Friday until 10:00 p.m.)
Transport: Subway: South Kensington, Piccadilly, Circle and District lines; Knightsbridge, Piccadilly line.
Bus: lines C1, 14, 74 and 414.

Nearby places
Museum of Science (215 m)
Natural History Museum of London (304 m)
Harrods (698 m)
Hyde Park (1.2 km)
Kensington Gardens (1.3 km)

 

5. Tate Britain

It includes works by great British artists from the year 1500 until today.

Location: 5 Atterbury St. Price: Free entrance.

Opening hours: Every day: from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Transport
Boat: Tate Boat runs every three minutes along the River Thames, between Tate Modern and Tate Britain. Subway: Pimlico, Victoria line. Buses: Lines: 2, 3, C10, 36, 87, 88, 159, 185, 436 and 507.

Nearby places:
Westminster Abbey (960 m)
Palace of Westminster (1.1 km)
Big Ben (1.1 km)
St James’s Park (1.4 km)
Imperial War Museum (1.4 km)

 

6. Madame Tussauds

Is one of the most visited attractions/museums in London. You will find all your idols from movie stars to music. Suitable for adults and children, although very expensive (Price € 37 / adult, € 29.5 / child).

Opening hours:
From Monday to Friday: from 10:00 am to.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays: from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The rush hour is between noon and 3:00 pm, so it is advisable to visit at a different time.

Location: Marylebone Road, the corner with Allsop Place. Transport: Baker street station or Regent’s Park. Bus 18, 27, 30, 74, 205, 453

 

7. Imperial War Museum

Is one of the best in the world. It is its doors to the public in 1920 at the Crystal Palace on Sydenham Hill. In 1936 he moved to his current location in the old Bethlem psychiatric hospital.

Location: Lambeth Road. Price: Free entrance.

Opening hours: Every day from 10:00 am to.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Transport
Subway: Lambeth North, Bakerloo line; Waterloo, Bakerloo, Northern and Jubilee lines; Southwark, Jubilee line; Elephant & Castle, Bakerloo, and Northern lines.
Buses: lines 1, 3, 12, 45, 53, 59, 63, 68, 100, 159, 168, 171, 172, 176, 88, 344, 360, 453 and C10.

Nearby places
London Eye (1.1 km)
Palace of Westminster (1.2 km)
Big Ben (1.2 km)
Tate Modern (1.4 km)
Tate Britain (1.4 km)

 

8. National Portrait Gallery

Exposes an extensive collection of portraits of illustrious British characters. At the time when the collection began, only deceased persons could be included, at present, this norm has ceased to be fulfilled.

Location: Next to the National Gallery. Price: Free entrance.

Opening hours: Every day: from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. (Thursday and Friday until 9:00 p.m.).

Transport:
Subway: Charing Cross, Northern, and Bakerloo lines; Leicester Square, Northern and Piccadilly lines. Buses: lines 3, 6, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 23, 24, 29, 53, 77A, 88, 91, 139, 159, 176 and 453.

Nearby places:
National Gallery (83 m)
Trafalgar Square (139 m)
Chinatown (369 m)
Piccadilly Circus (434 m)
Ripley’s, Believe it or not! (457 m)

9. Museum of Natural History

A large collection of skeletons, fossils, and plants that belonged to the British Museum. Perfect for children.

Location: Cromwell Road, South Kensington. Price: Free entrance.

Opening hours:
Every day: from 10:00 a.m. to 5:50 pm
Closed 24, 25 and 26 of December.

Transport: Subway: South Kensington, District, Circle and Piccadilly lines. Bus: lines 14, 49, 70, 74, 345, 360, 414, 430 and C1.

Nearby places
Museum of Science (218 m)
Victoria and Albert Museum (304 m)
Harrods (976 m)
Kensington Gardens (1.2 km)
Hyde Park (1.3 km)

10. Tate Modern

The National Museum of Modern Art, better known as Tate Modern, exhibits and works of international character that span from the year 1900 to the present. The Tate Modern is the most visited museum of modern art in the world, surpassing the MoMA in New York and the Reina Sofía Museum in Madrid.

Location: Bankside, next to Shakespeare’s Globe Theater. Price: Free entrance.

Opening hours:
From Sunday to Thursday: from 10:00 am to.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Friday and Saturday from 10:00 am to.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Free audio guide with London Pass.

Transport
Subway: Southwark, Jubilee line.
Buses: RV1, 45, 63 100, 381 and 344.

Nearby places
Shakespeare’s Globe Theater (172 m)
Cathedral of San Pablo (696 m)
The Old Operating Theater (861 m)
The Shard (951 m)
The Monument (968 m)

 

Tate Modern
Tate Modern

 

Now is time to explore the city of London Travelers… 🙂 soon my new post about the city.

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