London has countless museums appealing to virtually every interest – from medicine to art, children’s games to transport. When you have limited time on your hands, which ones are the most important? We highlight a selection of the best.
Kensington is definitely one of the biggest and important concentrations of top museums. This is where you can find the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Natural History Museum and the Museum of Science and Technology. All are within a few minutes walk from each other and offer massive displays and exhibition galleries that can easily take a day or more to experience to the full. Art, textiles, ceramics, jewelry and other decorative objects from all over the world; some dating back hundreds of years, can be enjoyed at the Victoria & Albert Museum. Named after Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert, the V&A has been a center for design and decoration, for over a century. Head towards park grand Kensington that is close proximity to these major attractions.
Queen Victoria and Prince Albert were also responsible for the creation of the two adjacent museums. The Natural History Museum is full of fascinating items relating to animals, birds, flora, and fauna as well as stunning collections of fossils and dinosaurs. Discover the story of science and technology at the Science Museum where displays cover everything from steam power to robotics. Climb in a space capsule, try your hand at generating power and find out about technology old and new.
Head over to Bloomsbury to visit one of the oldest museums in the world – the British Museum. This is home to some of the most inspiring and rare artifacts such as the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles, the Lewis chessmen and Egyptian mummies. You can book your stay at park city grand plaza Kensington to know more about these artifacts.
The Museum of London near St Paul’s Cathedral is a fantastic place to explore the city’s history, from its foundation under the Romans to the present day. It’s sister museum in Docklands charts the tale of London as a trading center, attracting trade from all over the world.
For Art lovers, London has much to offer. The National Gallery and National Portrait Gallery in Trafalgar Square contains one of the biggest collections of artworks in the world including works by Raphael, Holbein, Rubens, Rembrandt and Van Gogh. Not far away at Buckingham Palace, works of art from the incomparable Royal Collection can be enjoyed in the Queen’s Gallery.
Then there is the Tate – an art gallery covering two very distinct venues. Tate Britain in Chelsea is home to works by artists like Turner and Constable, while Tate Modern at Bankside, on the south side of the river, focuses on contemporary art.
Together, these museums create an incomparable opportunity to explore art, culture, science, and technology through the ages.