There is no shortage of excitement and interesting places to visit while in London, but there is also a great deal of culture. If you are looking to expand your horizons or you are keen to find out more about the world that we live in, you will find that the top London museums will provide you with a fascinating insight into the world around us.
No matter what interests you have or even where you are in the capital, you will find that there is something for everyone in London. There are more than enough museums in London to keep you interested and occupied, but here are the top 7 London museums that will definitely keep you entertained — especially when toured with a London Blue Badge Tourist Guide.
- The British Museum
- The National Gallery
- Natural History Museum
- Tate Modern
- Science Museum
- Victoria and Albert Museum
- Royal Museum Greenwich
1. The British Museum
The British Museum is known all over the world, and it features work all the way from prehistoric times to the modern-day era. It also features artefacts from around the world, so it is not just a museum that focuses on British life and activities. There are many great highlights to enjoy from this museum, and you will find that the mummies in the Ancient Egyptian section to be of great interest. There is also the Rosetta Stone, and many people flock to the museum to enjoy the Parthenon sculptures. It is free to enter the museum, although some of the exhibitions will need tickets to allow entry.
Looking down on visitors in the Great Court surrounding the British Museum Reading Room, in the nation’s greatest museum of human history and art. Photo Credit: ©Visit London.
2. The National Gallery
Found in Trafalgar Square, The National Gallery showcases some of the greatest paintings of Europe from the 13th to the 19th century. Work by artists like Stubbs, Titian, Renoir, Constable, Botticelli, da Vinci, and Van Gogh can all be found here. Again, there is no charge to enter The National Gallery, although some of the special exhibitions will require tickets to gain entry.
Vincent Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’ painted in 1888 and now part of the permanent collection at The National Gallery, London. Photo Credit: ©The National Gallery.
3. Natural History Museum
For many people, the dinosaur exhibition, which is a permanent feature, is a massive part of the Natural History Museum, but this is just one of the fascinating collections in the museum. The National History Museum plays host to some of the rarest, biggest, and most fascinating animals in the world. You have the chance to marvel at the splendour of a blue whale, and a spider that is 40 million years old, and even the Central Hall itself is worth looking at, given its splendour.
Entrance to the Visions of Earth exhibition at the Natural History Museum in London, where visitors are dwarfed by towering walls adorned with a map of the solar system before riding a giant escalator through a model of the Earth’s core. Photo Credit: ©Visit London.
4. Tate Modern
Found on the Thames, the Tate Modern museum, as the name suggests, is the home of modern and contemporary art in Britain. As befitting a building of this nature, the shape of the building is rather unique, owing a lot to the fact that the building was previously used as a power station. There is a restaurant in the gallery that offers stunning views across London, but if you have a love of modern art, this is a must-visit venue.
Couple looking at artworks using fluorescent lights by American sculptor Dan Flavin, exhibited at the Tate Modern. Photo Credit: ©Visit London.
5. Science Museum
The Science Museum in London is the ideal destination for anyone who has a curious nature or who is looking to find out more about life. All of the big scientific advances of the last 300 years can be found here, and there is also an Imax cinema. This is a museum that adults and children will love, so if you are looking for a fun-filled family day out, this is likely to be a great choice.
Science Museum interior. Photo Credit: ©Visit London/Lee Mawdsley.
6. Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum often referred to as the V&A, is a treasure trove of art and design classics spanning more than 3,000 years. There is a broad selection of items available to look at, including textiles, metalwork, sculptures, paintings, and even furniture. If you hold an interest in design, this is the London museum for your needs.
A visitor on the ornate glass staircase inside the Glass gallery at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, exhibiting artifacts which show the history of glass from ancient times to the modern day. Photo Credit: ©Visit London.
7. Royal Museum Greenwich
The National Maritime Museum, located in Greenwich, is the biggest maritime museum in the entire world, and it is one of the many features of this part of the city. You can stand astride the Prime Meridian at the Royal Observatory Greenwich, and you even have the chance to climb aboard the Cutty Sark.
The Cutty Sark at night. Photo Credit: ©National Maritime Museum.