London is packed with historical and interesting museums to check out! The good news is that many of the capital’s museums are actually free to enter, and if they have an entrance fee, this is usually quite low. From the iconic Natural History Museum to the Museum of London, the British Museum to the Science Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum to the National Gallery, London has it all! The Tate Modern and National Maritime Museum, as well as the London Transport Museum, are further additions to that list. All goes to show that the capital is an action-packed destination and the ideal place to learn more about history and culture as a whole. The various museums are dotted across the city; however, most of the well-known ones are centrally placed and easy to reach. Most of the city’s museums deserve at least a half day visit.
The British Museum
is one of the most famed and the most visited museum in the world. In this museum, located in the center of London, there are many sections and thousands of pieces. Visiting the museum can take up to three hours. Since it has a great variety of exhibits coming from Egypt, Anatolia, Middle East and the Far East, it allows you to take a journey through the world history. Among the famous exhibits in the museum we can mention, the Rosetta Stone of Egyptian hieroglyphs, Assyrian reliefs from Asurbanipal's palace in Ninova, Friezes from Mausoleum in Bodrum, Sutton Hoo Ship Cemetery, African statuettes made of bronze and elephant teeth.
A visit to the British Museum is a must do during a trip to London. It is one of the city’s iconic spots, and the great news is that the entrance is free! The museum houses collections which date back over more than two million years, dating human evolution as a whole. You’ll see artifacts and items which have been excavated from across the globe, including Ancient Egypt, the Rosetta Stone, and various Parthenon sculptures. This is a top-rated attraction and sees more than 6 million visitors pass through its doors every single year. It’s a good idea to arrive early in the day, to avoid queues. It’s also best to visit on a weekday, to prevent the weekend rush. This is the ideal spot to visit alone, with someone special, or with the children on an educational day out.
The National Gallery
, located in Trafalgar Square, draws 4-5 million tourists a year on average. This gallery was opened in 1824. It has a collection of roughly 2300 paintings from the 13th century to the 19th century. This Gallery is home to masterpieces such as "The Raising of Lazarus" by Sebastiano del Piombo, "The Baptism of Christ" by Piero della Francesca, "Venus at her Mirror"(The Rokeby Venus) by Diego Velázquez and the even more renowned Leonardo da Vinci's "The Virgin of the Rocks" and Jan van Eyck's "Arnolfini Portrait".