Museums in Central London
Spend a few days of your visit enjoying some of the highlights
that the Central London museum quarter has to offer.
Your first port of call should be the imposing British
Great Russell Street. The British Museum homes a wealth
of British collections and also an extensive range of
worldwide artefacts and collections. Uncover some of the
earliest treasures in the world here. There’s also
a fantastic education department and guided tours for
larger groups and families.
Stay local with a visit to The Museum of London [map],
London Wall. This museum represents a quarter of a million
years of London and as you’d expect, is a huge building
with a wide range of interesting and exclusive collections.
A collection of thousands of photos and personal testimonies
from Londoners through the ages brings a very unique feel
to this museum.
A visit to London wouldn’t be complete without a
visit to the Tower of London [map]. The gruesome history
of the tower, notably its use as a royal prison, makes
a fascinating story of scandal, deceit, betrayal and execution.
During your visit look out for the Beefeaters guarding
the tower and the famous ravens. Inside the tower you’ll
also be able to visit the Royal Fusiliers Museum,
which has a history of more than half a century of defending
the crown. This is a great, but gruesome, museum for the
whole family to enjoy.
If you’re a literary buff and know your Nicholas
Nickleby from your Oliver Twist, a visit to the Dickens
House Museum [map] is a must. Based in the house that Dickens
occupied for several years in the late 1800s and when
he was at the height of his fame, this museum at Doughty
Street, Camden, has a large collection of objects from
Dickens' every day life as well as manuscripts of his
Continuing on the literary trail Doctor Johnson’s
Gough Square, is where the legendary Doc dreamt up the
idea for a dictionary in the early 18th century. See how
he lived before being made bankrupt and giving up this
wonderful and lavish 17th century house.
Providing first aid is just one of the many services that
the St John’s organisation has offered over
the years. Step behind the scenes and see the fascinating
history of The Museum of the Order of St John [map],
St John’s Gate, St John’s Lane. From the beginning
of the Knight’s Hospitaller in Jerusalem more than
900 years ago, to the comparatively modern images of children
practicing first aid in their black and white uniforms,
this is an intriguing look at an often very private order.
Experience the exotic with a visit to The Petrie Museum
of Egyptian Archaeology [map]. Discover a world of sun-worshipping,
scandal, and important artefacts dating from the Ptolemaic,
Roman, Late Antique and the Islamic periods. The Petrie
Museum is located at The University College London, WC1.
If star worship is more your thing check out The Theatre
Russell Street. This fantastic museum lets you see the
backstage happenings of the theatre world from the age
of Shakespeare and Christopher Marlow right up to the
latest production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. See a wide
selection of costumes, designs, scripts, books and video
productions and enjoy the many wild and wacky stories
of those involved in the early days of the West End.
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