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Museums in North London Like giant crystal balls, north London’s museums give visitors an insight into how London has become what it is today, helping to bring the past into the present.

Arsenal Football Club [map] is one such example. The pitch at Highbury Stadium holds footballing hopes and dreams for fans and players alike, while at the Arsenal Museum, dreams that have since come true are celebrated. Arsenal football club began life in 1886 when a group of munitions workers decided to share the cost of a football, since then the club has come a long way. Through trophies, wax figures and other memorabilia, the Gunners history and achievements are retold on matchdays and Fridays.

Close to Kings Cross station is the London Canal Museum [map], which gives a different perspective on the history of London. By giving an insight into the people who spent their lives on the canals and inland waterways, and the trades they participated in, you can begin to understand how essential the waters were and what impact they have today.

A visit to the London Canal Museum will also illuminate the history of ice cream for those unaware of how the dessert made its way from Italy to London, or how they managed to keep it cold before freezers were invented. The fact that these two histories are under the same roof may seem strange but once you’ve visited the museum you’ll be a whole lot wiser!

The Jewish Museum [map] is spread across two locations, one in Camden and the other in Finchley. The Finchley site in north London is at the Sternberg Centre [map] on East End Road, and the collections here focus on the social history of Jewish people in the capital, with around 400 tapes of recorded memories as well a vast photographic archive depicting Jewish heritage in London.

Forty Hall Museum [map] in Enfield houses a collection of items and artefacts that date back to the 17th century. Furniture, pictures, ceramics, glass, maps as well as the grade I listed Jacobean building itself all tell of the local history of the area.

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