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Museums in North West London Whether you think of a museum as a place for curiosities or a home for historical or artistic treasures you’re sure to find something of interest at the museums of North West London.

Undoubtedly the most visited museum with an NW postcode is Madame Tussauds [map] as hundreds of people flock there every year to see life like impressions of world favourites and British personalities.

However the area does have some other fascinating museums that are well worth a look.

As one of the oldest houses in the area it is almost fitting that the historic Burgh House should host the Hampstead Museum of Local History [map]. The museum, which occupies the first floor of the house, has displays showing the history of the area and information about some of its most well known residents including D.H. Lawrence, J.B. Priestley and John Constable.

When Sigmund Freud and his family escaped the Nazi take over of Austria they fled to the north west where they made their home. Today their Hampstead residence is a museum to celebrate the life and psychoanalytic work of both Sigmund and his daughter Anna Freud. The museum itself displays a collection of antiquities from figurines to furniture from Rome, Greece, Egypt and the Orient with the most famous piece being Freud's psychoanalytic couch.

Another man to make his mark on the world from North West London was the poet John Keats. Keats lived in Wentworth Place close to Hampstead Heath from 1818-1820 and in that time wrote some of his best work, including the famous poem Ode to a Nightingale. Today the Regency residence is known as Keats House [map], a museum honouring the life and work of this great poet.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum [map] is another hotspot you can explore while in the area. Although creator Arthur Conan Doyle tried to kill Holmes off in his books he was always brought back due to popular demand and this museum gives us an insight into why. Fans of the stories will love this museum but even if you are unfamiliar with them, you can use the exhibits to get a glimpse of Victorian England.

North West London is also famous for being the home of cricket with Lords Cricket Ground [map] and the Marylebone Cricket Club [map] (MCC) both a distinct part of the area. With over 140 years of cricketing artefacts you will get an insight into some of the great players of the game and how cricket has evolved over the years. As a visitor to the MCC Museum [map] you will not only get to experience the moments in cricketing history, you will also be visiting the oldest sporting museum in the world.

As Britain's only national museum dedicated wholly to aviation, the RAF Museum [map] in Hendon has something for fans of flying and those who keep their feet and their interests firmly on the ground. As well as interactive exhibits and historic information the museum houses over 200 aircraft including a Spitfire and a Lancaster Bomber.

Founded in 1932, Camden’s Jewish Museum [map] is home to a great collection of historic artefacts giving an interesting insight into Jewish life in Britain. What may be of particular interest is the Ceremonial Art Gallery that contains the oldest English Hanukah lamp and a 16th century Italian ark.

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