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Museums in South West London There’s a great many museums to choose from in South West London so what ever your historical interests you’re sure to find the perfect venue for you.

Find out about the history of the British solider through war-torn continents and times of peace at The National Army Museum [map], Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea. Here you’ll find extensive displays on Britain’s most prominent wars and an unrivalled collection of Victorian artefacts relating to the Battle of Waterloo. See the impressive collection of Victoria Crosses or the skeleton of Napoleon’s horse. This is a great day out for all the family and particularly educational for youngsters who may gain a greater understanding about the part Britain has played in many wars.

Not too far away is the British Red Cross Museum and Archives [map], at Grosvenor Crescent, which charts the humanitarian work of this fascinating organisation. From its humble beginnings in 1863 The Red Cross has come to be a powerful symbol in both war and peace time and you’ll find an enormous collection of documents, artefacts, and historical reference files here.

Young and old are sure to enjoy the collections on show at the Science Museum [map], Exhibition Road, South Kensington. Home to a dazzling array of science artefacts as well as exhibitions on themes including technology and medicine this is undoubtedly one of the best hands-on museums in London.

This is also the place to go for the stunning IMAX cinema, which provides a programme of visual epics including 3-D films.

Also head to the Welcome Wing where you’ll have the chance to morph your face and see what you’ll look like in 20 years time or if you lost or put on weight.

Adults will find a fascinating collection of Japanese literature and artefacts at the Soseki Museum [map], The Chase, Lambeth, which is a museum devoted to the distinguished Japanese novelist Soseki Natsume who lived here between 1900 and 1902.

Kids will love a visit to The Natural History Museum [map] , Cromwell Road. With dinosaurs, creepy crawlies and a range of bugs, children will be in their element. This is also a great venue for an education visit.

See a range of exhibitions including ecology and mammals and don’t miss the popular “Earthquake Experience”. The kids will love the new hands-on science centre called Rhythm of Life, which gives children the chance to put all they’ve learnt from their visit into action.

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