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
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collection of documents, artefacts, and historical reference
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
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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