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Museums in West London The days of dark and gloomy museums are long gone and hardly bear any resemblance to the bright and interesting hands-on museums of West London.

With something interesting around every corner, there’s plenty to engage young minds and if you’re a history buff you’ll be fascinated by the extensive range of great venues.

Your first port of call should be Gunnersbury Park Museum [map], Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane. This splendid 19th century neo-classical mansion, once home to the Rothschild family, is now a large museum featuring art and artefacts from the 19th century. Changing exhibitions include toys, domestic life, costumes and local history information. Children will particularly love the Victorian kitchens, which are open during the summer months and offer youngsters a real hands on experience.

If you’re planning your visit to West London during the summer months you might be lucky enough to catch one of the open weekends at Acton Depot [map], Gunnersbury Lane. This unique working museum contains vast collections and offers a different museum experience.

The country home of architect Sir John Soane from 1800-1804 is located at Pitshanger Manor and Gallery [map], Walpole Park Mattock Lane. Pottery experts will be impressed by the range of Martinware on offer. There are plenty of concerts, workshops and art exhibitions happening throughout the year and this really is the perfect museum for all seasons.

The Faraday Laboratory and Museum [map], The Royal Institution, Albemarle Street, is the laboratory where famous scientist Michael Faraday made some of his most important discoveries. The lab has been restored to its former 1852 glory. The museum is particularly interesting to those fascinated by electricity and magnetism.

For another fascinating insight into the science of the past check out Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum [map], St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street. This is the lab of the famous scientist who discovered penicillin. This is also the perfect place to take aspiring scientists or youngsters studying science exams.

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