London is home to some of the most fascinating museums in the world, including the Natural History Museum, the British Museum, and the Science Museum, as well as some amazing art galleries including the National Gallery and the Tate Modern, to name just a few. We know there is plenty to do in the capital, but with the huge variety of museums on offer to suit every interest, wandering around one of these brilliant places is a great way to spend some time while you're staying in London, and you’re bound to learn lots of new things.
The British Museum was founded in 1753 and was opened to the public for the first time on 15th January 1759, 6 years after the museum was established. The museum demonstrates the work of scientists, and is a great day out, whether you’re already interested in what it has to offer or just want to see what it’s like; you might find you love it and end up going again! Some of the exhibitions consist of treasures from Greece, Egypt and Rome, and there are loads of examples of amazing, delicate works of art from countries like China, Japan and India. There are even Egyptian mummies; we bet you’ve always wanted to see one of those! If you’re visiting the British Museum, you should definitely take a picnic with you and sit in one of London’s beautiful parks nearby; the weather in the capital is lovely at this time of year, so what more could you ask for on a day out?
The Science Museum has a lot of events coming up in the near future, so it’s worth checking out their website to see what’s on. Everything on offer seems pretty interesting, though, and you might struggle trying to decide what to go to! Events include ‘Hidden Universe 3D’, ‘Under the Sea 3D’, ‘Mind Maps: Stories from Psychology’, and many more – told you they all sound great!
Love art? The National Gallery has a great collection of works by highly talented artists, each piece telling a story through a beautiful image. Many people don’t think that art is something they really enjoy, but wandering around admiring the beautiful paintings and other artworks, you may find yourself quite intrigued. This month’s ‘Painting of the Month’ at the gallery is ‘The Birth of Saint John the Baptist’, by Giovanni di Paolo, and it’s a truly beautiful piece, so don’t miss it when you visit. Even if you’re not really keen on art, trust me, the experience you’ll have of the National Gallery will be unforgettable; you won’t just be learning about art, but you’ll also have a great time. Fun and education - how could you say no?
The Tate Modern won’t let art fans down either, with some exciting events approaching, such as talks and lectures on a variety of topics, including ‘Architecture After Revolution’, and courses and workshops, like ‘Inside Today’s Museum’. A new exhibition of works by Malevich has also just opened, which is well worth checking out.
Whatever your interests, London is bound to have a museum that you should visit. Some other great museums we couldn’t squeeze into this article include the Fashion and Textile Museum, the Victoria and Albert Museum, and the Museum of Brands. See how many you can get round to visiting during your stay in the UK!