A little London museums guide of our own

 

London has a lot of museums to visit, but to visit them all in only a few days it seems like an impossible task. So here we bring you a list of the different types of museums that the city offers and will make your life easier at the moment of deciding which one to visit.

You’ll find a big variety of temporal and permanent collections in almost all the museums in the city. Usually the temporary exhibitions have an extra cost, but most of the museums open their doors to the public for free!

 

The British Museum

Founded in 1753, this is the first national public museum and one of the world greatest museums, including historical pieces from prehistoric times to modern times. This museum is known for their impressive collection of ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome. If you ever wondered how a real mummy looks like then this is the place to go!

 

Opening time: It’s open 7 days a week, except 1 January and 24, 25 and 26 December. From 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Visit from Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage: You can take the Jubilee Line (Southbound) from Finchley Road or Swiss Cottage to Bond Street, and change to the Central Line (Eastbound) to Tottenham Court Road.

Visit from Palmers Lodge Hillspring: Take the Jubilee Line (Southbound) from Willesden Green to Bond Street, and change to the Central Line (Southbound) to Tottenham Court Road.

Web: http://www.britishmuseum.org/

Direction: British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

 

The Imperial War Museum

It’s one of the most important museums about war history, from the First World War to nowadays. Has a lot of information and exhibitions about the United Kingdom and Commonwealth armies and conflicts.

 

Opening time: (Closed until July 2014) It’s open 7 days a week, except 15, 24, 25 and 26 December. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., except Tuesdays (10 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

Visit from Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage: You can take the Jubilee Line (Southbound) from Finchley Road or Swiss Cottage to Waterloo, and change to the Bakerloo Line (Southbound) to Lambeth North.

Visit from Palmers Lodge Hillspring: Take the Jubilee Line (Southbound) from Willesden Green to Waterloo, and change to the Bakerloo Line (Southbound) to Lambeth North.

Website: http://www.iwm.org.uk/

Direction: IWM London, Lambeth Road, London SE1 6HZ

 

The Museum of London

This urban history museum is one of the largest in the world. It studies the story of London before the Roman Empire to this day. Since its not the most popular (or known) museum in London, it usually doesn’t have much visitors. Ideal if you want to enjoy its history in a relaxed mood (It includes a “Victorian Walk” with recreated shops and public buildings, and sections on the West End, Suffragettes, World War I and World War II, and everyday life).

 

Opening time: It’s open 7 days a week, except 24, 25 and 26 December. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit from Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage: Take the Metropolitan Line (Eastbound) from Finchley Road to Barbican.

Visit from Palmers Lodge Hillspring: Take Jubilee Line (Southbound) from Willesden Green to Finchley Road, and change to the Metropolitan Line (Eastbound) to Barbican.

Web: http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/

Direction: Museum of London, 150 London Wall, London EC2Y 5HN

 

The Science Museum

It was founded as a part of the South Kensington Museum, and fifty years later gained independence. It has a lot of science exhibitions for free and it’s a kids favourite. But don’t let that change your perception of it. It offers a lot of activity for adults, such as The Silent Disco which is a dance floor with two DJ’s. They play completely different songs at the same time and you choose which one to dance to with your headset!

 

Opening time: It’s open 7 days a week, except 24, 25 and 26 December. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Science Museum’s Lates is a free night for adults that takes place on the last Wednesday of the month.

Visit from Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage: You can take the Jubilee Line (Southbound) from Finchley Road or Swiss Cottage to Green Park, and change to the Piccadilly Line (Westbound) to South Kensington.

Visit from Palmers Lodge Hillspring: You can take the Jubilee Line (Southbound) from Willesden Green to Bond Street, and change to the Piccadilly Line (Westbound) to South Kensington.

Web: http://www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/

Direction: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

 

The Natural History Museum

This museum is specialized in Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology. It’s placed close to the Science Museum, in South Kensington. Do you like Dinosaurs? Then this is definitely your place. They even have a real size T-Rex robot! And if that’s not even your thing.. Well, the building it’s just beautiful. So just walking in there makes a great experience.

 

Opening time: It’s open 7 days a week, except 24, 25 and 26 December. From 10 a.m. to 5.30 p.m.

Visit from Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage: You can take the Jubilee Line (Southbound) from Finchley Road or Swiss Cottage to Green Park, and change to the Piccadilly Line (Westbound) to South Kensington.

Visit from Palmers Lodge Hillspring: You can take the Jubilee Line (Southbound) from Willesden Green to Bond Street, and change to the Piccadilly Line (Westbound) to South Kensington.

Web: http://www.nhm.ac.uk/

Direction: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD, UK.

 

The Royal Air Force Museum

Opened in 1972, this place has more than 100 types of aircrafts from around the world, from the early aircraft designs to the latest jets. Top Gun fan? What are you waiting for!

 

Opening time: It’s open from Monday to Saturday, Sundays and bank days is closed. From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Visit from Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage: You can take the Jubilee Line (Southbound) from Finchley Road or Swiss Cottage to King Cross, and change to the Northern Line (Dir: Edgware – Northbound) to Colindale.

Visit from Palmers Lodge Hillspring: Take the Jubilee Line (Southbound) from Willesden Green to King Cross, and change to the Northern Line (Dir: Edgware – Northbound) to Colindale.

Web: http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/

Direction: RAF Museum London, Grahame Park Way, London, NW9 5LL

 

The National Maritime Museum

This is one of the world’s largest maritime museums. It consists in three parts: the Maritime Galleries, the Royal Observatory and the Queen’s House. And if you like a nice landscape, then Greenwich is the place to go. Plus, you can arrive to the place by ferry enjoying the nice breeze of the river Thames.

 

Opening time: It’s open 7 days a week, including bank days. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m

Visit from Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage: You can take the Jubilee Line (Southbound) from Finchley Road or Swiss Cottage to Canary Wharf, and change to the DLR (Dir: Lewisham) to Cutty Sark.

Visit from Palmers Lodge Hillspring: You can take the Jubilee Line (Southbound) from Willesden Green to Canary Wharf, and change to the DLR (Dir: Lewisham) to Cutty Sark.

Web: http://www.nmm.ac.uk/

Direction: Nat. Maritime Museum, Romney Rd, G’wich SE10 9NF

 

The TATE Modern Museum

This is a modern art museum placed very close to the Thames. With fourteen years of history, this is one of the most popular attractions in London. Do you like modern art? Then you cannot miss it.

 

Opening time: It’s open from Sunday to Thursday (10 a.m. to 6 p.m.), and Friday and Saturday (10 a.m. to 10 p.m.)

Visit from Palmers Lodge Swiss Cottage: You can take the Jubilee Line (Southbound) from Finchley Road or Swiss Cottage to Southwark.

Visit from Palmers Lodge Hillspring: You can take the Jubilee Line (Southbound) from Willesden Green to Southwark.

Direction: http://www.tate.org.uk/

Direction: Tate Modern, Bankside, London SE1 9TG

 

 

 

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