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10 Remarkable Museums in London

Priya Johnson Aug 1, 2019
Touted to have some of the finest museums in the world, London houses over 200 museums and art institutions. Museums dedicated to everything from art, history, cinema, science, fans, cartoons, transport, and so much more can be found in this city.

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The British Museum

This iconic museum happens to be Britain’s biggest museum and one of the oldest national public museums in the world.

It's one of London's most popular tourist attractions, with over 6 million visitors annually!
Founded in 1753 and opened to the public in 1759, the museum houses over 8 million objects of art, history, and culture.

Several movies have been filmed at this museum, including the popular 'Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb' (2014).

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Natural History Museum

One of London's most iconic landmarks, the Museum of Natural History is greatly admired for its grand Romanesque-style architecture.
This museum is renowned for its 80 million earth science specimen species that span over 4.5 billion years. 

The 25-meter-long blue whale skeleton, 147 million-year-old Archaeopteryx, and a rare piece of rock from Mars are popular highlights of this museum.

Science Museum

Another popularly visited museum is London's Science Museum. This museum is home to over 250,000 objects. 

The Apollo 10 command module, Stephenson’s Rocket, Steam Engine-Puffing Billy (world’s oldest surviving steam locomotive), Wonderlab - The Equinor Gallery, etc., are popular highlights here.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum

Dedicated to the popularly-loved fictional detective Sherlock Holmes, this museum is located at 221b Baker Street, as per the detective's fictional address.

This address happens to be the world's most famous address known today.
The house is a listed building and is protected by the government. The rooms inside are maintained exactly how they were mentioned in the fictional world.

Wax models of scenes from the stories are exhibited on the third floor.

Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

This popular London museum is a major tourist attraction.
People from all over the world come to take a look at the stunning wax models of scores of celebrities and famous personalities.

Mother Teresa is the only one to have declined to have her wax figure made. She believed her work superseded her physical being.

The Clockmakers' Museum

This London museum, as the name indicates, is dedicated to the world of clocks and watches from the period 1600 to 1850.

It's also the world's oldest collection of clocks and watches.
Since 2015, the collection is kept on the second floor of the Science Museum.

A silver, skull-shaped pocket watch and John Harrison’s fifth marine chronometer are the most popular items here.

Victoria and Albert Museum

Yet another legendary London museum is this leading museum of art and design, named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.
Founded in 1852, today this museum houses over 2 million objects and works of art, spanning over a period of 5,000 years.

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The National Gallery

Housing some of the best artworks in the world, this museum was founded in the early 19th century and contains over 2,300 pieces of art.
Paintings by the legends Van Gogh, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, etc., are all exhibited here.

In 2013, this London museum had their highest visitor record of over 6 million visitors.

The Fan Museum

This unusual museum is the only museum of its kind in the world.

Dedicated to the art of fan-making and fans, this museum houses over 4,000 hand fans. Explore the fan making history of 3,000 years at this London museum.

London Transport Museum

This world's leading museum of urban transport houses more than 4,50,000 objects spanning over 200 years of London's transport history.