Guest Author - Ann Burgess
It would be entirely possible to spend your holiday in London simply roving from one museum to another, and why not? London has a collection of museums to rival any other city in the world. Whether you are seeking samples of specimens donated from the voyages of Captain Cook or do you wish to experience a sample of war-time life in London? No matter what your hearts’ desire may be you will most likely find a museum to suit your passion.
The British Museum
This is the oldest museum in the world and houses some of the most interesting treasures from around the world. From the Rosetta stone to sculptures from the Parthenon you will experience more moments of discovery in a single day than you could in a life time of exploring the world. The museum is open every day and guided tours are available to lead your through this labyrinth of time and history. Set aside an entire day for a complete experience.
Great Russell Street
The Natural History Museum
This is life on earth and the earth itself. From fossils to gemstones, dinosaurs to Darwin, this must be the place that launched a thousand of David Attenborough’s journeys. If you have children with you be sure to visit the aptly named No. 1 Crawley House for the collection of arthropods (the creepy-crawlies that share our houses and skins. You can even experience a simulated earthquake in a Japanese grocery store of gaze in awe at some of the life-like animatronic dinosaurs, or walk through a leaf that demonstrates how plants make oxygen. You will exit amazed at how truly awesome the earth can be.
Free. Open every day.
The London Museum
From prehistoric times to the present, the history of London unfurls before you. From the early days of the Romans to the Great Fire of 1666 and the Victorian Street of days gone by, this museum will truly make the history of this city come alive before your eyes. The museum is open Monday to Saturday.
The Victoria and Albert Museum
This was begun as a museum of decorative arts and is one of London’s greatest treasure houses. Showcased within these walls is a cornucopia of the wealth represented by the British Empire. There are restored period rooms and touchable objects. From jewelry and gemstones, ceramics, glass, paintings, prints and sculpture you will be perpetually dazzled as you move from the first to the sixth floor of this museum. Be sure not to miss the rooms filled with treasures from India and the Far East.
Open daily. Free