Best museums in London
London is much more than red buses, Big Ben, rain, or pollution; it’s a major cultural melting pot, and the Big Smoke became one of the most popular destinations for museum lovers. From ancient History to Modern art, the large list of the capital’s museums will fancy anyone’s interest. Better than that, visiting these concentrations of art and history is not only a priceless experience for the eyes and would, but it’s also a free one speaking of money. As most the entry to state museums is gratis since 2001. So, what are you waiting for to discover our selection of the top London museums; put some comfortable shoes on and get ready to immerse yourself in the best museums to see in London.
How not to start with the top of the top london museums and probably one of the most famous museums in London, the British Museum. With over 900,000 square feet, this monument of culture is Britain’s biggest and most prominent museum, collecting (not without some controversy) since 1759 some of the biggest gems and game-changing treasures of our History, going from Ancient Egypt, Asia to the Middle East. Among them, you’ll find impressive Egyptian mummies, pieces of the very known Parthenon, the vital Rosetta Stone that revealed all the secrets of the hieroglyphs, or giant Easter Island figures. This collection is one of the largest in the world, gathering more than 80,000 artifacts on showing organized by geographic territories. If you don’t want to spend weeks exploring London’s biggest museum, we recommend you to either pick one gallery and stick to it, or to go for a guided “Highlights” tour to see the essentials.
Located in the center of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery is considered as the grandmother of galleries, and gathers on its walls some of the greatest masters of the 13th to the 19th centuries; from Michelangelo to Monet, and from Raphael to Rembrandt. Among the 2300 paintings, the little favorites of the crowd include Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers”; Botticelli’s “Venus and Mars”; and Monet’s “The Water-Lily Pond”. If you don’t want to get lost in this living frame of History of Art, plan your journey around the gallery’s 30 must-see paintings.
Tate Modern quickly became one of the world’s largest and most prestigious contemporary and modern art museum. Housed in an industrial power station, on the verge of the River Thames, what is considered as one of the coolest museums in London, and the most visited every year, exhibits treasures of British and international works from 1900 to today, where you’ll find well-known masters that shaped the landscapes of contemporary art like Rothko, Matisse, Picasso, Dali, or closer to us, like Marina Abramovic, Tracey Emin, and Yayoi Kusama. From the enormous Turbine Hall with temporary exhibitions to the museum’s tenth’s floor impressive view of the known St. Paul’s Cathedral, Tate Modern is one of the most impressive museums to visit in London.
The little sister of Tate Modern, Tate Britain is an impressive landmark of British Art from 1500 to today. With the floor covered by old-world marble, spiral staircases, and Grecian columns, this museum looks more like a temple and detains the world’s largest collection of Turner oil paintings, and an unrivaled assemblage of the works of Stanley Spencer, Francis Bacon, and Henry Moore.
Natural History museum
Looking more like a cathedral than a gallery, with its towers, spires, and stripes, it’s hard to imagine that the Natural History Museum hosts Dinosaurs, blue whales, or African elephants. House of an important assemblage of natural treasures of over 80 million creatures and samples, the museum hosts as well the largest collection of colored diamonds.
Victoria and Albert Museum
To finish on a fancy note, the V&B museum, next to the Natural History, is probably London’s most glamourous and attractive museum. Welcomed by a colossal blue-and-green Dale Chihuly’s blown glass chandelier, the visitor enters a world of extravagant tiling, sculptural architecture, and Victorian frescos. The museum itself is a piece of art and hosts an impressive collection of applied and decorative arts and design, and for art and fashion, lovers is definitely a must-see.