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Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Enjoy a unique comparison of the treasures of world cultures under one roof, centred around the magnificent Great Court.

World-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies are visited by up to six million visitors per year. In addition to the vast permanent collection, the museum’s special exhibitions, displays and events are all designed to advance understanding of the collection and cultures they represent.


 

This summer sees a major part of the Museum’s transformation into a Natural History Museum for the future. Diving through the heart of Hintze Hall, a gigantic blue whale skeleton leads a cast of natural world stars, telling the dramatic story of evolution, diversity in the world today and our urgent role in the planet’s future.

This real, 25.2-metre female whale skeleton is surrounded by hundreds of new specimens across three floors, including ten other star specimens in the ground floor wonder bays.

The Museum offers a wide-ranging programme of temporary exhibitions and events all year round which inspire a love of the natural world and educate on the power of nature.

Other highlights include dinosaur fossils, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the state of the art Darwin centre and this summer's blockbuster exhibition, Whales: Beneath the surface.


 

The National Gallery houses one of the greatest collections of paintings in the world. Enjoy free entrance 361 days a year.

You can explore inspiring art by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh. The pictures in the collection belong to the public and admission to see them is free. There are free guided tours, audio guides available in multiple languages and free family activities for children of all ages.

This season we also have two incredible exhibitions for you to enjoy. Go to Reflections to see Arthurian legends come to life, cursed heroines with flowing hair, and real-life muses dressed in sumptuous clothing. (Exhibition closes 2 April)

The National Gallery are also welcoming back Monet to the UK for his first solo show in 20 years. See more than 75 paintings by Monet, together for the very first time. (Exhibition opens 9 April)


 

The Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. There are over 15,000 objects on display, including world-famous objects such as the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket.

Our interactive galleries bring to life first scientific principles and contemporary science debates. Plus, you can experience what it’s like to fly with the Red Arrows or blast off into space on an Apollo space mission in our stunning 3D and 4D simulators or watch a film on a screen taller than four double-decker buses in the IMAX 3D Cinema.


 

The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world's greatest museum of art and design, representing more than 3,000 years of human creativity, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity.

In recent years, the V&A has undergone a dramatic programme of renewal and restoration. Highlights include the Medieval Renaissance galleries containing some of the greatest surviving treasures from the period, the breathtaking jewellery gallery and the stunning British galleries, illustrating the history of Britain through the nation’s art and design. In addition to its outstanding free permanent collection, the V&A offers a programme of temporary exhibitions and an extensive events programme.

 

A visit to London isn't complete without a trip to Tate Modern.

Britain's national museum of modern and contemporary art from around the world is housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the Thames. The awe-inspiring Turbine Hall runs the length of the entire building and you can see amazing work for free by artists such as Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois.

 

Step inside the Museum of London for an unforgettable journey through the capital's turbulent past. Discover prehistoric London, see how the city changed under Romans and Saxons, wonder at medieval London and examine the tumultuous years when London was ravaged by civil wars, plague and fire.

Then venture into the Galleries of Modern London where you can walk the streets of Victorian London, take a stroll in recreated pleasure gardens and marvel at the magnificent Lord Mayor's Coach.

 

IWM London is the world’s leading museum of war. Founded during the First World War, it gives voice to the extraordinary experiences of ordinary people forced to live their lives in a world torn apart by conflict.

Displayed across six floors, the museum’s vast collections encompass a wealth of objects – from uniforms to photographs, vehicles to films, weapons to works of art – each with a story to tell.

Step into the world-famous atrium and experience the continuing influence of war on the world, from the First World War to present day in the award-winning galleries, all filled with the power to move, inspire and transform.

 

The Horniman Museum in Forest Hill is a free museum with extensive collections of anthropology, natural history and musical instruments. The museum hosts a variety of special exhibitions, concerts, festivals, shows, workshops and activities.

The Horniman museum is a South London treasure. You’ll love the gigantic overstuffed walrus, the new aquarium, the beautiful gardens and the café.

 

The Museum has fourteen different galleries to explore. Find out what made J. M. W. Turner's largest painting so controversial. Get up close to the actual uniform Admiral Nelson was wearing when he was fatally wounded at the Battle of Trafalgar.

In the Pacific Encounters gallery, reflect on the complex legacy of European exploration and how this has shaped the Pacific as we know it today. Experience the lives of both ordinary seamen and well-known characters, such as Christopher Columbus, Elizabeth I, and Francis Drake in the Tudor and Stuart Seafarers gallery.

See the most experienced of explorers being pushed to the extremes of human endurance through the stories of heroic explorers in the Polar Worlds gallery.

Bring the kids for an action packed adventure: play in the free AHOY! gallery for under-7s or All Hands for 6-12 year olds.

The National Maritime Museum is part of Royal Museums Greenwich which includes the Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark and the Queen's House.

 

The V&A Museum of Childhood houses the UK’s national collection of childhood objects, ranging in date from the 1600s to the present day.

As well as toys, dolls and games, the museum has a wealth of objects relating to aspects of childhood including home, childcare, play, learning and clothing.

Rare, hand-crafted objects sit alongside well-loved toys from the 20th century, allowing an insight into how different children might have lived, thought and felt, through the objects they were surrounded by throughout their childhood.

In addition, the museum runs temporary exhibitions and displays, activities, events and workshops, outreach projects and an award-winning programme for schools.

 

The former residence of Sir John Soane, architect of the Bank of England. Over 20,000 architectural drawings, antiquities and works by Turner, Canaletto and Piranesi as well as two sets of paintings by William Hogarth and the Egyptian Sarcophagus of Seti I can be found here.

 

Established in the late 19th century as a collection of art treasures worthy of the capital city, the Guildhall Art Gallery soon lived up to this ambition, with exhibitions that featured world famous masterpieces and works by some great artists. Now, following the gallery's first renovation and re-hang in more than 15 years, visitors have the chance to witness paintings dating from 1670 to the 21st century.

Step into the ruins of London's Roman Amphitheatre, in which crowds would once have gathered to watch wild animal fights, public executions and gladiatorial combats. Lost for centuries, the original circular walls were rediscovered by archaelogists working on the site of the new Guildhall Art Gallery building in 1988.

 

A free national museum displaying superb works of art in an historic London town house. The collection was acquired principally in the 19th century by the 3rd and 4th Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace, the illegitimate son of the 4th Marquess. The 28 rooms, many recently refurbished with elaborate gilding & wall silks, present collections of French 18th-century painting, furniture and porcelain (many once owned by Madame de Pompadour and Queen Marie-Antoinette) together with paintings by Titian, Canaletto, Rembrandt and Gainsborough, Hals' 'The Laughing Cavalier' and Fragonard's 'The Swing', four armouries and wonderful Renaissance treasures. Dine in the beautiful glazed courtyard restuarant.

 

Founded in 1856, the aim of the National Portrait Gallery, London, is "to promote through the medium of portraits the appreciation and understanding of the men and women who have made and are making British history and culture, and ... to promote the appreciation and understanding of portraiture in all media".

The National Portrait Gallery's permanent collection is free to visit. The Gallery hosts a variety of displays and temporary exhibitions throughout the year.

 

London's Tate Britain holds the largest collection of British art in the world from 1500 to the present day. You'll find masterpieces by Gainsborough, Hogarth, Millais, Whistler, as well as outstanding modern and contemporary artists such as Francis Bacon, Lucian Freud and Damien Hirst. We also have the largest collection of works by JMW Turner in the world.

 

Why not make 2017 the year to learn more about the brave men and women who protected London's skies during the First World War by visiting 'First World War in the Air.'

Discover the iconic Spitfire MK1 and mighty Hurricane that fought in the Battle of Britain, our world famous Lancaster 'S' for 'Sugar' before exploring our Chinook interior.

Experience the next dimension in our 4D Theatre or take an exhilarating flight in a simulator (charges apply).

Enjoy a welcome, drink, snack or meal in our fully licenced Wessex Cafe or brand new restaurant (arriving autumn 2017). Don't forget to visit our shop which is packed with affordable gifts to help you remember your trip.

Facilities throughout the Museum include free Wi-Fi, baby changing rooms, wide aisles for prams and wheelchairs, free wheelchairs on request and accessible toilets.

Our London site offers a Quiet Room for visitors with sensory overload.

Open from 10:00 to 18:00 daily, offering free admission and ample parking.

 

Wellcome Collection is the free museum and library for the incurably curious. Exhibitions, events, books and archives connect science, medicine, life and art to challenge how we all think and feel about health.

Pop in to enjoy a mix of permanent galleries looking at the history of medicine and contemporary artworks responding to themes in health. Find changing large-scale exhibitions on topics as diverse as the health effects of architecture, the psychology of magic, teeth and much more.

The innovative Reading Room space upstairs is a hybrid of gallery, library and event space, where you can explore 10 different topics through books, replica manuscripts, artwork and interactive activities and games.

The cafe is always buzzing and the restaurant, Wellcome Kitchen, is a great retreat for lunch, a catch up with friends or for a delicious afternoon tea.

 

The British Library is the UK’s national library.

Sir John Ritblat: Treasures of the British Library Gallery is 'The holy grail for history buffs' - Time Out. Magna Carta, Lindisfarne Gospels, Jane Austen's notebook, handwritten lyrics by the Beatles, Leonardo da Vinci's notebook and Nizami's Five Poems are just a few of the Treasures you can see.

Every year the British Library hosts a range of exhibitions, some of which are free. Coming up, journey to where magic and myth began with our Harry Potter: A History of Magic exhibition or celebrate the sound archive with a free exhibition dedicated to taking time to listen.

Enjoy the lively programme of talks, courses, Lates and family events inspired by both the British Library's exhibitions and its diverse collection.

You can eat and drink in one of the cafes or visit the Shop, the perfect place for the curious and literary minded. And discover more about the British Library's history, collections or architecture on a tour of the building.

 

For more than a century the Whitechapel Gallery has premiered world-class artists from modern masters such as Pablo Picasso, Jackson Pollock, Mark Rothko and Frida Kahlo to contemporaries such as Sophie Calle, Lucian Freud, Gilbert & George and Mark Wallinger.

With beautiful galleries, exhibitions, artist commissions, collection displays, historic archives, education resources, inspiring art courses, dining room and bookshop, the gallery is open all year round, so there is always something free to see.

The gallery is a touchstone for contemporary art internationally, plays a central role in London’s cultural landscape, and is pivotal to the continued growth of the world’s most vibrant contemporary art quarter.

 

Step inside a 200-year-old warehouse revealing the long history of London as a port, through stories of trade, migration and commerce.

Discover a wealth of objects in world-class galleries, including Sailortown, an atmospheric recreation of 19th-century London; and London, Sugar and Slavery, which reveals the city's involvement in the transatlantic slave trade. With unique finds, unusual objects and fascinating tours, the Museum of London Docklands is one of London's hidden treasures.

 

The National Army Museum has five state-of-the-art gallery spaces taking you on an interactive journey exploring the army’s character and impact from the British Civil War right up to the modern day. The galleries explore what is like to be a Soldier, the origins of the Army, how Battle tactics and technology has changed over time, how the Army influences Society and the impact the army has had around the world.

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The Serpentine is two exhibition spaces situated on either side of The Serpentine lake in London’s Kensington Gardens: the Serpentine Gallery and the Serpentine Sackler Gallery, designed by Zaha Hadid Architects.

In addition to a seasonal exhibitions programme of eight shows per year, the Serpentine presents its annual Serpentine Pavilion during the summer months, the first and most ambitious architecture programme of its kind in the world. These programmes are complemented by a series of outdoor sculpture projects, special artist commissions, digital commissions, public and educational programmes, and major outreach projects including the renowned Edgware Road Project.

Open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 6pm, the galleries offer free admission throughout the year.