London Museums

London Museums

Museums in London

The Design museum

The design museum is a must for anyone with an interest in modern and contemporary design. The permanent exhibition follows the change in British homes from the 20th century until present day, which is constantly updated to include new design classics. There are also temporary exhibits which usually run for 3-4 months. Recent exhibits have included Saul Bass, Peter Saville, Archigram, and an exhibition on signage.

The museum also runs 'Designer of the Year' which awards a prize to a person or organisation that has produced an impressive piece of design (past winner includes Jonathan Ive, who designed the iMac and iPod). There is a great little shop that has plenty of art and design books as well as designer goods to take home with you. The cafe is expensive, but nice enough to sit and chat about what you've just seen.

Admission: Adults £7, students + concessions £4, under 12s Free
Open: Daily 10am - 5.45pm Last admissions at 5.15pm

The Women's Library

The Women's Library is a cultural centre, housing the most extensive collection of women's history in the UK. The collections comprise over 60,000 books and pamphlets, 2,500 periodical titles, 400 archive collections and 5,000 museum objects covering issues from health, sexuality and popular culture to politics, history and human rights.

Access is free for everyone. As well as the resources for research in the Reading Room there is a lively exhibition and events programme, and a space to relax in the Wash Houses Café. The current exhibition, "What Women Want: Stories from The Women's Library," shows highlights from the library's collections.

Open: Monday to Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm (late night opening Thursday 8pm), Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday closed

The Museum of the Royal Artillery

The Royal Artillery Museum has been open to the public since 4 May 1820, a record we believe to be unrivalled by any other military museum. In May 2001 the collection of Artillery was moved to the new premises within the gates of the Royal Arsenal and opened under the re-badged name of "FIREPOWER, The Museum of the Royal Artillery."

The museum had returned to the original home of the Regiment and indeed of the collection. The collection was founded in 1778 at the Royal Arsenal by Captain (later Lieutenant General Sir) William Congreve. Firepower, the Royal Artillery Museum in Woolwich tells the powerful and dramatic story of artillery, scientific discoveries made through warfare and human stories of courage and endeavour.

The ‘ground shaking' Field of Fire audio-visual show puts you in the midst of battle as shells whiz overhead and guns roar. The Royal Arsenal was one of the most important centres in the world for munitions manufacture and until recently was a well kept secret from the public. Many of the guns and carriages on display were made in the Arsenal, making it a significant part of the local heritage. Together with uniforms, drawings, diaries and medals bring together some 700 years of world artillery history.
Courtesy of Fire Power & Royal Artillery Museum.

Admission: Adult £5.00 Child £2.50 Concessions £4.50 Family ticket for 4 (2 adults & 2 children or 1 adult & 3 children) £12
Open: 10:30 - 5pm

The British Museum

The British Museum, founded in 1753, contains world-famous collections of antiquities from Egypt, Western Asia, Greece and Rome, as well as Prehistoric and Romano-British, Medieval, Renaissance, Modern and Oriental collections; Prints and Drawings; Coins, Medals and Banknotes. The Museum's collections number some six-and-a-half million objects ranging in size from shreds to colossal statues.

The collections are maintained both for exhibition and as a research resource for some 30,000 enquiries from professional academics, school-children, tourists each year. The Museum site covers 5.4 hectares. The main building has six main levels and a number of mezzanines - there are 94 permanent and temporary exhibition galleries displaying Museum objects covering some 18,415m.

Getting there: Underground stations Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square,Goodge St Bus routes Tottenham Court Road, northbound, and Gower Street, southbound: 10, 24, 29, 73, 134; Southampton Row: 68, 91, 188; New Oxford Street: 7, 8, 19, 22b, 25, 38, 55, 98.

Admission: Free
Open: Mon-Sat 10am-5pm, Sun 12pm-6pm.

The National Gallery

The National Gallery with over 2,000 paintings dating from the 13th century to the present. The gallery has a large collection of Rembrandts, as well as many works from Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Monet and van Gogh. A computer information centre is available in the Sainsbury Wing of the Gallery where you can create your own personalized tour of the huge gallery.

Getting there: Underground stations Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square,Goodge St Bus routes Tottenham Court Road, northbound, and Gower Street, southbound: 10, 24, 29, 73, 134; Southampton Row: 68, 91, 188; New Oxford Street: 7, 8, 19, 22b, 25, 38, 55, 98.

Open: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm, Sun 2-6pm

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