There are many museums in London (over one hundred and seventy, in fact!) and each of them is definitely worth a visit at least once if you have the time and money to spare. That being said, most of us don’t always have the time or funds available to visit every single museum in the city, particularly if we’re on vacation with a limited amount of time. With that in mind, we’ve put together this quick article listing four some of the best museums in London. It’s our hope that you can use this information to narrow down your options for which museums to visit while visiting London.
- Victoria & Albert Museum. The V&A is said to be one of the most magnificent museums not just in London but in the entire world. It consists of about one hundred fifty grand galleries on seven different floors, and showcases applied arts from all around the world. These various galleries house stunning exhibitions of furniture, ceramics, metalwork, textiles, and sculpture that span the centuries. The V&A is also known for having one of the most comprehensive collections of Italian Renaissance sculpture outside of Italy itself. If you are someone with any interest in culture, art, or history, the Victoria & Albert Museum is definitely a museum you should take the time to visit if you are in London.
- British Museum. First opened in 1759, this museum has been free to visit ever since it first opened its doors and receives about six million visitors every single year. It features many exhibits that contain discoveries made by British explorers all over the world; some of the most notable items are the renowned Rosetta Stone from Ancient Egypt and the Parthenon sculpture from Athens. The various displays and exhibits within the museum are arranged according to location and historical time period, and there are plenty of guided tour options available if you’re feeling overwhelmed by how much there is to see.
- Tate Modern. The Tate Modern is one of the most well-known art galleries in not just London but the entire world. Originally opened in the year 2000, it currently receives about five million visitors every year. The Tate Modern features a vast collection of both modern and contemporary artwork from all around the world, making it one of the greatest collections of international art in the world.
- National Maritime Museum. This museum is also entirely free to visit, and features a truly breathtaking collection of maritime artifacts. They have many models, maps, artwork, and other artifacts to view, and the comprehensive nature of their exhibits pretty much guarantees that there’s something for every member of your family to enjoy, whether they’re young or old. There are also various exhibits detailing the maritime history of Britain specifically. Some of these include (but are not limited to) sections dedicated to the history of the East India Trading Company, Admiral Lord Nelson, James Cook’s North-West Passage expedition in the late 1770s, and soldiers who served at sea in World War I.