People from all over the world come to London for a million different reasons.
Some come to study, some come to work, some come to visit friends and relatives and some come simply to see what this most cosmopolitan of cities has to offer.
Just before we forget:
We have a world-class selection of restaurants, theatres, cultural events, markets, open spaces, architecture and attractions but the jewel in London’s crown has to be our collection of museums.
The British Museum
Founded in 1753 by physician, naturalist and collector Sir Hans Sloane who bequeathed his collection of 71,000 objects to King George II, the British Museum was established by an Act of Parliament.
It was the first national public museum in the world and as it does today, it granted free admission to all ‘students and curious persons’. Visitor numbers have grown from around 5,000 a year in the eighteenth century to almost six million a year today.
The major exhibitions you can see today include:
Ancient Lives, New Discoveries – a collection of eight mummies from Egypt and Sudan, each with their own unique story (£, until 30 Nov 2014)
The Other Side of the Medal – How Germany saw the First World War – this collection of German medals made by artists between 1914 and 1919 was designed to influence popular opinion against Germany’s enemies (FREE until 23 Nov 2014)
Exhibitions coming up include:
Ming: 50 Years that changed China – Builders of the Forbidden City and rulers of the global superpower from 1400 – 1450, the Ming dynasty created some of the most beautiful works in the history of art – porcelain, jewellery, gold, furniture, paintings, sculptures and textiles – and many have never been seen outside of China before (£, 18 September 2014 – 5 January 2015)
Germany: Memories of a Nation – this exhibition is a 600-year history in objects in the context of the fall of the Berlin Wall 25 years ago. The show will use objects to investigate the complexities of addressing a German history which is full of both triumphs and tragedies (£, 16 October 2014 – 25 January 2015)
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The Natural History Museum
Located in South Kensington in one of London’s most beautiful buildings, the National History Museum is a world-renowned museum and science research centre attracting over five million visitors every year.
The museum hosts 70 million natural history specimens and six million rare books and manuscripts and the scientists collaborate internationally on research, collections and information resources.
Entry is free but there is a charge for some of the temporary exhibitions, including:
Britain: One Million Years of the Human Story – Experience the dramatic story of ancient Britain, its changing landscapes and the people who lived here. This major exhibition showcases more than 200 specimens, objects and life-size models (£, until 28 September 2014)
Neanderthal Survival – Neanderthals were exceptionally successful as a human species, surviving more than 250,000 years of extreme climates in Ice Age Europe. Archaeologist Beccy Scott explains what the traces they left behind tell us about their behaviour and how they managed to survive for so long (18 September 2014, 14.30 – 15.00)
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The Science Museum
Across the road from the Natural History Museum in South Kensington, the Science Museum was opened in 1857 ostensibly as a store of industrial and decorative arts and it has been added to over the years, including a Special Loan Collection of Scientific Instruments in 1876, and in 1883 a science library was established along with the addition of the contents of the Patent Office Museum.
Exhibitions at the Science Museum:
Fly Zone Studio – Make believe you’re an astronaut with the help of green-screen technology
Mysteries of the Unseen World – Explore a world invisible to the naked eye in IMAX style (£)
3D: Printing the Future – Discover how innovators use 3D printers to turn computer data into physical objects that could change your life.
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London’s museums aren’t limited to these three! Here’s a list of museums in London for your entertainment pleasure!
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