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London’s Best Museums

Museum exhibitions on this week include seeing artworks from the court of Maharaja Ranjit Singh at the Wallace Collection, visiting the British Museum's Legion: Life in the Roman Army exhibition, and popping along to Free Tea Friday at the Museum of the Home

★★Apsley House

Apsley House - The Duke of Wellington’s mansion is filled with his memorabilia and art collection won during his campaigns and at the Battle of Waterloo4

Bank of England Museum

Bank of England Museum - This museum tells the story of money and the Bank of England, and has lots of interesting old paintings and photos6

Benjamin Franklin House

Benjamin Franklin House - Franklin was one of the Founding Fathers whohelped to draft the US Constitution and Declaration of Independence3

★★Billingsgate Roman House & Baths

Billingsgate Roman House & Baths - The archaeological remains of a Roman house from 200 AD, buried in an office basement on Lower Thames Street2

British Library

British Library - The Treasures of the British Library Exhibition contains works and letters by the likes of Henry VIII, Leonardo da Vinci and Shakespeare4

★★British Museum

British Museum - One of the world’s great museums with objects from ancient Egypt, Assyria, Greece and Rome, plus artefacts from Asia, Africa and the Americas6

★★Charles Dickens Museum

Charles Dickens Museum - The Victorian novelist lived in this house during the 1830s when he was writing Oliver Twist and the Pickwick Papers4

★★★Churchill War Rooms

Churchill War Rooms - The atmospheric tunnels under Whitehall look exactly as they did when Churchill met with his cabinet during the Blitz6

★★Clink Prison Museum

Clink Prison - Located on the site of the notorious medieval gaol, the Clink Prison Museum is a good day out for kids and less-scary than the London Dungeon4

★★Cutty Sark

Cutty Sark - During the 1870s this famous old clipper ship used to sail to China in world record times. Now you can explore its cabins and walk around the deck6

Design Museum

Design Museum - The Design Museum takes the best of 20th and 21st-century design and reveals how consumers’ tastes have changed through the decades4

Dr Johnson’s House

Dr Johnson’s House - A Georgian townhouse that was home to the writer Samuel Johnson best known for writing the first English dictionary3

Fleming Museum

Fleming Museum - Fleming’s old laboratory at St. Mary’s Hospital where the Nobel Prize-winning doctor discovered penicillin has now been turned into a museum3

Florence Nightingale Museum

Florence Nightingale Museum - St. Thomas’ Hospital has a museum about the Victorian nurse Florence Nightingale and her work in the Crimean War3

Garden Museum

Garden Museum - St. Mary-at-Lambeth houses a museum about the early days of gardening with a graveyard out the back containing the tomb of Captain Bligh3

★★Golden Hinde

Golden Hinde - This replica of the ship which carried Sir Francis Drake around the world has plenty of decks and cabins for your kids to walk around and explore8

★★Guards’ Museum

Guards’ Museum - Discover the history of the Foot Guards: the Coldstream, Grenadier, Scots, Irish and Welsh Guards, and see some Waterloo memorabilia2

★★★Guildhall Art Gallery

Guildhall Art Gallery - This is much more than an art gallery because it contains the archaeological remains of London’s Roman amphitheatre in the basement4

Handel & Hendrix in London

Handel & Hendrix in London - This building was once home to two very different musicians: the German composer Handel and guitar hero Jimi Hendrix4

★★★HMS Belfast

HMS Belfast - This cruiser fought in World War II and Korea and you can walk through the bridge, engine rooms, missile rooms, mess hall and crew cabins6

Household Cavalry Museum

Household Cavalry Museum - Discover the history of the Household Cavalry and look through a window into the stables where they groom the horses3

★★Hunterian Museum

Hunterian Museum - Housed inside the Royal College of Surgeons and filled with specimens, skeletons and the fossilised remains of old animals and humans1

★★Imperial War Museum

Imperial War Museum - This museum tells the story of the British Army during the Empire, World War I and II, right up to the Falkands and Gulf10

Jewel Tower

Jewel Tower - The Jewel Tower was part of the old Palace of Westminster and houses a small exhibition about the history of the building2

★★Leighton House Museum

Leighton House Museum - This house was once home to the Victorian artist Lord Frederic Leighton and contains some Pre-Raphaelite paintings2

London Canal Museum

London Canal Museum - This museum tells the story of the Regent’s Canal and how they transported the cargos by barge. There’s also a small dock out the back2

★★London Mithraeum

London Mithraeum - The remains of the Temple of Mithras, a well-reserved building from Roman London, can be found inside the Bloomberg building5

★★Museum of London

Museum of London - The history of London from prehistoric times through the Roman, medieval, Tudor and Victorian eras, right up to the Swinging Sixties4

★★Museum of London Docklands

Museum of London Docklands - This museum tells the story of how London’s river became one of the world’s busiest docks, and what it’s used for today4

Museum of the Home

Museum of the Home - This unusual museum explores how home life has changed from the 1600s to the present day. It’s housed inside an 18th-century almshouse3

★★National Army Museum

National Army Museum - This museum tells the history of the British military from the Battle of Agincourt through the Battle of Waterloo, and right up to World War II4

National Maritime Museum

National Maritime Museum - The National Maritime Museum has a collection of historical artefacts like Nelson’s jacket from the Battle of Trafalgar3

★★★Natural History Museum

Natural History Museum - A great museum for kids if they’re interested in dinosaurs, with a whole zoo’s-worth of stuffed mammals, fish and birds4

Old Operating Theatre

Old Operating Theatre - An original 19th-century herb garrett and operating theatre which miraculously survived intact at the very top of St. Thomas’s Church3

Petrie Museum

Petrie Museum - The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology has cabinets full of ancient Egyptian pottery, sarcophagi, tombstones and decorated jewellery3

★★★Postal Museum

Postal Museum - This museum contains much more than letters and stamps – you can also ride an old mail train through the tunnels that run under London3

Royal Mews

Royal Mews - A working stables for the horses that pull the royal carriages. You can also see the Queen’s limousines, State Coaches and Gold State Coach6

St John’s Gate

St. John’s Gate - Once part of Clerkenwell Priory, the headquarters of the Knights of the Order of St. John of Jerusalem, who gained fame during the Crusades2

★★★Science Museum

Science Museum - A great museum for kids if they like space. It also has lots of early inventions and vehicles, an IMAX cinema and some flight simulators6

★★Sherlock Holmes Museum

Sherlock Holmes Museum - 221b Baker Street has been decorated to look like the home of the fictional detective and filled with Holmes memorabilia4

★★★Sir John Soane’s Museum

Sir John Soane’s Museum - This house has to be seen to be believed, it’s crammed full of ancient artefacts and an Egyptian pharaoh’s sarcophagi1

★★Transport Museum

Transport Museum - The Transport Museum contains a collection of early trains and buses, from horse-drawn coaches right up to today’s red Routemasters5

★★★Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria & Albert Museum - Highlights include the Cast Room and Raphael’s Cartoons, which were his preparatory studies for the Sistine Chapel7

★★Wallace Collection

Wallace Collection - Part art gallery and part museum, the Wallace Collection has old armour, French furnishings, and paintings like The Laughing Cavalier4

18 Stafford Terrace

18 Stafford Terrace - Edward Linley Sambourne’s Victorian home still looks like it did in the late 19th-century, when he worked as an illustrator for Punch1

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