One of my favorite activities to do whenever I travel London is to visit the city’s museum scene. London is the cultural hub of England, and is saturated with outstanding museums containing priceless masterpieces, archaeological artifacts, and global treasures. The best part of London’s museum scene is that it is absolutely free.
Viewing museums in England for free is a wonderful act of humanity that a country can do for its people, as well as its visitors. Art and culture should be free for all to explore, and educate themselves with. I believe it creates a society that is more cultured, and art should be enjoyed by everyone, from every socio-economic level.
If visiting London and you are looking to hit the museum scene, I have listed my favorites here. From Picasso to Monet; archaeology to architecture; Renaissance paintings to modern sculptures – it can all be found in the museums of London. Enjoy!
The National Gallery
The National Gallery in London is located in Trafalgar Square, and houses an impressive art collection of over 2,000 paintings from the 13th century to 1900. Several Masters whose works are displayed inside the National Gallery are Monet, Rembrandt, Gossart, Van Gogh, and Michelangelo.
This museum has one of the greatest collections that I have seen in the United Kingdom, and is one of the most popular attractions in London.
For visiting information, please visit – The National Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery
The Portrait Gallery is a separate adjacent museum to the National Gallery in Trafalgar Square. It is one of my favorite art galleries in London, and houses a remarkable collection of historic portraits.
A few of my favorite portraits at the National Portrait Gallery are the famous Anne Boylen, Diana, Princess of Wales by Bryan Organ, and Paul McCartney by Humphrey Ocean.
For visiting information – The National Portrait Gallery
The British Museum
Another one of my favorite London museums that I have returned to since my first visit to this city, I enjoyed it that much. The British Museum focuses on culture, art, and the history of humans. It houses an impressive collection of Middle Eastern, Egyptian, Greek, and Roman artifacts under one roof.
For visiting information, please visit – The British Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum is massive and contains outstanding works from across the globe. This museum houses the world’s largest collection of design and the decorative arts. If you have an appreciation of the history of fashion, interior design, sculptures and arts, then the Victoria and Albert Museum will be an enlightening experience.
For visiting information, please visit – Victoria and Albert
Tate Modern is my favorite museum in London, I and have visited it several times. It is a phenomenal modern art gallery that is housed inside the former Bankside Power Station. It is a beautiful and massive space, and a clever approach to reuse a former structure.
The Tate Modern houses an outstanding collection of artwork from the 1900s to current day. It is the second most visited museum nationally, and as with all the museums it offers free admission.
For visiting information, please visit – Tate Modern
The Wallace Collection
The remarkable Wallace Collection is housed inside the elaborate Hertford House in Central London. Each room contains international artwork, furniture, and paintings including Titus, the Artist’s son by Rembrandt. Everything about the Wallace Collection from its pieces of art, to the stunning formal rooms are a first class experience.
For visiting information, please visit – The Wallace Collection
The British Library
Although that this is technically a library, I wanted to include this location in my list. The British Library houses a phenomenal collection of historical music scores, maps, and manuscripts. One of my favorite pieces at the British Library that I had viewed was an original music score from The Beatles.
Please check their website on their visiting exhibitions, and free events that are held at the library.
For visiting information, please visit – The British Library
Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum was the most recent addition to my ‘London Museum Scene’ experiences. I have been to many natural history museums in the United States, and I have always been amazed by their collections. The one in London is massive, and offers a thoughtful collection of artifacts and displays of natural sciences. This is a multi-generational museum, and it it a great place explore with the family.
For visiting information, please visit – National History Museum
He who looses the arts, looses the culture…– Francis Shaeffer
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