London is filled with thousands of years of history, and the best way to explore some of this is by visiting a few of the museums the city offers. From the traditional types such as the Natural History Museums, to the atypical such as the London Transport Museum, there is something for every type of traveler. We have gathered a list of the top museums you should visit to help planning your trip to London much easier.
Natural History Museum
For those who love dinosaurs, creepy crawly specimens, massive trees which are bigger than people, extinct elephant birds, and more, the Natural History Museum is a great choice to keep all types of travelers entertained. There are million upon millions of artifacts housed in this museum, and you shouldn’t be surprised if you don’t get to see all of them.
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If you are traveling with kids or you enjoy science, make sure you schedule time to visit the Science Museum in London. There are seven floors of educational and interactive exhibit for visitors to play in. Space and flight lovers will enjoy the Apollo 10 command module and flight simulator and might have them questioning what career path they have chosen. Those who want to bring home a souvenir should stop at the museum shop and look at their wacky toys for sale.
National Maritime Museum
England has explored the world for centuries in the pursuit of better trade. The maritime history has been preserved and can be explored at the National Maritime Museum. Don’t be surprised if you get pulled back in time as you explore the wreckage of a Zeppelin from the early 1900s. The Time Galleries will give you a glimpse back to the time before people understood what “time” was.
London Transport Museum
The many floors of the London Transport Museum will keep you busy for hours, exploring all they have to offer. The first underground engine can be walked through, along with a wooden Metropolitan Railway coach. There are even old transport posters from the likes of Abram Games, Graham Sutherland, and more. The original tube map is even up for display.
If you want to take this experience outdoors, book a tour on the London Vintage Open Bus to explore the city like they used to decades ago.
Imperial War Museum
War history buffs will have to be dragged away from this massive museum dedicated to the imperial wars. There are World War I and World War II galleries filled with major artifacts, from guns, to tanks, to aircrafts. The third floor of the museum is filled with the Holocaust Exhibition, a place not recommended for kids under 14 years old. No matter how much of the museum you explore, you’ll walk away with a better understanding and appreciation for the struggle England has been through during the war.