History Museums in London

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History Museums in London

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  • Charli M
    Coventry, UK150 contributions
    Fascinating to explore, but do beware of overcrowding and sweltering temperatures on the third floor (my fingers were swelling up!). There was also some confusion as to the right queue to enter due to there only being one staff member at the gates, but other than that it was quick to get inside.
    Written 22 February 2024
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  • Alma T
    Reykjavik, Iceland5 contributions
    Wonderful, but sooo loud! Next time I will bring loop earplugs or noise cancellation headphones. Lots of really interesting exhibits, videos etc. We would have stayed longer, but were exhausted because of the noisy schoolgroups, tourgroups etc. Could use more seating areas. Still, had a great time.
    Written 21 February 2024
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  • Jon G
    Birmingham, AL2 contributions
    If you are a Churchill fan or World War II history buff, this is a must see. Really cool to see the underground with the British planned and executed their strategies for WWII as well as a fantastic museum dedicated to the life of Winston Churchill. A great way to spend a half day in London.
    Written 20 February 2024
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  • Alma T
    Reykjavik, Iceland5 contributions
    Amazing and so well designed! We had a great time and learned a lot. Also jas a nice cafe and a few shops. Plenty of volunteers around to answer questions and provide interesting stories. Highly recommended.
    Written 21 February 2024
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  • clh333
    Norwich, UK164 contributions
    We visited for the fantasy exhibition and it was absolutely superb. As a huge fan of fantasy, fairy tale and gothic I could have spent all day there. Our two young children enjoyed it too. This is a great place - but not five stars as it was impossible to get a drink and a sit down in any of the cafes. One was shut entirely, the others had very limited seating/were very busy. It was just a shame as we really wanted a drink a rest before staying longer but ended up leaving and going somewhere else.
    Written 21 February 2024
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  • benabbyg
    Anglesey, UK56 contributions
    What an incredible place! Spent a few days in London, and a true highlight was the Museum of Brands! So many memories! Icing on the cake was meeting the founder Robert Opie during the walk around. What an incredible person to have such vision and passion to have created such a wonderful collection. We will be back! And will 100% recommend a visit to friends & family….plus great little gift shop, cafe & garden.
    Written 20 February 2024
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  • EllieBelly2013
    Dagenham, UK64 contributions
    Excellent layout with lots of hands on things to do. The exhibition on the rag trade in the Eastend was very good, and was full of memories for my dad.
    Written 22 February 2024
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  • Curious23719756441
    1 contribution
    The museum was full of information and the walking tour was excellent. Learned not only about Jack the Ripper, but also the Victorian era, Whitechapel and the origins of sayings like rule of thumb and on tenterhooks. Our guide Sam was very friendly, knowledgeable and happy to answer lots of questions.
    Written 16 February 2024
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  • Keith55018
    37 contributions
    Not a bad place to visit. Historical information and quite a few exhibits. Stuff for kids and adults alike. There's a Tube train simulator and also a mainline trsin simulator to try. Only down point was the slightly overpriced cafe. The meal I had included a poached egg which was cold. The ticket is valid for a year so multiple visits can be made.
    Written 23 November 2023
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  • TrailBlazer286726
    6 contributions
    An amazing hidden gem near Borough Market for anyone that is in the medical field. This adorable museum requires you to walk 54 steps up an old wooden spiral staircase with a rope for a handle. You can only go one way and must wait for a "clear sign" via a red X or a green arrow to be able to come or go from the museum. Once up the stairs the museum is small but worth the cost.
    Written 3 February 2024
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  • Robert B.
    San Jose, CA30 contributions
    I visited the Freemason’s Hall Museum in October 2022 to view the museum, and thought it was interesting enough that I brought my wife in October 2023. I really appreciated the chance to learn more about what Freemasonry is, the organization’s origins, and how it was involved in British and colonial history. More importantly, it got me thinking a lot about how fraternal organizations get started, and how such groups change over time. I had no knowledge of Freemasonry or other fraternal orders and I’m not sure I’d ever be a likely member, but I still found the museum compelling and interesting. I also came out with a much more positive and fact-based knowledge about the group.

    As visitors, we had access to two rooms with lots of artifacts and exhibits, very good audio/video players (that also gave some commentary from individual Masons about why they like Freemasonry), a typical lodge arrangement, the organization's library, and the beautiful art deco main auditorium. The exhibits gave a good overview of the history of Freemasonry from informal groups meeting at all sorts of pubs across London through standardization, expansion out into the British colonies, and modern Freemasonry. There was also a fair amount on the ritual and artifacts of Freemasonry.

    The museum was pretty quiet both times we visited. It was a nice break after visiting packed places like the British Museum. The member’s cafe downstairs was very much a space for the members, and felt a little like invading the cafeteria for an office or a university faculty club, but the staff and members were friendly even though we obviously were visitors.
    Written 2 December 2023
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  • David K
    United Kingdom280 contributions
    It took me 15 mins walk from London Victoria Station to Apsley House, Just next door to Hyde Park in fact.
    The Duke's house was originally called Number 1 London but that changed to the present name.
    I paid my fee ( English Heritage own the house) and was told you can pick up a free audio guide at the Hall entrance
    Which I did and it told me all about the different rooms I entered and it had 1 or 2 other symbols on the guide that you could have some fun with as you were in the room.
    The artifacts and those beautiful paintings which The Duke was a great lover of ( Look out for the famous Battle of Waterloo painting) were brilliant, Some of the items were stunning especially the kitchen ware, medals & personal items. Look up as well to the ceilings in all rooms as they are decorated in their finest splendor.
    The staff were very friendly and welcoming, There is a toilet downstairs from the main entrance.
    Written 15 January 2024
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  • richardemail
    Stratford-upon-Avon, UK637 contributions
    This is a small museum on the campus of University College London with a good display of Egyptian relics including a range of hieroglyphic tablets. Well worth a visit,
    Written 17 February 2024
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  • goldenparadox
    Elkridge, MD417 contributions
    When I decided to visit this museum, I had no idea what it (or a foundling) was. I decided to visit because I was in the area and had 2 hours to kill. It was very interesting and eye-opening to read about the history of this hospital/home for orphans. I felt that the exhibits were well thought-out and meaningful, and as someone who is adopted, it even made me a little emotional. Learning about the famous folks from the 1700s who contributed and supported it was also very interesting. The special art exhibition wasn't really my cup of tea-- a little too feminist and "odd", but overall, the entire museum and exhibits provided a well-rounded experience. I am very glad that I stumbled upon it and visited.
    Written 27 December 2023
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  • Paulo Mediano
    Rio de Janeiro, RJ225 contributions
    Absolutely is mandatory visit to the ones that like History, Culture and mainly Psychology and Physicanalysis students and professionals… there you will find all Freud’s belongings, and his office / consultory as well, perfectly intact… special mention to Ricardo and Ana, the hosts and my country mates from Brazil… very polite and cooperative!
    Written 11 February 2024
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