History Museums in London

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  • carl
    Stratford-upon-Avon, UK2 contributions
    An amazing time piece and museum, highly recommend!
    Apart from the staff argument we witnessed in the cafe, the un acknowledged long cafe queue, and dirty tables.
    Great shop though!
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • nancy e
    Round Rock, TX103 contributions
    Awesome collection. The best museum. I really enjoyed the Egyptian area . All well organized, many wonderful pieces. Only wish i had more time
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • Mama Mitch
    Worthing, UK22 contributions
    What an experience for a family with children not yet addicted to hand held devices. And FREE, wow. For the 10am slot you queue to get in and the side (rather than corner) entrance does get you into the building sooner. Great if you have a 10am slot to see Dippy (the nations favourite large dinosaur bones) you can get straight there for your appointment. It is best to get in there early to avoid crowds and queues. We had 2 hours and barely touched the surface. Maybe do 10-12, have your packed lunch in the wildlife garden and do 1-3. We stupidly booked the Science museum for 2.5hrs after Natural History entrance. I would definitely recommend doing that the next day in the morning and spend the afternoons doing the fun things of London.

    The nearest tube station was South Kensington and the walk through the subway was 10mins. Amazing acoustics so baba and I sang Frozen songs on the way in and out.

    There was a table with dinosaur bones you could touch and two staff members interacting with the kids. It was a great way to draw the child in and very good.

    The main hall architecture was divine, beautifully carved animals everywhere and the tiles on the floor were stunning. The enormous whale skeleton hanging from the ceiling was so impressive and interesting. A must see!

    There were benches in wildflower garden which make perfect restful recharge spots for lunch when seeking shade and if too busy in the garden the amphitheatre like seating just at the entrance to the garden would be lovely for sitting in the sun

    Where you see tap signs on the map you can refill water bottles as the water fountains are closed for covid.
    Written 29 June 2022
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  • jamie5587
    Dundee, UK50 contributions
    This is a fantastic and informative museum. It is very large and you can easily be in here for 3+ hours. There is real justice given to WW1 and WW2; lots of artefacts, information and anecdotes. You can really feel the gravity and struggle of those eras. There is also a chilling area dedicated to the holocaust. I found here the ideal place to delve into the history of these important periods of our history, the experience was rewarding and at times emotional.
    Written 26 June 2022
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  • golouis99
    Jerusalem, Israel588 contributions
    Visited with 3 grandchildren on a hot June day. Noisy with schoolchildren and very hot indoors. However, there was too much to see and absorb in one visit, we'll have to go back although the Museum will close later this year in preparation to moving to a new location. What we saw was very informative and very interesting.
    Written 28 June 2022
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  • starlightShanghai
    Victoria, Canada3,542 contributions
    The British Library is noted for its extraordinary special exhibitions, and its current stunning exhibition on gold is definitely extraordinary!

    The emphasis is on gold as used in manuscripts. Absolutely gorgeous!

    Went on a Saturday morning. No queues. In fact, except for two other people, had the place entirely to myself!

    Photos ok, but no flash. (Does anyone even use flash anymore?!)

    Exhibition runs from 20th May - 2nd October, 2022
    
    Written 19 June 2022
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  • Patricia R
    1 contribution
    This museum is like the Tardis - 3 floors of dockland history covering the lives of sailors, dockers and also slavery. Very informative and amusing talk on the disaster of the ship Princess Alice by Andrew, would highly recommend it
    Written 24 June 2022
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  • TheInformedTraveller
    Warminster, UK396 contributions
    Our second visit here and this time it was planned and coincided with a guided talk about the theatre and its history.
    The talk was fascinating and we got even more from our visit having been once before. I think much longer than one hour is needed to fully appreciate the history of this fascinating place.
    Written 29 June 2022
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  • Eve P
    Stoke Ferry, United Kingdom5 contributions
    Have wanted to go for years and finally got there. Loved it! There are so many things from different era's.
    A real treat for the eyes. I like the fact there aren't acres to read, just being able to browse and enjoy the artwork of the packets and labels.
    The only downside was the American girl at reception who I was talking to clearly wasn't interested in what I had to say, just went on her phone. Rude I would say.
    Didn't detract from a great place to visit.
    Well done Robert.
    Written 20 June 2022
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  • LarryEeles
    Royston, UK50 contributions
    Popped along for a meeting. This was my first time visiting and the grandeur of the place is second to none. Food and drink were very reasonable priced and museum was a must. Open to the public for viewings and tours, will be coming back with the wife in the future.
    Written 17 April 2022
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  • Scott W
    Wolverhampton, UK17 contributions
    A little museum with a lot in it. A big plus is the tube driver simulator, which my son loved. If you are interested in the history of London over the last couple of hundred years then this is a great place to go.
    Written 7 June 2022
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  • starlightShanghai
    Victoria, Canada3,542 contributions
    What a terrific museum! This treasure trove of Egyptian artefacts is hidden away within the expanded campus grounds of University College London. Came across it almost by accident last weekend.

    The reception staff at the front door were very, very welcoming!

    I have to say that while the Egyptian Museum of Cairo is by far the better known museum, the Petrie Museum is much better set out and far better curated.

    The Egyptian Museum of Cairo holds the greatest number of Egyptian artefacts, but, in my view, the curation was/is terrible. My lasting impression of the place is that of a huge warehouse with layers of dirt, grit and sand covering virtually all of its contents.

    In the Petrie, the spotlessly clean aisles are set up in chronological order, with artefacts well arranged and well lit.

    As is the case with most museums in London, entrance is free.
    Written 20 June 2022
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  • Michele G
    4 contributions
    This is a small and well-curated museum in what was Sigmund Freud's home in London. There is an excellent audio tour that provides background on each of the rooms. Remember to bring your phone and your earplugs to access it! The gardens are lovely and the shop has a number of Freud-related items.
    Written 28 May 2022
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  • Mommyjet
    11 contributions
    The Duke of Wellington's house was a surreal site to see and displayed all of the wonderful artwork, paintings and so much more. My favorite part of the tour is when Dinushi showed me how the large mirrors can be converted or switched around into windows. I am surprised that this idea was never introduced to any modern architecture. 10/10
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • Wulfrunian77
    Peterborough, UK5 contributions
    I would highly recommend a visit to this house. Exceptional piece of history from the black plague to an interesting use today of a retirement home
    Written 29 June 2022
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