Museums in London
Here is a brief description of top five Museums in London that tourists must put on top of their list of things to do in London.
1. British Museum
Located in London, British Museum is the largest museum in Britain and one of the oldest ones in the world. This museum depicts the cultural history of various nations including Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Roman, European and Middle Eastern. Its huge collection is attributed to the efforts of Sir Hans Sloane who built this museum in 1753.
The remarkable things of museum that must be focused are the Rosetta Stone, the key to deciphering Egyptian symbols and it was discovered in 1799. The Parthenon Sculptures obtained from the walls of the Parthenon in Athens by Lord Elgin, the Anglo-Saxon Sutton Hooburial residues and the superb Oxus Treasure of 7th- to 4th-century-BC Persian gold.
The Great Court was rebuilt in 2000 by Norman Foster. It has a remarkable glass-and-steel roof that makes it one of the most striking architectural places in London. A Reading Room, having fabulous blue-and-gold domed ceiling has been built in the centre and it is believed that Karl Marx completed here the Manifesto of the Communist Party.
Ticket cost £8 for adult and £5 for a child and if you need an audio guide as well then you will have to pay £4.5 extra.
2. Science Museum
Science Museum offering educational exhibitions in the seven floor beautiful building is the most inspiring place to visit for tourists. Among London museums, it has ever been a bigger crowed puller.
Each floor of this museum offers amazing experience; the ground hall is called The Energy Hall and it contains the various machines belonging to the Industrial Revolution.
Reaching on the 2nd floor the thing that catches attraction is the computing stuff. It narrates the whole computing history starting from Charles Babbage’s analytical engine to hulking valve-based computers.
Having gliders, hot-air balloon and varied aircraft, the 3rd-floor called Flight Gallery is the most interesting place to visit for children.
In addition, The Hi-Tech Wellcome Wing having an IMAX Cinema is another attraction. It offers an unforgettable experience of 3-D technology. The space adventure and dinosaur world is really a memorable thing to watch in in 3-D technology.
3. The Imperial War Museum
The Imperial Museum is situated in the centre of London. It has collected all the information about the wars. Visiting museums in London, a tourist often finds something of his unique interest. One of the interesting things of this museum is the letters written by soldiers during war. In addition, old war aircraft and other equipment will bring you back in history.
4. Museum of London
Museum of London is a museum that narrates the whole interesting story of London. How London developed into modern phase of today.
Located just closer to Barbican Centre, Museum of London preserves a lot of interesting stuff about various social development stages of London. All museum in London are worth visiting, however Museum of London must be on top of your list, if you have hunger to explore London history.
5 . Natural History Museum
Natural History Museum of London was earlier known as British Museum of Natural history. Life galleries of this museum are full with fossils and glass cases with taxidermies birds.
The whole antiquated atmosphere of this place is quite fascinating. There is also a fabulous Creepy Crawlies room, the Ecology gallery video wall as well as the huge Darwin Centre that focuses on the study of the natural world Taxonomy. It contains almost 450, 000 jars of pickled specimens, with an 8.6 meter long huge squid called Archie.
There are also showcases that hold 28 million insects and six million plants. The second part of the museum is the Earth galleries (Red Zone) and it can be accessed easily from the Exhibition Rd entrance.
An escalator slides up through a globe into displays about geological make-up of earth. Moreover, volcanoes, earthquakes and storms are all presented on the upper floors. There are also reminiscences of Kobe earthquake of Japan that occurred in 1995 and that killed 6000 people.
All Museums of London have unique information to share and Natural History Museum is not exception. Displays on the lower floors focus on ecology and house gems and other precious stones. There are also interesting explanations of how planets are formed.
In addition, the Wildlife Garden shows a range of British lowland habitats. A striking display is the Butterfly Jungle; a tunnel tent on the East Lawn must not be missed on your visit here.
6 . Horniman Museum
Horniman Museum of London houses a collection of 350,000 objects. It is biggest knowledge home about anthropology, musical instruments and natural history. Such features has brought this museum in the category of London attractions.
The major tourist attractions are stuffed animals, modern aquarium and Victorian aquarium. If you want to explore the music history, this museum with 8,000 musical instruments is a best place.