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5 free museums to visit for International Museums Day

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18 May 2018 | Location

Whether you're a first-time visitor or a dedicated culture vulture, London's museums have so much to offer.

And as today (Friday 18th May) is International Museums Day, there's no better time to discover their diverse collection of treasures.

Below are 5 free museums to visit in the capital, a perfect trip out for the whole family. 


Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum is the perfect place for a fun family day out with the kids.

Inspired by a love of the natural world, the museum showcases the power of evolution, diversity and the human race's role in the future of the planet.

Visitors can discover a wealth of knowledge by touring the museum’s 36 galleries and taking in a free art exhibition which celebrates the unique nature of the British Isles.  

Location: Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD


Science Museum

London is home to the most visited science and technology museum in Europe.

With more than 15,000 objects on display, The Science Museum houses the world-famous Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket.

Visitors can enjoy the thrill of flying with the Red Arrows in the 3D flyzone, while keen explorers can pilot a space capsule with virtual reality headsets while being guided by British astronaut Tim Peake.

Location: Exhibition Road, South Kensington, SW7 2DD


Imperial War Museum London

This very special museum holds a world-class collection of authentic weapons, uniforms and diaries which tell the stories of those whose lives have been affected by conflict.

The Imperial War Museum’s ground-breaking galleries showcase key historical moments, with permanent exhibitions include Turning Points: 1934-1945 and a moving exhibition on the Holocaust.

Location: Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ


National Maritime Museum

Britain’s naval history is beautifully displayed at The National Maritime Museum in Greenwich, where visitors can learn about some of the country’s finest triumphs at sea.

The museum is the largest of its kind in the world, and exhibits include the uniform worn by Admiral Nelson at the Battle of Trafalgar.

Location: Park Row, London, SE10 9NF


Guildhall Art Gallery and Roman Amphitheatre

Located under the Guildhall Art Gallery, London’s Roman Amphitheatre contains a range of ancient objects and Roman antiques, some of which are 2,000 years old.

Once you’re finished down in the amphitheatre, it’s worth checking out the free Guildhall Art Gallery above.

Established in 1886, the gallery houses a fine collection of paintings depicting London’s history from the 1600s to the present day.

Location: off Gresham Street, London, EC2V 5AE


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