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5 museums off the beaten track in London

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13 April 2018 | Location

London's museum scene has some of the most renowned venues in the world. But it also offers a host of hidden gems waiting to be discovered.

Here are 5 London museums that might have fallen under your radar.


Cartoon Museum, Holborn 

Often overlooked by tourists searching for the nearby British Museum, the Cartoon Museum  on Little Russell Street is worth seeking out if you have a spare hour in the capital.

True to its name, the museum guides guests through the history of British cartoons and features more than 1,500 original works, including satirical drawings, comics and graphic novels.

From 28th March to 2nd September, the museum will be showcasing 50 Glorious Shows – a celebration of the museum’s first 50 exhibitions.

Adults can enter for £7 and under 18s go free.

Location: 35 Little Russell Street, Holborn


Freud Museum, Hampstead

Step into the home of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis, and discover his collection of fine antiques, writings and works.

Freud moved to London from Austria to avoid persecution from the Nazis and his Hampstead home was turned into a museum following the death of his daughter Anne in 1982.

The home is filled with family ornaments and Freud’s study – the museum’s main attraction - has been preserved as tribute to the psychoanalyst.

Location: 20 Maresfield Gardens, Hampstead


The Fan Museum, Greenwich

If you’re a big fan of fans, then you’ll absolutely love the Fan Museum in Greenwich.

This quaint museum was the first in the world to celebrate the preservation and history of fans, and houses a 5,000-strong collection, some of which date back to the 11th century.

Afternoon Tea is available in The Orangery, a beautifully decorated tea room overlooking the museum’s secret garden.   

Location: 12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich


Marianne North Gallery, Kew Gardens

Dedicated to the Victorian artist Marianne North, the recently restored gallery holds more than 800 beautiful botanical paintings.  

During her lifetime, Marianne North travelled the world painting the tropical and exotic plants she encountered.

She opened her gallery in Kew Gardens in 1882 and the building was restored to its former glory in 2008 following a major restoration project.

Location: 193 Kew Rd, Richmond 


The Viktor Wynd Museum of Curiosities

If the weird and wonderful intrigues you, then Viktor Wynd’s small museum in the East End is the perfect way to kill an hour.

By its own admission, there is no structured theme to the museum - instead it’s a collection of items which has caught the eye of its founder.

Displays range from dodo bones to McDonald's Happy Meal toys and shrunken heads.

Admission is £6 and includes a free cup of tea and a guide book.

Location: 11 Mare Street, South Hackney



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