In our article 'museums', which is the second of our London travel guide series, we explained the museums you can visit and their dates. You may have gone to London to study or for any other reason. No matter what reason you went to London if you like to visit museums, we suggest that you should not return without seeing the museums we will talk about. Also, if you want to read our London Travel Guide: Historical Places article, you can click here.
It would not be wrong to say that the British Museum is one of the most respected museums in the world. It has a magnificent collection that has witnessed more than 2 million years of human history. Therefore, the British Museum presents us with a variety of objects, artifacts, and historical remains that bring the past to the present. Founded in 1753, the British Museum hosts 6 million visitors a year.
In addition to the works of Roman, Egyptian, and Greek cultures, it contains works belonging to many other cultures. It also has the title of the UK's largest museum.
British Museum works are exhibited in four main sections. These sections are; the antiquities section, coins and medals section, prints and drawings section, and ethnographic museum.
Visiting hours: You can visit this museum, which is open every day of the week, between 10.00 - 17.30. You can also visit until 20.30 on Fridays.
Located in an old electric station, the Tate Modern is like a gallery of international modern art. The works of modern masters such as Matisse, Picasso, Dali, and Rothko are exhibited at Tate Modern.
Entry to the Tate Modern in London is completely free. But for special exhibitions and events, you need to buy a paid ticket. It is also very easy to reach by metro, train, and bus. Therefore, it creates a great advantage for art lovers.
Visiting hours: You can visit the Tate Modern Museum between 10:00 - 18:00 on Sunday - Thursday and between 10:00 - 22:00 on Friday - Saturday.
The National Gallery is a very exhaustive museum. You can find the most important examples of painting art in this museum. The works of many masters from Leonardo da Vinci to Botticelli are exhibited in the National Gallery Museum. It contains about 2300 works covering the 13th and 19th centuries. In addition to the permanent collection, temporary exhibitions are also held at the London National Gallery.
The National Gallery is one of the most visited museums in the world with an annual average of 6.4 million visitors. As with other museums, admission is completely free.
Visiting hours: You can visit every day of the week between 10:00 and 18:00. You can also visit until 21:00 on Fridays.
The Sherlock Holmes Museum in London was built in 1815. The museum, which was used as a hostel in the past, is now home to Sherlock Holmes fans.
If you are a fan of Sherlock Holmes and Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, we recommend you to visit this museum. The Sherlock Holmes Museum has wax statues, Victorian statues, and a souvenir shop. At the same time, the Sherlock Holmes Museum is like the house where Sherlock Holmes and his roommate Sr Watson lived.
Visiting hours are between 9.30 and 18.00 every day of the week.
This museum, which was founded for the sake of Prince Albert and Queen Victoria, is one of the museums with the most valuable art collections in England. The Victoria and Albert Museum was established in 1852. At the same time, the collection of the museum in London has grown by adding new pieces untill today.
It almost hosts the national archive of England in fields such as fashion, textile, photography, sculpture, jewelry, glass, and ceramics.
The Victoria and Albert museum contains 5000 years old artifacts. It offers you the opportunity to see 2.3 million pieces that testify to British history.
Visiting hours are from 10:00 to 17:45 every day. You can also visit on Fridays between 10:00 and 22:00.