Aloha! Ophelia here. It’s been a while since my last blog, but we have had a very hectic summer here at Tti.
Our summer students enjoyed many activities within our social program calendar, including one of my favourites: museums!
We as Londoners are extremely lucky that, unlike most of our European counterparts, the vast majority of the public museums are free of charge. This means that whether you are an art, history or nature fan, or you are simply curious, there is no excuse not to check out these wonderful places while visiting our capital. See my top five favourite free museums below :
-The National Art Gallery (Trafalgar Square)
Definitely we’ll start with my favourite. The National Art Gallery is located in the heart of London, and it houses one of the most important collections of European art in the world. With works ranging from the 13th Century to the 1900s, it is one of the most visited art galleries in the world. The permanent collection features works by the likes of Da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Van Gogh, and Cezanne, among others. It is a tour de force for art lovers and tourists alike.
Nearest Tube stations: Charing Cross Station (Northern and Bakerloo line)
- The British Museum (Holborn)
Possibly one of the most famous museums in existence, a visit to the British Museum is like taking a trip around the world and throughout time. The museum is dedicated to human culture and history, and with over 8 million objects, it is one of the most comprehensive collections to date. The museum houses several objects with legendary status: The Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon Frieze, Egyptian mummies, and the Sutton Hoo burial mask and regalia, as well as the preserved corpse of Lindow Man. It is a mandatory stop for anyone who is curious about humanity and our history throughout the ages.
Nearest Tube stations: Holborn Station (Central & Piccadilly Line), Tottenham Court Road (Northern and Central line)
-The Natural History Museum (South Kensington)
Officially known as the Charles Darwin Natural History museum, and housed in a truly impressive building, this place is home to life and science specimens, some dating back to millions of years. Some of the collection highlights are the dinosaur galleries and the mammal galleries. The building also features the full skeleton of a blue whale suspended from the ceiling, and it houses Charles Darwin’s personal collection of specimens he procured during his voyage around the world. I cannot recommend it enough!
Nearest Tube stations: South Kensington (Circle, District & Piccadilly Line)
-Wellcome Collection (Euston)
The Wellcome Collection is a one of a kind museum, featuring displays and artefacts that try to document the relationship between mankind, medicine and art. The collection is divided into several spaces. The “Medicine Man” area is a permanent display of a small part of Henry Wellcome’s collection. “Medicine Now” is a permanent exhibition combining art, mixed media displays and objects to present some aspects of modern medicine and of the work of the Wellcome Trust. This area features a postcard wall where visitors are encouraged to contribute drawings.
The main exhibition space hosts a changing programme of events and exhibitions. This museum is a regular part of our social programme so make sure to check it out.
Nearest Tube stations: Euston Square (Circle, Hammersmith & City, Metropolitan Line)
-Museum of London
With over six million objects, the Museum of London is the largest urban history collection in the world. It tells the story of our city, from prehistoric times to modern days.
The museum comprises a series of chronological galleries containing original artefacts, models, pictures and diagrams, with a strong emphasis on archaeological discoveries, the built city, urban development and London’s social and cultural life, with interactive displays and activities for all ages. Fragments of the Roman London Wall can be seen just outside the museum. Another spot not to be missed!
Nearest Tube stations: St. Paul’s (Central Line)
And there you have it…. make sure you make the most out of your time in London by joining our social program and visiting these museums!
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