There are museums in London for everyone, from those with a penchant for scientific innovation to budding Attenboroughs. We’ve answered some of the most common questions to help you find your perfect day out.
With over eight million items to its name, and over 80,000 on public display at any one time, there are some amazing things to see at the British Museum in London, including:
The Natural History Museum is home to an incredible 80 million specimens and a large number of collections that help us understand more about the natural world. The museum’s permanent dinosaur exhibition draws crowds from all over the world to gaze upon the remains of the iconic T Rex and see the skull of a Triceratops. The blue whale exhibit is breath-taking for its sheer size, and it's fascinating to see models of extinct mammals alongside specimens of their modern relatives. There's so much to see that we recommend taking a tour with Babylon Tours to catch the best bits. Don't miss the Science Museum, Design Museum and London Transport Museum too.
While a museum features many different kinds of exhibits, including paintings and art, most of its pieces are held for public enjoyment. Most art galleries, on the other hand, profit from the sales of the artwork. A museum is a non-profit organisation that relies upon gifts, grants and admissions to pay for running costs.
An art gallery has a specific artistic focus and works to promote its artists and sell their artwork, paying them for each sale, minus commission.
The National Gallery art museum based in London's Trafalgar Square holds one of the largest collections of art in the UK - over 2,300 works of art spanning from the 13th to the 19th centuries. It aims to care and grow this prestige collection, whilst keeping it open to the public. See famous paintings by artists such as Van Gogh, da Vinci, Turner, Botticelli and Rembrandt amongst many others. It's well worth taking a tour to get that educated insight into the world of art.
A child’s dressing up box is one of the most important tools that they have at their disposal, creating worlds from which they can draw lessons about growing up, aspirations and, most importantly, imagination. The world of role play and costume also presents us with our first introduction to darker territories such as those of gender expectations a
Many museums have hundreds, if not thousands of artifacts - but often it is just one item that keeps people returning again and again. At the Louvre in Paris it's the Mona Lisa, and at the Vatican Museums in Rome it's Michelangelo's ceiling in the Sistine Chapel. Glasgow's many museums also have must-see pieces and treasures that no matter how many times you examine them, can never be fully appreciated.
If you're searching for things to do in Belfast, the Ulster Museum mixes old with new, presenting exciting exhibits in a bright, modern space that offers something for everyone. My earliest memories of it are as a school girl, when my history of art teacher dragged a gaggle of us to sit on the lawn outside to discuss and sketch the architecture of the old building. We were happy to be there - anything outside the classroom was a bonus - but in those days the museum's interior was a dark, shadowy place that held little allure to us.