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“Great Building; Content is OK” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Museum London

Museum London
421 Ridout Street North, London, Ontario N6A 5H4, Canada
519 661 0333
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Ranked #20 of 35 Attractions in London
Type: Museums
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Chesterland, Ohio
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“Great Building; Content is OK”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

I think museums in general are a good thing and enjoy visiting them whenever I travel. Museum London is pretty much a local museum and while it has a pleasing, airy, and well-designed space, the content is strictly local.

The Museum London is in a modern and well-designed building near the RIver Thames in London, Ontario. There is parking out front (it's pay and display for $2 per hour - bring change). They also have a cafe and a gift shop selling original art, among other things.

Before you visit, take a look at the hours. In summer, they open at 11:00; it's noon at other times. Admission is by donation. I did not see a recommended amount, but we paid $5.

When we were there, there was very little on the first floor. Most of what is essentially their permanent collection is downstairs, and they have exhibitions upstairs. There were two or three exhibitions, one of Margaret Watkins, a Canadian photographer who was active beginning in the 1920s, and another of a local metal sculptor. The photographer was interesting, but there were many, many samples and I was left with the feeling that the exhibit would have been twice as good with maybe half as much. The last was of abstractions by Canadian artists, apparently comprised mostly of paintings from the museum's own collection.

The exhibition galleries were quite large. This suited the metal sculpture fine, but in places it seemed as if there wasn't enough art to fill or match the space.

Most of the regular collection appeared to be on the lower level. They displayed it mostly in one room with false walls organized roughly by period. I've seen that type of gallery display done in other museums, most notably the Salvador Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, but I'm not sure it was as much of a success here, perhaps due to the more eclectic nature of the work. Some of the art was pleasing, particularly that of Paul Peel. Some less so. I think they recognized that the display was not ideal, calling it something like the "visible storage project."

We spent about an hour here, and I think that's the right amount of time.

While the building is very good, their on-line materials are also excellent. My sense was that they have the infrastructure down, but need more in the way of content.

The Museum London is a good, not great, local museum in an excellent structure. It's worth a visit, but probably not a major detour.

Visited July 2014
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Sarnia, Canada
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“good, not great.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

As city museums go, Museum London is quite nice, with a welcoming reception area that opens out into the main body of the museum, but funnily enough most of the art is either downstairs in the basement or upstairs on the 2nd floor, so the first floor is a leedle beet of a waste of potential display area IMHO.

They certainly do have some nice pieces around the place, but got to say that I found the lighting on the 2nd floor quite badly designed, so it creates a lot of uneven light from image to image, and lots of shadows & reflections on the art too. I can see why they did it, but if definitely lessens the viewers pleasure.

Nice gift shop, cafe too. and not too far that you can't walk from down town easily in 10 mins either.

Visited March 2014
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“Not bad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

Not bad place...if you have extra time and you are interested in history then visit it...total tour time 1.5 hour...There is a nice cafe and restaurant but close at 4 pm

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Brampton, Canada
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“Nice little museum”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

Visited the museum on Sat Feb 8. Coming from the greater Toronto area and having visited the ROM and AGO many times, this museum was definitely much smaller than what I have experienced before. But it was a lovely space with some interesting collections. It appeared that they were still in the process of getting the bakery/cafe up and running but it looks like it will be really nice once it is completed. I would have liked the opportunity to have an audio tour available.

Visited February 2014
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Troy, Michigan
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“Beautiful exhibitions”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2013 via mobile

Lovely building with a nice collection, although small. Nice gift shop with reasonable priced handcrafted jewelry and art. Nice spot for a wedding or reception. Easy walk from Covent Garden Market which is amazing for a quick snack or light lunch. The permanent gallery is disconcerting because the art is hung too close together. Elsewhere, the art is hung too far apart. Not well done, I think. Worth a visit and donation however. Again, a lovely building.

Visited December 2013
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