History Museums in London

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  • Brightone55
    London, UK18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to explore solo and gain knowledge on culture and history and perhaps meet like minded individuals. World renowned museum and some great exhibits.
    Written July 12, 2024
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  • packedandready2go
    California949 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Both the building itself and the exhibits are fantastic. The only problem is that at least when we went it was very crowded. If you like natural history this is a must see but be prepared to be surrounded by many visitors.
    Written July 12, 2024
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  • sheilamk87
    Bristol, RI127 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting to be where Churchill conducted London's response to the German attacks on the city during WW2. My husband is a big WW2 history buff and he absolutely loved it. It is not to be missed if you have the same interest!
    Written July 12, 2024
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  • Rachel J
    Lyndhurst, VA78 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We visited the Imperial War Museum, thinking we would see it, then go see the HMS Belfast. Nope. We spent the whole day in the museum. It is very well curated and has a mix of small artifacts with bigger items. There are videos, photos, placards, recordings, walk thru displays, quotes, etc. A really good mix that kept it very interesting. There is a WW1, WW2, Holocaust Gallery, medals gallery, a changing exhibit, and another section that we ran out of time to see. We spent a lot of time in the WW1 gallery as that was what we knew the least about. The Holocaust gallery comes with warning signs recommending it for 14 yrs and over, due to the subject matter and the graphic photos and videos of the concentration camps that were in one area.
    There were 2 school groups there when we visited and they were a little boisterous.
    The museum is free, though donations are welcome.
    Would highly recommend if you are at all interested in history.
    Written July 7, 2024
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  • Ольга К
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We have been for one week we are in entertainment pool we need to thank all staff here and life guard them are very helpful and have a good service we will be in Rixos next year
    Written July 13, 2024
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  • Benjamin L
    Sioux Falls, SD51 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Wow! Books over a thousand years old! Handwritten music by Handel and Mozart! A Gutenberg Bible! 1500 year old handwritten texts well preserved! My family spent 2.5 hours just in the treasure room! My little kids enjoyed it well too.
    Written July 11, 2024
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  • Mudsinatent2
    Hemel Hempstead, UK50 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Compelling museum to visit when at Canary Wharf. From their inception to the current day. Displays cover world wars, development in shipping and labour rights. Lots to information regarding the slave trade. Interesting displays to interact with, particularly the tunnel building explanation.
    Written July 5, 2024
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  • Renata H
    1 contribution
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Nice lady at the entrance. Very detailed exhibition. Sometimes might too much realistic soundefects. Very original items in gift shop.
    Written July 2, 2024
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  • anastasiakemer
    Cambridge, UK197 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is an awesome experience that showcases a great deal of the historical transformation of London's transport systems. I loved being able to see the older models of carriages, train cars, and other vehicles. I would recommend this as a family activity - your children of all ages will definitely have a positive experience. The staff on site were also patient and helpful. The only drawback was that the tickets were pretty expensive - it cost us nearly 50 quid for two adults.
    Written April 28, 2024
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  • W JAM
    Cambridge, UK118 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    I went to this as wanted something interesting to do for an hour before a show and this was a really lovely museum. It is very well themed and the exhibits were well maintained. Lots of information to read but it was generally interesting and I learnt a few bits. There are pieces that can be touched and held which helps the story. My only downside would be sometimes the info boards order didn't quite make sense but that won't put me off bringing the missus when in the area.
    Written April 27, 2024
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  • catd12
    Dublin, Ireland202 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went here on a recommendation. It's an amazing place and so full of history and lore. So many instruments on display. Stairs to the operating theatre are very steep but you only have to go up them once.
    Written June 19, 2024
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  • MamaHelz
    London, UK43 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    We went to Apsley House to see the Velasquez paintings (fabulous) but we ended up seeing so much more of interest. We knew Apsley House was the home of the Duke of Wellington but hadn’t realised the house was still laid out as a residence, with many of his personal possessions on display, along with descriptions of his achievements, which made our visit even more interesting. To cap it all were two friendly staff members, one of whom was super-knowledgeable about military history and the other about the paintings. This place is a gem.
    Written June 29, 2024
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  • nozzzzz2015
    Worcester, UK229 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing guided tour of the museum & grand temple.

    Learnt so much from the guide about the history of the masons in the museum before moving onto the temple which is such an elaborate stunning place.

    I found this tour well worth it and found out loads about the masons and the good charitable work they do.
    Written April 15, 2024
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  • ShaunH290
    London, UK2,727 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    This museum is definitely under the radar. There are so many larger and more famous museums in London, but, apart from the British Museum's Egyptian collection, this is the next in importance. As Egypt is no longer allowing the export of antiquities, the Petrie Museum houses what is called a "closed" collection. So it is no longer growing and therefore they know exactly how many exhibits they have and exactly how much space they have to store and display them. Only a fraction is on show, but that is common in these places.
    William Matthew Flinders Petrie (1853-1942) was the first professor of Egyptian Archaeology at UCL. He wanted UCL to have the most complete teaching collection of Egyptian artefacts in the world.
    As it is so little known, it is ideal for small groups (children or adults) - when we visited there was one group of schoolchildren and perhaps three other couples. (Compare that to the Egyptian Rooms in the BM!) Its collections are focused on particular types of artefacts, so that you can get an idea of the variation involved.
    We visited just before they closed (between June and August 2024) for "maintenance". They are rearranging things to show more of the collection. So check the website before you visit to ensure that it has reopened. Also it is not open everyday. We hope to return to see how they have improved things.
    It is great that UCL opens this place to the public - for free! Long may it continue!
    Written July 5, 2024
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  • Zippy-Oz
    London, UK343 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A truly hidden gem of an attraction located approximately 5-10 mins walk from Kings Cross station. Definitely one of the kind museum! Easily managed to spend 1.5 - 2 hrs here and learnt so much regarding the history of London's canal network (including the ice industry - and ice cream too). Interactive activity on offer for the kids, along with films to view, and opportunities to take a boat trip as well (including a cream tea if you fancy).
    Written May 13, 2024
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