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“A Really Interesting Place”

The London Film Museum - South Bank
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Owner description: The London Film Museum South Bank has now closed. However you can still find us at the London Film Museum Covent Garden where we are dedicated to the Bond in Motion Exhibition.
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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55 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“A Really Interesting Place”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 8, 2013

In the people packed madness of the County Hall Area this was a lovely calm place to escape to. We visited on a Sunday morning and were greeted by friendly helpful staff and the tickets were reasonable (especially by London standards) and you can go round at your own pace, looking around wherever you like. They have interesting timelines and information on studios and film history and there are rooms dedicated to different genres e.g. 'Super Heroes' and 'Horror' to name just two, the highlight for me was seeing the huge Alien Queen from the Alien movies and my husband was delighted at seeing the Star Wars exhibit (where there is a great photo opportunity for an extra cost). My only query was the museum doesn't have any signage indicating a particular route you should follow so we had to check with staff we hadn't missed anything, but overall a really lovely experience.

Visited November 2013
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Gorleston-on-Sea, United Kingdom
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62 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 110 helpful votes
“Amazing collection. One of London's better attraction !”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013 via mobile

After visiting the terrible Riley's belief it or not, this was a welcomed relief.
Genuine artefacts props, and very we'll presented exhibits. Little is know of this museum cannot understand why, my 2 girls were in awe of many of the props, models considering they haven't seen many of the films presented. My girls 9 and 10 kept saying this is so cool and loved the props especially the giant section from honey I shrunk the kids exhibit.
The Star Wars section was brilliant and the photo we had was in itself worth the money only £5 half of what other attractions charge, very good value, even the entrance fee was modest compare to "ripleys rip off"
Thoroughly enjoyed this and something I would do again, at last something in London worth going to.

Visited November 2013
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Guildford, United Kingdom
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20 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Plenty to see, but not well-captioned or laid out”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

I'm not sure why people feel there is not enough to see here; there's at least an hour without even reading all the text on the boards explaining the history of the UK studios. i wonder whether some previous reviewers realised that some of the exhibits are in rooms off the main corridor - this is a listed building, so they cannot remodel the inside. That also presumably explains why it is not well signposted inside (up the stairs and on the first floor).

That said, the reviewer who pointed out that many of the Star Wars exhibits are replicas is right; they are fun to see (and clearly labelled as what they are) but not at the same level as some of the costumes etc from other films which are genuine. The supposed Star Wars set was also a bit naff, and there was no photographer there when we were there (though I suppose that meant we could have taken photos if we wanted).

I particularly liked the more ephemeral things, like shooting scripts of films that had been annotated etc. However many exhibits did not have much in the way of captions or explanation, and even given the limitations of the rooms, there seemed to be some odd decisions about how some exhibits were laid out and grouped.

I am reliably informed by my Whovian son that the TARDIS and Daleks are from the film "Doctor Who and the Daleks" with Peter Cushing as the doctor, and so not considered canonical by the cognoscenti, though obviously it makes sense as this is a film museum not a TV museum.

if I had paid full price for both of us i would have thought it was rather steep, but since a 2 for 1 offer is easy to come by I thought it was fair value.

Visited October 2013
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Orpington, United Kingdom
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39 reviews
15 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“An excellent trip through the British film industry”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2013

We decided to visit the museum having been passed it several times and never having had the time to go in. It is on the South Bank almost next door to the London Aquarium. The museum is in the County Hall and some of the rooms the exhibits are housed in a really superbly decorated. You approach the exhibits through some lovely panelled corridors. Once in the exhibition space you can make your way around as you please (there is no map provided which is our only complaint as we were a bit worried we miss something).

There is a whole section on the British film industry and the studios which have come and gone. This part was very interesting and there was a lot to take in. Our only slight criticism is that the displays were very close to each other along a corridor, and it was sometimes difficult to hear what was being said in the short documentaries on the TV screens as they were close together. Having said that we spent a lot of time reading everything and there were sofas to sit on and watch the short films.

When we visited (on a Wednesday morning) it was almost empty despite being half term, so we could browse the museum at our own pace. I really liked the costumes and there were exhibits on so many genres that it was incredibly interesting. There were props and information about techniques, an exhibition on Ray Harryhausen and Charlie Chaplin were also fascinating.

We spent around and hour and a half in the museum and it is well worth a visit. The only other slight disappointment was the lack of a shop at the end as we were both keen to buy some memorabilia!

Visited October 2013
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91 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
“star wars!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 2013

good variety of objects that different generations can identify with. star wars photographs made our day though!

Visited March 2013
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