London is a city rich with art and culture, and museums in London are second to none – and many of them are free! Here are three museums that a trip to London would be incomplete without.
Top of the list is the Victoria and Albert museum, a hauntingly beautiful art and design museum located in South Kensington. It has over 4.5 million objects in its permanent collection and spans 5,000 years of art from the cultures of Europe, Asia, North Africa, and North America. Its galleries are decadent displays of textiles, glass, jewellery, furniture, metalwork, sculptures, and more. On the last Friday of every month the V&A has what it calls ‘Friday Lates,’ in which the museum stays open until 10pm and offers little extras such as performances, talks, live music, and a bar.
If it’s contemporary art you seek, then London’s Tate Modern should be next on your list. Located on London’s bustling Bankside, Tate Modern is a leading exhibitor of international modern art. Most of its exhibitions are free, with a rotating series of excellent temporary collections you can enjoy for the price of a cinema ticket. Always full of character, Tate Modern is found in the former Bankside Power Station, and boasts five floors of massive gallery space. Included in its permanent collection are works by artists such as Monet, Matisse, Picasso, Warhol, and more.
The Wellcome Collection
A list of fine museums in London would be incomplete without a mention of the British Museum, the Science Museum, and the Natural History Museum, each boasting stunning collections and well worth at least an afternoon’s visit. But a lesser known London gem can be found in the Wellcome Collection, a first rate museum that displays scientific and medical curiosities from throughout history. Its mission is to explore the connection between medicine, life, and art. It does so through its beautiful collections and also many events and talks, some of which are free and some of which require a little spending which, many museum fans would agree, is well worth it.
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