2019 Culture: Top Museums and Galleries in London
With average temperatures of 5 degrees this January, it might not be the best weather for a stroll along The Thames. However, London still has plenty to offer with some of its top museums and galleries just a stone’s throw away from a Crown Group Property
British Museum, Bloomsbury/ Kings Cross:
The British Museum is one of the world’s oldest museums – home to the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian Mummies, the Elgin Marbles and the Lindow Man.
This year, its special exhibitions include ‘I am Ashurbanipal: king of the world, king of Assyria’ (until 24 Feb), Edvard Munch: Love and Angst (11 April – 21 July) and Manga (a Citi Exhibition 23 May to 26 August)
Madame Tussauds, Baker Street/ Kings Cross:
Home to wax figures from Hollywood, Bollywood, sports, Royalty and politics, Madame Tussauds has been one of London’s top attractions since its creation in 1835. Recent additions to the collection include Meghan Markle and Yang Mi.
Exhibition Road, South Kensington:
Exhibition Road (formerly known as Albertopolis) houses the Science Museum, the V & A and the Natural History Museum.
Permanent collections at the Science Museum include Hubble 3D, Wonderlab and the Information Age. 2019 special exhibitions include The Last Tsar (until 24 March) and the Sun (Until 6 May).
V & A permanent collections start with Ancient Chinese ceramics and go all the way to Alexander McQueen evening gowns. Special exhibitions for 2019 include Videogames (until 24 Feb) Christian Dior (2 Feb to 14 July).
Dinosaurs, Creepy Crawlies and the Darwin Centre are all housed in the Natural History Museum. 2019 special exhibitions include Life in the Dark (until 24 February) and the Wildlife Photographer of the Year (Until 30 June)
National Gallery, Trafalgar Square:
Proudly situated at the top of Trafalgar Square, the National Gallery tells the tale of European art ‘one masterpiece at a time’. In addition to its permanent collections, its is exhibiting the Courtauld Impressionists and Mantegna and Bellini this January. Later in 2019 it will be displaying Boilly, Bermejo, Gauguin and Bomberg.
Tate Modern, Southbank:
Showcasing international and contemporary art, the Tate’s permanent collections include Matisse, Warhol, Constable and Francis Bacon. Current exhibitions showcase Anni Albers weaving and Jenny Holzer
Smaller (but no less important museums!)
If you fancy a stroll through a smaller museum, London has many more to choose from! Many small museums were once privately owned collections that have been turned into museums over the last century.
Sherlock Holmes Museum, Baker Street
Wellcome Collection, Kings Cross
The Wallace Collection, Oxford Street
Design Museum, Kensington
Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum, Westminster
Bank of England, Bank
Sir John Soane, Holborn
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
While most of London’s museums are free, some do charge an entrance fee – particularly the smaller collections.