History Museums in London

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History Museums in London

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  • patriciadove
    Pontefract, UK10 contributions
    If you like Churchill then this is a must. Takes you right back in time to see what exactly things were like back in the day. Loved every minute of this place.
    Written 5 July 2022
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  • travelandeat_99
    New York City, NY28 contributions
    This is a must visit place when you in London. The entrance of this museum is amazing, so many collections, and well displayed.
    The gift shops are wonderful, you get 10% off of your next purchase, so buy item one by one.
    Best of all the museum is free to entry, even it is free, you are treated as paid visitors, the workers are friendly and helpful, which gave a very good impression of my first visit to London.
    Written 5 July 2022
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  • Colette Kelly
    Deeside, UK26 contributions
    Came to see the Dippy exhibit mainly but enjoyed all the exhibitions on offer, definitely worth a visit! be sure to give yourself a couple of hours to get around everything - we went on a weekday to try and find a quieter time to visit, however be aware there may be school trips attending the museum that makes it just as busy as at the weekend! You can also prebook tickets/timeslots online if you want to ensure entry at a certain time and beat the general queues.
    Written 5 July 2022
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  • aavct90
    Simsbury, CT228 contributions
    My boyfriend and I are huge fans of WW1 and 2 history, so we were excited to visit. I found the Holocaust displays to be incredibly moving and my boyfriend enjoyed the section dedicated to planes. This is incredibly well done in terms of the quality of the exhibits and displays, but there isn't a lot. We got through the museum in a little over an hour and felt it was plenty of time.
    Please note that as I mentioned above, the topics are very sensitive, so you may not want to bring children or those triggered by genocide.

    The only reason I don't give this museum five stars is because of the Cafe - they really need more options in general, but especially allergy friendly options. I would recommend this museum to first time visitors to London.
    Written 5 July 2022
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  • Colin D
    Chipping Campden, UK14 contributions
    From the moment I arrived at the Museum of London to the minute I left I had a great experience. I was warmly welcomed by a member of the staff who took time to find out what I knew about the museum and to advise me on how to get the best out of my time there.
    The chronological layout suited me well as I didn't feel disoriented by what I was seeing. The information on offer was detailed but clear and easy to follow and related directly to what I was looking at. I learned all about London and, more importantly, I can still recall much if what I saw and read.
    I didn't see everything on this visit but already knew that I would be returning next time I am in London.
    I really great visitor experience.
    Written 5 July 2022
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  • KHillery
    Meadowbrook, Australia334 contributions
    Stumbled across the library whilst walking the neighbourhood and thought why not have a look. Worth while having a visit, we were pleasantly surprised. Very knowledgeable staff and some great exhibitions while we were there. Nice little gardens and cafe outside as well.
    Written 4 July 2022
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  • Patricia R
    1 contribution
    This museum is like the Tardis - 3 floors of dockland history covering the lives of sailors, dockers and also slavery. Very informative and amusing talk on the disaster of the ship Princess Alice by Andrew, would highly recommend it
    Written 24 June 2022
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  • Shaun B
    London, UK2 contributions
    After 2 decades in London, we were motivated to visit this museum after watching The Essex Serpent. The location is very convenient (London Bridge) and the museum (with the amazing exhibition currently on in the herb garret) is SO much more than we anticipated! It was all so wonderfully thought-provoking, captivating, and atmospheric that I am adding it to my top list of fun things to do for visiting tourists. Hats off to the staff as well, who went above and beyond to be helpful - offering to take pictures of us in the operating theatre, recommending great poses etc. Their assistance was part of what made the visit so thoroughly enjoyable. The only downside is the insanely head-pounding loud headache-maker of a club sited immediately up against it. Why ever a council would give permission to site such a loud club next to the museum is beyond me. It definitely detracts from the ambience and it is so loud that the gentleman running the gift shop shut the door to spare me the noise while shopping. Such a great space deserves better.
    Written 2 July 2022
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  • Eve P
    Stoke Ferry, United Kingdom5 contributions
    Have wanted to go for years and finally got there. Loved it! There are so many things from different era's.
    A real treat for the eyes. I like the fact there aren't acres to read, just being able to browse and enjoy the artwork of the packets and labels.
    The only downside was the American girl at reception who I was talking to clearly wasn't interested in what I had to say, just went on her phone. Rude I would say.
    Didn't detract from a great place to visit.
    Well done Robert.
    Written 20 June 2022
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  • LarryEeles
    Royston, UK50 contributions
    Popped along for a meeting. This was my first time visiting and the grandeur of the place is second to none. Food and drink were very reasonable priced and museum was a must. Open to the public for viewings and tours, will be coming back with the wife in the future.
    Written 17 April 2022
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  • Jessika
    Canton, MI377 contributions
    We all enjoyed the museum more than I expected. Be advised you have to purchase a “membership” to get in, but it’s comparable in price to other admissions tickets. I really found the history fascinating, especially the bunker connections. My kids loved the stamp activity throughout the building. We spent about 1.5 hours here but easily could have spent more.
    Written 3 July 2022
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  • starlightShanghai
    Victoria, Canada3,542 contributions
    What a terrific museum! This treasure trove of Egyptian artefacts is hidden away within the expanded campus grounds of University College London. Came across it almost by accident last weekend.

    The reception staff at the front door were very, very welcoming!

    I have to say that while the Egyptian Museum of Cairo is by far the better known museum, the Petrie Museum is much better set out and far better curated.

    The Egyptian Museum of Cairo holds the greatest number of Egyptian artefacts, but, in my view, the curation was/is terrible. My lasting impression of the place is that of a huge warehouse with layers of dirt, grit and sand covering virtually all of its contents.

    In the Petrie, the spotlessly clean aisles are set up in chronological order, with artefacts well arranged and well lit.

    As is the case with most museums in London, entrance is free.
    Written 20 June 2022
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  • Michele G
    4 contributions
    This is a small and well-curated museum in what was Sigmund Freud's home in London. There is an excellent audio tour that provides background on each of the rooms. Remember to bring your phone and your earplugs to access it! The gardens are lovely and the shop has a number of Freud-related items.
    Written 28 May 2022
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  • Mommyjet
    11 contributions
    The Duke of Wellington's house was a surreal site to see and displayed all of the wonderful artwork, paintings and so much more. My favorite part of the tour is when Dinushi showed me how the large mirrors can be converted or switched around into windows. I am surprised that this idea was never introduced to any modern architecture. 10/10
    Written 27 June 2022
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  • Wulfrunian77
    Peterborough, UK5 contributions
    I would highly recommend a visit to this house. Exceptional piece of history from the black plague to an interesting use today of a retirement home
    Written 29 June 2022
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