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National Maritime Museum
Queens House
Natural History Museum
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Sir John Soane's Museum
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The Royal Observatory
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Bank of England Museum
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From the big-hitters to the small, specialist sites, London's crammed full of museums, most of which are free to all. Interactive displays, tours and, in particular, events for children and families are de rigeur for most of the larger museums and it's easy to spend a whole day just strolling, perusing and stopping for tea and cake breaks in the museum's cafe.

 
 

British Museum

The spectacular British Museum building is home to a vast collection of world artefacts

Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 
 

The British Museum's Great Court with its magnificent glass and steel roof by Sir Norman Foster is an exhibition piece in itself. And, like most of the galleries in the museum, it's free to wander around and look up at in awe. In fact, over seven million objects from all over the world are housed in this impressive museum of human history and culture (many of the artifacts are stored underneath the museum due to lack of space). Founded in 1753, displays ranging from prehistoric to modern times were primarily based on the collections of physician and scientist, Sir Hans Sloane. Notable objects - all of which can be seen without spending a cent - include the Parthenon Marbles, the Rosetta Stone, the Sutton Hoo and Mildenhall treasures, and the Portland Vase. With such a wealth of objects to discover you may want to sign up for one of the free events that regularly take place including talks, films, performances and discussions.

 
 

Events at British Museum

Gallery Talk: Roman Iron And Steel
Free Event

Wednesday 28th September 2016 - 1.15pm-2pm | Free

 
Gallery Talk: Roman Iron And Steel British Museum 2016-09-282016-09-28 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

With museum staff member Janet Lang.

Courting To Contract: Love And Marriage In Iran
OngoingFree Event

1st June to 20th November 2016 - Various Times | Free

 
Courting To Contract: Love And Marriage In Iran British Museum 2016-06-012016-11-20 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

19th May to 27th November 2016 | £16.50, children under 16 Free

 
Sunken cities: Egypt's lost worlds British Museum 2016-05-192016-11-27 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
The Waddesdon Bequest: A Rothschild Renaissance
OngoingFree Event

1st October 2015 to 31st December 2016 - 10am-5.30pm | Free

 
The Waddesdon Bequest: A Rothschild Renaissance British Museum 2015-10-012016-12-31 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums
Little Feet: Explore Lost Cities
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 29th September 2016 - 10.30am-12noon | Free

 
Little Feet: Explore Lost Cities British Museum 2016-09-292016-09-29 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

Play and learn session for under 5s.

Gallery Talk: The Stele Of 1st-Century BC Commagene
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 29th September 2016 - 1.15pm-2pm | Free

 
Gallery Talk: The Stele Of 1st-Century BC Commagene British Museum 2016-09-292016-09-29 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

With museum staff member Dominic Dalglish.

Gallery Talk: Understanding Japanese Buddhist art
On SoonFree Event

Friday 30th September 2016 - 1.15pm-2pm | Free

 
Gallery Talk: Understanding Japanese Buddhist art British Museum 2016-09-302016-09-30 Where:
British Museum, Great Russell Street London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

With museum staff member Freddie Matthews.

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Bank of England Museum

The UK's central bank has a long and complicated history dating back to 1694

Bartholomew Lane, City, London, EC2R 8AH

Tube: Bank Station, Cannon Street Station, Mansion House Station, Moorgate Station, Monument Station

 
 

Housed within the Bank of England, this museum traces the history of the bank from its foundation by Royal Charter in 1694 to its role today as the nation's central bank. There are gold bars dating from ancient times to the modern market bar, coins, and a unique collection of banknotes. There are also many items you might not expect to find - pikes and muskets used to defend the bank, Roman pottery and mosaics uncovered when it was rebuilt in 1930, and documents relating to famous customers such as Horatio Nelson, George Washington and the Duchess of Marlborough.

 
 

Events at Bank of England Museum

Capturing the City: Photography at the Bank of England
OngoingFree Event

18th January to 31st December 2016 - 10am-5pm | Free

 
Capturing the City: Photography at the Bank of England Bank of England Museum 2016-01-182016-12-31 Where:
Bank of England Museum, Bartholomew Lane London, EC2R 8AH
Category: Museums
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The British Library

Full of literary treasures and fascinating facts, plus plenty of quiet corners for book-browsing

96 Euston Road, King's Cross, London, NW1 2DB

Tube: King's Cross Station, Euston Station

 
 

With over 150 million items, a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland, artwork by artists such as Antony Gormley and Eduardo Paolozzi, and a host of historically momentous works - including the Magna Carta, the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare's First Folio and the Lindisfarne Gospels - a guided tour around the British Library is essential if you only have time for one visit. This is, after all, the largest public building constructed in the United Kingdom in the 20th century and, as such, warrants a guided tour around its cavernous spaces. While the library has a lot to offer the casual visitor - exhibition galleries (mostly free) special exhibitions, events, films, musical performances and poetry readings - if it's your first visit it's a good idea to let an experienced guide navigate you through the main treasures that call this place home. These guides also really know their stuff and will open your eyes to this gargantuan repository. Of particular interest is the Diamond Sutra, the world's earliest dated printed book, and the only surviving copy of 'Beowulf'. The King's Library - a three-storey glass tower - forms the centre-piece of the building both architecturally and in terms of its historic acquisitions. With 65,000 printed volumes, The King's Library refers to King George III, whose personal collection is on display here. Some of the tours include access to the reading rooms, access to which is usually limited to those with passes. While it is free to explore this iconic building, paying for a tour is more than worth it if you only have a few hours to take everything in.

 
 

Events at British Library

Get Cash Flow Confident

Wednesday 28th September 2016 - 10am-1pm | £30

 
Get Cash Flow Confident British Library 2016-09-282016-09-28 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

An introductory guide to cash flow forecasting.

Marketing Masterclass

Wednesday 28th September 2016 - 2pm-6pm | £48 with online discount

 
Marketing Masterclass British Library 2016-09-282016-09-28 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

A practical class in how to improve a small business's marketing.

Introduction To Licensing

Wednesday 28th September 2016 - 2.30pm-4.30pm | £35

 
Introduction To Licensing British Library 2016-09-282016-09-28 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

Learn about the value of securing your intellectual property rights.

Shakespeare In Ten Acts
Ongoing

27th Sep to 1st Oct 2016 - Various Times | £13.50

 
Shakespeare In Ten Acts British Library 2016-04-152016-10-01 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums
Getting Your Idea Ready For Startup Funding
On Soon

Thursday 29th September 2016 - 10am-5pm | £10

 
Getting Your Idea Ready For Startup Funding British Library 2016-09-292016-09-29 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

A one-day workshop for people looking to start a business.

The Winchester: Legend Of The West
On Soon

Thursday 29th September 2016 - 6.30pm-8pm | £8, OAP £6, concs £5

 
The Winchester: Legend Of The West British Library 2016-09-292016-09-29 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

Laura Trevelyan explores the history of the iconic rifle made in New Haven, Connecticut.

Rose Tremain: Forty Years On
On Soon

Thursday 29th September 2016 - 7pm-8.30pm | £10, OAP £8, concs £7

 
Rose Tremain: Forty Years On British Library 2016-09-292016-09-29 Where:
British Library, 96 Euston Road London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

Novelist Rose Tremain reflects on 40 years as a writer.

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Imperial War Museum

Providing insightful documentation of conflict, from the First World War to the present day

Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle, Southwark, London, SE1 6HZ

Tube: Lambeth North Station

 
 

Occupying the former Bethlehem Hospital for the Insane ('Bedlam'), the Imperial War Museum is the national museum of 20th-century conflict. Founded in 1917, it not only contains a fascinating display of the vehicles and weapons of war, but also makes an in-depth study of the social effects of conflict. From the M4 Sherman tank, the V2 rocket and Polaris missile, to the walk-through recreation of a front line trench from the Somme, the Imperial War Museum represents all facets of fighting and its aftermath. Both World Wars are chronicled with thought-provoking displays of painting and poetry from Sassoon to Wilfred Owen, and a reconstructed air raid shelter and Blitzed street from 1940. The sights, sounds and smells have been carefully recreated to really bring the experience to life. Over 15,000 paintings, 120 million feet of cine film and 30,000 posters make this a unique collection.

 
 

Events at IWM London (Imperial War Museums)

Real To Reel: A Century Of War Movies
Ongoing

1st July 2016 to 8th January 2017 - 10am-6pm | £10, concs £7, child £5, mems Free

 
Real To Reel: A Century Of War Movies IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 2016-07-012017-01-08 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums
Fighting Extremes: From Ebola to ISIS OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th November 2015 to 13th November 2016 | Free

 
Fighting Extremes: From Ebola to ISIS IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 2015-11-182016-11-13 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums
A Family In Wartime
OngoingFree Event

12th December 2015 to 31st December 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
A Family In Wartime IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 2015-12-122016-12-31 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums
Edmund Clark: War Of Terror
OngoingFree Event

28th July 2016 to 28th August 2017 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Edmund Clark: War Of Terror IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 2016-07-282017-08-28 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums
Holocaust Exhibition (Over 14s)
OngoingFree Event

1st January 2015 to 31st December 2016 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Holocaust Exhibition (Over 14s) IWM London (Imperial War Museums) 2015-01-012016-12-31 Where:
IWM London (Imperial War Museums), Lambeth Road, Elephant and Castle London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums
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Museum of London

This museum tells the story of the London, from prehistoric times to present day

150 Wall, City, London, EC2Y 5HN

Tube: Barbican Station, St. Paul's Station

 
 

Experience the real flavour of London life from the prehistoric to present day at this modern museum boasting over 1.1 million objects - many rescued from archaeological digs or discovered during building works in the City. A chain of chronological galleries guides visitors through the history of this ancient city; 47,000 objects from Roman London pave the way with buckles, brooches and belt-fittings to the medieval period, 17th-century glassware leads onto vivid Victorian street scenes, interiors and shop fronts. From the skulls of those thought to have been massacred by Queen Boudica to boots worn by the Duke of Wellington, Queen Victoria's Parliamentary robes and paraphernalia from the Suffragettes' Movement, the history of London and its inhabitants is brought back to life with startling intensity. Don't miss fragments of the old London Wall located just outside the museum.

 
 

Events at Museum of London

Mini Moles Babies Group
Ends TodayFree Event

Wednesday 28th September 2016 - 11am | Free, advanced booking required

 
Mini Moles Babies Group Museum of London 2016-09-072016-09-28 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

Hands-on, play-based activities for babies.

Little Moles Toddler Group
Ends TodayFree Event

Wednesday 28th September 2016 - 3.30pm | Free

 
Little Moles Toddler Group Museum of London 2016-09-072016-09-28 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

A creative, interactive session for toddlers.

Fire! Fire! Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd July 2016 to 17th April 2017 | Adult from £8, child from £5

 
Fire! Fire! Museum of London 2016-07-232017-04-17 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
Punk: Wanted Dead Or Alive
On Soon

Monday 10th October 2016 - 7pm-9.30pm | £12

 
Punk: Wanted Dead Or Alive Museum of London 2016-10-102016-10-10 Where:
Museum of London, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums
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National Maritime Museum | Queen's House | Royal Observatory

The world's largest Maritime Museum is situated in the Greenwich World Heritage site

Park Row, London, SE10 9NF

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 
 

  • National Maritime Museum
Located in the heart of historic Greenwich, the National Maritime Museum houses the most important collection of objects relating to the history of Britain at sea. The collection dates back to 1823 when a National Gallery of Naval Art was established, featuring some 300 portraits, paintings and artefacts. The museum occupies a former asylum and hospital school, and enjoys fantastic views of the Thames from its elevated position. With the addition of the covered Neptune Court, the museum now boasts galleries dealing with topics ranging from navigation, naval exploits and Nelson, to exploration, the ecology of the sea and emigration. Visitors can try their hand at signalling and gunnery, explore the expansion of the Empire or just revel at the power, majesty and romance of the sea through poetry, painting and photography. Admission to the Museum is free, but you may want to splash out on tickets to the Cutty Sark or an exhibition.
  • Queen's House
As far as royal residences go this is a modest palace - an appealing, but simple, bright white, classical, Palladian villa flanked by colonnades. Its understated appearance, however, belies its immense historical significance. Built in 1616 by Inigo Jones for Anne of Denmark - the wife of James I - Queen's House was the first neo-classical building seen in England. Originally conceived as a hunting lodge and addition to the Palace of Greenwich, it also acted as a bridge spanning the public road to Deptford, which divided the park in two. Despite revolutionising Jacobean architecture the house, itself, didn't get finished until 1635 when it became home to Charles I and his Queen, Henrietta Maria. The house went on to survive tumultuous times. Queen Anne died before it was completed, shortly after Civil War broke out and Oliver Cromwell stripped the Stuarts of the residence and its many treasures. It is now used by the National Maritime Museum to exhibit paintings of illustrious seafarers and historic Greenwich. The Stuart 'Tulip Staircase', purported as the first spiral staircase in Britain, has been reinstated and takes its name from the beautiful floral patterning on the wrought-iron balustrade. Some faded painted panels remain on the ceiling of the royal bedchamber while the cuboid Great Hall is swathed in impressive computer-enhanced copies of Gentileschi frescos. For the valiant among you, Queen's House is notoriously haunted and photos of shrouded figures ascending the spiral stairs are thought to be legitimate. Admission to the house is free.
  • Royal Observatory
This museum of time and space was built by Sir Christopher Wren in 1675. It marks the site of the Greenwich Meridian - the base point for World Time and the site of Longitude 0. If you time it right, you can watch the timeball drop at 1pm each day. The National Maritime Museum, at this site since 1937, and Royal Observatory have accumulated over 2 million objects about the sea, ships, astronomy and time. Visitors can also see the Astronomer Royal's apartments, the famous Harrison timekeepers (1735-60) with computer simulations, intricate instruments, Wren's Octagon Room and the largest refracting telescope in Britain. In 2007 the 15 million Peter Harrison Planetarium opened, a beautiful cone-shaped addition to the Royal Observatory designed by architects Allies and Morrison. This 120-seat, state-of-the-art facility replaces the small and out of date planetarium in the dome of the South Building. Admission to the Observatory's Astronomy Centre is free, but if you want access to other areas and the Peter Harrison Planetarium there will be small fee.

 
 
 

Natural History Museum

Educational, exciting and larger than life. The Natural History Museum is truly unforgettable

Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station, Gloucester Road Station

 
 

An 8-metre long giant squid, a walrus from Hudson Bay overstuffed by a London taxidermist in the 1880s, the skeleton of a Triceratops, a life-size Blue Whale and a sea cow are just a few of the 70 million items to call this exciting, interactive, life and earth science museum home. The permanent galleries show exhibitions on topics as diverse as: Dinosaurs - the ultimate prehistoric exhibition; Creepy-Crawlies - guaranteed to have you scratching in seconds; Human Biology - the must-see exhibition about the evolution of the species; and The Power Within - an examination of the earthquake experience. The Vault - a permanent exhibition of gems and rare meteorites - contains some famous, historic and priceless jewels. For those wanting to explore further a visit to The Darwin Centre is highly recommended. Book in for one of their free regular lectures and demonstrations and you'll see the how the museum's work is not just about preserving the past but conserving for the future. In warmer months the tranquil wildlife garden (open April to October), offers a further free attraction where you can get closer to nature. All galleries are free, although you may have to pay for some temporary exhibitions.

 
 

Events at Natural History Museum

Pond Life
Now OnFree Event

27th, 28th, 29th and 30th Sep 2016 at 11.30am, 12.30pm and 1.30pm | Free

 
Pond Life Natural History Museum 2016-09-012016-09-30 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums

Try your hand at pond-dipping.

Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour
Now On

27th, 28th, 29th and 30th Sep 2016 - 11.30am-1.30pm | £10

 
Behind-the-Scenes Spirit Collection Tour Natural History Museum 2016-09-012016-09-30 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums

Explore the zoology collection, encounter treasures within the 22 million animal specimens housed there and learn more about the latest research.

Colour And Vision Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

22nd July to 6th November 2016 | Standard £10.80, child/concs £5.40, family £27

 
Colour And Vision Natural History Museum 2016-07-222016-11-06 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
Bauer Brothers Art Exhibition
OngoingFree Event

25th April 2016 to 26th February 2017 - 10am-5.50pm | Free

 
Bauer Brothers Art Exhibition Natural History Museum 2016-04-252017-02-26 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
Images Of Nature
OngoingFree Event

1st September 2015 to 31st December 2016 - 10am-5.30pm | Free

 
Images Of Nature Natural History Museum 2015-09-012016-12-31 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums
Science Uncovered 2016
On SoonFree Event

Friday 30th September 2016 - 4pm-10pm | Free

 
Science Uncovered 2016 Natural History Museum 2016-09-302016-09-30 Where:
Natural History Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums

Part of European Researcher's Night, discover rare items from the museum's collections, meet hundreds of experts and take part in interactive science stations, debates and behind-the-scenes tours.

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Science Museum

Full of hands-on exhibits and mind-boggling artefacts, plus a 3D IMAX Cinema

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

Home to one of the world's most magnificent collections of science, industry, technology and medicine, the Science Museum is one of London's most hands-on and interactive museums. Funded by the profits of the Great Exhibition of 1851, it started life in the 19th century as part of Prince Albert's grand scheme to promote industrial technology. Today, it occupies a purpose-built building and contains some 300,000 objects, covering the entire history of Western science, technology and medicine. Displays are designed to encourage interaction with certain areas aimed at specific age groups. In the Launchpad gallery, for example, visitors are invited to learn about forces and motion with exhibits that make physics fun for children aged between 8 and 14 years. There's a whole host of scientific things to discover, from how aircraft are built to morphing your face to see how you'll look in 10 years' time. The monthly Science Museum Lates are also free - offering adults a chance to enjoy the museum free of charge as well as free from marauding kids.

 
 

Events at Science Museum

Play-Doh Imaginarium On SoonFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th October 2016 | Free | Pre-sale tickets sold out, extra tickets on the door, more released closer to the event

 
Play-Doh Imaginarium Science Museum 2016-10-082016-10-09 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums

Hard to believe but Play-Doh - the pliable, colourful stuff that you can gleefully squish into all sorts of shapes - is 60 years old! To celebrate its sixth decade, the Play-Doh Imaginarium comes to ...more

Robots Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th February to 3rd September 2017 | £15, concs £13

 
Robots Science Museum 2017-02-082017-09-03 Where:
Science Museum, Exhibition Road London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums
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Sir John Soane's Museum

Take a stroll through time at Sir John Soane's extraordinary home

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London, WC2A 3BP

Tube: Holborn Station, Chancery Lane Station

 
 

An appealingly higgledy-piggledy treasure trove of artefacts, this extraordinary house elegantly located on Lincoln's Inn Fields is well worth an exploratory rummage. Lurking in nooks and crannies within the sprawling rooms and halls of neo-classical architect Sir John Soane's former residence are over 30,000 architectural drawings and antiquities. Works by Turner, Canaletto and Piranesi feature in the painting collection, with William Hogarth's eight canvasses of 'A Rake's Progress' forming the centre-piece. Each of the many spaces in this museum has its own strong identity and appeal. From the domed ceiling of the Breakfast Room and the Gothic library, to the study with its Roman architectural fragments and the two courtyards crammed with ancient stonework, this is a house of diversity and architectural merit. One of the most intriguing rooms is the Picture Gallery. Here, Canaletto's magnificent Riva degli Schiavoni, looking West, takes centre stage. Look out for the alabaster Egyptian Sarcophagus of Seti I dated 1370 BC appropriately located in the basement 'Sepulchral Chamber'.

 
 

Events at Sir John Soane's Museum

Below Stairs OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th September 2016 to 4th March 2017 | Free

 
Below Stairs Sir John Soane's Museum 2016-09-132017-03-04 Where:
Sir John Soane's Museum, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields London, WC2A 3BP
Category: Museums
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Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum

Expansive, elegant. Spend a day browsing the V&A's art and design collections

Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

With over 145 galleries to explore and over 4 million items, the V&A is one of the most influential museums of decorative and applied arts in the world. It was originally founded in 1852, with the aim of enthusing and educating British manufacturers and designers. It is now home to a stunning collection of European, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Islamic artefacts ranging from ceramics, glass, metalwork and sculpture to costume, armour, weaponry and furniture. The gallery also houses the national collection of the art of photography, the oldest photography collection in the world. Visitors can delve into the fascinating dress collection that features samples from historical dress to 21st-century haute-couture or examine the celebrated Arts and Crafts interiors of the Morris and Gamble Rooms. The gallery is often cited as housing the greatest collection of Italian Renaissance sculpture outside Italy, while the British Galleries - which opened to great acclaim in November 2001 - are unique in their exploration of British design from Chippendale to Morris, Adam to Mackintosh. Highlights include the Great Bed of Ward as mentioned in Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', and James II's wedding suit. The building itself - a mix of Victorian and Edwardian design - also presents a truly formidable display. The Cast Courts (two great halls housing the museum's impressive collection of plaster casts), in particular, form a major focal point of the museum - with their high glass roof, elevated corridors and walkways.

 
 

Events at Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd September 2016 to 8th January 2017

 
Opus Anglicanum: Masterpieces of English Medieval Embroidery Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-09-032017-01-08 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th June to 6th November 2016

 
Engineering the World: Ove Arup and the Philosophy of Total Design Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-06-182016-11-06 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-70 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

10th September 2016 to 26th February 2017

 
You Say You Want a Revolution: Records & Rebels 1966-70 Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-09-102017-02-26 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Glastonbury: Land And Legend
OngoingFree Event

10th September 2016 to 26th February 2017 - 10am-5.45pm | Free

 
Glastonbury: Land And Legend Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-09-102017-02-26 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Elytra Filament Pavilion OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th May to 6th November 2016 | Free

 
Elytra Filament Pavilion Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-05-182016-11-06 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
Master Strokes: Dutch And Flemish Drawings From The Golden Age
OngoingFree Event

14th May to 13th November 2016 - 10am-5.45pm | Free

 
Master Strokes: Dutch And Flemish Drawings From The Golden Age Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-05-142016-11-13 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
The Camera Exposed
OngoingFree Event

23rd July 2016 to 5th March 2017 - Various Times | Free

 
The Camera Exposed Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum 2016-07-232017-03-05 Where:
Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum, Cromwell Road London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums
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