There’s so much to do and see in London that a week’s vacation in the capital city can hardly put a dent in an ambitious sightseeing plan. VisitLondon.com is a great site for those planning to visit the city, with information about what to see, where to stay and how to get around. London is renowned for its great museums, and here are five that should be on any tourist’s must-see list.
* British Museum: Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Enjoy a unique comparison of the treasures of world cultures under one roof, centered around the Great Court. World-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies are visited by up to six million visitors per year. In addition to the vast permanent collection, the museum’s special exhibitions, displays and events are all designed to advance understanding of the collection and cultures they represent.
* National Gallery: The National Gallery displays over 2,000 Western European paintings from the middle ages to the 20th century. Discover inspiring art by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Gainsborough, Turner, Renoir and Van Gogh. The pictures in the collection belong to the public and admission to see them is free. There are special exhibitions, lectures, video and audio-visual programmes, guided tours and holiday events for children and adults.
* Natural History Museum: Find hundreds of interactive exhibits in one of London’s most beautiful landmark buildings. Highlights include the popular dinosaurs gallery, mammals display with the unforgettable model blue whale and the spectacular Central Hall, home to the museum’s iconic diplodocus skeleton. Don’t miss the state-of-the-art Darwin Centre Cocoon where, on a self-guided tour, you can see hundreds of fascinating specimens and look into laboratories where scientists are at work.
*Tate Modern: Britain’s national museum of modern and contemporary art from around the world is housed in the former Bankside Power Station on the banks of the Thames. The awe-inspiring Turbine Hall runs the length of the entire building and you can see amazing work for free by artists such as Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dalí, Pollock, Warhol and Bourgeois.
* Victoria and Albert Museum: It’s considered by many to be the world’s greatest museum of art and design, representing more than 3,000 years of human creativity, with collections unrivaled in their scope and diversity. In recent years, the V&A has undergone a dramatic program of renewal and restoration. Highlights include the Medieval Renaissance galleries containing some of the greatest surviving treasures from the period, the jewelry gallery and the stunning British Galleries, illustrating the history of Britain through the nation’s art and design.