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after visiting a museum, why not explore the area by following a self-guided walk

Writers Walk

Senate House

From the British Museum, follow this walk to see Great Ormond Street Hospital, Bloomsbury and Senate House

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The City Walk

mansion house

From the Museum of London, explore the City of London, featuring attractions such as the Tower and St Pauls

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The Nautical Walk

old royal observatory

From the National Maritime Museum, explore the world heritage listed town of Greenwich

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The Ripper Walk

whitechapel hospital

From the Museum of Childhood, explore Whitechapel and the places associated with the ripper murders

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Museums and Art Galleries


British Museum

British MuseumThe British Museum was founded in 1753 and began with three privately-owned public collections.

Over the next fifty years, Egyptian antiquities and the Elgin marbles from the Parthenon in Athens were added.

The museum now holds around 13 million items of historical interest.

It is also an impressive building, particularly since the transformation of the Round Reading Room following the opening of the new British Library in 1997.

Nearest underground stations: Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street

Museum of London

museum of LondonStep inside Museum of London for an unforgettable journey through the capital's turbulent past.

The Museum is currently undergoing a major redevelopment, transforming the way it tells London's story from 1666 to the present day.

The new modern London galleries will open in early 2010 but until then visitors can still enjoy our prehistoric, Roman and medieval London galleries, as well as events and exhibitions for all ages including London's Burning, a special exhibition which explores the Great Fire of London.

FREE entry.

Nearest underground stations: Barbican, St Pauls

V & A Museum

V & A museum The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) is the world's largest museum of decorative arts and design.

Its permanent collection of over 4 million items spans 5000 years and every continent.

It holds items such as costumes, ceramics, prints, photographs and drawings and houses the world's largest collection of post classical sculpture.

Nearest underground station: South Kensington

Science Museum

science museum Founded in 1857, the museum holds over 300,000 items including Stephenson's Rocket, Puffing Billy and a working version of Charles Babbage's Difference Engine (considered by many to be the "first computer".)

The museum also houses many items collected by Henry Wellcome related to medicine. This includes historic medical instruments and a lifesize iron lung.

Nearest underground station: South Kensington

National Maritime Museum

national maritime museum
This museum, at Greenwich, is situated in the impressive buildings of the former Royal Naval School, part of Maritime Greenwich which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

The museum holds maritime artwork, maps, drawings, ship models and instruments of navigation. It also holds the largest collections relating to Horation Nelson and James Cook and paintings taken from Germany after World War II.

Getting to Greenwich: riverboat to Greenwich Pier, train to North Greenwich, DLR to Cutty Sark

Natural History Museum

natural history museum The Natural History Museum, housed in an impressive building opened in 1881, contains 70 million items within 5 main collections: Botany, Entomology, Mineralogy, Palaeontology and Zoology.

Many of its items were collected by Darwin himself on his various expeditions.

Its most popular exhibits are its dinosaur skeletons, including a cast of one donated by Andrew Carnegie and located in the museum's central hall.

Nearest underground station: South Kensington

Imperial War Museum

imperial war museumTh
is museum is housed in a former psychiatric hospital, known as "Bedlam". It includes memorabilia from all modern British conflicts since World War I.

Items range from medals, weapons and ration books through to tanks and a fragment from the Berlin Wall.

Nearest underground stations: Lambeth North, Waterloo

Museum of Childhood

museum of childhood Also known as the Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood, this museum holds the largest collection of childhood objects in Britain.

Items include toys, games, dolls houses, rocking horses, childhood equipment and costumes.

It also holds exhibits related to the social history of childhood such as the lives of children during World War II.

Nearest underground station: Bethnal Green

Royal Air Force Museum

Royal Air Force museum
The Royal Air Force Museum is Britain's only national museum dedicated wholly to aviation and science of flight. It has two sites: one in London and one in the Midlands.

The Museum offers a programme of free family based activities during the holidays and at weekends throughout the year.

Nearest Underground: Colindale (25 minutes from Kings Cross Station)

Sir John Soanes Museum

sir john soanes museum This interesting museum was established during Soane's lifetime by an Act of Parliament requiring the house and its contents to be retained as near as possible to how they were at his death.

The museum contains architectural models and drawings, as well as various antiquities.

Nearest underground station: Holburn

Bank of England Museum

Bank of England
This fascinating Museum tells the story of the Bank of England since its foundation in 1694 to its role in today’s economy.

Interactive displays, audio-visuals and artefacts help explain its many and varied roles. There’s even a genuine gold bar which may be handled!

Nearest Underground: Bank

Transport Museum (not free)

London transport museum Sadly one of the few major museums in central London which isn't free, this museum is still worth visiting for a fun day out.

Exhibits include
interactive transport maps, full size original London buses and London Underground memorabilia.

Nearest underground station: Covent Garden

Fitzroy House
Fitzroy HouseFitzroy House is a 1791 Georgian period building. Set in Fitzrovia, it was formerly inhabited by Playwright George Bernard Shaw. It now shows the life and work of L. Ron Hubbard who worked here in the late 1950s.

Awarded ‘Most Published Author’ by the Guinness Book of World Records, he is one of the most prolific writers of his time.

37 Fitzroy Street, London W1T 6DX
Tours by appointment 11am - 5pm daily. Admission free. Groups welcome. Refreshments served. Tel 0207 255 2422.

Nearest Underground: Warren Street

London Film Museum (not free)

London film museumThe London Film Museum is a unique interactive museum attraction right next to the London Eye, giving the visitor a fantastic look behind the scenes of some of the greatest films ever made.

The experience is suitable for the whole family and covers how films are made, the genres, the history of the British Studios and all the individuals and industries that come together to make movies a reality. You will also see original props and costumes from favourites including Superman, You Only Live Twice, Star Wars and Alien amongst others. Admission fee.

Mon – Weds, Friday 10am – 5pm (last entry at 4pm), Thursday 11am - 5pm, Saturday 10 am - 6pm, Sunday 11am – 6pm (last entry at 5pm)

Nearest Underground: Westminster or Waterloo