Museums and Stadium tours in London
1. 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, centred around the magnificent 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.
2. Victoria and Albert Museum
The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s greatest museum of art and design, representing more than 3,000 years of human creativity, with collections unrivalled in their scope and diversity.
In recent years, the V&A has undergone a dramatic programme of renewal and restoration. Highlights include the Medieval Renaissance galleries containing some of the greatest surviving treasures from the period, the breathtaking jewellery gallery and the stunning British galleries, illustrating the history of Britain through the nation’s art and design. In addition to its outstanding free permanent collection, the V&A offers a programme of temporary exhibitions and an extensive events programme.
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3. IWM London: Imperial War Museum London
Ground-breaking galleries reflect on war from the First World War onwards, to conflicts that continue to shape our world today.
Discover our First World War Galleries as well as our permanent exhibitions including The Lord Ashcroft Gallery: Extraordinary Heroes and Secret War. Explore stories and key moments from the Second World War in A Family in Wartime and The Holocaust Exhibition.
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4. Natural History Museum
This summer sees a major part of the Museum’s transformation into a Natural History Museum for the future. Diving through the heart of Hintze Hall, a gigantic blue whale skeleton leads a cast of natural world stars, telling the dramatic story of evolution, diversity in the world today and our urgent role in the planet’s future.
This real, 25.2-metre female whale skeleton is surrounded by hundreds of new specimens across three floors, including ten other star specimens in the ground floor wonder bays.
The Museum offers a wide-ranging programme of temporary exhibitions and events all year round which inspire a love of the natural world and educate on the power of nature.
Other highlights include dinosaur fossils, Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the state of the art Darwin centre and this summer’s blockbuster exhibition, Whales: Beneath the surface.
5. Science Museum
The Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. There are over 15,000 objects on display, including world-famous objects such as the Apollo 10 command capsule and Stephenson’s Rocket.
Our interactive galleries bring to life first scientific principles and contemporary science debates. Plus, you can experience what it’s like to fly with the Red Arrows or blast off into space on an Apollo space mission in our stunning 3D and 4D simulators or watch a film on a screen taller than four double-decker buses in the IMAX 3D Cinema.
1. Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum
The easiest way to get a glimpse inside Wimbledon and immerse yourself in the game’s epic history
For a sporting venue known for its strict adherence to tradition, the Wimbledon Lawn Tennis Museum is impressively futuristic. Not only is there a 3D cinema explaining the science of the game, but a holographic ‘ghost’ of former tennis world champion John McEnroe roaming the dressing room (yes, seriously), even though he’s still very much alive and volleying. Interviews with players are broadcast on TV screens and an interactive area allows visitors to handle racquets, feel the weight of a trophy and test their reaction skills in simulation games.
Tracing the history of lawn tennis, there is memorabilia dating as far back as 1555, while new additions to the collection include Andy Murray’s outfit from the London 2012 Olympics, when he took home the gold medal, and a series of tennis posters from 1893 to 2015. You can also go on behind-the-scenes tours of the grounds and facilities – including Centre Court – and get a 360-degree view of the arena from a special viewing platform.
2. Fulham FC Stadium
Guided tours of Fulham FC’s Craven Cottage ground begin at the Johnny Haynes statue and follow a route that includes the tunnel and pitch-side dugouts, TV studio, home team changing room and Chairman’s Club. The 11.15am tour runs on selected dates; at busy times a 1.15pm tour may also take place. Children must be accompanied. Booking essential.
3. Marylebone Cricket Club Museum
The big draw here is actually something very, very small. The legendary Ashes Urn draws tens of thousands of visitors each year, as the centrepiece at the world’s oldest sporting museum. Aside from the Ashes, you can see a wide range of cricket-related exhibits, including the stuffed sparrow that was ‘bowled out’ by Jehangir Khan in 1936 and displays dedicated to the life of WG Grace.
Four hundred years of cricketing history is laid out, with many items dating from the nineteenth century alongside rather more recent objects, such as Shane Warne’s cricket kit (pre-Liz Hurley makeover), plus cricket-related paintings by Fanny Rush and Karen Neale. It could be a short browse for those with a casual interest in cricket, but there’s a lot more to delve into for the hardcore fan. There’s also The Brian Johnston Memorial Theatre which enables visitors to see footage of some of cricket’s greatest performances.
A visit to the museum is included in the Lord’s Tour and it can also be visited by match day ticket holders. These are few good visits among Museums and Stadium tours in London