Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from goo.gl/Ta4oAX.
Published July 3rd 2014
Geological Survey Museum
London has over two hundred and forty museums to go and visit. The first ones most people think about are the big nationally-funded museums that are generally known worldwide, and are on most tourists' itinerary lists. These are also ones frequented by school children as part of an educational visit for particular school subjects.
Museum of London
The ones in this category that come to mind include The British Library, Museum of London, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, and The Victoria & Albert Museum. Of these, I have most enjoyed the Museum of London. With eight extensive galleries you will learn all about the Capital's history, from what the area was like in the Stone Age, its founding as part of the Roman Empire, life in the Middle Ages, and everything else up to present day and beyond. The best sections, in my opinion are 'The People's City', where you get to walk through a Victorian high street, and 'World City', which features children's cartoons from the 1950s.
All these galleries are huge, and because I like to look at everything in one day, I end up exhausted and fed up by the end of it. My preference is therefore smaller, independent museums. Some examples include Pollock's Toy Museum, The Cartoon Museum, and The Canal Museum. These ones usually require a small entry fee to keep the place running. I loved Pollock's Toy Museum, because it was interesting to see the sort of toys, games and activities children had over the last two centuries. These include wax dolls, puppet theatres, and vintage board games. This is the museum that started me off collecting teddy bears.
Ripley's Believe it or Not! Museum
If you fancy going somewhere a bit different, then there are three museums I would recommend. The Cutty Sark is a museum in a ship. It was a nineteenth century merchant ship used for importing and exporting transporting goods - tea in particular. For those with a morbid curiosity, The Clink Prison Museum will reveal all the horror of gaol life (or death to be more accurate). And finally, for the just plain weird, then you want Ripley's Believe It or Not! Museum.
How many London museums have you visited? Have you got a favourite?