Do you know what the Museum Mile is?
It is the mile along which 15 fascinating museums and galleries with magnificent collections are located in central London, from the River Thames to Bloomsbury. Discover them!
The British Museum
Founded in 1753, it was the world’s first national public museum. It has more than seven million pieces that go through the history of humanity. And special mention to the Egyptian mummies, the Rosetta stone and the Parthenon sculptures.
Address Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG
The Foundling Museum
It reveals the history of Foundling Hospital, the UK’s first home dedicated to the care of abandoned children.
Address 40 Brunswick Square, London WC1N 1AZ
Sir John Soane’s Museum
The one that was the home and studio of the neoclassical architect Sir John Soane became a museum after his death in 1837. This museum introduces us to his art collection.
Address 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3BP
The British Library
In the British Library, we can find the Magna Carta, the Gutenberg Bible along with notable manuscripts, maps, first editions, photographs and stamps.
Address 96 Euston Road, London NW1 2DB
The Cartoon Museum
It is a museum dedicated to the comic art from the 18th century to the present day.
Address 63 Wells Street, Fitzrovia, London, W1A 3AE
London Transport Museum
The Transport Museum shows us the evolution of London’s means of transport throughout history. Highlights include the only surviving steam engine.
Address Covent Garden Piazza, London WC2E 7BB
The Courtauld Gallery
It houses the art collection of the Courtauld Institute of Art, with works from the Renaissance to the 20th century. Highlights the Impressionist and post-Impressionist masterpieces. It will be closed until 2021.
Address Somerset House, Strand, London WC2R 0RN
The Charles Dickens Museum
In the Charles Dickens Museum we find rare editions, manuscripts, and original furniture related to the novelist Charles Dickens.
Address 48−49 Doughty Street, Holborn, London WC1N 2LX
Brunei Gallery, Soas
The Brunei Gallery houses works from Asia, Africa and the Middle East that shows through temporary exhibitions.
Address Thornhaugh Street, Russell Square, London WC1H 0XG
The Hunterian Museum at the Royal College of Surgeons
The Hunterian Museum reveals 400 years of medicine. It houses one of the oldest anatomical collections in the world. It will be closed until 2021.
Address 35−43 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3PE
The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
It houses one of the best collections of Freemasonry materials in the world. The Art Deco hall stands out.
Address 60 Great Queen Street, London WC2B 5AZ
UCL Museums and Collections
The Museums of University College London house important collections of art, archaeology, geology, zoology and art. They include three museums:
- Grant Museum of Zoology, open Monday to Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- UCL Art Museum, open Tuesday to Friday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
- The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology, open Tuesday to Saturday from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Address Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT
Wellcome Collection is a museum and library that houses medical artifacts and connects life, science, medicine and art.
Address 183 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE
All are free admission except: London Transport Museum, The Cartoon Museum, The Courtauld Gallery, The Charles Dickens Museum and The Foundling Museum.
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