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Top museums in London - There's one for everyone!

London, the busy capital city of England is home to many museums as its history dates back to the 2nd century, and is often quite popular with tourists and locals alike.

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1. The British Museum

The British Museum known to be one of the world's oldest museums was established in 1759. It mainly provides the history, art and culture of the human race dating back to over 2 million years. Since then the collection has grown to over 13 million objects. Guests are free to enter and experience the wonders the British Museum has to offer and submerge themselves in its history. The museum attracts approximately 6 million visitors each year. The galleries are carefully designed and sectioned off by location and periods in history, allowing the curious wide eyed wanderer to take in all that this museum could offer! However, for those who enjoy some help from a tour guide, the museum offers 20 minute spotlight tours led by experienced tour guides.

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2. The Natural History Museum

Attracting over 5 million guests every year, The Natural History Museum was opened in 1881 on Cromwell Road and preserves around 80 million species dating back to a billion years. The museum contains hundreds of interactive exhibits in one of London's most beautifully ancient buildings, and its beauty extends deep in to the museum. Some of the main attractions to the museum include the popular Mammals Gallery along with the large model of the Blue whale & the Dinosaurs gallery with the towering life size diplodocus skeleton in the Central Hall. Housing a research institution, the museum also offers temporary exhibitions and events where history lovers are given a chance to meet experts and discuss about science and nature. Berjaya Eden Park London Hotel is a mere 5 - 10 minutes' drive from many museums including the Natural History Museum. Guests opting to stay here are at a great advantage as its location is close to other attractions of London like Kensington Palace, Notting Hill and Portobello Road.

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3. The Victoria and Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum, situated in South Kensington, is world renowned to be the greatest museum of art and design as it holds over 3000 years of human creativity, with collections ranging from the Medieval Renaissance Galleries, the British Galleries which quite mesmerizingly illustrates British history through art and design. The Victoria and Albert Museum is located close to the Science Museum.

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4. The Science Museum

The Science Museum situated in South Kensington was founded in 1857. Approximately 3.3 million visitors annually pass through its great halls and are thus considered to be one of the city's major tourist attractions. The Science Museum is known to hold a collection of over 300,000 historical scientific items, particularly Stephenson's Rocket, Puffing Billy, the first jet engine along with some of the earliest steam engines. The latest addition to the museum is the IMAX 3D Cinema which shows science and nature documentaries in order to educate and enlighten the masses that walk through its doors. As most museums are centrally located, guests can choose from a variety of hotels near Hyde Park London.

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5. The Museum of London

The Museum of London, located on London wall is ideal for those who are curious to learn the history of London as it documents artefacts and other historic figures from prehistoric to modern times. The Museum's main focus is on the social history of London and its civilization during that time. As a result, the museum holds the largest urban history collection in the world with over 6 million historical objects that depict the capital's rocky past under the Romans and Saxons, the civils wars, plagues and fire.

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6. Imperial War Museum

As the name suggests The Imperial War Museum is one for the war history lovers, as it portrays the stories and experiences of those that lived to tell their stories and those that left stories behind them from World War 1 till the present day. The museum hosts; amongst other things, The Large Exhibits Gallery which depicts the impact of modern warfare on people and places and the Holocaust Exhibition which outlines the horrors of the Nazi persecution and murder of Jews. The Museum was founded in 1917 with the intention to record civil and military war efforts during the First World War, however it has expanded since to include all conflicts involving the British.