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Museums in London -Take a Step Back in Time

London, the great, big, magnificent city that stands tall and proud as a testament to the power of the British nation. Explore these five museums and you'll discover the city's timeless splendour.

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British Museum

Founded in the year 1753, this is undoubtedly one of the oldest and greatest museums in the world. The British Museum has a vast collection of artefacts of which the historical significance is impressive. However, only a fraction of this collection is open to the public. The best among these include Lewis Chessmen set, the preserved body of the 'Lindow Man', Egyptian mummies, the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial, the Rosetta Stone and Parthenon sculptures. The British Museum is such a popular attraction in London that it welcomes about 5.8 million visitors every year. There are special programs like exhibitions, guided tours, discussions and gallery tours that are aimed at enlightening visitors about the extraordinary collection of old-world treasures housed within the British Museum.

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Science Museum

Love science? Then this is the museum for you! All seven floors of this amazing museum are dedicated to showcasing entertaining and educational exhibits of relating to the field of science. It's located in Belgravia where the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is in. Due to the convenience of the area's central location, many tourists choose to stay at a Belgravia hotel in London the likes of the COMO The Halkin, London as they are within a stone's throw away to all the major sites, including the Science Museum.
Some of the highlights of the museum include objects the Apollo 10 command module, and Stephenson's Rocket and many other artefacts that showcase the development in contemporary medicine, technology, and science.

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V&A

Visit the Victoria and Albert Museum, aka the V&A, to witness of the greatest collection of decorative art in the world! From sculpture to ceramics, photography, and portraits, you name it, are all at the V&A. This remarkable museum has masterpieces of art that represent human creativity of over 3000 years. Some of these include the British Galleries 1500-1900, which depict the history of British design from the reign of Henry VIII to that of Queen Victoria; the William and Judith Bollinger Jewelry Gallery and the Medieval Renaissance Galleries, to name a few.

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Natural History Museum

Explore the history of Mother Nature at the Natural History Museum in London. The museum, housed within an impressive Alfred Waterhouse building, contains fossil, animal, plant, mineral and rock specimens that date as far back 70 million ago. The Life Gallery of the Natural History Museum showcases displays of a variety of animal life, some extinct and others still present. Some these feature a plaster cast of a Diplodocus dinosaur that towers over everything in the Central Hall; the state-of-the-art Cocoon building, and a striking model of a great blue whale.

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The Charles Dickens Museum

This is the museum for anyone who fell in love reading Dickens while growing up and still do. The Charles Dickens Museum is contained within the former residence of the great author who lived in it between the years of 1837 to 1839. There's a remarkable collection of his first editions, pictures, letters, furniture and memorabilia, all carefully preserved within the quarters of which Dickens lived, breathed and wrote books that made history.