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Top 5 Museums to visit in London – Touring the illustrious museums of a city famed for its history

The capital of the once vast British Empire, London has been deeply embedded in the world's history for centuries. To reminisce the colonial era, here we list the top museums to visit in the city.

1

Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria & Albert Museum is commonly referred to as V&A among the locals and is well known as a hub for creativity. Home to the largest collection of decorative arts & designs, the name is derived from Queen Victoria and Prince Albert. The large building houses everything from fashion to fine arts, which amount to more than four and a half million artefacts! This is enough to keep one occupied for days. Certain exhibits need a ticket but the majority of the exhibits can be viewed free. A hop away from hotels near Hyde Park London, Victoria and Albert Museum's location makes it quite easy to access.

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The British Museum

Widely considered the oldest museum, this museum has iconic artefacts from all parts of the globe. Under its roof, you can view the Rosetta Stone from Egypt or even the twelfth century Lewis Chessmen. If that is not enough to convince you to visit the British Museum, the Parthenon Sculpture from Greece is bound to change your mind! The building itself was built in the seventeenth century and its wondrous architecture is another highlight. The British Museum can be easily accessed from any hotel such as the Berjaya Eden Park London Hotel thanks to the public transportation lines that run close to the museum.

3

Tate Modern

Opened only in 2000, this young museum focuses on modern art. It is located in an eyecatching building that was once the Bankside Power Station. Tate Modern displays modern artwork by individuals such as Rothko, Twombly, Beuys and Mattise while the Turbine Hall on the other hand, features massive installations that make for a change of pace from your everyday museum. Moreover, you are treated to beautiful views of the Thames and the city's skyline from the bar.

4

National Maritime Museum

As the name suggests, you can expect to find everything related to the sea and other nautical equipment of a bygone era. The surrounding location was once the hub of Britain's naval industry and so the museum has a horde of maps, memorabilia and other items. Simply said, the national Maritime museum has something for everyone. You can even discover a separate gallery for kids, so rest assured you and everyone else are bound to be completely captivated the whole time.

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Natural History Museum

Housing around eighty million items that include fossils and mineral specimens, you can lay your eyes on the remains of a dinosaur, the now extinct dodos, a massive blue whale skeleton and even glow in the dark crystals. The Museum is home to a famed research centre and you can expect to see natural relics from numerous fragments of history. They are divided into five sectors and the museum consists of a large library too, which you can enter only by making a prior appointment.

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