Worthwhile smaller London museums


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The Wallace Collection

Recommendation posted 6 months ago

A very high quality Art museum just off Oxford Street. Free to enter and perhaps less daunting and less crowded than some of the bigger galleries which you will know about anyway ! Quite an oasis of calm.


Hertford House, Manchester Square, Marylebone, London, United Kingdom

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Sir John Soane's Museum

Recommendation posted 6 months ago

Architect, Sir John Soane was one of those somewhat crazy Victorian collectors and his museum, originally his house is packed full of amazing stuff. Take your time going round. The rooms are small and each has a room guide. You could rush through but if you hang around, chat to the guides and show interest,they will show you high quality hidden treasures eg Hogarth’s Rakes Progress. Free to enter


13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, United Kingdom

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The Foundling Museum

Recommendation posted 6 months ago

The Foundling Museum showcases the work of the Foundling Hospital, the first English children’s charity ( for abandoned children ) set up in the 18th century by sea captain Thomas Coram. It attracted a lot of support and has very interesting connections with Handel. Be assured this is a life affirming place to go to, not the grim tale of abandonment and abuse you might fear.


40 Brunswick Square, Bloomsbury, London, United Kingdom

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Charles Dickens Museum

Recommendation posted 6 months ago

Dickens lived here as a young family man and up and coming author. Great to see how far he had come from such a precarious childhood. Lots of interesting stuff for both literary and social history buffs.


48-49 Doughty Street, London, United Kingdom

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