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Worthwhile smaller London museums


Updated 2 months ago

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The Wallace Collection

London, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 10 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

London, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 10 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

London, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 10 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

London, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 10 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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The Postal Museum

London, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 4 months ago

Small but very well presented and interesting museum about the British Postal Service, the Royal Mail. Although there are some stamps, note that this is NOT a philatelic museum. Some lovely exhibits and a fair amount of interactive ones. You can also ride on an underground train which used to facilitate postal deliveries around London. They really need to reopen it, not just as a tourist attraction as it was efficient and environmentally friendly.


15-20 Phoenix Place, London, United Kingdom

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Geffrye Museum (Stop WB)

London, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 4 months ago

Interesting and unusual museum focussing on home life between 1600 and the present day, through a series of rooms, appropriately decorated and furnished. Oddly it is especially appealing when it gets to the 20th century.

London E2 8AL, UK

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The Fan Museum

London, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 4 months ago

Fan -tastic. I had no desire to visit this museum but was favourably surprised when I was persuaded to go. History of fans! Fun displays Pleasant cafe and small garden too. In Greenwich a lovely part of London.


12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, London SE10 8ER, UK

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Leighton House Museum

London, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 4 months ago

Home of Frederic Lord Leighton, 19 th century artist. Splendid rooms and decoration especially the Arab Hall which contains over a thousand Syrian tiles. Stunning!


12 Holland Park Road, Kensington, London, United Kingdom

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William Morris Gallery

London, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 4 months ago

Learn about the life and work of William Morris ( artist, craftsman, designer and socialist ) in his childhood home in Walthamstow on outskirts of London. Free entry


Lloyd Park, Forest Road, Walthamstow, London, United Kingdom

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The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

London, United Kingdom • Memory • 2 months ago

This is a small gallery next to Buckingham Palace belonging to the Queen. It has good exhibitions but is quite expensive. If you buy a ticket for one exhibition, however, it lasts all year for all subsequent exhibitions, so best if you live in the UK.


Buckingham Palace, London SW1A 1AA, UK

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Cutty Sark

London, United Kingdom • Recommendation • 2 months ago

Fantastic old tea clipper, so well restored after disastrous damage. In Greenwich , a green and fascinating part of London.


King William Walk, Greenwich, London SE10 9HT, UK

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