London, with its ancient roots and eclectic history, is a city of many activities and sights to see. Each year, millions of visitors come to London to take part, even if briefly, in the pulse and rhythm of a busy capitol. For those culturally inclined, London has a dizzying array of museums, galleries and exhibitions. Take advantage of all that London has with the London Pass, the free ticket for many of these locations. The London Pass is a purchased card that will provide access and transportation to many London sights. It is valid for however many days you purchase it for.
The British Museum is a must-see with its many galleries and rooms stocked full of antiquities. There is an ever changing schedule of events and activities for everyone. The staff rotates their collections for a fresh perspective each month. And with a museum shop and restaurant, you can spend the entire day here. The Tower of London houses the Crown Jewels, an impressive display of the jewels owned by the Royal Family. There are other tours and exhibitions at the tower but check their website for a complete schedule. The British Library holds some of the world’s most famous and ancient texts in their vaults. Come and enjoy the smell of pages and pages of books. Temporary exhibits are also available in the galleries.
The two Tate Galleries are art museums, one of modern art and the other a repository of the national British art collection. Tate Modern is the most visited modern art museum in the world with both having permanent as well as changing exhibitions of their collections. The National Portrait Gallery is a free museum holding portraits of people from the 16th century to the present. There are over 160,000 pieces of artwork in the collection. The Design Museum is devoted to contemporary design in general, from graphics to lifestyle. Take a look at the exhibitions on how design impacts everyday life. The Victoria and Albert Museum is also on art and design. Here as in others, there are permanent displays of their collection with a changing schedule of events and temporary displays. This is considered the world’s greatest collection of art and design.
The Science Museum answers the questions on past, present and future technologies. The hands-on exhibits appeal to the younger set and those who enjoy science and technology. IMAX movies and 4D simulators are available for an additional fee. The Natural History Museum looks at the natural world past and present. Again another hit with the kids, the museum has many educational opportunities and resources. Collections include over 70 million specimens acquired from over 400 years. Check out the diversity of life on planet Earth and discover what it means to be human.
There is just never enough time to see it all when in London. This list is just some of the cultural hotspots and does not even begin to cover all other attractions. London is busy, London is eclectic, London is diverse and London is a place to return to time and time again.