Museums in London

London's extraordinary museums are among its greatest treasures. From dinosaurs and Egyptian mummies to waxworks of the rich and famous, from Old Masters to cutting edge contemporary art, there's truly something for everyone. Best of all, the vast permanent collections are free, so you can come and go as you please.

Entry to the National Gallery on Trafalgar Square, home to the priceless work of the Old Masters, is free. There's no charge to visit Tate Modern, housed in an old power station and offering mind-bending 20th Century art. In West London, the Science Museum, the Natural History Museum - where dinosaur skeletons are among the exhibits - and the planet's finest art and design collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum are within walking distance of each other. Stop by for a few minutes or a few hours: you'll only pay to visit the special exhibitions.

At the magnificent British Museum, many visitors choose a guided tour in order to enjoy the pick of what's on display. Among the paid-for essentials is Madame Tussauds, with its world famous waxworks, so popular that we advise early booking. You can combine a Westminster walking tour with a visit to the Churchill War Rooms to gain a unique view of the Second World War. In the East End the Jack The Ripper Museum tells of the horror of the city's most notorious serial killer. London's museums have it all. Their doors are open, waiting for you.

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Museums in London

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See the secret underground bunker from which Winston Churchill, his ministers, admirals and generals ran the Second World War with a visit to the Churchill War Rooms, preserved now exactly as they were during London's darkest hours.
from £29 Want to meet a pop star, a president - or perhaps a prince? You can find your own hero at Madame Tussauds, the world's most famous waxworks museum, by booking your ticket in advance to avoid the queues outside this extraordinary original London attraction.

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