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Museums

London has an extraordinarily rich and diverse range of museums, galleries and other heritage attractions. This includes over 200 museums and galleries with permanent collections and numerous temporary exhibition venues, heritage and science centres.

 The city is famous for its great national institutions, like the British Museum and the National Gallery, but there are also many other fascinating museums and galleries that are well worth investigating. There are local community museums, university and military collections, museums based in houses where famous people once lived, and wide range of museums focusing on various specialist interests.

 This website listing will give you a taster of what London has to offer. It includes a short description of many of these attractions and links to websites where you can find out more.

 

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Alexander Fleming Laboratory Discover for yourself the secrets of the laboratory in which Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin in 1928. An in-situ reconstruction of the laboratory, displays and a video uncover the remarkable story of how a chance discovery became a lifesaving drug destined to revolutionise medicine. The extensive archives of St Mary's Hospital are also open for research. 
Alfred Dunhill Museum & Archive Displays a selection of Alfred Dunhill antique products, including motoring accessories, lighters, watches, pens, compendiums and fragrances from the early 1900s onwards. There is also an archive of photographs, catalogues and company history. Escorted visits can be arranged by prior arrangement with the curator. 
All Hallows Undercroft Museum The Undercroft Museum is housed beneath the nave of All Hallows, the oldest church in the city of London, located next to the Tower of London. The museum has artefacts relating to the life of Tower Hill and All Hallows Church. Here you can see a tessellated Roman pavement in situ, classical tombstones, a model of the Roman city, ancient registers and a Crusader Altar. You can also visit the Brass Rubbing Centre at All Hallows. 
Apsley House: The Wellington Museum Apsley House, home of the first Duke of Wellington, is one of the capital�s finest residences. Famously known as �No.1 London�, its sumptuous interiors house the Duke�s outstanding collection of paintings, porcelain, silver, sculpture, furniture, medals and memorabilia.  
Arsenal F.C. Museum The Arsenal museum is situated on the second floor of the North Bank stand and is the largest, most extensive archive of one club's football memorabilia in Britain. The museum opened on October 30th 1993 and has helped promote the history of the Club since it's formation in 1886.  
Association of Anaesthetists The foundation of the Museum was the collection of anaesthetic equipment donated by Charles King. Charles King was an instrument and anaesthetic appliance designer and manufacturer. The Association of Anaesthetists now holds 2000 - 3000 artefacts as well as archives, a library, technical literature and films, pictures and slides all relating to the history of anaesthesia.  
Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen Museum Illustrating British Jewry's contribution to the Armed Forces of the Crown from the Crimea to the present day The museum commemorates the contribution made by British and other Jewish men and women over the last two centuries who have taken part in the various military struggles, though it inevitably focuses on the two world wars.  
Bank of England Museum A fascinating insight into the history of one of the world�s most famous banks, from its founding in 1694 to the present day.  
Bankside Gallery Home of the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Society of Painter Printmakers. Located on the South Bank of the Thames, adjacent to Tate Modern, Bankside Gallery aims to provide a pre-eminent showcase for works of art on paper, painted and printed by Members of both Societies.  
Barbican Art Gallery The Barbican Art Gallery provides an exhibition space for a diverse programme of photography, design and fine art exhibitions. The gallery will be closed for a major refurbishment from June 2003 until 29 April 2004, when it will re-open with an exciting range of diverse and distinctive exhibitions including internationally acclaimed design and architecture, ground breaking British contemporary art and quintessential American photography. 

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