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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.
|Barnet Museum||Barnet Museum tells the history of the local area, from the Battle of Barnet in 1471 to the present day. It�s collection include 19th century wedding dresses worn by brides who got married in the local area.|
|Ben Uri Gallery||The Ben Uri Gallery mounts regular exhibitions of contemporary Jewish art as well as works from its permanent collection of paintings, prints, drawings and sculptures by Jewish artists including Bomberg, Gertler and Auerbach.|
|Benjamin Franklin House||Benjamin Franklin House at 36 Craven Street, London, is the only Franklin home remaining in the world today. Work in under way to preserve the building and restore the house to its 18th century condition. The first phase of the structural repair was completed in October 1998. The second phase is the interior conservation and the creation of a centre dedicated to Benjamin Franklin.|
|Bethlem Royal Hospital Archives & Museum||The small museum displays a remarkable collection of pictures by artists who have suffered from mental disorder, including Richard Dadd, Vaslav Nijinsky and Louis Wain: also the statues of 'Raving and Melancholy Madness' from the gates of 17th century Bedlam, and other material relating to the history of psychiatry. The archives contain records of the Bethlem and Maudsley Hospitals from the sixteenth century on.|
|Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood||The Museum of Childhood houses the UK's largest collection of toys including dolls, dolls' houses, puppets, games, optical toys and automata. It also has a significant children's costume and nursery equipment collection. Its collection date from the 16th century to the present day.|
|Black Cultural Archives & Museum||The Black Cultural Archive & Museum is in the centre of Brixton and tells the story of Black people in Britain through African artefacts, slave papers, records and photographs. The archive and museum also organises a range of public events, especially during Black History Month each October.|
|Boston Manor House, NT||Boston Manor House is a fine Jacobean manor house built in 1623. The three-storey building is situated in parkland containing a lake and ancient cedar frees. The house was built for Lady Mary Reade, a young widow who re-married not long after its completion in 1623.|
|Bramah Tea & Coffee Museum||The world's first museum devoted entirely to the history of tea and coffee. It tells the commercial and social 400 year old history of two of the world's most important commodities since their arrival in Europe from the Far East and Africa.|
|British Architectural Library||The Royal Institute of British Architects' British Architectural Library (RIBA Library) is the largest and most comprehensive resource in the United Kingdom for research and information on all aspects of architecture.|
|British Dental Association Museum||The collections of the BDAM comprise over 18,000 objects, archives and images relating to the history of dentistry in the U.K. The collections tell the stories of the growth of the dental profession and industry and include items such as artificial teeth, instruments, machinery, furniture, archives, fine arts, photography and related dental ephemera.|