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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.
|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.|
|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.|
|British Museum||Housed in one of Britain�s architectural landmarks the world famous British Museum�s unique collection spans two million years of human history. The museum holds in trust for the nation and the world one of the finest collections in existence of art and antiquities from the ancient through to living cultures.|
|British Optical Association Foundation Museum||The British Optical Association Museum, which was founded in 1901, is a collection containing some seven thousand outstanding items of ophthalmic and optical interest. Built up by the British Optical Association, the Museum was entrusted to the care of the College of Optometrists in 1980 and continues to be recognised as one of the best optical collections in the world.|
|British Oxygen Company Museum (Charles King Collection)||The collection contains both large pieces of anaesthetic equipment and also smaller items as well as early drugs and gas cylinders. The items range in date from as early as 1774 to the 1990s. As a whole the collection therefore provides a detailed insight into the history of anaesthesia and anaesthetic equipment.|
|British Red Cross Museum & Archives||The museum�s Lifelines exhibition uses artefacts, documents and images to show how the British Red Cross has been a lifeline to people in crisis throughout the world since its foundation in 1870. Using collecting boxes, medals, equipment, paintings and uniforms, the exhibition provides an historical insight into the current work carried out by the British Red Cross, throughout the UK and overseas, to care for vulnerable people in crisis.|
|Bromley Museum||Have you heard of the Victorian gentleman from Bromley that kept two ants to be 14 years old? Was it your ancestors that left their tools behind one day a quarter of a million years ago? Explore Bromley Museum and discover for yourself these stories and more! The museum is in The Priory, Orpington, an interesting medieval/post medieval building set in attractive gardens.|
|Brooking Collection||The Brooking Collection of Architectural Detail at the University of Greenwich is one of the most important architectural collections in the country. It holds thousands of examples of original architectural features from large items like doors, windows and staircases, to smaller items like door-knobs and knockers. Recent additions to the collection are architectural memorabilia from the dismantled Wembley Stadium. Open by appointment only.|
|Bruce Castle Museum||Bruce Castle is a Grade I listed 16th Century manor house in 20 acres of parkland. The oldest surviving parts of the building were built by William Compton - a member of Henry VIII's court. Bruce Castle opened as a Museum in 1906 and now houses the Borough of Haringey's local history collections and archives.|
|Brunel Engine House||The Brunel Engine House houses an exhibition explaining the birth of modern tunneling in Rotherhithe and the impact Marc & Isambard Kingdom Brunel had on Civil Engineering. A roofless ruin until 1975, the Engine House has been rescued and registered as a Scheduled Ancient Monument. It is now an International Landmark Site and an independent museum illustrating the story of the Thames Tunnel, which today carries the East London Line from Rotherhithe under the Thames to Wapping on the North Bank.|
|Burgh House||Burgh House is a grade I listed house built in the early years of the 18th century. The Hampstead Museum is incorporated in the House on the first floor and offers permanent displays on Hampstead History.|