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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.
|Design Museum||The Design Museum is one of London's most inspiring attractions. Concerned as much with the future as the past, a programme of critically acclaimed exhibitions captures the excitement of design's evolution, ingenuity and inspiration through the twentieth and twenty-first centuries.|
|Dickens House Museum||A museum dedicated to the life and works of Charles Dickens.|
|Dorich House (Kingston University)||Dorich House, tall and narrow in the style of Eastern European architecture and influenced by the modern architecture of the Thirties, was built on a double plot of land on Kingston Hill in 1936 by Dora Gordine and her husband The Hon. Richard Hare. The name "Dorich" is a conflation of the names Dora and Richard. Designed by its owners it reflected their devotion to sculpture and art with two studios and a spacious gallery. The private apartment is on the top floor with a roof terrace.|
|Down House||Charles Darwin used the 7.2ha estate surrounding Down House as an inspiration for his work and a test bed for his ideas. Though somewhat run down when acquired by English Heritage, the estate has survived in structure and extent almost unscathed since Darwin�s death in 1882. English Heritage completed a five year restoration of the garden in the spring of 2003, which aimed to re-create the appearance and atmosphere of the garden as it was towards the end of Darwin�s life.|
|Dr Johnson's House||Dr Johnson�s House is one of the few residential houses of its age still surviving in the City of London. Built in 1700, it was a home and workplace for Samuel Johnson from 1748-1759, and it was here that he compiled the first comprehensive English Dictionary. Now restored to its original condition, the house contains panelled rooms, a pine staircase, and a collection of period furniture, prints and portraits. Situated to the north of Fleet Street, the house is found among a maze of courtyards and passages that are a reminder of historic London.|
|Dulwich Picture Gallery||Dulwich Picture Gallery houses one of the world's most important collections of European old master paintings of the 1600s and 1700s. The collection is also one of the oldest in Great Britain, substantially put together in the years 1790 to 1795. The paintings are housed in the first purpose-built art gallery in England, designed by Sir John Soane in 1811.|