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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.
|Hackney Museum||Hackney Museum cares for over 6000 objects relating to the history of Hackney and the worldwide origins of its people.|
|Hall Place and Gardens (Bexley Heritage Trust)||Hall Place and Gardens is an award winning Tudor House and Gardens lying on the border between London and Kent, England. Hall Place, now a scheduled ancient monument and visitor attraction, was built c1537 in the reign of Henry VIII for Lord Mayor of London Sir John Champneis. It boasts a magnificent panelled Tudor great hall and minstrals gallery, views over the finest topiary lawns in London, herb garden, italianate garden, and inspirational herbaceous borders. The former walled garden contains garden displays and a sub-tropical house and plant centre.|
|Ham House||Ham House is unique in Europe as the most complete survival of 17th-century fashion and power. It was built in 1610 and then enlarged in the 1670s when it was at the heart of Restoration court life and intrigue. The garden is significant as one of the few formal gardens to survive the English Landscape Movement in the 18th century.|
|Hampton Court Palace||Hampton Court Palace promises a magical journey back through 500 years of royal history. Discover the magnificent State Apartments of Henry VIII and William III, explore 60 acres of immaculate riverside gardens and lose yourself in the world-famous maze.|
|Handel House Museum||The Museum is located at 25 Brook Street, London, home to the baroque composer George Frideric Handel from 1723 until his death in 1759. It was here that he composed some of the greatest music in history, including Messiah, Zadok the Priest and Fireworks Music. The Museum celebrates Handel's life and works, displaying portraits of Handel and his contemporaries in finely restored Georgian interiors and bringing live music back to his house.|
|Harrow Museum and Heritage Centre||Headstone Manor is the name given to all the historic buildings, moat and gardens at Harrow Museum and Heritage Centre. All of the buildings are listed by English Heritage and the site is a Scheduled Ancient Monument.|
|Hillingdon Local Studies & Archives||We collect, preserve and make available everything that reflects life in the borough and, to a lesser extent, the surrounding area, irrespective of date. Material includes books, pamphlets, periodicals, newspapers, maps, deeds, manuscripts, slides, tapes, photographs, films, videos, microfilms, prints, paintings and museum objects.|
|HMS Belfast||HMS Belfast is a cruiser. She was launched in March 1938 and served throughout the Second World War, playing a leading part in the destruction of the German battle cruiser Scharnhorst at the Battle of North Cape and in the Normandy Landings. After the war, she supported United Nations forces in Korea and remained in service with the Royal Navy until 1965. In 1971 she was saved for the nation as a unique and historic reminder of Britain�s naval heritage in the first half of the twentieth century.|
|Hogarth's House||Hogarth's House, built around 1700, was the country home of the great painter, engraver and satirist William Hogarth (1697-1764) from 1749 until his death. The house was first opened to the public as a museum to Hogarth in 1904, and was restored in 1997 for the tercentenary of Hogarth's birth. As well as learning about the story of Hogarth's life, the house also contains the most extensive collection of his engravings on permanent display.|
|Honeywood Heritage Centre||The core of Honeywood dates from the 17th century but the building has many later additions including major extensions of 1896 and 1903 when it was a house owned by John Pattinson Kirk, a London merchant. The house is rich in period detail and much of the interior has recently been restored to the 1903 colour scheme. There billiard room with its original Edwardian table and fittings.|
|Horniman Museum & Gardens||The Horniman has three main collections, World Cultures (Ethnography) comprising 80,000 objects, Natural History with 250,000 specimens, and Music with over 7,000 instruments plus 1,000 archive documents. There is also a parallel education handling collection which has over 3,700 objects drawn from all three main disciplines and a library collection with texts and related items covering the main collection areas.|
|House Mill||The oldest and largest Tidal mill in the UK. Built in 1776, it contains much of the original machinery including millstones and waterwheels. The machinery is not in working order.|