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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.
|Keats House||Keats House is a museum dedicated to the collection, preservation, documentation, exhibition and interpretation of the life and works of the poet John Keats. Keats lived in this house from 1818 to 1820, and wrote some of his best loved and most moving poetry here, including Ode to a Nightingale.|
|Kenwood House||Some of the finest works of art in a stunning Hampstead setting. In splendid grounds beside Hampstead Heath, this outstanding neoclassical house contains one of the most important collections of paintings ever given to the nation. Works by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Turner, Gainsborough and Reynolds are all set against a backdrop of sumptuous rooms.|
|Kew Bridge Steam Museum||The Kew Bridge Steam Museum is housed in a magnificent 19th Century Pumping Station and centres around the station's five world famous Cornish Beam Engines, two of which can be seen, in steam, every weekend.|
|Kew Palace||Kew Palace, George III's family home, set in the grounds of the beautiful Royal Botanic Gardens Kew, is currently closed for major repairs. Queen Charlotte's Cottage nearby, was used by the King and his family as a summerhouse and today is open for special events at certain times during the year.|
|Kingston Museum & Heritage Service||The Museum has three permanent galleries: Ancient Origins, Town of Kings and Eadweard Muybridge. There is also an Art Gallery for special exhibitions. The Local History Room holds a large and growing collection of local history research material.|
|Kirkcaldy Testing Museum||Housed in this purpose-built structure of 1874 is the original all-purpose materials testing machine designed by David Kirkaldy (1820-1897). With this machine and others the museum demonstrates the standardisation of materials testing developed by Kirkaldy and the long history of the family works. Open by appointment only (01322 332195).|