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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.
|Leighton House Museum||Leighton House Museum is the former studio-house of the great Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton (1830-1896). Located on the edge of London�s Holland Park, the house is one of the most extraordinary buildings of the nineteenth century. The sumptuous interiors are hung with important paintings by Leighton and his contemporaries including John Everett Millais, Edward Burne-Jones and George Frederick Watts. The Museum provides an unforgettable insight into Leighton�s private world and is a unique venue for the understanding and appreciation of Victorian art and architecture.|
|Library & Museum of Freemasonry||The Library and Museum of the United Grand Lodge of England houses one of the finest collections of Masonic material in the world.|
|Library and Collection of the Worshipful Company of Clockmakers||The Clockmakers' Collection was begun in 1814 and is therefore the oldest collection specifically of clocks and watches in the world. The Collection is shown in a single room, containing at any one time some 600 English and European watches, 30 clocks and 15 marine timekeepers, together with a number of rare horological portraits. The majority of items in the Collection range from c.1600 to c.1850.|
|Linley Sambourne House||Linley Sambourne House, 18 Stafford Terrace is a unique example of a late Victorian townhouse. Home to the cartoonist Edward Linley Sambourne and his family from 1874, it survives with almost all of its furniture and fittings intact.|
|Little Holland House||Take a step back in time and visit the former Carshalton home of artist, designer and craftsman Frank Dickinson (1874-1961). The Grade II interior was created entirely by Dickinson, inspired by the ideals of John Ruskin and William Morris and contains Dickinson's paintings, hand-made furniture, furnishings, metalwork and friezes, in Arts and Crafts style.|
|Livesey Museum for Children||The Livesey is aimed directly at all kids under 12, their families, parents, carers and teachers - for great days out, for schools and in the holidays. We show an all-new interactive exhibition every year.|
|Lloyd's Nelson Collection||A collection of correspondence, silver, swords, paintings & other relics commemorating Lord Nelson & the Lloyd's connection. Also material relating to HMS Lutine (wrecked 1799 with a cargo of bullion). Her salvaged bell is Lloyd's famous "Lutine Bell".|
|London Canal Museum||At the London Canal Museum you can see inside a narrowboat cabin, learn about the history of London's canals, about the cargoes carried, the people who lived and worked on the waterways, and the horses that pulled their boats.|
|London Fire Brigade Museum||Visit our museum in Southwark and see how firefighting has developed over the last 300 years. It holds a wealth of information and exhibits depicting the history of firefighting in London from the Great Fire of London in 1666 to the present day. All visits are by guided tour and need to be booked in advance as each visit is tailored to the needs of visitors.|
|London Motorcycle Museum||London's only Motorcycle Museum opened its doors officially for the first time on 2nd May 1999 and has become a thriving local attraction. For the keen biker, the well seasoned enthusiast or anyone with an interest in biking history, the London Motorcycle Museum has something to capture everyones imagination.|
|London Scottish Regimental Museum||This is a small museum representing The London Scottish from its founding in 1859 to the present day as 'A' Coy, The London Regt. It has uniforms, weapons and equipment on show as well as 2 VC's won by London Scots and 3 memorials Boer, 1st and 2nd World War. Viewed by appointment only.|
|London's Transport Museum||The Museum's collections consist of over 350 000 items, including not only road and rail vehicles, but also posters, photographs, films, drawings, maps, models, uniforms, signs and equipment of all kinds.|