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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.
|Marble Hill House||A magnificent Palladian villa set within lush riverside grounds. Visitors to Marble Hill House can catch a glimpse of the lavish entertaining that took place here, in these extravagantly gilded rooms, when it served as the Thames-side retreat for Henrietta Howard, mistress of King George II.|
|Markfield Beam Engine and Museum||The building housing the Beam Engine and Museum is, apart from minor alterations, still as built in 1886. The principal exhibit is the Wood Bros. Beam Engine, a fine example of Victorian public health engineering, which when operational, pumped some 4 million gallons of sewage daily into the connecting main to the London system for processing at the northern outfall at Beckton|
|MCC Museum||The MCC Museum is the world's oldest sporting museum and, to this day, it remains both world-class and world-famous. While it contains a wide range of exhibits, it is best-known for being the home of The Ashes.|
|Merton Heritage Centre||Runs a programme of temporary local history exhibitions. The objects on display are loaned from other museums and history societies and local people. The exhibitions often include objects that can be handled by visitors.|
|Museum in Docklands||The Museum explores the story of London's River, Port and People, from Roman settlement of the port, through to the recent regeneration of London's former Docklands - a 2000 year storyline. The Museum is located over five floors of a splendid late Georgian warehouse on West India Quay - literally in the shadow of the Canary Wharf district - and offers twelve major galleries, a children's gallery, education services, functions suites, a restaurant and a shop.|
|Museum of Domestic Design & Architecture||MoDA houses what is widely regarded as one of the world's most comprehensive collections of nineteenth and twentieth century decorative arts for the home. It has an outstanding collection of wallpapers and textiles dating from the 1870s to the 1960s. Many of these are the work of the Silver Studio, one of Britain's leading commercial design studios from 1880 to 1960. Other parts of the collection include trade catalogues of furnishers and interior decorators, the Crown Wallpaper Archive and an extensive library of books on design, architecture and town planning collected by the architectural critic, Sir JM Richards.|
|Museum of Fulham Palace||Fulham Palace was for centuries one of the country residences of the Bishop of London. Screened from the river by trees and with a delightful knot garden, the building is a fascinating mixture of architectural styles. The Palace has seen many royal visitors over the centuries; Catharine of Aragon lived there before her marriage with Henry VIII; Elizabeth I, Charles I and Queen Henrietta Maria also visited. The displays include paintings, archaeology, social and garden history.|
|Museum of Garden History||The world's first Museum of Garden History is at the restored church of St Mary-at- Lambeth next to Lambeth Palace, the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury.|
|Museum of London||The Museum of London is the world's largest urban history museum with 1.1 million objects and Europe's largest archaeological archive. The Museum's collections are its richest resource. They contain the material remains of London's vast, complex past and are an inspirational source of knowledge.|
|Museum of Richmond||For centuries Richmond has been a centre of fashion, the arts and the intellect, as well as home to many of Britain's monarchs. The Museum celebrates Richmond's unique heritage with colourful displays spanning prehistoric times to the present day.|
|Museum of Rugby||From the moment you pass through the authentic Twickenham turnstile at the Museum of Rugby, you'll be immersed in a world of rugby union history. See the Calcutta Cup and marvel at items dating back to the 1800's.|
|Museum of the Order of St John||Warrior monks set out from here to fight for the faith and tend the sick; men, money and supplies went from here to hospitals on the great medieval pilgrim routes; Victorian pioneers began a first aid movement here that spread around the globe and continues today. Come and visit the Norman crypt, Tudor Gatehouse and new interactive St. John Ambulance Gallery.|