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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.
|Old Dispensary||Home to the Heritage Service and opening as a new Heritage Centre in 2003.|
|Old Operating Theatre, Museum and Herb Garret||Britain's oldest surviving Operating Theatre has been restored with much original furniture, including a 19th Century operating table. The museum displays the history of herbal medicine, surgery, nursing at Old St. Thomas's (the original home of Florence Nightingale's Nursing School and Guy's and the Evelina Children's hospitals. It provides a dramatic insight into life before the modern era.|
|Orleans House Gallery||Stroll along a peaceful riverside road into secluded woodland gardens, to find stunning 18th century interior design and an excellent public art gallery. Visitors of all ages can try out their own artistic talents in a pre-booked workshop at Orleans House, or to soak up more history, Marble Hill Park and Ham House are nearby.|
|Osterley Park House||Osterley Park is one of London's hidden gems. A fine Tudor house transformed into a neo-classical villa in the 18th century by Robert Adam, it is at the heart of a fine estate of woods, lakes and fields. Yet this peaceful haven is only eight miles from Piccadilly Circus and a short drive from Heathrow Airport.|