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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.
|Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art||The Percival David Foundation houses the finest collection of Chinese ceramics outside China and a library of East Asian and Western books relating to Chinese art and culture. Both were presented to the University of London in 1950 by the late Sir Percival David. The Foundation exists to promote the appreciation, study and teaching of the art and culture of China and the surrounding regions. Not only is the museum open to the public, but its collection and facilities provide a centre for teaching in this field undertaken by the School of Oriental and African Studies.|
|Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology||The Petrie Museum today houses an estimated 80,000 objects, making it one of the greatest collections of Egyptian and Sudanese archaeology in the world.|
|Pitshanger Manor & Gallery||PM Gallery & House is Ealing's flagship cultural venue. It comprises of the Grade I listed Pitzhanger Manor-House, designed by the architect John Soane in 1800 and PM Gallery, West London's premier professional contemporary visual arts venue.|
|Pollock's Toy Museum||A delightful collection of toys including dolls, teddy bears, puppets, toy theatres, dolls� houses, optical and mechanical toys, and folk toys from around the world. The museum occupies two small 19th century houses off Tottenham Court Road.|
|Pumphouse Educational Museum||The Pumphouse Educational Museum is a unique venue on the Rotherhithe peninsula. It houses the Rotherhithe Heritage Museum and a variety of historical exhibitions and in addition offers further educational opportunities in the environmental study centre using the Lavender Pond and Nature Park, an oasis of peaceful relaxation in an urban environment.|
|Puppet Centre Trust||PCT has an historic collection of puppets from different periods. A small part of this collection is viewable at the Centre. Figures from the collection can be hired individually or for large displays. A catalogue of photographs can be seen in the Centre and will soon be online.|