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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.
|Queen Elizabeth's Hunting Lodge||This historic hunting lodge, owned and maintained by the Corporation of London, is a unique survivor from the magnificent Tudor and Elizabethan period of English history. Originally built for King Henry VIII in 1543 and then taken over after his death by Queen Elizabeth I, the Lodge is a supreme example of timber-framed architecture at a time when English carpentry was at its peak.|
|Queen's Gallery||The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace is a permanent space dedicated to changing exhibitions of items from the Royal Collection, the wide-ranging collection of art and treasures held in trust by The Queen for the Nation. Constructed forty years ago on the west front of Buckingham Palace out of the bomb-damaged ruins of the former private chapel, the Gallery has recently been redeveloped. It was reopened by The Queen on 21 May 2002 and is now open to the public on a daily basis.|
|Queen's House||The Queen�s House, Greenwich, was commissioned by Anne of Denmark, wife of James I (reigned 1603-25). James was often at the Tudor palace of Placentia (or Pleasaunce), where the Old Royal Naval College now stands - it was as important a residence of the early Stuart dynasty as it had been for the Tudors. Traditionally he is said to have given the Manor of Greenwich to Anne in apology for having sworn at her in public, after she accidentally shot one of his favourite dogs while hunting in 1614.|