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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.
|Saatchi Gallery||The gallery exhibits the famous Saatchi art collection, including large scale shows by the Chapman brothers, Tracey Emin, Damien Hirst, Sarah Lucas and Jenny Saville. The Saatchi Gallery�s main focus is the promotion of young British artists but it also runs exhibitions from other international collections and museums.|
|Science Museum||London�s world famous Science Museum�s outstanding collections tell the fascinating story of mankind�s greatest inventions and scientific achievements. There are numerous working exhibits and interactive displays designed to bring the excitement of scientific theory and discovery to life.|
|Sir John Soane's Museum||Soane was born in 1753, the son of a bricklayer, and died after a long and distinguished career, in 1837. Soane designed this house to live in, but also as a setting for his antiquities and his works of art. After the death of his wife (1815), he lived here alone, constantly adding to and rearranging his collections. Having been deeply disappointed by the conduct of his two sons, one of whom survived him, he determined to establish the house as a museum to which 'amateurs and students' should have access.|
|South London Gallery||This purpose-built gallery, opened in 1891, houses a series of temporary exhibitions of contemporary art and works from the gallery�s permanent collections of British art (c.1700 onwards) and 20th �century prints.|
|Spitalfields Centre for the Study of Minorities||19 Princelet Street in Spitalfields is a magical unrestored Huguenot master silk weaver's home, whose shabby frontage conceals a rare surviving synagogue built over its garden. We are working to save the building and to create a permanent exhibition where you can discover the stories of waves of newcomers - Huguenots, Irish, Jews, Bengali and Somali peoples among many others - who have shaped this area and this nation. Visit on our rare public openings. The building is otherwise CLOSED to the public, because the charity needs money for urgent repairs so the building can then open permanently as Britain's first museum celebrating our history as a country of immigration and settlement.|
|St Bartholomew's Hospital Museum & Archives||Set in the historic North Wing of St Bartholomew's Hospital, the Museum tells the story of this renowned institution, celebrates its achievements and explains its place in history.|
|St Bride's Church Crypt Museum||The current St Brides Church, the eighth to occupy the site, was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and rebuilt after bomb damage during World War II. The museum in the crypt tells the history of the seven previous churches, dating from 6th century. There are also displays on the development of printing and the newspaper industry in Fleet Street.|
|Stephens Collection||Dr. Henry Stephens was the inventor (in 1832) of the famous "Blue-Black Writing Fluid", later developed into ink. Henry "Inky" Stephens bought Avenue House in 1874, altered and extended it, adding, among other things, a laboratory, where he carried out his experiments in writing fluid. The grounds were landscaped and many rare trees planted, still here for us to see and admire.|
|Sutton House||A unique survival in London�s East End, Sutton House was built in 1535 - when Hackney was an unspoilt village - by Sir Ralph Sadleir, a rising star at the court of Henry VIII. It became home to successive merchants, Huguenot silk weavers, Victorian schoolmistresses and Edwardian clergy and, although altered over the years, remains essentially a Tudor house. Surviving centuries of change, Sutton House retains many of its original features including oak-panelling, carved fireplaces and 17th-century wall paintings.|