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Bank of England Museum
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From the big-hitters to the small, specialist sites, London's crammed full of museums, most of which are free to all. Interactive displays, tours and, in particular, events for children and families are de rigeur for most of the larger museums and it's easy to spend a whole day just strolling, perusing and stopping for tea and cake breaks in the museum's cafe.

 
 

British Museum

The spectacular British Museum building is home to a vast collection of world artefacts

British Museum British Museum Where:
, Great Russell Street, London London, WC1B 3DG
Category: Museums

Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3DG

Tube: Tottenham Court Road Station, Russell Square Station, Holborn Station

 
 

The British Museum's Great Court with its magnificent glass and steel roof by Sir Norman Foster is an exhibition piece in itself. And, like most of the galleries in the museum, it's free to wander around and look up at in awe. In fact, over seven million objects from all over the world are housed in this impressive museum of human history and culture (many of the artifacts are stored underneath the museum due to lack of space). Founded in 1753, displays ranging from prehistoric to modern times were primarily based on the collections of physician and scientist, Sir Hans Sloane. Notable objects - all of which can be seen without spending a cent - include the Parthenon Marbles, the Rosetta Stone, the Sutton Hoo and Mildenhall treasures, and the Portland Vase. With such a wealth of objects to discover you may want to sign up for one of the free events that regularly take place including talks, films, performances and discussions.

 
 

Events at British Museum

The Sculptures Of The Parthenon: Talk
Free Event

Wednesday 22nd October 2014 - 1.15pm-2pm | Free

 

A gallery talk by Susan Woodford.

Durer's Paper Triumph: The Arch Of The Emperor Maximilian
OngoingFree Event

11th September to 16th November 2014 - 10am-5.30pm | Free

 
Germany: Memories of a Nation Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th October 2014 to 25th January 2015 | 10

 
Ming: 50 Years That Changed China OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

18th September 2014 to 4th January 2015 | 16.50, NUS/disabled/ages 16-18/unwaged 13, disabled carer/under 16s Free, National Art Pass 8.25

 
Witches and Wicked Bodies OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th September 2014 to 11th January 2015 | Free

 
Ancient Lives, New Discoveries
OngoingFree Event

22nd May to 30th November 2014 - Various Times | 10, concs 8, National Art Pass 5, under 16s/disabled carer Free

 
Gems Of Chinese Painting: A Voyage Along The Yangzi River
OngoingFree Event

3rd April to 31st October 2014 - Various Times | Free

 
Germany Divided: Baselitz And His Generation
OngoingFree Event

6th February to 31st October 2014 - Various Times | Free

 
Korea In East Asia: Connections Through Objects: Talk
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 23rd October 2014 - 1.15pm-2pm | Free

 

Curator Sascha Priewe discusses artefacts relating to the country.

Ten Days In The Life Of Dura-Europos: Gods, Cults And Temples On The Seleucid, Parthian And Roman Eu
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 23rd October 2014 - 4pm-5pm | Free, adv booking essential

 

A lecture on fortress town Dura-Europos.

A Different Perspective: The Assyrian Reliefs Of The Siege Of Lachish: Talk
On SoonFree Event

Friday 24th October 2014 - 1.15pm-2pm | Free

 

A gallery talk with Nigel Tallis.

The Forbidden City: Lecture
On SoonFree Event

Friday 24th October 2014 - 1.30pm-2.30pm | Free, adv booking essential

 

Frances Wood talks about this extraordinary complex of buildings.

Ming Beijing: Lecture
On Soon

Friday 24th October 2014 - 6.30pm-7.30pm | 5, mems 3

 

Given by Professor Susan Naquin.

All events at British Museum
 
 
 

Bank of England Museum

The UK's central bank has a long and complicated history dating back to 1694

Bank of England Museum Bank of England Museum Where:
, Bartholomew Lane, London London, EC2R 8AH
Category: Museums

Bartholomew Lane, City, London, EC2R 8AH

Tube: Bank Station, Cannon Street Station, Mansion House Station, Moorgate Station, Monument Station

 
 

Housed within the Bank of England, this museum traces the history of the bank from its foundation by Royal Charter in 1694 to its role today as the nation's central bank. There are gold bars dating from ancient times to the modern market bar, coins, and a unique collection of banknotes. There are also many items you might not expect to find - pikes and muskets used to defend the bank, Roman pottery and mosaics uncovered when it was rebuilt in 1930, and documents relating to famous customers such as Horatio Nelson, George Washington and the Duchess of Marlborough.

 
 

Events at Bank of England Museum

The First World War and the Bank of England OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

21st July 2014 to 1st April 2015 | Free

 
All events at Bank of England Museum
 
 
 

The British Library

Full of literary treasures and fascinating facts, plus plenty of quiet corners for book-browsing

British Library British Library Where:
, 96 Euston Road, London London, NW1 2DB
Category: Museums

96 Euston Road, King's Cross, London, NW1 2DB

Tube: King's Cross Station, Euston Station

 
 

With over 150 million items, a copy of every publication produced in the UK and Ireland, artwork by artists such as Antony Gormley and Eduardo Paolozzi, and a host of historically momentous works - including the Magna Carta, the Gutenberg Bible, Shakespeare's First Folio and the Lindisfarne Gospels - a guided tour around the British Library is essential if you only have time for one visit. This is, after all, the largest public building constructed in the United Kingdom in the 20th century and, as such, warrants a guided tour around its cavernous spaces. While the library has a lot to offer the casual visitor - exhibition galleries (mostly free) special exhibitions, events, films, musical performances and poetry readings - if it's your first visit it's a good idea to let an experienced guide navigate you through the main treasures that call this place home. These guides also really know their stuff and will open your eyes to this gargantuan repository. Of particular interest is the Diamond Sutra, the world's earliest dated printed book, and the only surviving copy of 'Beowulf'. The King's Library - a three-storey glass tower - forms the centre-piece of the building both architecturally and in terms of its historic acquisitions. With 65,000 printed volumes, The King's Library refers to King George III, whose personal collection is on display here. Some of the tours include access to the reading rooms, access to which is usually limited to those with passes. While it is free to explore this iconic building, paying for a tour is more than worth it if you only have a few hours to take everything in.

 
 

Events at British Library

Terror and Wonder: The Gothic Imagination Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd October 2014 to 20th January 2015

 
The Grand Depart: Tour De Lead Graffi
OngoingFree Event

3rd July to 30th November 2014 - Various Times | Free

 
Nightwalkers: Tales Of Zombies, Duppies And Soucouyants: Talk
On Soon

Friday 24th October 2014 - 6.30pm-7.45pm | 8, OAP 6, concs 5

 

Stories of sorcery, bloodsucking and shape-shifting.

The Life And Music Of Peter Warlock: Talk
On Soon

Saturday 25th October 2014 - 10am-5pm | 12, OAP 10, concs 8

 

Discover the more serious side to the composer.

Brian May: Diableries: Stereoscopic Adventures In Hell
On Soon

Sunday 26th October 2014 - 2.30pm-4pm | 10, concs 7, over 60s 8

 

French devil tissue stereoscopic images discovered and researched by the London Stereoscopic Company.

All events at The British Library
 
 
 

Imperial War Museum

Providing insightful documentation of conflict, from the First World War to the present day

IWM London (Imperial War Museums) IWM London (Imperial War Museums) Where:
, Lambeth Road, London London, SE1 6HZ
Category: Museums

Lambeth Road, Southwark, London, SE1 6HZ

Tube: Lambeth North Station

 
 

Occupying the former Bethlehem Hospital for the Insane ('Bedlam'), the Imperial War Museum is the national museum of 20th-century conflict. Founded in 1917, it not only contains a fascinating display of the vehicles and weapons of war, but also makes an in-depth study of the social effects of conflict. From the M4 Sherman tank, the V2 rocket and Polaris missile, to the walk-through recreation of a front line trench from the Somme, the Imperial War Museum represents all facets of fighting and its aftermath. Both World Wars are chronicled with thought-provoking displays of painting and poetry from Sassoon to Wilfred Owen, and a reconstructed air raid shelter and Blitzed street from 1940. The sights, sounds and smells have been carefully recreated to really bring the experience to life. Over 15,000 paintings, 120 million feet of cine film and 30,000 posters make this a unique collection.

 
 

Events at IWM London (Imperial War Museums)

New Contemporary Art Exhibition By Jane And Louise Wilson At IWM
OngoingFree Event

15th October 2014 to 11th January 2015 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Horrible Histories: Spies Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

19th July 2014 to 4th January 2015 | 6.20 (Adults), 4.40 (Concessions), 3.30 (Children), 12.25-19 (Family ticket)

 
Truth and Memory: British Art of the First World War OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

19th July 2014 to 8th March 2015 | Free

 
First World War Galleries OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

19th July 2014 to 31st December 2015 | Free

 
Buriel Projects NP + Muscle Memory + Spitfire The Flying Legend + MOnuMENTImotion + Camouflage NP
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 23rd October 2014 - 11am | Free, admission charge for special exhibitions

 
War Of Conscience + Capa
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 23rd October 2014 - 12noon | Free, admission charge for special exhibitions

 
Blasted + Yassine Goes To Syria + Kameen
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 23rd October 2014 - 2pm | Free, admission charge for special exhibitions

 
The Last Words Of Gavrilo Princip + Time Bleeds + Desecreating Eden + Chronicles Of Courage
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 23rd October 2014 - 3pm | Free, admission charge for special exhibitions

 
Beyond The War: Reflections On Afghanistan + The Letter + Reprieve
On SoonFree Event

Friday 24th October 2014 at 3pm & Sunday 26th October 2014 at 2pm | Free, admission charge for special exhibitions

 
Enemy NP + Unseen Voices: D-Day70 + Over Dinner + Prosthetic Mask NP
On SoonFree Event

24th and 26th October 2014 at 11am & 30th October 2014 at 12noon | Free, admission charge for special exhibitions

 
Eye To The Viewfinder + Borderless + The Crackling Glade
On SoonFree Event

Friday 24th October 2014 at 2pm & Sunday 26th October 2014 at 12noon | Free, admission charge for special exhibitions

 
Way In Rye + An All Encompassing Light + Defiance Of War
On SoonFree Event

Friday 24th October 2014 at 12noon & Saturday 25th October 2014 at 3pm | Free, admission charge for special exhibitions

 
All events at Imperial War Museum
 
 
 

Museum of London

This museum tells the story of the London, from prehistoric times to present day

Museum of London Museum of London Where:
, 150 London Wall London, EC2Y 5HN
Category: Museums

150 Wall, City, London, EC2Y 5HN

Tube: Barbican Station, St. Paul's Station

 
 

Experience the real flavour of London life from the prehistoric to present day at this modern museum boasting over 1.1 million objects - many rescued from archaeological digs or discovered during building works in the City. A chain of chronological galleries guides visitors through the history of this ancient city; 47,000 objects from Roman London pave the way with buckles, brooches and belt-fittings to the medieval period, 17th-century glassware leads onto vivid Victorian street scenes, interiors and shop fronts. From the skulls of those thought to have been massacred by Queen Boudica to boots worn by the Duke of Wellington, Queen Victoria's Parliamentary robes and paraphernalia from the Suffragettes' Movement, the history of London and its inhabitants is brought back to life with startling intensity. Don't miss fragments of the old London Wall located just outside the museum.

 
 

Events at Museum of London

The Search For Dark Matter
Free Event

Wednesday 22nd October 2014 - 1pm-2pm | Free

 

A public lecture by Professor Carolin Crawford.

The Heart: Introduction To The Series
Free Event

Wednesday 22nd October 2014 - 6pm-7pm | Free

 

A lecture by Professor Martin Elliott.

Kasia Wozniak: ...He Wasn't An Easy Gentleman To Describe
OngoingFree Event

15th October 2014 to 1st March 2015 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Sherlock Holmes Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

17th October 2014 to 12th April 2015 | Adult 12, concession 10

 
Sherlock Holmes, The Man Who Never Lived And Will Never Die
Ongoing

17th October 2014 to 12th April 2015 - 10am-6pm | 10.90, per person family 8.50, concs 9

 
Christina Broom
OngoingFree Event

23rd May to 30th November 2014 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Our Londinium 2012
OngoingFree Event

30th August 2013 to 31st December 2014 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Designing A Moment: The London 2012 Cauldron OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

25th July 2014 to 31st December 2015 | Free

 
All events at Museum of London
 
 
 

National Maritime Museum | Queen's House | Royal Observatory

The world's largest Maritime Museum is situated in the Greenwich World Heritage site

The Queen's House The Queen's House Where:
, Park Row, London London, SE10 9NF
Category: Museums

Park Row, London, SE10 9NF

Tube: New Cross Station (East London line closed. Bus service operates)

 
 

  • National Maritime Museum
Located in the heart of historic Greenwich, the National Maritime Museum houses the most important collection of objects relating to the history of Britain at sea. The collection dates back to 1823 when a National Gallery of Naval Art was established, featuring some 300 portraits, paintings and artefacts. The museum occupies a former asylum and hospital school, and enjoys fantastic views of the Thames from its elevated position. With the addition of the covered Neptune Court, the museum now boasts galleries dealing with topics ranging from navigation, naval exploits and Nelson, to exploration, the ecology of the sea and emigration. Visitors can try their hand at signalling and gunnery, explore the expansion of the Empire or just revel at the power, majesty and romance of the sea through poetry, painting and photography. Admission to the Museum is free, but you may want to splash out on tickets to the Cutty Sark or an exhibition.
  • Queen's House
As far as royal residences go this is a modest palace - an appealing, but simple, bright white, classical, Palladian villa flanked by colonnades. Its understated appearance, however, belies its immense historical significance. Built in 1616 by Inigo Jones for Anne of Denmark - the wife of James I - Queen's House was the first neo-classical building seen in England. Originally conceived as a hunting lodge and addition to the Palace of Greenwich, it also acted as a bridge spanning the public road to Deptford, which divided the park in two. Despite revolutionising Jacobean architecture the house, itself, didn't get finished until 1635 when it became home to Charles I and his Queen, Henrietta Maria. The house went on to survive tumultuous times. Queen Anne died before it was completed, shortly after Civil War broke out and Oliver Cromwell stripped the Stuarts of the residence and its many treasures. It is now used by the National Maritime Museum to exhibit paintings of illustrious seafarers and historic Greenwich. The Stuart 'Tulip Staircase', purported as the first spiral staircase in Britain, has been reinstated and takes its name from the beautiful floral patterning on the wrought-iron balustrade. Some faded painted panels remain on the ceiling of the royal bedchamber while the cuboid Great Hall is swathed in impressive computer-enhanced copies of Gentileschi frescos. For the valiant among you, Queen's House is notoriously haunted and photos of shrouded figures ascending the spiral stairs are thought to be legitimate. Admission to the house is free.
  • Royal Observatory
This museum of time and space was built by Sir Christopher Wren in 1675. It marks the site of the Greenwich Meridian - the base point for World Time and the site of Longitude 0. If you time it right, you can watch the timeball drop at 1pm each day. The National Maritime Museum, at this site since 1937, and Royal Observatory have accumulated over 2 million objects about the sea, ships, astronomy and time. Visitors can also see the Astronomer Royal's apartments, the famous Harrison timekeepers (1735-60) with computer simulations, intricate instruments, Wren's Octagon Room and the largest refracting telescope in Britain. In 2007 the 15 million Peter Harrison Planetarium opened, a beautiful cone-shaped addition to the Royal Observatory designed by architects Allies and Morrison. This 120-seat, state-of-the-art facility replaces the small and out of date planetarium in the dome of the South Building. Admission to the Observatory's Astronomy Centre is free, but if you want access to other areas and the Peter Harrison Planetarium there will be small fee.

 
 

Events at The Queen's House

Rozanne Hawksley: War And Memory OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

28th May to 14th November 2014 | Free

 
War Artists At Sea Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

15th February 2014 to 1st February 2015

 
Halloween Spooktacular Family Fun Day On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

Friday 31st October 2014 - 11am-4pm | 12, family 40

 

Come in your scariest fancy dress and you could win a prize for best costume at the Halloween Spooktacular Family Fun Day at Queen's House, a day of spooky fun in the enchanted 17th-century house ...more

All events at National Maritime Museum | Queen's House | Royal Observatory
 
 
 

Natural History Museum

Educational, exciting and larger than life. The Natural History Museum is truly unforgettable

Natural History Museum Natural History Museum Where:
, Cromwell Road, London London, SW7 5BD
Category: Museums

Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 5BD

Tube: South Kensington Station, Gloucester Road Station

 
 

An 8-metre long giant squid, a walrus from Hudson Bay overstuffed by a London taxidermist in the 1880s, the skeleton of a Triceratops, a life-size Blue Whale and a sea cow are just a few of the 70 million items to call this exciting, interactive, life and earth science museum home. The permanent galleries show exhibitions on topics as diverse as: Dinosaurs - the ultimate prehistoric exhibition; Creepy-Crawlies - guaranteed to have you scratching in seconds; Human Biology - the must-see exhibition about the evolution of the species; and The Power Within - an examination of the earthquake experience. The Vault - a permanent exhibition of gems and rare meteorites - contains some famous, historic and priceless jewels. For those wanting to explore further a visit to The Darwin Centre is highly recommended. Book in for one of their free regular lectures and demonstrations and you'll see the how the museum's work is not just about preserving the past but conserving for the future. In warmer months the tranquil wildlife garden (open April to October), offers a further free attraction where you can get closer to nature. All galleries are free, although you may have to pay for some temporary exhibitions.

 
 

Events at Natural History Museum

Images of Nature Free Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

8th March 2014 to 0th July 2015 | Free

 

Women artists are the theme of Natural History Museum's temporary exhibition in the Images of Nature gallery, which showcases botanical and zoological artworks from the museum's extensive collection. Many of the artworks include watercolours dating ...more

Dig It: The Unknown Underground: Talk
Free Event

Wednesday 22nd October 2014 - 2.30pm-3pm | Free

 

Find out more about the creepy crawlies living in the hidden world beneath our feet.

Masterpieces - Masters Of Photography: Frans Lanting

Wednesday 22nd October 2014 - 6.30pm-10pm | 125, mems 112.50

 

A champagne and canape reception will be followed by a viewing of photography works by the Dutch artist.

WPY Academy: Portfolio Reviews
On Soon

Thursday 23rd October 2014 - 2pm-5pm | 40 one sessions, mems 36 one sessions, 70 two sessions, mems 63 two sessions, 100 three sessions, mems 90 three sessions

 

Receive personalised advice from experts from natural history publishers, galleries and agencies. Includes a one-to-one appraisal. Suitable for professional, amateur, or student photographers.

Sea Saws: Talk
On SoonFree Event

Thursday 23rd October 2014 - 2.30pm-3pm | Free

 

Find out more about saw fish and saw sharks.

Masterclass: Understanding Winning Photography With Joe Cornish
On Soon

Thursday 23rd October 2014 - 7pm-10pm | 65, mems 58.50

 

Discussion with the acclaimed photographer.

Behind The Lens: Wildlife Photographers: Talk
On SoonFree Event

24th, 25th and 26th October 2014 at 12.30pm-1pm and 2.30pm-3pm | Free

 

An opportunity to discover more about wildlife photography.

Wildlife Photographer of the Year On Soon Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

24th October 2014 to 30th August 2015 | 12.60 (Adults), 6.30 (Concession and Child)

 
All events at Natural History Museum
 
 
 

Science Museum

Full of hands-on exhibits and mind-boggling artefacts, plus a 3D IMAX Cinema

Science Museum Science Museum Where:
, Exhibition Road, London London, SW7 2DD
Category: Museums

Exhibition Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2DD

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

Home to one of the world's most magnificent collections of science, industry, technology and medicine, the Science Museum is one of London's most hands-on and interactive museums. Funded by the profits of the Great Exhibition of 1851, it started life in the 19th century as part of Prince Albert's grand scheme to promote industrial technology. Today, it occupies a purpose-built building and contains some 300,000 objects, covering the entire history of Western science, technology and medicine. Displays are designed to encourage interaction with certain areas aimed at specific age groups. In the Launchpad gallery, for example, visitors are invited to learn about forces and motion with exhibits that make physics fun for children aged between 8 and 14 years. There's a whole host of scientific things to discover, from how aircraft are built to morphing your face to see how you'll look in 10 years' time. The monthly Science Museum Lates are also free - offering adults a chance to enjoy the museum free of charge as well as free from marauding kids.

 
 

Events at Science Museum

Your Future Without Antibiotics'
Now OnFree Event

22nd October to 26th November 2014 | Free

 

Antibiotics fight off bacterial infections but some bacteria are fighting back. Learn what the future would be like without antibiotics.

Open For Business OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

22nd August to 2nd November 2014 | Free

 
3D: Printing The Future
OngoingFree Event

2nd October 2014 to 4th January 2015 | Free

 
Make Life Worth Living: Nick Hedges' Photographs For Shelter, 1968-72
OngoingFree Event

2nd October 2014 to 18th January 2015 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Joan Fontcuberta: Stranger Than Fiction OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

23rd July to 9th November 2014 | 7.20, concs 4.50, child under 12 Free

 
Unlocking Lovelock: Scientist, Inventor, Maverick
OngoingFree Event

22nd October 2014 to 9th April 2015 | Free

 
Shackleton's Man Goes South
OngoingFree Event

22nd October 2014 to 26th April 2015 | Free

 
Cosmos & Culture
OngoingFree Event

22nd October 2014 to 31st December 2015 | Free

 
Aleksander Kolkowski: The Exponential Horn: In Search Of Perfect Sound
OngoingFree Event

20th May 2014 to 20th November 2015 - 10am-6pm | Free

 
Flight Gallery Tour
On SoonFree Event

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th October 2014 - 1pm | Free

 
Making The Modern World Tour
On SoonFree Event

Friday 24th and Saturday 25th October 2014 - 3pm | Free

 
All events at Science Museum
 
 
 

Sir John Soane's Museum

Take a stroll through time at Sir John Soane's extraordinary home

Sir John Soane's Museum Sir John Soane's Museum Where:
, 13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London London, WC2A 3BP
Category: Museums

13 Lincoln's Inn Fields, Holborn, London, WC2A 3BP

Tube: Holborn Station, Chancery Lane Station

 
 

An appealingly higgledy-piggledy treasure trove of artefacts, this extraordinary house elegantly located on Lincoln's Inn Fields is well worth an exploratory rummage. Lurking in nooks and crannies within the sprawling rooms and halls of neo-classical architect Sir John Soane's former residence are over 30,000 architectural drawings and antiquities. Works by Turner, Canaletto and Piranesi feature in the painting collection, with William Hogarth's eight canvasses of 'A Rake's Progress' forming the centre-piece. Each of the many spaces in this museum has its own strong identity and appeal. From the domed ceiling of the Breakfast Room and the Gothic library, to the study with its Roman architectural fragments and the two courtyards crammed with ancient stonework, this is a house of diversity and architectural merit. One of the most intriguing rooms is the Picture Gallery. Here, Canaletto's magnificent Riva degli Schiavoni, looking West, takes centre stage. Look out for the alabaster Egyptian Sarcophagus of Seti I dated 1370 BC appropriately located in the basement 'Sepulchral Chamber'.

 
 

Events at Sir John Soane's Museum

Wednesday Tours
Now On

Wednesday 22nd and Wednesday 29th October 2014 - 2.30pm-3.30pm | 10

 

Weekly guided tours.

Hogarth's Characters In Oils
Now OnFree Event

21st, 22nd, 23rd and 24th Oct 2014 - 10am-5pm | Free

 

Spend a day in the studio working from Hogarth's characters in oils.

Face To Face: British Portraits From The Clifford Chance Art Collection
OngoingFree Event

10th October 2014 to 24th January 2015 - 10am-5pm | Free

 
Thursday Tours
On Soon

Thursday 23rd and Thursday 30th October 2014 - 2.30pm-3.30pm | 10

 

Guided tours.

Friday Tours
On Soon

Friday 24th and Friday 31st October 2014 - 11.30am-12.30pm | 10

 

Weekly tour.

All events at Sir John Soane's Museum
 
 
 

Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum

Expansive, elegant. Spend a day browsing the V&A's art and design collections

Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum Where:
, Cromwell Road, London London, SW7 2RL
Category: Museums

Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL

Tube: South Kensington Station

 
 

With over 145 galleries to explore and over 4 million items, the V&A is one of the most influential museums of decorative and applied arts in the world. It was originally founded in 1852, with the aim of enthusing and educating British manufacturers and designers. It is now home to a stunning collection of European, Indian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Islamic artefacts ranging from ceramics, glass, metalwork and sculpture to costume, armour, weaponry and furniture. The gallery also houses the national collection of the art of photography, the oldest photography collection in the world. Visitors can delve into the fascinating dress collection that features samples from historical dress to 21st-century haute-couture or examine the celebrated Arts and Crafts interiors of the Morris and Gamble Rooms. The gallery is often cited as housing the greatest collection of Italian Renaissance sculpture outside Italy, while the British Galleries - which opened to great acclaim in November 2001 - are unique in their exploration of British design from Chippendale to Morris, Adam to Mackintosh. Highlights include the Great Bed of Ward as mentioned in Shakespeare's 'Twelfth Night', and James II's wedding suit. The building itself - a mix of Victorian and Edwardian design - also presents a truly formidable display. The Cast Courts (two great halls housing the museum's impressive collection of plaster casts), in particular, form a major focal point of the museum - with their high glass roof, elevated corridors and walkways.

 
 

Events at Victoria and Albert (V & A) Museum

V&A Beehives And The Art Of Urban Beekeeping: Lecture
Free Event

Wednesday 22nd October 2014 - 1pm-1.45pm | Free

 

Join us for a special lecture which celebrates the introduction of the bees to the V&A and explores the art of beekeeping in London and beyond.

Debbie Moore: Reflections On Pineapple: Talk

Wednesday 22nd October 2014 - 7pm-8pm | 15

 

Public talk.

The Big Draw Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st October to 2nd November 2014 | Free

 

The Big Draw takes place nationwide throughout the month of October and museums, galleries, heritage sites, libraries, schools and parks all play host to a variety of events encouraging people of all ages to discover ...more

Double Space for BMW - Precision & Poetry in Motion Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th September to 24th October 2014 | Free

 

Designers Edward Barber and Jay Osgerby have collaborated with BMW to create Double Space for BMW - Precision & Poetry in Motion, a remarkable kinetic sculpture in the Victoria and Albert Museum's Raphael Gallery for ...more

Crest by Zaha Hadid Now OnFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

13th September to 24th October 2014 | Free

 

During London Design Festival head to the Victoria and Albert Museum's magical John Madejski Garden - a wonderfully peaceful place to admire the Italianate courtyard and the £2 million garden at the heart of the ...more

Russian Avant-Garde Theatre: War Revolution And Design WWI
OngoingFree Event

18th October 2014 to 25th January 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Constable: The Making of a Master Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

20th September 2014 to 11th January 2015 | 14 adult, 12 senior citizen, 9 student - plus booking fee

 
Horst: Photographer Of Style Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

6th September 2014 to 4th January 2015 | 8, concs available

 
MF Husain: Master Of Modern Indian Painting
OngoingFree Event

28th May to 31st October 2014 - Various Times | Free

 
A World To Win: Posters Of Protest And Revolution OngoingFree Event

1st May to 2nd November 2014 | Free

 
Disobedient Objects OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

26th July 2014 to 1st February 2015 | Free

 
The Glamour Of Italian Fashion 1945-2014
Ongoing

5th April to 31st October 2014 - Various Times | 12, concs available

 
This Time in History: What Escapes OngoingFree Event Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

16th April to 30th November 2014 | Free

 
Simon Carroll: Expressionist Potter
OngoingFree Event

7th May 2014 to 4th January 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
Print Of The Month
OngoingFree Event

21st January to 31st October 2014 - Various Times | Free

 
Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

3rd May 2014 to 15th March 2015 | 13.50

 
A History Of Photography
OngoingFree Event

21st January 2014 to 17th January 2015 - Various Times | Free

 
V & A Exhibition Road Project Ongoing Editor's Top Pick - Recommended

1st October 2012 to 1st January 2016

 
A Year At Clothworkers: Conference
On Soon

Thursday 23rd October 2014 - 10.30am-5.15pm | 25, concs 20, NUS 15

 

A conference exploring the latest design research.

Richard T Gibson: A Who's Who In The World Of Protest And Revolution: Talk
On SoonFree Event

Friday 24th October 2014 - 7pm-9.30pm | Free

 

Conversation with Richard T Gibson and S I Martin.

All events at Victoria and Albert (V&A) Museum
 
 
 
 
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