London Museum Tips from Dr. Woolley!


One of the great advantages of London is visiting its wonderful museums.  First advantage: they rarely close.  Unlike many museums that have a weekly closing day, London’s museums have three or four closing days a year, usually Christmas, New Year’s Day and Good Friday.

Second advantage (and this is a major one): they are free. Access to some of the world’s finest art, archeology, and historical collection is yours simply by walking into the door.  It also means that you can visit repeatedly, seeing either some of your favorites or visiting a new section each day until you get “museum legs.”

The third advantage follows from that last one: these are textbooks in buildings. The National Gallery has paintings that you’ve studied or seen in all the books; the Portrait Gallery has a collection of portraits of everybody who was anybody in the history of the British Isles from Henry V on–imagine a place with portraits of Sir Walter Raleigh, Queen Victoria, and Ed Sheeran.

The British Museum (which is a ten-minute walk from the hostel) has one of the great, if not the greatest, collection of antiquities in the world. You can see the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles, and Anglo-Saxon treasures in one visit. The Victoria and Albert Museum has recently re-opened its collection of plaster casts of some of the world’s most famous statutes–especially to be seen is the cast of Trajan’s Column from Rome. There are many more–the Imperial War Museum, the Tates–Britain and Modern.  Happy museum going.