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Museum of London, London

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Documenting the history of a city as iconic and important as London is no easy task, but Museum of London does so with care and attention to detail. Founded in 1976, the museum covers a period of time spanning all the way back to the prehistoric era and up to the present day. Overlooking the city’s ancient Roman wall, the museum contains a series of galleries replete with artifacts, models, pictures, and diagrams. Exhibit space here contains about one million objects. See what the city was like under the Romans and Saxons, learn about the impact of various civil wars on the city, and wander recreated Victorian streets and pleasure gardens. If you're traveling with children and would like to make their visit more engaging, download activity sheets from the museum's website beforehand. Use our London itinerary builder to add Museum of London and other attractions to your London vacation plans.
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  • Decided to spend some time at the Museum of London which focused on the history and development of the city itself. It started in pre-history of the Thames and the area. While there were some tribal s...  more »
  • To begin, this was truly the most challenging museum of any museum in any country we've ever been to easily locate the entrance. You can see the building, but the entry is across the street and to us ...  more »
  • It's a little confusing to find, but once located, this museum is a treasure box of fascinating objects, gripping history, and contemporary exhibits. While we were there a history of punk exhibit was ...  more »
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  • I used to visit this museum as a child and had very fond memories. It was lovely to return and see the exhibits I remembered along with the new ones. The scientists being present to explain how they preserve the exhibits was a nice touch too.
  • Another one of the fabulous museums of London. Different to British Museum and Victoria & Albert Museum in that contemporary displays are showcased. Includes Roman settlement up to London 2012 Olympics. Superbly presented.
  • Despite being a Londoner, this was my first ever time visiting this museum and i have to say, it was much better than i anticipated. The stuff they had was awesome! From the history all the way to modern society. Definitely worth going if you're a tourist and a Londoner.
  • Wasn't too big of a fan of the Museum of London. Maybe because it was the last museum I visited and I was tired of it all. The museum was much quieter and smaller than I anticipated. It's divided by historical periods in London and has some interesting displays but I didn't find the information too in depth.
  • Cool artifacts. Wasn't as informative as I had hoped but I think it does a good job of appealing to children and young people. Definitely a place for kids.

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Many of London's main attractions are spread out, so nearby public transportation is key. There is no downtown area as such in London, and some of the least expensive hotels have more convenient access to tourist sites than the costlier ones. For a quintessential London experience, consider staying in the West End. This part of town offers excellent theaters, historical sites, and eating and shopping options for every taste. Lodging won’t be cheap, but you’ll have the colorful variety of London life right at your doorstep. Look at Notting Hill or Chelsea for charming and less expensive boutique hotels and B&Bs.
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