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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. Plan trip to London with our itinerary maker to find out where to go and what to do.
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  • London's history in many ways-chronologically with London already in antiquity, by Roman times and the middle ages onwards, and thematically, with people in focus. I especially liked the exhibit focused on people and their city. Take the opportunity to join one of the free guided tours! It deepens the visit and give an extra dimension to the data. I went with the theme of women, work and war, and it was very interesting. Also free entry!
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  • This museum was really fantastic. From beginning to end. I haven't been to many museums, but this one was probably my favourite. I particularly liked seeing the Olympic torch. I think this museum is g...  more »
  • Very interesting place to visit. Was very surprised how much there was to look at, enjoyed all the displays and it  more »
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  • I would go so far to say my favourite museum to date. Love seeing all the exhibits from London's past and it's so well laid out with a walk through time. Some fantastic displays and great for any child looking for an introduction to history
  • Interesting and informative way to spend a few hours. The museum is divided into periods and there is interactive displays and mini films to watch in most. The Victorian Street is a must. Check out the discreet ladies glasses in the milliners. Clearly the woman in Victorian times were vain!!! Also look out the window after the Roman section as you will see part of the Roman city wall. Cafe and toilet facilities. Entry is free. Not too crowded mid afternoon on a Sunday.
  • Definitely worth a visit! Interesting to learn about the history of a London, so different from today's every day life and interesting to try picturing it. Large museum so make sure you have a few hours to see it. Not too far from Saint Paul's cathedral and other known sites.
  • Just wow, I work nearby and never had the chance to visit. It was a really quick and pleasant experience as far as museums go, really well constructed with room for interactive games for kinds. It's a good way to spent a couple of hours in the city while learning the history of it.
  • Visited the Roman section with 2 grandchildren 6 and floor. Nice welcome with different trails offered. Well laid out, lots of seats and free stools to use when kids enthralled. Story session very interactive and fun and informative. Nice Loos, other exhibits looked good but 2 hours of culture enough for kids. Seem to have several cafes but didn't try them.

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Where to stay in London

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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