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WHAT'S FREE IN LONDON

GEFFRYE MUSEUM
Lovely museum with lots to interest lovers of interior design. It is the only museum in the United Kingdom to specialise in the furniture and domestic interiors of the urban middle classes. Its displays span from 1600 to the present day, forming a sequence of period rooms which capture the essence of English interior style. The displays lead the visitor on a walk through time, from the 17th century with oak furniture and panelling, past the refined splendour of the Georgian period and the high style of the Victorians, to 20th-century modernity, seen in a 1930s flat, a mid-century room in 'contemporary style' plus a late 20th-century living space in a converted warehouse.

Also a wonderfully aromatic walled herb garden. Many special exhibitions and craft courses held throughout the year. A treasure.

Geffrye Museum. Kingsland Road, Shoreditch, London E2
Tel: 020 7739 9893
Fax: 020 7729 5647
Email: info@geffrye-museum.org.uk
Web Address: http://www.geffrye-museum.org.uk
Open Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 5pm. Bank Holidays and Sundays 12 - 5pm
Closed Mondays (unless Bank Holiday), Good Friday, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Year's Day
Admission Free.
Nearest tube station:Liverpool Street (Bishopsgate exit), then bus 149 or 242 Old Street (exit 2), then bus 243 or 15 minute walk.

 

BETHNAL GREEN MUSEUM OF CHILDHOOD
This is the V & A's collection of toys, dolls, doll's houses, puppets, games, children's costumes and nursery antiques. There are often art workshops for children on Saturdays.
Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood
Cambridge Heath Road E2
Tel:081 980 2415
Open Monday to Thursday, Saturday - 10.00am - 5.50pm. Sundays 2.30pm - 5.50pm. Closed Fridays. Admission Free Nearest tube station: Bethnal Green
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THE BRITISH MUSEUM
Showcasing the works of man from all over theworld from prehistoric times to the present day.
The British Museum
Great Russel Street WC1
Tel: 071 636 1555
Open Monday to Saturday 10.00 - 17.00 Sunday 14.30 - 18.00
Admission Free
Nearest tube: Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square or Holborn

 

THE NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM
The history of the British Army from Tudor times to the present day. Uniforms, medals, weapons, models, videos and changing exhibitions.
The National Army Museum
Royal Hospital Road, Chelsea SW3
Tel: 071 730 0717
Open daily. 10.00 - 17.30
Admission Free
Nearest tube station:Sloane Square

 

NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY
The gallery was founded in 1856 to collect the likenesses of famous British men and women. Portraits can be in any medium, oils, watercolours,drawings, sculptures, silhouettes or photographs. Changing exhibitions and displays
National Portrait Gallery
St. Martin's Place. WC2
Tel: 071 306 0555
Open Monday to Saturday 10.00 - 18.00, Sunday 12.00 - 18.00
Admission Free
Nearest tube: Leicester Square

 

BANK OF ENGLAND MUSEUM
This museum tells the story of the Bank of England since 1694. Displays include gold bars, banknotes, interactive video and a dealing desk with live information on stocks and shares.
Bank of England Museum
Bartholomew Lane, EC2
Tel: 071 935 0687
Open Monday to Friday 10.00am - 17.00pm
Admission Free Nearest tube station: Bank

 

THE WALLACE COLLECTION
This beautiful nineteenth century town house is home to a fabulous permanent collection of wonderful paintings, furniture, weaponry and porcelain.
The Wallace Collection
Hertford House, Manchester Square, W1
Tel: 071 935 0687
Open Monday to Saturday 10.00 am - 17.00pm, Sunday 14.00pm - 17.00pm.
Admission Free
Nearest tube station: Bond St.

 

Hooray! Ten of London's museums have introduced free admission for all!

They are:

Imperial War Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum

Queen's House - Inigo Jones' fabulous Palladian villa

Royal Observatory - home of the Meridian line

Museum Of London

National Maritime Museum

National History Museum

Science Museum

Theatre Museum

The Royal Airforce Museum

 

 

 

Colleen Moulding 2002
All Rights Reserved

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