There’s nothing like a bit of ‘culture’ to get yourself going in the day (before tucking into a delicious lunch or dinner of course). Luckily The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is packed with museums – it’s not known as ‘museum central’ for nothing you know! This is why it’s such an attractive destination for both tourists and locals alike – there’s always something to explore, something to learn – it’s not just simply about restaurants,
clubs and pretty parks...
Here’s our breakdown of the BEST museums in the borough:
Leighton House Museum
The former home of the Victorian artist Frederic, Lord Leighton, this is the only purpose-built studio-house open to the public in the UK. A stunning 19th museum, Leighton House contains a vast collection of paintings and sculptures by Leighton and his contemporaries. The house slowly became a ‘private palace of art’ with the Arab Hall that had a golden dome, mosaics and walls with Islamic tiles. The enormous painting studio was one of the sights of London, filled with paintings. Apparently Queen Victoria even visited the building! Leighton House was surrounded by another group of studio-houses and provided a unique insight into the mentality and status of successful artists during this period.
12 Holland Park Road: Opening times Monday to Friday: +44 (0) 20 7602 3316, Saturday and Sunday: +44 (0) 20 7471 9160
The Natural History Museum
This museum is full of interactive, fun exhibitions such as the ‘Dinosaurs’ gallery, which features a massive T-Rex. Winner of the Best of the Best in the Museums and Heritage Awards 2013, the Natural History Museum is also a top science research centre. As well as this, there’s also the Central Hall - home to the Museum’s iconic Diplodocus skeleton. There’s lots of volunteers helping out in the museum – and no wonder!
Cromwell Road, London, SW7 5BD: Opening times: daily 10.00 - 17.50.
The Science Museum
With over 15,000 objects on display, the Science Museum is the most visited science and technology museum in Europe. From interactive galleries demonstrating first scientific principles, along with modern science debates, the museum will inspire those from all ages and backgrounds. From the future of space travel to asking that tough question: "who am I?" this museum tests your brain at the highest level.
Entry is free but some exhibitions require tickets. Science Museum, Exhibition Road, London: Opening Times: Seven days a week, 10.00-18.00.
Victoria and Albert Museum
The ‘V & A’ celebrates art and design with some 3,000 incredible artefacts on display. This includes collections such as the Medieval Renaissance galleries, the Jewellery gallery and the British Galleries; which show the history of Britain through the nation’s art and design. From furniture to paintings, sculpture, metalwork and textiles; there’s something for everyone.
Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London, SW7 2RL: Opening times 10.00-17.45 daily, Friday 10.00-22.00, closed 24, 25 and 26 December.
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