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NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM (The)

The Natural History Museum houses an enormous collection of items and specimens relating to the life and earth sciences: botany (plants); entomology (insects); mineralogy (the properties of minerals); paleontology (ancient life forms and fossils) and zoology (animals).  It is renowned for its dinosaur skeletons, which kids adore - and its architecture.  It is a national museum and entry is free.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Cromwell Road
County
London
Post Code
SW7 5BD
Main Historic Period
N/A
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Adjacent to the Science Museum and the V&A
Primary Management
HM Government
Veins

Science Gallery London is not a traditional museum with a permanent collection on show. Quoting from their website, “Our programme brings together scientific researchers, students, local communities and artists in surprising and innovative ways. We present three themed seasons every year, incorporating exhibitions, events, performances, live experiments, open discussions and festivals, all with scientific engagement at their core.” Science Gallery London is part of the Global Science Gallery Network.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Great Maze Pond
Southwark
County
London
Post Code
SE1 9GU
Main Historic Period
N/A
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
The Shard, Old Operating Theatre, Southwark Cathedral
Primary Management
Other
SCIENCE MUSEUM (The)

This is Britain's national museum of science and technology, founded in 1857. Its collections include large and small exhibits, with many hands-on activities. The permanent galleries cover such topics as flight, robotics, space exploration, IT, engineering and medicine (the latter largely helped by the collection of Henry Wellcome). Among its larger items are Stephenson's Rocket, several iconic aircraft and the Apollo 10 Command Module.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
Exhibition Road
South Kensington
County
London
Post Code
SW7 2DD
Main Historic Period
Modern
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
V&A, Natural History Museum. Nearest tube station is South Kensington.
Primary Management
HM Government
WELLCOME COLLECTION

The Wellcome Collection is a medical museum that grew out of the Wellcome Trust, a global charity which, amongst other things, is a huge funder of medical research. The Wellcome Trust was established by the will of Henry Wellcome, a US Anglophile who co-founded the pharmaceutical firm Burroughs Wellcome (later absorbed into GSK). Wellcome was also an avid collector - anything from mainstream artwork to the bizarre - many of his items are now in the Science Museum. The Wellcome Collection includes two permanent displays, 'Medicine Man' about Henry Wellcome, and 'Medicine Now'. Its temporary exhibitions include an eclectic mix of art, history and somewhat off-the-wall - all with a medical bent - check its website to see what's on. There is also access to the Wellcome Library, a collection specialising in medicine and its history which includes many rare and unique items.

Region/Nation
Location/Address
183 Euston Road
County
London
Post Code
NW1 2BE
Main Historic Period
All
Useful Website Address
Tip/Nearby
Almost opposite Euston Station - very handy for somewhere to visit just before you travel north or as you arrive in town.
Primary Management
Other

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