Best free museum

Discussion in 'London and the South East' started by bi0boy, Mar 13, 2016.


What's the best of the big free museums?

  1. Science museum

  2. Natural history museum

  3. British museum

  4. Imperial War museum

  5. Museum of London

  6. Some art gallery, design museum or other such place

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. mango5

    mango5 Endeavour era

    National Army Museum in Chelsea was good when we went there with Workshy a few years back, currently closed for refurbishment.
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  2. mango5

    mango5 Endeavour era

    Art galleries leave me cold but medical, design and architecture museums are often more interesting than 'pure' natural history or science for me. Much as I love the dusty geometric models in the Science Museum, the applied sciences are more fun.
  3. hash tag

    hash tag member

    The Hunterian and the Wellcome are both good and the Wellcome has an interesting exhibition "States of Mind" on at the mo.
    My Fave museum has to be Kirkaldy Testing Museum
    It's open rarely and full of machines that test for stretching, compressing, twisting, banging Etc. lots of different things like glass, metals, wood and the like.
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  4. newbie

    newbie undisambiguated

    plus 1
  5. DJWrongspeed

    DJWrongspeed radio eros

    Great isn't it. I went to a gig there once. The machines are so big and heavy they'll mostly probably just remain there for years so it just kinda has to be a museum !
  6. Orang Utan

    Orang Utan razzed up on scrumpy and injustice

  7. QueenOfGoths

    QueenOfGoths Fuck you Dave!

    Of that list the British Museum but I rather like the Wellcome Collection.

    Also as a big fan of art galleries the Tate, Tate Modern and Wallace Collection are all great!
  8. crossthebreeze

    crossthebreeze Well-Known Member

    I went to the V&A last week and saw loads of interesting stuff - early medieval iconography, 15th C tapestries and some William Morris ones, quilts and patchwork, jewellery from celtic to modern and made from everything from diamonds to plastic, renaissance furniture, Kimonos, minature portraits, Indian illustrated story books, early photography, and Tipu's Tiger

    The Natural History museum has the best building though.
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  9. RoyReed

    RoyReed Must fly!

    I was there on Thursday last week - it's definitely free to get in. You only have to pay for the special exhibitions (currently Lee Miller's photography).
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  10. Ponyutd

    Ponyutd Greebo likes this....r.i.p.

    And I can tell you something else, the carrot cake is the best I have ever eaten.
    I love the place.:thumbs:
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  11. Bungle73

    Bungle73 I was there, now I'm here Banned

    That's one of the advantages of being a member and attending a members' evening (haven't been to one for ages though tbh): the galleries that are open are usually deserted, even popular spaces like the Egyptian Sculpture Gallery.
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  12. trashpony

    trashpony Ovaries and tings

    The Wallace Collection is very under-rated.

    I'm also very fond of the National Portrait Gallery - usually pretty quiet and they've got some fabulous stuff in their permanent collection

    I prefer the V&A over the BM (I know, I know) - just because it has such weird and wonderful stuff in it.

    Down here, we have the Powell-Cotton Museum which is basically loads of stuffed animals arranged in tableaux which I love (I grew up near another similar museum in Belgium so had no idea quite how weird it was until I took some friends). The foal calls it the dead animal museum. They have the suit Major Powell-Cotton was wearing when he was attacked by a lion. He was saved by the folded copy of Punch in his top pocket :cool:
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  13. ringo

    ringo Macaroni cheese controller

    The British Museum is my favourite place in the world.
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  14. hash tag

    hash tag member

    The Wallace have some great pics, few sticks of furniture and superb collection of armour. For a price, they do an OK cuppa. Very handy for Oxford St.
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  15. Spymaster

    Spymaster Cockney Wanker

    Worth going to just for The Laughing Cavalier.


    The detail from up close is quite incredible.
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  16. DaveCinzano


    Going to the Natural History Museum in the school holidays recently with two small children was both :cool: and :eek: I enjoyed the stuff on pre-homo sapiens, would like to go back there when it is less hectic.

    The British Museum was always a favourite way to spend a Saturday, especially if I didn't have the money to trawl around comic shops and book stores, mainly wandering around the 'classics' rooms, looking at 'Roman' helmets and suchlike.

    I don't think I've been to the Science Museum since I was a nipper.

    I have fond memories of the Rotunda, but its collection got transferred to Firepower!, and it seems that will be closing down this year :(

    How about the Horniman? Free, a bit of culture, bit of nature, bit of science...
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  17. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Was it Waldemar that looked at it up close and personal recently and yes, the details on many masters up close can be breathtaking.
  18. hash tag

    hash tag member

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  19. hash tag

    hash tag member

    If visiting the BM, don't forget the prints in room 90. It's usually very quiet up there and they have some great free exhibitions up there. We saw a load of prints on witches, warlords Etc. recently and saw this yesterday which was enchanting Light, time, legacy
    They also had a few tremendous rock prints by David Oxtoby :thumbs:
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  20. mather

    mather Well-Known Member

    The V&A.
  21. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    I've been once and thought it was hideously boring...... individually the items are relatively interested, but they're all just bundled together with no rhyme or reason.
  22. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    This would my choice, alongside the british museum or the the science museum.
  23. Bungle73

    Bungle73 I was there, now I'm here Banned

    You're looking at it through 21st century eyes. Everything has been kept exactly as Soane had it in the 19th century. That's part of its charm.
  24. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Musty and dusty......

    Soane can keep his "charm"
  25. Bungle73

    Bungle73 I was there, now I'm here Banned

    I think you went in there with the wrong attitude tbh. It's not like a normal modern museum where you're there purely to look at the exhibits. With the Soane Museum the experience is the whole thing: exploring the labyrinthine building, and being transported back in time.

    On another note, it seems they don't have the audio tours for download on their website any more, for some reason.
  26. sim667

    sim667 Licking windows on the 303 bus.

    Im not really sure its up to anyone how I should enjoy a museum, I either enjoy it or I don't. I didn't enjoy the Soane museum, it was just a collection of stuff, and I didn't leave understanding his life or work in any meaningful way. Just not my cup of tea.
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  27. moon

    moon Happy Happy Jo Wonderland

    The British Museum especially at night... museums are completely different places at night..
  28. bimble

    bimble noisy but small

    went to the Grant Museum of Zoology this eve (my first time in there), near warren street. Recommended, especially the Jar Of Moles.
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  29. hash tag

    hash tag member

    I gather there is a rare opening of the kirkaldy testing works this weekend. A superb museum full of odd things that test strength by squashing, squeezing, compressing, stretching etc. Kirkaldy Testing Museum
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  30. crossthebreeze

    crossthebreeze Well-Known Member

    Jar of Moles sounds like an attraction at Fun Land on Father Ted

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