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. porp

    porp Well-Known Member

    Lovely thread.

    Looking back, I have fond memories of the Museum of Mankind, in a fancy building somewhere near Piccadilly. Not the biggest place, but if you were in the area, the carefully curated anthropological stuff was worth a pop in. Now absorbed into the (much less attractive) British Museum.

    Other dead museums: the Commonwealth Institute. I loved that place. By the time I was able to visit in the early 90s, I think it was past its heyday, but the variety an detail kept you absorbed. Also a fabulous building, now hosting a not so good Design Museum (tube map a classic? - you don't say!) But big advantage of the Design Museum is at least one very restful sitting area that few people use.

    Sorry OP, to choose from your list, I'd say upper floors of the science museum.
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  2. 8115

    8115 Turn left.

    Not a museum but one of my absolute favourite cultural places is the Barbican, they do have galleries there.

    I love the Tate Modern but it's looking pretty "lived in".
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  3. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

    I loved the Museum of Mankind as well, think it was a branch of the V&A. The building is now part of the RA.
    I like the British Museum and the V&A but they're not so good when you're wanting a quiet look around somewhere, there are always crowds of people.
    I love the Wellcome and most of the Saatchi Gallery exhibitions are free.
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  4. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Finally got around to the museum and gallery at bethlem royal earlier today
    Bethlem Museum of the Mind
    It's down west wickham, beckenham way
    I found it brilliant, disturbing and moving. Well worth a visit.
    Kurelick,s way of illustrating his life before his mental health issue was the maze, fantastic piece

  5. Epona

    Epona Down with battered parsnips

    I really like the Museum of London - stuff from prehistoric to modern day, and they have a lot of stuff about social history in the capital - I've spent a lot of time there over the years for a variety of reasons, and I think it does a splendid job.
  6. hash tag

    hash tag member

    Funnily enough, one of the guides we chatted to yesterday worked at museum of London for 18 months. She was lovely, very enthuastic and knowledgeable.
  7. SpamMisery

    SpamMisery Pretty comfortable here right under your skin

    Natural History Museum for me.

    The IWM should be near the top of my list but it's just not very good. It's always a bit disappointing, which is inexcusable given we've fought with virtually every country around the world.
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  8. UrbaneFox

    UrbaneFox Reviewing the situation

    Thanks, I'll go there. :)
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  9. dessiato

    dessiato Life is a lemon, and I want my money back

    I like RAF Hendon.
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  10. danski

    danski Comfortable chair.

  11. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

    I must make an effort to go there, I've been to the Petrie but not the Grant yet - thanks for the reminder!
  12. hash tag

    hash tag member

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  13. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

    I love that place and visit quite often, they have great free exhibitions and good talks too :)
  14. hash tag

    hash tag member

    We have a knack of coming away from their shop with two or three books each time we visit :facepalm:
  15. blossie33

    blossie33 trailer trash

    :D yes I know what you mean, the Blackwells bookshop is great, v interesting selection of books you might not otherwise see.
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    hash tag member

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