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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 sitting down is bad for you

    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".
  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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