For tourists there is a lot to see in London and the choices in the capital of the United Kingdom are really endless. Whether you are into modernism or history, prefer to stay indoors or be outdoors, want to go underground or stay over ground, you can find it all in the London museums.

Below you will find a list of the best museums in London:

British Museum

The British museum is the most popular tourist attraction in the United Kingdom. The museum has a great collection of over thirteen million items originating from all continents over the world and the history of some of these items goes back two million years. Highlights in the museum include the Rosetta Stone, sculptures from the Parthenon, Greek antiquities and several mummies.

The museum is located in a beautiful neoclassical building from the 19th century. The glass roof in the recent Great Court building is beautiful and surely not to be missed.

You can visit the British museum for free.

Natural History Museum

The museum is located in a beautiful historic cathedral, which was built in 1881. The Natural History Museum is home to over 70 million plants, fossils, animals, rocks and minerals divided in five categories - botany, mineralogy, paleontology, zoology and entomology.

You can enter the Natural History Museum for free, but you have the option to donate money at the entrance of the building.

Tate Britain and Tate Modern

Tate Britain belongs to the Tate Gallery, which are four museums spread over the United Kingdom: Tate Liverpool, Tate St Ives, Tate Modern and Tate Britain.

Tate Britain focuses on British art dating back to 1500 and is the national museum of British and modern art. Tate Britain is, just like the Natural History Museum and British Museum, free to visit. A fee could apply to special exhibitions.

From Tate Britain you can travel by boat along the river Thames to Tate Modern, where you can find international modernism. If you are not into travelling by boat, then there are a lot of alternative transport options to travel to Tate Modern.

Tate Modern is also a great place to have lunch. At Tate Modern you can find a restaurant, café and espresso bar. The Tate Modern Restaurant is located on the seventh floor and offers a breathtaking view.

You do not have to pay an admission fee to visit Tate Britain.

Museum of London

In the Museum of London you can find the history of the capital of England, from prehistoric times to present. The story is told through street scenes and reconstructed interiors.

You can visit the Museum of London for free.

Madame Tussauds London

Madame Tussauds London is the famous museum, where you can see wax figures of famous sports stars like David Beckham and Lewis Hamilton, the British royal family or other famous persons like Winston Churchill, Lady Gaga or Angelina Jolie.

The admission fee for adults is 28 GBP, while tickets for children are 24 GBP. Families can enter the museum with wax figures for 99 GBP.

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