Museums in London

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London has a huge selection of museums ranging from small and specialist to huge collections of antiquity. There are the main suspects such as British Museum and V&A which both contain huge collections from all over the world. The are other museums covering design, public transport, science, natural history, maritime, typography, fashion, any many others covering most people's interests.

Galleries vary from the well established (National Gallery, Tate Britain), to the more recent additions (Tate Modern, Saatchi Gallery), to thousands of independent galleries dotted all over London.

For listings of the latest exhibitions, try consulting Time Out (a weekly listings mag, every Wednesday) or The Guide (which comes with the Saturday's Guardian newspaper).

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June 30, 2006 change by giorgio
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The Women's Library

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The Women's Library is a cultural centre, housing the most extensive collection of women's history in the UK. The collections comprise over 60,000 books and pamphlets, 2,500 periodical titles, 400 archive collections and 5,000 museum objects covering issues from health, sexuality and popular culture to politics, history and human rights. Access is free for everyone. As well as the resources for research in the Reading Room there is a lively exhibition and events programme, and a space to relax in the Wash Houses CafĂ©.  

The current exhibition, "What Women Want: more..

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tel:0207 320 2222
openingHours:Monday to Friday 9.30am - 5.30pm (late night opening Thursday 8pm), Saturday 10.00am - 4.00pm, Sunday closed
url:www.thewomenslibrary.ac.uk
address:Old Castle Street, London, E1 7NT
email:moreinfo@thewomenslibrary.ac.uk

Design Museum

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The design museum is a must for anyone with an interest in modern and contemporary design. The permanent exhibition follows the change in British homes from the 20th century until present day, which is constantly updated to include new design classics.

There are also temporary exhibits which usually run for 3-4 months. Recent exhibits have included Saul Bass, Peter Saville, Archigram, and an exhibition on signage. The museum also runs 'Designer of the Year' which awards a prize to a person or organisation that has produced an impressive piece of design (past winner more..

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tel:0870 833 9955
openingHours:10.00-17.45 Fri until 21.00
url:www.designmuseum.org
address:Shad Thames, London SE1 2YD
email:info@designmuseum.org

Madame Tussaud's

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Wax statues of famous British (and other) people.

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address:Marylebone Road

The Museum of the Royal Artillery

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Here you can see 600 years of artillery development.

Winter season opening:
From beginning of November to end of March 2005 Friday to Sunday 10:30 to 5pm Open all school holidays and bank holidays.  

Summer season opening:

From beginning of April to end of October 2005 Wednesday to Sunday 10:30 to 5pm Open all school holidays and bank holidays.   

Last admission:
At 4:00pm more..

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accessibility:There is full disabled access to the museum.
tel:020 8855 7755
url:www.firepower.org.uk
address:Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, London, SE18 6ST

Leighton House Museum

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The former home and studio of 19th century artist Frederic Leighton. It holds collections of Leighton's paintings and drawings, as well as exhibits of other pre-Raphaelite art.

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tel:020 7602 3316
openingHours:Leighton House is open daily except Tuesdays from 11am to 5.30pm. Except for Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's Day the house is open on bank holidays.
url:www.rbkc.gov.uk
address:12 Holland Park Road, London W14 8LZ
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