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A guide to London’s most intriguing museums

A guide to London’s most intriguing museums
 

The weird and wonderful differences of life are plain to see in most metropolitan cities, but in London, with its many quirky intricacies, plays host to some of the most intriguing museums in the world. This article will guide you through some of the must-see collections in the city, with suggestions suitable for all would-be visitors.

The Museum of Childhood

Take a trip back in time to your youth at the Museum of Childhood, which covers a collection of old trinkets, toys and games like you can see at the Raptor Twitter page and from your childhood and beyond. As part of the Victoria & Albert museum collection (V&A), the specialist collection houses one of the UK’s largest collection of childhood objects, ranging in date from the 1600s to the present day.

he Killer Cabinet dolls' house

Expect to see anything from a He-man doll or neon slinky, to antique rocking chairs and vintage fur teddy bears. Admission is free, which makes it an ideal venue for families.

The Hunterian Museum

For the weird and wonderful, a visit to the Hunterian Museum is a must see. Frequented by surgeons and trainee medical practitioners alike, the Hunterian Museum, found at the Royal College of Surgeons in West London is based on the collections on John Hunter (1728-1793), an avid collector of old scientific specimens, oddities and curiosities.

The 3,500 strong collection is a breath taking look back to the history of medicine and biological discovery, and includes artefacts from a tooth of a megatherium (an extinct type of sloth) to the dentures of Sir Winston Churchill.

The Clockmaker’s Museum

Pass the time at the Clockmaker’s museum and library in a room next to the Guildhall Library. This single room exhibition plays host to a wide array of weird and wonderful timepieces dating from 1600-1850, along with a select few modern contraptions.

An ideal place to take a gadget lover, the collection, which began in 1814, documents the changing design styles and crafting methods for clocks over the last few centuries.

Guard’s Museum, Wellington Barracks

For fans of all things militaria, the Guards Museum in South West London is an insight into the military history of this specialist military guard.

The collection, which includes military costume, weaponry and artefacts, is a tribute to the five regiments of foot guards and two regiments of Household Cavalry that make up Her Majesty’s Household division.

This guest submission was written by Scott Wood from boutique rentals business www.onefinestay.com. You can read more of his articles on the onefinestay blog.

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