An extraordinary discovery in the City of London, from BC to AD; and why you should visit the Museum of London. There is no other museum in London where you can learn more about London, other than the Museum of London! Okay so I guess you may wonder why I call this an extraordinary discovery? Well, in the first instance, I had been in London for about 7 years before I even knew it existed, as well as which many a Londoner has said they didn’t know about it!! That in itself is extraordinary considering what an amazing museum it is.
A lot of words are written about the British Museum and The National Gallery, and they are wonderful places to visit, but if you want to know about London…then you have to visit the Museum of London.
With a number of galleries to explore the museum takes you on a journey through time, from 450,000 years BC and on into the future with an exhibition of photos showing what London would look like if the seas continue to rise…flooded it would be! Located right on the Roman City Wall it’s a treasure chest of prehistoric, ancient, Roman, medieval and future history, from BC to AD this is the place to find out more!
Absolutely my favourite museum in London, the Museum of London is a must visit if you really want to find out about the city and it’s history. I visit as often as possible. Besides the frequent exhibitions, there is always something new that catches my eye, something I may have not seen on my previous visits.
Just a few minutes walk from St Paul’s Cathedral, The Museum of London, opened in December 1976, is suitably located on the ancient London City Wall built by the Romans, and documents the history of London and it’s inhabitants through time in an innovative design – one route only along a series of galleries, from prehistoric to modern times and beyond!
The exhibits are amazing with some wonderful relics and archaeological discoveries on display including a horned helmet c150-50BC found near Waterloo Bridge. The galleries form a chronological timeline of history containing original artefacts, models, pictures, diagrams, reconstructions, interactive displays and activities suitable for all ages.
With a strong emphasis on archaeological discoveries, the built city, urban development and London’s social and cultural life, there is a prehistoric gallery; “London before London”, a “Medieval London” gallery and a gallery covering the period of the English Civil War and the 1666 Great Fire of London; “War, Plague and Fire”. As you walk through the galleries you will visit an example of a house from Caeser’s camp near Heathrow, a Roman Villa, a Pleasure Garden, a Victorian Barber shop and Pipe shop, pass through scenes of London in the 30,’s, 40’s, 50’s and 60’s, see portraits of famous people who have left their influence on the city
Fragments of the Roman London Wall, just outside the museum, can be seen from a raised viewing platform and you can also access the wall from the street level. Walk where the Romans walked!!!
On the same level as the restaurant is the marvellous showcase for the Lord Mayor’s State Coach, beautifully illuminated and set up with realistic looking horses, you can practically touch the coach.
Lining the walls is a fabulous display of City Livery Company artefacts. The Museum of London is home to the 250 year-old coach which takes to the streets each year in November for the Lord Mayor’s Show; an 800 year-old traditional event. (Like Magna Carta 2015 marks the 800th anniversary of the Lord Mayor’s Show)
In the galleries of Modern London, the exhibitions space diplays 7,000 objects, including a reconstruction of a Georgian Pleasure Garden, an art-deco lift from Selfridges Department Store and the wooden interior of a Wellclose debtors prison cell.
The amazing “Expanding City” Gallery covers London’s history from the 1660’s to the 1850’s, while the “People’s City” features the 1850’s to 1940’s and includes a “Victorian Walk” with recreated shops and public buildings, sections of the West End, Suffragettes, World War I and World War II as well as every day life of the city.
There is also a small exhibition on the fabulous 2012 Olympic Games cauldron.
Besides all the fabulous galleries, the Museum holds an exciting new exhibition each year; ranging from famous Londoners like Charles Dickens and Sherlock Holmes to the more bizarre and creepy;
You could whizz through in an hour and have a quick overview or you could spend a few hours meandering and enjoying the many fascinating exhibits on view, or you could, like me, visit again and again! 😉 It really is a treasure chest!
From time to time they hold classes in the Clore Learning centre where you can actually get actively involved….I learned how to make a lardy cake
There are a multitude of fascinating artefacts and things to see in the Museum of London, making this your ‘must visit museum’ on your next visit for 3 Days in London. This has been one of my most enjoyable discoveries and I return time and again, seeing something new at each visit.
Address: 150 London Wall, City of London, EC2Y 5HN
Phone: 020 7001 9844
Hours: Monday to Sunday 10:00- 18:00 the galleries start closing at 17:40 Closed 24 – 26 December.
FREE ENTRY http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/london-wall/
Don’t miss the amazing sculpture at the entrance
and the changing exhibitions on the walkway
Nearest tube station: St Pauls or Barbican
Plan your journey: http://www.tfl.gov.uk
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What you can see in the area:
remnants of the Roman City Wall in Noble Street
Postman’s Park (housing the famous Watt’s memorial)
Christchurch Greyfriar’s Garden
The Barbican complex