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Exploring the English Capital’s Art Scene: 5 Must-Visit Museums in London

London has a vibrant art scene. The capital of England and the United Kingdom boasts of some 1,500 galleries—comparable to other big cities like Paris and New York. This number becomes even more impressive when you realize that London’s art scene only flourished about three decades ago, around the 1980s.

With these much to see, a tourist in London might ask: where do I start? Well, you can begin your journey of discovery of London’s art scene in these five must-visit museums. All of these museums are well-maintained and are pieces of art in themselves. Inside are some of the best collections of paintings, sculptures and other exhibits that will surely satisfy your hunger for art and culture.

  1. National Gallery

The journey to explore London’s art scene should naturally start at the National Gallery, an architecturally-impressive building located at Trafalgar Square. This two-centuries-old museum houses a collection of over 2,300 paintings, some dating back to the mid-13th century. Among the must-see paintings in this museum are Vincent Van Gogh’s “Sunflowers,” Rembrandt’s “Self-Portrait at the Age of 34,” and Michelangelo’s “The Entombment.” A visit to this museum is free all-year-round, so you can enjoy beautiful works of art without spending a penny.

  1. British Natural History Museum

If you’re into natural history, this is a must-visit museum for you in London. This place has a variety of different collections, from specimens of butterflies and insects, to bones from millennia ago. Aside from these, the museum also houses some 350,000 artworks, 400,000 books and other important documents in its archive. It is really a treasure trove of historical artifacts. Among the art pieces in this building are ancient ones from China and India, as well as paintings and photographs depicting nature.

  1. Tate Modern

If you are into contemporary art, then this is the museum in London that you should visit. It showcases different forms of modern art, including impressionism, land art and even performance art. Among the important paintings in the museum are Salvador Dali’s “Metamorphosis of Narcissus” and Pablo Picasso’s “The Three Dancers.”

  1. The British Museum

This is also one of the oldest and most famous museums in the world, so it should be included in the itinerary of anyone going to London. It has over 3.5 million objects in its collection, dating back to million years ago. These objects include ancient items from the Roman cities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, paintings from a centuries-old tomb in Egypt, and even textiles from Africa. There are also occasional special exhibitions from different part of the world. Admission to the museum is free, so there is no more excuse for you not to see this amazing collection of art and artifacts.

  1. Victoria and Albert Museum

Founded in 1852, this museum named after Queen Victoria and Prince Albert is considered to be the largest art collection in the whole world. The museum earned this distinction by containing over 4.5 million objects. These objects include British and European oil and watercolor paintings, such as those from J.M.W. Turner and John Constable. There are also 3,000 jewels in the museum,  seeking to tell the story of Europe from the ancient times to the present day. Aside from these, the museum also has collections of ceramics, architectural objects and even fashion materials which everybody can enjoy.

London’s art scene is a world waiting to be discovered, and these five museums can very well serve as your gateways to England’s world of artistry.

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Originally posted 2017-04-24 04:57:38.

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