Whether you are vacationing on the Isle of Wight, exploring London for a week or two, or venturing to the northernmost point of Northumbria, there is much to see and do in England. Known for its colorful history from ancient Roman times to the present, England’s landscape is dotted with an abundance of castles and museums to display the historical past of this once magnificent world power. The following museums in the greater London area are some of the lesser known museums in England worth visiting.
Apsley House and Wellington Arch – from a collection of artworks that were either plundered by or presented to Wellington when he was in power to a huge, neoclassical statue of the great French Emperor Napoleon, there is a little bit of everything visible in this museum that depicts that particular era in British history.
Benjamin Franklin House – this was the home of the great American politician and inventor between 1757 and 1775. The creaky old structure located near the heart of London focus on the numerous scientific discoveries that he made during the time he was living here.
Centre for the Magic Arts – historic apparatus, memorabilia and posters are the main bill of faire here at what is also referred to as the Magic Circle Museum. It is also the home of Europe’s largest collection of magic books. Although the museum is open to the general public, it is by appointment only.
Cinema Museum – the structure is dedicated to the art and architecture of the cinema and features posters, projectors, and signs as well as historical usherette’s uniforms. Admission is FREE at this museum and if you have ever had an interest in owning a museum or being a curator, the Cinema Museum is looking for a benefactor.
Fan Museum – this is the only museum in the world that is dedicated exclusively to fans. This tiny 2-room museum houses some 3,500 antique fans, some of which have been dated back to the 11th century.
Grant Museum of Zoology – skeletons of a baboon, a giant iguanadon, and a walrus face the entrance of this building, which will give you an idea of what you will find by exploring its interior. The museum is highly organized into different evolutionary categories despite the fact that your first impression is one of a chaotic exhibition of animal history.
Museum of Brands, Packaging, and Advertising – this is one of the finer collections of consumerism, from culture and design, to domestic life and fashion, to folly and fate that spans 120 years of history. You’ll also enjoy venturing through the magnificently cluttered tunnel filled with advertising displays, bottles, cartons, and toys. You’ll marvel at the way that the packaging of household items has evolved in that 120 years.