The United Kingdom is home to many of the most popular museums in the world. London is the home of five the UK’s best museums, according to the recent TripAdvisor’s 2015 Traveller’s Choice awards. However, in other areas of the UK, museums are becoming more popular and increasing tourism. Scottish attractions reported an increase of 10 percent, while the number of visitors to London increased by 7 percent. In Northern Ireland, attractions reported a 5 percent increase, while Wales had an increase in 6 percent. Have you been to any of these museums? Below are the top ten most popular museums in the UK — you should consider visiting a few!
1. British Museum
According to a recent article by The Daily Mail, the British Museum is ranked first by Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, and named the UK’s most popular tourist attraction. It showcases the history of world civilisation and culture. There are free tours daily!
2. Natural History Museum
The Natural History Museum in London is home to many life and earth specimens, including 80 million items within the realms of botany, entomology, mineralogy, paleontology and zoology. It is a world-renowned centre of research, and even houses specimens collected by the famous scientist Charles Darwin.
3. Victoria and Albert Museum
This museum is billed as the UK’s top museum for art and design. It has exhibits through the ages, showcasing British design and fashion from periods including the Medieval and Renaissance eras. There are numerous family activities available, and special events weekly.
4. National Gallery
The National Gallery houses the national collection of Western European paintings from the 13th to 19th centuries. It was founded in 1824 and has a collection of over 2,300 paintings. It’s also open 361 days a year!
5. Churchill War Rooms
The Churchill War Rooms, situated in a World War II bunker, tell the story of Winston Churchill and his legacy. The purpose of the museum is to showcase how Churchill led Britain to victory in World War II.
6. The Roman Baths
The Romans Bath is a site of historical interest in the English city of Bath. The house is a well-preserved Roman site for public bathing. There are four main features: the Sacred Spring, the Roman Temple, the Roman Bath House and the museum holding finds from the Roman Bath. The buildings date from the 19th century.
7. National Museum of Scotland
If you’re travelling with children, there are numerous exhibits designed specifically for children to learn about the natural and human world. It houses a gigantic skull and a life-sized cast of a Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton that is 12m long.
8. National Railway Museum
The National Railway Museum shares the story of rail transport in Britain, and how it has impacted society. It houses the national collection of historically significant railway vehicles, as well as other artefacts and photos.
9. Titanic Belfast
This visitor attraction is a monument to Belfast’s maritime heritage on the site of the former shipyard where the RMS Titanic was built. It shares the history of the Titanic through a series of galleries.
10. Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum
This institution is among the most-visited museums in the UK outside of London. It houses 22 galleries and more than 8,000 objects. It showcases fine art, armouries and an exhibit with beehives!
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