Museums in United Kingdom

UK Museums

If you are on a tour of the United Kingdom then you should definitely visit the UK museums. The country is home to remarkable architecture and history that has been documented and showcased through these museums in the UK. These museums can be visited to explore the rich culture and natural history. All of these museums speak about the rich heritage and culture of Great Britain. You can also visit them to study their architecture.

As of now, the country is home to around forty museums and each has a different story to tell. Out of these, the popular museums are the Natural history museum, the British Museum and Tate modern. On average, these museums cater to around 1 million people during the holiday season. If you are planning to visit any of these museums do check the timings, location and entry fee beforehand.
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Which are the best museums in the UK?

1. Natural History Museum: The Natural History Museum was commissioned in 1753 but started its independent operations in 1963. It showcases around seventy million specimens of plants and animal species. The architecture of the building is the best example of Victorian Romanesque architecture. The major attraction of the Natural history museum is ‘Dippy’ the dinosaur skeleton and the Charles Darwin collection.

Location: Cromwell Rd, South Kensington, London SW7 5BD, United Kingdom
Time: 10am to 5.50pm
Entry Fee: $96.09 for adults

2. St Fagans National Museum of History: Situated on the outskirts of St Fagans Castle, Cardiff it has been open to tourists since 1948. The museum boasts of 16th-century architecture and all the artefacts are dated back from 1805 to 1985. The major attraction of the UK museums is the traditional skills and arts like clog making, fabric production etc that were used by Welsh people. The Welsh government has not prescribed any entry fees to visit the museum.

Location: Cardiff CF5 6XB, United Kingdom
Time: 10am to 5pm

3. International Slavery Museum: A popular museum located in Liverpool, UK showcases the legacy of the slave trade. The museum is full of documents and artefacts that exhibit the early lives of West Africans, the impact of the slave trade and their struggle for independence. The best museums in the UK display the legacy of racial discrimination, slavery, injustice and human right violation faced by Africans.

Location: Royal Albert Dock, Liverpool L3 4AQ, United Kingdom
Time: 10am to 5pm

4. Black Country Living Museum: Award-winning Black Country Living Museum is an outdoor museum that chronicles the history of one of Britain's earliest industrialised landscapes. On 26 manicured acres, explore over 40 meticulously rebuilt businesses, homes, and industrial sectors. Meet warm historical figures who will describe what life was like during the Industrial Revolution and beyond.

Location: Tipton Rd, Dudley DY1 4SQ, United Kingdom
Time: Friday to Sunday - 10am to 4pm
Entry Fee: around £17.95 to £19.95

5. The National Railway Museum: The National Railway Museum showcases the complete train line structure invented by the British. The museum has large halls that narrate the stories of the rich history of the railways. The major attraction of this museum is the Japanese bullet train and Mallard, the fastest steam engine. You can also know about the work life of the people who work day and night to keep the rail system upto date.

Location: Leeman Rd, York YO26 4XJ, United Kingdom
Time: 10am to 5pm, Wednesday closed

6. Tate Modern: Located at Bankside, London, UK, Tate Modern is the most popular art gallery in the country. On the banks of the Thames, the former Bankside Power Station now serves as the home of Britain's national museum of modern and contemporary art from all around the world. The entire building's Turbine Hall, which is breathtaking, is where you can view priceless creations by artists like Cézanne, Bonnard, Matisse, Picasso, Rothko, Dali, Pollock, Warhol, and Bourgeois.

Location: Bankside, London SE1 9TG, United Kingdom
Time: 10am to 6pm

7. Coffin Works Museum: Coffin works museum in the UK began its operations as an art gallery in 2014. Initially, it was a coffin-fitting factory that primarily worked to make fittings in the coffins of the royal family. With the original equipment back in operation, you can now get a real sense of how this former Jewellery Quarter company used to run on a daily basis while creating some of the finest coffin furniture in the entire world, including fittings for the funerals of Churchill, Chamberlain, and the Queen Mother. Enter a time capsule from the 1960s where the sounds of the day blended with the industrial sounds of a working factory to experience how Newman Brothers operated during its peak.

Location: 13-15 Fleet St, Birmingham B3 1JP, United Kingdom
Time: Friday to Sunday - 11am to 3pm
Entry Fee: £8.50 for an adult

8. National War Museum: The National War Museum is located on the premises of Edinburgh Castle. You can visit the castle to learn about the rich history of the royal Scotland military. The art gallery is full of insignia, royal uniforms, weapons and paintings that talk about the rich heritage of the Scottish military. There are no entry fees to the museum but one has to pay the entry charges for the castle.

Location: Castle, Castlehill, Edinburgh EH1 2NG, United Kingdom
Time: 9.45am to 5.45pm

How many museums are there in the UK?

The UK is home to a lot of museums that showcase the history of the country. There are eight additional national museums that are supported by the DCMS in addition to the 14 that were founded by acts of parliament. The popular ones amongst them are National Museum, British Museum, Imperial War Museum, National Maritime Museum, Science Museum, National Rail Museum, National Collections Centre, Tata Morden and National Art Museum.

Which is the best museum to visit in the UK?

The National Museum or the British Museum are the best museums to visit in the UK. Both of them record high visitor inflow during holidays or on weekends. The national museum was awarded the most visited museum in the UK in 2021 and the British Museum is ranked number two.

What is the best time to visit the UK?

The UK is blessed with a temperate climate with no extremities during summer or winter. However, it is mostly famous for its spring or autumn season. With that, we suggest that you can visit the United Kingdom in spring (late March to early June) or autumn (September to November).

How to reach the UK?

The main airport of the UK, Heathrow Airport, is connected with many international destinations, so reaching the UK is best possible by flight.

hat is special about the Natural History Museum?

The Natural History Museum is one of the popular galleries in the UK, and is famous as it has the largest collection of specimens of flora and fauna including the ones that have been extinct. This UK museum is also the country’s leading science research centre.

How long should one spend in Tate Modern?

Tate Modern is a popular British Art museum and one can spend at least 2-3 hours seeing the art pieces such as The Snail, Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain, Cildo Meireles’ magnetic Babel, A Picasso Bust of a Woman, and Claude Monet’s Water-Lilies.

Is admission to the National War Museum free?

Yes, the admission to the National War Museum is free. But, as it is located within the premises of Edinburgh Castle, one has to pay for the admission ticket to the castle.

United Kingdom Museums Reviews

Logan Oughton
Reviewed: 27 Feb 2023
We had an amazing time it was so much better than we had hoped realy good fun and for alot less than we thought we would have to spend thanks to thrillophilia😆
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Giovanni Faraci
Reviewed: 15 Feb 2023
Great experience, the staff was very kind and professional I recommend everyone to come and visit this place
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Deepali Desai
Reviewed: 13 Nov 2022
If you're interested in British history, then a visit to The Foundling Museum is a must. The museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, which was founded in the 18th century to care for abandoned children. The museum is definitely worth a visit, and the ticket prices by Thrillophilia are very... Read More
Aasha Reddy
Reviewed: 08 Sep 2022
Visiting a museum dedicated to one of the world’s greatest writers, was an experience to cherish. We just loved the exhibitions that celebrated his popular works Pickwick Papers and To Be Read At Dusk. We saw the various rooms that Dickens used including his study, dining room, and others. Thanks th... Read More
Rageswari Pandey
Reviewed: 21 May 2022
My brother and I have grown up hooked on Sherlock Holmes novels and a visit to this museum in London was like a dream come true for us. We saw some famous memorabilia from some of Holmes’ and Watson’s most famous cases. We would like to thank thrillophilia for suggesting!
Payel Dutta
Reviewed: 08 May 2022
I’d heard a lot about the Madame Tussauds in London, and decided to pay a visit during my visit to the city in winter. I booked the entry tickets from Thrillophilia and happily saved a lot on the price! The Museum turned out to be really fun. We left with some fantastic shots with our favorite celeb... Read More

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