The great British museum is something to be proud of. Packed full of history, art and culture, they are places of learning, leisure and for the most part are absolutely free. Across the country are countless institutions dedicated to many different subjects both academic and otherwise. As Cab Guru now has availability in over fifty UK towns and cities where many great museums reside, we’ve prepared a short guide to some of our favourites.
Tate Modern – London:
Housed inside the former Bankside Power Station, Tate Modern is one of the largest museums of modern art in the world. Famous for the Turbine Hall that hosts high concept installations as well as concerts and events, the gallery itself boasts a wide ranging variety of modern works that cater for all tastes and interests.
The Beatles Story – Liverpool:
No trip to Liverpool would be complete without a nod to the Fab Four, arguably the city’s most famous sons. This museum tells the story of how they took on the world via replicas of venues they played in the early days, artefacts, memorabilia and “The Fab4D Experience” – an immersive journey into the music of the Beatles with 3D animation and 4D special effects.
British Motor Museum – Warwickshire:
After a £1.1 million make-over, the British Motor Museum has just re-opened its doors with a re-vamped look. The exhibits are set into different zones that tell the stories behind the vehicles on display including Aston Martin, Rolls Royce, Jaguar, Rover and even a Sinclair C5. This collection is a must-see for any petrol head who has an interest in the story of British car manufacturing.
National Motor Museum – Beaulieu:
Set in the heart of the New Forest on the grounds of Lord Montagu’s Palace House and Gardens, Beaulieu boasts an incredibly diverse car collection of all shapes and sizes. The automobiles on display go back as far as the late 19th century and number around 250. These include vehicles seen in film and TV and there’s a special “World of Top Gear” exhibit curated by the presenters themselves. You can even see the grounds from the comfort of the oldest monorail in England.
National Football Museum – Manchester:
The world’s biggest museum dedicated to “the beautiful game” is free to enter and is a place in which both the casual and obsessive fan will be enthralled. The whole history of association football is represented here, featuring memorabilia from all eras. With interactive displays for the children, this is a great day out for the whole footie loving family.
The V&A – London:
The Victoria and Albert Museum is the world’s largest museum of decorative arts & design spanning 5,000 years from ancient times to the present day. Its collection features ceramics, glass, textiles, costumes, silver, ironwork, jewellery, furniture, medieval objects, sculpture, prints and printmaking, drawings and photographs that will delight history buffs and lovers of pop culture alike.
The Fitzwilliam – Cambridge:
A much-loved Cambridge institution, the Fitzwilliam combines accomplishments of artistic endeavour alongside historical artefacts. Visitors can look upon many works of fine art by the likes of Turner, Picasso, Monet and Cezanne before heading downstairs to view the medieval armour or the Egyptian mummies in the basement.
Pitt Rivers – Oxford:
Specialising in ethnographic and archaeological objects, this Victorian museum is a three floored temple of world history and culture. Containing pieces collected by famous explorers such as Captain Cook, a large percentage of the collection is on display making for an eye-popping array of global treasures and pieces of interest.
The British Museum – London:
The British Museum has one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in existence originating from many different continents around the world. Spanning over two million years of human history, visitors are treated to treasures from many world cultures such as the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and not forgetting the Egyptian mummies.
Williamson Tunnels Heritage Centre – Liverpool:
Located beneath the streets of the Edge Hill district, this fascinating underground world was created by 19th Century philanthropist Joseph Williamson. Though the precise reason for the existence of these tunnels is a mystery, you can take a guided tour through a section of the network that includes displays and exhibits dedicated to the eccentric Williamson.
Hunterian Museum – Glasgow:
Located in various buildings on the main campus of the University in the west end, the Hunterian is the oldest museum in Scotland. It has been recognised as a Collection of National Significance and one of Scotland’s most important cultural assets.
Museum of Childhood – Edinburgh:
Children and adults of all ages will enjoy the diverse array of toys and games from the past to the present. Visitors can learn about growing up through the ages, taking in education and healthcare, alongside exhibits featuring late 20th and early 21st century objects. These include computer games and other toys from the last 60 years that will stir up childhood nostalgia in all visitors.
The Imperial War Museum – London:
A fascinating collection that aims to tell the story of people’s experiences of living through conflict, from the First World War to the present day. Fascinating artefacts sit alongside vehicles and weaponry with articles and films to tell the stories behind the objects. There’s even a spy and espionage section featuring real-life James Bond style gadgets used during the cold war.
Glasgow Science Centre & Tower – Glasgow:
Situated on the Clyde Waterfront Regeneration area on the south bank of the river Clyde, the Science Centre is one of Britain’s most popular places to visit and has been awarded a five star rating by the Scottish Tourist Board. It features a Science Mall with three floors of interactive science learning exhibits, the Glasgow Tower and an IMAX cinema that boasts a screen bigger than a 5-a-side football pitch.
Manchester Art Gallery – Manchester:
Located in Mosely Street, this publicly owned gallery boasts many works of local and international significance. Spanning several floors, it houses nearly 13,000 paintings, drawings, sculptures and many other art works. From the Pre-Raphaelites to Grayson Perry, this collection spans many centuries and has something for everyone.
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