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Every month we look around the globe at quality venues that offer free admission and a great visit. This month we focus on London
Where else in the world can you experience the life and times of ancient civilisations, come face to face with Egyptian mummies, brush shoulders with London's famous kings and queens and spend the afternoon with some of the world's most renowned artists for free, but London!
If you like art, culture and history, you'll love London's most popular galleries and museums.
And you can see six of the world's greatest art collections, each in a stunning building (with unique gallery spaces and superb visitor facilities) for FREE!
The British Museum
Brush up on your knowledge of ancient and modern civilisations at the British Museum. As the oldest national public museum in the world, the British Museum attracts millions of visitors to its worldwide collection each year.
You can marvel at objects spanning two million years of human history, from the Rosetta stone and the first-known image of Christ, to a fantastic collection of mummies and contemporary African Art.
The National Gallery
Fancy an afternoon with Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci, Rembrandt, Picasso, Michelangelo, Renoir, Monet and Van Gogh?
Then join a free guided tour at the National Gallery. You can get up-close and personal to paintings by these and many more great Western European masters.
National Portrait Gallery
The National Portrait Gallery houses the world's largest collection of personalities and faces, from the late Middle Ages to the present day. You can come face-to-face with the people who have shaped British history and culture, from kings and queens to musicians and film stars.
Artists featured range from Holbein to Hockney. The collection includes work across all media, from painting and sculpture to photography and video.
Continue your free exploration of history and culture at Tate Britain. The gallery holds the largest collection of British art in the world.
It features works from the last five centuries, including contemporary British art, in a series of free, changing displays. A quintessentially British artistic experience!
A trip to London isn't complete without a visit to Tate Britain's sister gallery, Tate Modern, which shows the best modern and contemporary art from around the world.
The former Bankside Power Station includes the awe-inspiring Turbine Hall, which runs the length of the entire building. This unique space features some amazing interactive and innovative exhibitions, and the permanent galleries won't cost you a penny!
Victoria and Albert Museum
Get some visual inspiration at the world's greatest museum of art and design, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A). Discover its treasure trove of objects from the world's richest cultures; you'll see glass, fashion, ceramics, sculpture and more.
Natural History Museum
As well as the permanent (and permanently fascinating!) dinosaur exhibition, the Natural History Museum boasts a collection of the biggest, tallest and rarest animals in the world. See a life-sized Blue Whale, a 40-million-year-old spider, and the beautiful Central Hall. Entry is free but special exhibitions require tickets.
From the future of space travel to asking that difficult question, "Who am I?", the Science Museum makes your brain perform Olympic-standard mental gymnastics. See, touch and experience the major scientific advances of the last 300 years; don't forget the awesome Imax cinema. Entry is free but some exhibitions require tickets.
The V&A celebrates art and design with 3,000 years worth of amazing artefacts from around the world. A real treasure trove of goodies, you never know what you'll discover next: furniture, paintings, sculpture, metalwork, and textiles, the list goes on and on… Entry is free but special exhibitions require tickets.
The Royal Observatory Greenwich
Visit the world's largest maritime museum, the historic Queen's House, and the Royal Observatory Greenwich: all now part of the Royal Museums Greenwich. Stand astride the Prime Meridian, touch a meteorite, and see the stars in the planetarium. Some are free to enter; some charges apply
For more information visit www.visitlondon.com
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