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Arts & Museums
The UK's national reference library is not a public library, and if you want to take advantage of what's stored in its halls, you'll have to obtain a reader's pass. This is granted to people doing research (primarily professional or post graduate) but if you can prove that you can't access the material elsewhere, a permission may be granted. Fortunately, the public is allowed into the three exhibition galleries for free (where the Magna Carta and Gutenberg Bible, among other items, are displayed), and there are events programs (mainly films and lectures), and public tours on Sundays and Tuesdays. The tours may incur a charge. Check the website for more details.
The Gagosian Gallery is located in a nondescript brick-walled building on Britannia Street. Don't let the external appearance fool you as this gallery features some of the best works in contemporary art. The gallery is owned by an American art enthusiast Larry Gagosian and has ten other counterparts spread across the globe. This gallery has on display some unique paintings, sculptures and creations by renowned as well as upcoming artists. Check the website for the latest exhibitions before dropping in for a visit.
Located in a reconstructed building next to the demolished Foundling Hospital, this museum pays tribute to the city's original home for London's poor youth. Abandoned children and infants were given a new lease of life due to the kindness of the founders, composer George Frideric Handel, artist William Hogarth and Thomas Coram, a great philanthropist. Learn more about their history through the different permanent and temporary exhibitions held here and admire the unique and intriguing British paintings.
This original museum houses artifacts and photographs of London's inland waterways, and is housed in what was previously an ice warehouse. It was constructed around 1862 for Carlo Gatti, the famous Swiss-Italian ice-cream manufacturer, and features the history of the ice trade and ice-cream as well as the canals. It's a rare museum of inland waterways in the capital, and has permanent exhibitions on the River Thames and 'Measham' pottery. Special prices for groups are available if booked in advance.
Situated in a gallery at the doorway of Kings Place, Pangolin is an exhibition center that showcases sculptures. It was established in 2008 and works towards encouraging the art of sculpture. On their events list regularly are a set of informative events and seminars. Visit website for upcoming events.
Kings Place is an all in one entertainment venue with gallery that represents famous touring artists as well as upcoming ones. It possesses a colossal number of paintings, sculptures and contemporary artwork which can be bought by art collectors. The venue can also be hired for corporate parties, conferences and seminars, while the in-house cafes and restaurants prove to be a big hit with wannabe artists. Check their website for a list of upcoming events and exhibitions. Admission is free so go for it!
Between 1822-1854, the crypt in St. Pancras Church was used to bury the remains of the deceased since the burial grounds were getting too congested. However, 557 burials later the crypt was closed and reopened again in 2002, but this time in the new avatar of an art gallery. Needless to say, the atmosphere is surreal and reminds one of life's transience. Every piece of art stirs your imagination while pillars of sculpted females known as caryatids, watch on lovingly.
Charles Dickens' novels famously chronicled the lives and dramas of 19th century London in the throes of the industrial revolution, and his portrayal of slums and workhouses drew on his own family's experiences of poverty and debt. The drawing room of the Dickens' House where he held literary salons has been lovingly restored, and elsewhere you can view all manner of Dickens paraphernalia including personal letters and notes as well as manuscripts and first editions of his books.
At The British Postal Museum and Archive visitors will be taken through the tales of communication; its history and evolution. Managed by The Postal Heritage Trust this museum consists of a huge collection of data on the history of postal services in Great Britain. Visitors can visit the exhibits at the Royal Mail Archive housed within the museum. This museum is mainly used by the citizens to access their vast resources. The collection of stamps housed here is a gold mine for a stamp collector. Check the website for details regarding latest events.
The Wellcome Collection is a museum which focuses mainly on medicine and its connections to life and art. The collection is also home to the Wellcome Library, which houses over 750,000 books, documents, manuscripts and journals as well as a large visual collection. Visitors can also relish some delectable food at the cafe. The Wellcome Collection is also host to many different cultural as well as educational events throughout the year.
Britain's largest exhibition space, the Crafts Council Gallery holds more than 1200 objects made of ceramics, glass, furniture, textile and wood, accumulating the works of many internationally renowned craftsmen. One can visit it through the collection touring exhibition. A beautiful and unusual work of architecture, this gallery is funded by the national charity, established under Royal Charter. The Crafts Council Gallery has their own education scheme and develop partnerships to create wider opportunities for young craftsmen. Exhibitions in many national and regional centers are also held by them with participation from artists in the United Kingdom and around the globe.
Located inside the University College London, the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology exhibits artifacts from Egypt that record the entire story of the Nile Valley through time. It has a staggering collection of Sudanese and Egyptian items. Dresses, metal tools, weights and measures, drawings and papyrus are some of the objects featured in its collection. The museum allows a glimpse into the daily life of ancient Egyptians through its various exhibits.