We all remember being dragged around museums as a kid, not understanding the context of what we were looking at or struggling to find anything to engage with. Luckily, things have changed, and London now offers some of the most interesting museums in the country. While you’ve probably already heard about the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum, there are also some other great options. If you’re planning your next coach trip to London, check these out.
Not for the faint-hearted, Body Worlds is an exhibition which takes you through a journey and different layers of real human bodies. Both respectful and fascinating, this must-see attraction in Piccadilly Circus even has its own donor programme. It doesn’t just focus on biology but health education and thought-provoking, interactive experiences too. It’s not just for adults, so if you’re organising a school coach trip or thinking about a family day out to London, this is one of the most interesting “museums” you’ll find.
This offering from the Imperial War Museum astounds before you’ve even entered it. An iconic landmark along the Thames, the HMS Belfast is a surviving Second World War Royal Navy warship, which visitors can board and explore. It has nine decks to navigate, and you’ll also learn more about those who worked on the ship and the realities faced by the crew.
Fashion & Textile Museum
If you love fashion, check out the Fashion and Textile Museum in Bermondsey. Founded by British designer Zandra Rhodes, its changing exhibitions keep visitors coming back time and time again. Keep an eye out for their latest offerings, which may include designers such as Christian Dior, Tatty Devine and many more. They also provide workshops and courses, covering everything from pattern cutting to illustrator skills.
Grant Museum of Zoology
Discover a labyrinth of animal history collections at the Grant Museum of Zoology, located at the University College London in Euston. It has over 68,000 specimens from the entire animal kingdom, including the world’s rarest skeleton (the quagga), bones of the dodo and other extinct species. Admission is free, so it’s a great way to spend an afternoon without breaking the bank.
Old Operating Theatre
Located in London Bridge, visit one of the continent’s last surviving operating theatres from the past. It’s based in the church attic of the old site of St Thomas’ Hospital, providing a historical look at how surgery used to take place. You’ll enter the theatre down a narrow 52-step spiral staircase, adding to the atmospheric experience. Time your visit with one of their weekly talks to help bring the stories of the theatre to life.
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