Museums in West London
The days of dark and gloomy museums are long gone and
hardly bear any resemblance to the bright and interesting
hands-on museums of West London.
With something interesting around every corner, there’s
plenty to engage young minds and if you’re a history
buff you’ll be fascinated by the extensive range
of great venues.
Your first port of call should be Gunnersbury Park
Gunnersbury Park, Popes Lane. This splendid 19th century
neo-classical mansion, once home to the Rothschild family,
is now a large museum featuring art and artefacts from
the 19th century. Changing exhibitions include toys, domestic life, costumes and local history information. Children will particularly love the Victorian
kitchens, which are open during the summer months and
offer youngsters a real hands on experience.
If you’re planning your visit to West London during
the summer months you might be lucky enough to catch one
of the open weekends at Acton Depot [map],
Gunnersbury Lane. This unique working museum contains
vast collections and offers a different museum experience.
The country home of architect Sir John Soane from
1800-1804 is located at Pitshanger Manor and Gallery [map],
Walpole Park Mattock Lane. Pottery experts will be impressed
by the range of Martinware on offer. There are plenty
of concerts, workshops and art exhibitions happening throughout
the year and this really is the perfect museum for all
The Faraday Laboratory and Museum [map],
The Royal Institution, Albemarle Street, is the laboratory
where famous scientist Michael Faraday made some of his
most important discoveries. The lab has been restored
to its former 1852 glory. The museum is particularly interesting
to those fascinated by electricity and magnetism.
For another fascinating insight into the science of the
past check out Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum [map],
St Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street. This is the lab
of the famous scientist who discovered penicillin. This
is also the perfect place to take aspiring scientists
or youngsters studying science exams.
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