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London Museums

My wife and I are in London for 3 days- our first time there. We are not big "museum people" and we would rather be outside. We don't want to miss anything while we are there so are there any "must-see" works or galleries that we might regret missing?

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Might be best to get a guide book - no-one else can say which would be your 'must-sees'.

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That is impossible to answer, one person's must-see is another's must-avoid. Modern Art, or old masters - it depends on what you are interested in. The National Gallery certainly has a high concentration of master-pieces.

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As has been said, this is very hard to answer.

But if I HAD to give an answer I would say got to the British Museum and see the Egyptian Sculpture gallery. I really has a wow factor. Free to get in.

But London has so many other great museums and art galleries.

For example I think the Natural History Museum is one of the great BUILDINGS in London, and that is before you go inside and look at the exhibits.

In fact the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and Victoria and Albert museum are all right next to each other in South Kensington, and all are free, and if you wished you could spend a day in each.

But on a rainy morning or afternoon you could pop into each one and spend an hour or so in each of them.

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I'm not a huge museum person either, but I do enjoy occasionally popping into one especially when I'm traveling and not likely to get another chance to see the place. But if I'm going somewhere and nothing is already jumping out at me to go see I'll likely not go out of my way to enter the museums there.

London has so much to see outside already, if you don't want to go to galleries, then you simply don't have to. Tower of London, Windsor Castle (outside London I know!), Buckingham Palace etc all have so much wonderful history that my wife and I didn't feel like we missed anything by not doing any museums.

One thing to keep in mind though is that many of them are free, so if it's bad weather you can jump into one for a bit and if you don't like it there's nothing lost.

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The British Museum and the National Gallery both have Highlights Tours and their Information Desks will tell you about them. The first room next to the National Gallery information desk is the room with Van Gogh's Sunflowers painting.

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The good thing about having so many free museums and galleries is that you don't have to be much of a museum person to enjoy them. You don't have to commit yourself to a long visit to get your money's worth.

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I quite enjoy the V&A.

Up to you though.

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I am not a museum person either so I wouldn't go to any.

This really is an impossible question to answer so maybe take a look at a good guide book to see if anywhere might interest you but there is so much to see in London without museums and art galleries so I wouldn't get too hung up about this.

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The Museum of London is Free, a short walk from St. Paul's, is of manageable size, and can put a lot of the sights you are seeing outdoors into context. Lots of the exhibits were dug up during the digging of the foundations of the modern buildings you see around you in the City.

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