7 museums to discover in London

Margaux Jouault
Publié le 11 January 2023
7 museums to discover in London

Looking for new museums to visit ? Then, you should head to London ! Today, Museum TV offers you its selection of 7 museums to discover in London.

1) The Saatchi Gallery

Saatchi gallery
Inside the Saatchi Gallery

Take the time to visit the Saatchi Gallery! Located in London's Chelsea district, the Saatchi Gallery is a contemporary art museum created by art collector and dealer Charles Saatchi in 1985. Since it opened, the gallery has had a major influence on British art. Indeed, it exhibits a new generation of emerging British artists, with the aim of introducing their work and more generally, contemporary art to the public.

For more information, visit the Saatchi Gallery website.

2) The Wallace Collection

The Happy Accidents of the Swing - Fragonard
The Happy Accidents of the Swing - Fragonard

The Wallace Collection is a London art museum opened in 1900, as a gift from Lady Wallace, wife of the collector Richard Wallace. There are 25 galleries in the museum with more than 5500 objects from the 14th to the 19th centuries (decorative arts, painting, furniture, weapons, porcelain). The museum's collection is particularly rich in Flemish and Dutch paintings: you will find works by Rembrandt, Rubens and Frans Hals. Discover also works by François Boucher, Nicolas Poussin or Watteau and the famous painting by Fragonard, "The Happy Accidents of the Swing".

Want to know more? Visit the Wallace Collection website.

3) Sir John Soane's Museum

An Election Entertainment - William Hogarth
An Election Entertainment - William Hogarth

Often referred to as the Soane Museum, Sir John Soane's Museum is a London museum of furniture, paintings, drawings and archaeology. Located in the former house of the architect John Soane, you can find works by William Hogarth, Antoine Watteau, Canaletto and the great William Turner.

An eclectic museum, to discover immediately !

4) The Courtauld Gallery

The Theatre Box - Pierre-Auguste Renoir
The Theatre Box - Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Located in Somerset House in central London, the Courtauld Gallery houses the art collection of the Courtauld Institute. The collection includes paintings, sculptures and drawings from the Middle Ages to the modern era. Particularly known for its collection of French Impressionist and Post-Impressionist paintings, the collection consists of over 530 paintings and 26,000 drawings. Thus, you can find works by Renoir, Berthe Morisot, Camille Pissarro, Claude Monet or Edgar Degas.

More information on the website of the Courtauld Gallery.

5) The Design Museum  

Design Museum in London
Inside the Design Museum

Visit the Design Museum, located in the Kensington district! Founded in 1989, the Design Museum is dedicated to contemporary design. On the program: industrial and graphic design, furniture, fashion and architecture. Moreover, the museum has been awarding the Design Museum's Designer of the Year prize to a designer for a few years.

Does this make you want to discover this unique museum? Then go to the Design Museum website.

6) The Tate Modern

Tate Modern - London
Inside the Tate Modern

Located on the shores of the River Thames, the Tate Modern is a former cathedral that has been reused as a venue for modern and contemporary art from around the world. The Tate Modern showcases over a hundred years of art ranging from early 1900s modernism to more recent contemporary works. You will find a wide range of paintings, sculptures, photographs and films from all over the world. You will also encounter works by Pablo Picasso, Frida Kahlo, Emily Kame Kngwarreye and Kandinsky. And on top of that, admission is free!

Visit the Modern Tate website for more information.

7) The National Gallery

The National Gallery : museum in London
The National Gallery

The National Gallery is located in Trafalgar Square, an unmissable place when visiting London. Founded in 1824, it was moved to the famous square in 1838. You will find there no less than 23000 paintings dating from 1250 to 1900. You can admire the works of artists such as Paul Cézanne, Vincent Van Gogh, Rembrandt or Leonardo da Vinci. Access to this museum is also free, except for temporary exhibitions.

More information on the official website of the National Gallery.

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