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London Museums Science, British, Victoria and Albert

When it comes to London museums, there are so many within the city that sometimes just deciding which ones to visit seems like an impossible task. In order to make the decision process a little easier we've chosen our top five museums in London and listed them below:

Top scientific museum: The London Science Museum

If it's a hands on experience that you are looking for in a museum, look no further than the Science museum. The museum contains over 300,000 scientific, medical and technological articles and inventions. Top attractions include the interactive Welcome Wing and the Launch Pad where visitors have the chance to witness first hand the power of scientific force and motion.

How to get there: the Science museum is situated in South Kensington and is less than five minutes walk from South Kensington Station.

What it costs: there is no charge for entrance into the museum, although visitors may be required to pay a small fee to access special exhibitions and use scientific equipment.

For more information: visit the official Science Museum website or contact the museum directly on 0870 870 4868

Top history museum: the British Museum

The British Museum is not only one of the most impressive London museums, but also one of the most notable museums in the world. Walking through the museum is like traveling slowly back through time and tracing man's steps through the ages. Collections in the museum date back to prehistoric times and include artifacts such as the stone sculptures from the Parthenon, ancient Egyptian tombs and the Sutton Hoo treasure. The British Library was also transferred to the museum in the late 1990s. Collections at the museum are so vast that it is best to visit the museum over several days and do a section or two a day if you have the time to spare.

How to get there: the museum is situated in Great Russell Street a five minute walk from both Tottenham Court Road and Russell Square tube stations.

What it costs: entrance to the museum is free. Guided tours can be booked for under £10.

For more information: visit the British Museum website or contact the museums information office on (020) 7323 8000.

London's top art museum: the Victoria and Albert Museum

As far as London museums go, few can be more famous than the Victoria and Albert Museum. Situated in South Kensington, the museum is viewed around the globe as being one of the most prominent art museums of all time. The assortment of sculptures, ceramics, costumes, paintings and textiles within the museum is unrivalled. Famous collections include Italian Renaissance sculptures and the renowned Dress Collection which features costumes and jewellery from ancient times as well as modern haute couture designs.

How to get there: the VA Museum is situated on Cromwell Road which is less than two minutes walk from South Kensington Station.

What it costs: admission to the museum is free

For more information: log on to the Victoria and Albert Museum website or call the museums information office on (020) 7942 2000

Top war museum: the Imperial War Museum

The Imperial War Museum brings to life all the conflicts of the twentieth century. Artifacts in the museum include war vehicles, ammunition, paintings of war and war poetry. Recreations of trench conflict scenes and air raid shelters are terrifying and give visitors a real taste of what it would have been like to live through times of war.

How to get there: the Imperial War museum is located on Lambeth Road, a five minute walk from Elephant and Castle station.

What it costs: admission to the museum is free, although fees are sometimes charged for entrance to special exhibitions.

For more information: visit the Imperial War Museum website or contact the museum directly on (020) 7416 5000

Top theatrical museum: the Theatre Museum

A visit to the Theatre Museum is a distinctly unique experience in that you have the chance to participate rather than just observe museum memorabilia from a distance. In addition to housing theatrical props, sets, costumes and programs from productions throughout the years, the museum also hosts special workshops for visitors. You can take in a simple acting class or try your hand at puppetry and animation. Make up artists add the final touch to the experience by teaching you the tricks of the trade and transforming you into someone completely different.

How to get there: the Theater Museum is situated off Russell Street and is accessible via either Covent Garden or Temple Station.

What it costs: entrance to the museum is free

For more information: visit the Theater Museum website or contact the museum directly on (020) 7943 4700

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