Museums in North West London
Whether you think of a museum as a place for curiosities
or a home for historical or artistic treasures you’re
sure to find something of interest at the museums of North
Undoubtedly the most visited museum with an NW postcode
is Madame Tussauds [map] as hundreds of people flock there every year to see life
like impressions of world favourites and British personalities.
However the area does have some other fascinating museums
that are well worth a look.
As one of the oldest houses in the area it is almost fitting
that the historic Burgh House should host the Hampstead
Museum of Local History [map]. The museum, which occupies
the first floor of the house, has displays showing the
history of the area and information about some of its
most well known residents including D.H. Lawrence, J.B. Priestley and John Constable.
When Sigmund Freud and his family escaped the Nazi
take over of Austria they fled to the north west where
they made their home. Today their Hampstead residence
is a museum to celebrate the life and psychoanalytic work
of both Sigmund and his daughter Anna Freud. The museum
itself displays a collection of antiquities from figurines
to furniture from Rome, Greece, Egypt and the Orient with
the most famous piece being Freud's psychoanalytic couch.
Another man to make his mark on the world from North West
London was the poet John Keats. Keats lived in
Wentworth Place close to Hampstead Heath from 1818-1820
and in that time wrote some of his best work, including
the famous poem Ode to a Nightingale. Today the Regency
residence is known as Keats House [map],
a museum honouring the life and work of this great poet.
The Sherlock Holmes Museum [map] is another hotspot you can explore while in the area.
Although creator Arthur Conan Doyle tried to kill Holmes
off in his books he was always brought back due to popular
demand and this museum gives us an insight into why. Fans
of the stories will love this museum but even if you are
unfamiliar with them, you can use the exhibits to get
a glimpse of Victorian England.
North West London is also famous for being the home of
cricket with Lords Cricket Ground [map] and the Marylebone
Cricket Club [map] (MCC) both a distinct part of the area.
With over 140 years of cricketing artefacts you will get
an insight into some of the great players of the game
and how cricket has evolved over the years. As a visitor
to the MCC Museum [map] you will not only get to experience
the moments in cricketing history, you will also be visiting
the oldest sporting museum in the world.
As Britain's only national museum dedicated wholly to
aviation, the RAF Museum [map] in Hendon has something
for fans of flying and those who keep their feet and their
interests firmly on the ground. As well as interactive
exhibits and historic information the museum houses over
200 aircraft including a Spitfire and a Lancaster
Founded in 1932, Camden’s Jewish Museum [map] is home to a great collection of historic artefacts
giving an interesting insight into Jewish life in Britain.
What may be of particular interest is the Ceremonial
Art Gallery that contains the oldest English Hanukah
lamp and a 16th century Italian ark.
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