Visiting a museum on your own can be daunting. You only have so much time and you can waste a lot of it trying to work out what you actually want to see and then struggling to find it. If you want to see the best exhibits in a museum or gallery taking a guided tour is an ideal solution.As your Blue Badge tour guide in London, I will pick out the highlights and the exhibits, which will interest you most. All London museum tours are 2 hours long or could extend to 3 hours for more specialist tours.Guided Tours Of London Museums And Art Galleries
One of the world’s great treasure troves, the British Museum contains exhibits form every period of history from prehistory to today and from every part of the world. The highlights of the British Museum guided tour will include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon Marbles and the Portland Vase as well as exhibits from Assyria and Celtic, Roman and Anglo Saxon Britain.
A museum of art and design from all countries, periods and styles, the Victoria and Albert Museum was the idea of Prince Albert and built with proceeds from the Great Exhibition of 1851. For your Victoria and Albert Museum guided tour choose a highlights tour or take a tour concentrating on the British Galleries, which trace the development of British design from Tudor to Victorian times. Alternatively take a detailed tour of the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries or the European Collection 1600-1815.
The Wallace Collection is a fine collection of art, furniture and porcelain, most of it French. It was collected by the first four Marquesses of Hertford and Sir Richard Wallace and given to the nation in 1897. It is beautifully displayed in period rooms in Hertford House, the family mansion. One of London’s best small museums which many people miss, a real gem.
The National Collection of Western European Art from the mid 13th century to the early 1900’s. Most of the greatest artists of each period are represented, in many cases by some of their greatest works. Discover the highlights of the collection on a National Gallery guided tour.
Tate Britain contains five hundred years of British art from 1500 to the present. This is where you will find works by Gainsborough, Turner, Constable and the Pre-Raphaelites. The Gallery was founded by Henry Tate, the sugar refiner, with the fortune he made from sugar lumps.
National Portrait Gallery
This gallery is unusual in being dedicated exclusively to portraits of people who have shaped Britain. There are kings and queens, statesmen, politicians, actors, writers celebrities and sportsmen. This tour explores the development of portrait painting and the history of Great Britain through some of its most famous personalities.
Churchill War Rooms
Visit Churchill’s World War II bunker which was also the global hub of information for World War II. Discover what life was like for the people who worked here. The tour also includes the Churchill Museum.