London Travel – Five Unusual London Museums

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London has many interesting museums and along with the major museums, such as the British Museum and the Science Museum , there are also some slightly more unusual ones.

Here are details of just some of them:

The Anaesthesia Heritage Museum

The Anaesthesia Heritage Museum ( 21 Portland Place , London , W1B 1PY ) is owned by the Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland , and is part of the Anaesthesia Heritage Centre.

The museum’s collection includes more than 3,000 items although, due to space constraints, not all of these are on display at any one time. The museum traces the history of anaesthesia and anaesthetics from the late 18th century to the 21st century. It often has temporary exhibitions as well as its permanent displays, and admission to the museum is free of charge.

Dali Universe

Dali Universe is part of the London ’s County Hall Gallery ( Riverside Building , County Hall, London , SE1 7PB ), which also currently houses the “Picasso – Art of a Genius” exhibition and the “Azam” exhibition.

The museum has more than 500 works by Salvador Dali, the surrealist artist, on display. Exhibits include sculptures, drawings, lithographs and paintings.

The Fan Museum

The Fan Museum (12 Crooms Hill, Greenwich , London ) is the only museum in the world to focus on the history and art of fans. The museum has more than 3,500 fans from all over the world, dating from the 11th century to the 21st century.

As with the Anaesthesia Heritage Museum, lack of space means that unfortunately not all the collection can be displayed at once, so the museum changes its displays several times each year. It does, however, have a permanent display tracing the history of fan-making and demonstrating the different types of fans made and how they were created.

If you visit The Fan Museum on a Tuesday or Sunday afternoon, you can take afternoon tea in the Orangery and there is also a museum shop, where you can buy commemorative fans and other items.

The London Sewing Machine Museum

The London Sewing Machine Museum ( 308 Balham High Road , London , SW17 7AA ), has a collection of more than 600 antique sewing machines, including a machine which was once owned by Queen Victoria ’s eldest daughter.

The collection is owned by the Wimbledon Sewing Machine Company’s Managing Director. Admission to the museum is free of charge but donations to the museum’s chosen charities are appreciated.

The Sherlock Holmes Museum

The Sherlock Holmes Museum (221b Baker Street , London , NW1 6XE ) is housed in the building where Arthur Conan Doyle’s fictional detective lived with his companion, Dr. Watson, and it has been preserved so that it looks as it would have done during the Victorian era.

The museum’s fittings are based on the Sherlock Holmes stories, so you can see a deerstalker, magnifying glass and violin in the study. You can also see Dr. Watson’s bedroom, the bedroom used by Mrs Hudson (the housekeeper) and wax models depicting scenes from the Sherlock Holmes books.


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