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Best Museums to Visit

Postby Northern Lass » Wed Mar 09, 2011 7:40 pm

Which are the best ones to visit
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Re: Best Museums to Visit

Postby snoopysue » Wed Mar 09, 2011 8:07 pm

Heritage Motor Centre Motor Museum, Gaydon, Warwickshire

Total nostalgia, as we only had British cars when I was a child!
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Re: Best Museums to Visit

Postby Margarett » Thu Mar 10, 2011 11:03 am

Ironbridge Gorge Museums in Shropshire, birthplace of the industrial revolution.
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Re: Best Museums to Visit

Postby Northern Lass » Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:22 pm

Black Country Living Museum in Dudley
well worth a visit
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Re: Best Museums to Visit

Postby gardener » Thu Mar 10, 2011 12:41 pm

The Foundling Museum
http://www.foundlingmuseum.org.uk/

This is in London, Bloomsbury area, and well worth a visit if you are in the area.
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Re: Best Museums to Visit

Postby Rob » Thu Mar 10, 2011 10:58 pm

Rijksmuseum Amsterdam.
Home of Rembrandt's "Nachtwacht".
Then when you come out walk across Museum Plein and visit Van Gogh's Museum and if you go now they have,till May,an exhibition of Picasso to boot!! :shock:
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Re: Best Museums to Visit

Postby BC Wench » Sun Mar 13, 2011 12:38 pm

Forge Mill Needle Museum/Bordesley Abbey, Redditch. www.forgemill.org.uk
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Re: Best Museums to Visit

Postby Antie Em » Sun Mar 13, 2011 1:49 pm

The Cumberland Pencil Museum, Lake District : http://www.pencilmuseum.co.uk - Kids'll love it. Last time I went there was an exhibition of Raymond Briggs' Snowman
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Re: Best Museums to Visit

Postby MattFletcher » Wed Jan 06, 2016 1:37 pm

London has many great museums but the lesser-known Museum of London (part of the Barbican, near St. Paul's) is my favourite.
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Re: Best Museums to Visit

Postby Rhinoceros » Mon May 30, 2016 6:37 am

Antie Em wrote:The Cumberland Pencil Museum, Lake District : http://www.pencilmuseum.co.uk - Kids'll love it. Last time I went there was an exhibition of Raymond Briggs' Snowman


Seconded. Even as an adult I love visiting this museum!
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Re: Best Museums to Visit

Postby garrypaulbrooks » Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:20 am

I've had a bit of a "museum crawl" in the last couple of months since lockdown ended. Here are a few I strongly recommend, in no particular order

(a) The Huguenot Museum, Rochester
https://huguenotmuseum.org/

Small but really interesting museum, very enthusiastic staff. Well worth a visit whether you are of Hugeunot descent or not

(b) Braintree District Museum, Essex
https://www.braintreemuseum.co.uk/

Excellent - and surprising - local museum. Braintree has a far more interesting history than you might think, it was something of a centre of religious nonconformity in the 17th & 18th century, partly due to Courtaulds, who were Calvinist Huguenots, but also from a 17th century influx of Flemish immigrants mostly working in the cloth trades. Two USA presidents are descended from Braintree residents

[c]The Royal Engineers Museum, Gillingham[/b]
https://www.re-museum.co.uk/

Excellent museum detailing the work of an all too often forgotten section of the military

(d) Chatham Dockyard
https://thedockyard.co.uk/

A few miles from the Royal Engineers Museum, great on a dry day. Unfortunately you can't go into a submarine at the moment

(e) Bailiffgate Museum and Gallery, Alnwick, Northumberland
https://bailiffgatemuseum.co.uk/

Lovely old building, very helpful staff. Some interesting short videos

[f]The National Army Museum, Chelsea[/b]
https://www.nam.ac.uk/

Much less visited than the Imperial War Museum, but IMHO just as good

Enjoy!
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Re: Best Museums to Visit

Postby garrypaulbrooks » Fri Nov 06, 2020 3:34 pm

I somehow forgot this one:

"M Shed "in Bristol

https://www.bristolmuseums.org.uk/m-shed/

As an ex-Bristolian, I thought this place was great. The "people's" history of many of Bristol's neighbourhoods is terrific, I spent hours on it. Plenty else to recommend this museum, give it a go if you are near Bristol.

Be warned - parking is terrible & expensive nearby. I'd advise dropping your car somewhere a few miles out and walk in, or get a bus.

Nearby, The Watershed is a great Arts complex (mainly cinema) and King Street is a true gem of Old Bristol, including the theatre Royal, the 400 year old Llandoger Trow (sadly closed at the moment; future uncertain) and The Old Duke, famous for live jazz.
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Re: Best Museums to Visit

Postby garrypaulbrooks » Wed Dec 02, 2020 5:55 pm

Another two:

Maidstone Museum (once it's open again - Kent's all in Tier 3)

https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/

A really excellent museum in a lovely building, with very helpful staff. Well worth a special visit, allow 2 hours.

Wheal Martyn clay works, Cornwall

https://www.wheal-martyn.com/

Good exhibits, great to wander around outside on a nice day. Fine café with home-made yummies.

If you visit the Eden Project on the same day you get cheap entry to the Wheal Martyn
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