Museum Of London

16:37 Mon 24th May 2010 The AnswerBank

The Museum of London documents the history of London from the Prehistoric to the present day. The museum is one of the world’s largest urban history museums and cares for over two million objects in its collection. The Museum also holds the largest archaeological archive in Europe of this wealth of information.

The museum first opened its doors in 1976 and has both permanent and special exhibitions. A copy of "The Book of Tributes", which has been created in remembrance of the victims of the July 7 bombings, is permanently available for public viewing. The museum website also contains Virtual Exhibitions where visitors can view exhibitions created solely for the web and those which are supported can be extended to a physical exhibition.

There are four permanent exhibitions:

•    London before London - explores the story of the Thames Valley and the people who lived here from 450,000BC to the founding of Londinium in AD50.
•    Roman London - Romans first built a city where London stands today, bridged the river Thames and constructed a road network to connect Londinium with the rest of the country.
•    Medieval London - journey across more than a thousand years of history, from Anglo-Saxon settlement in the 5th century, through Viking raids and the Norman Conquest of 1066, to the splendour and bustle of England’s 16th-century capital, and the dramatic results of Henry VIII's Dissolution of the Monasteries.
•    War, Plague and Fire - the story of London from the Elizabethan times, through the ravages of the English Civil Wars and covers the cataclysmic disasters of the Great Plague of 1665, and the Great Fire of 1666.

Contact details for the Museum of London tel: 020 7001 9844, fax: 020 7001 1058, email: info@museumoflondon.org.uk. It is advisable to contact the museum beforehand to find out more about what exhibitions are open and what collections can be viewed.


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Museum open daily and admission is free.

Monday to Sunday: 10am-6pm. Last admission: 5.30pm. Closed: 24 to 26 December.

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