I love museums

BIRTH:  About 1611 in Leiden, Holland. MARRIAGE:  Sarah Collier, 15 May 1634, at Plymouth. CHILDREN:  Sarah, Nathaniel, William, and Wrestling. Love Brewster was born in Leiden, Holland, to parents William and Mary Brewster. At the age of about 9, he came with his father and mother on the Mayflower to Plymouth. He married Sarah Collier in Plymouth on 15 May 1634. Sarah was the daughter of William Collier, one of the investors, or Merchant Adventurers: a shareholder in the Plymouth Plantation. Below is a shortlist of things that our guides and surveys of visitors rate the highest, but whatever your interest, from 17th Century fans, to fan engines, there’s a museum specifically catering to your taste. It paints everything a bit rosier than it really is – many of the museums mentioned aren’t really worth visiting, but you’d never find out from the website. London’s most beautiful and least known sights. So full of objects that every bit of wall and ceiling is used. Great collection of Hogarth prints and friendly curators full of great anecdotes.

It’s right up to the minute – if a breakthrough is made, they’ll have an exhibit up and running in as little as 24 hours. There’s a team of scientists on hand conducting real experiments in which you can be a subject, if you wish – the first team took swabs from people’s mouths and a photo to match facial shape with their genes. It’s worth the visit for the cast rooms alone – many of Europe’s great architectural gems in two huge halls, like Las Vegas without the gambling and with taste. Mick Jagger’s body suit and lots of theatrical stuff, the British Galleries and Jewelry. Prince Charles had a lot of fun here with the interactive corset display on the opening day, confirming all our suspicions of inbreeding. You can spend hours in here just wandering – whatever it is you’re interested, in it’ll be in here – our advice, as always is to pop in several times rather than do a marathon. For directions see Natural History Museum, above. Some great exhibitions such as ‘The Blitz’ and ‘The Holocaust’ are quite moving. Britannia really did rule the waves and this is how she did it.

Good reason to visit beautiful Greenwich. Or try:  DLR to Island Gardens, foot tunnel to Greenwich. Just because a museum is in our ‘rest’ section doesn’t mean it’s not top class – the standard of all museums is high, apart from the Clink Museum which gets a big thumbs down from visitors. Museums that are more attraction than culture are on our attractions page. Also houses the eponymous founder’s set of medical curios, some quite creepy. Slightly more concessions to children than makes for an fascinating adult visit though. As well as actual gardens, the museum houses ancient gardening implements, seeds and texts and other gardening ephemera and curios.

See our Walk One for details. Horniman Museum Set in 21 acres of Park, this eclectic collection was given to the nation by Frederick Horniman, the tea merchant, in 1901. Handel House Museum Now open at 25, Brook Street – 400 metres south of Bond Street tube. Marks Handel’s career in London – strangely enough in a house next door to Jimi Hendrix’s old pad. Thomas’ Hospital, before the railways devastated the site. National Army Museum For all things military, including uniforms and weapons, this tells the history of Britain’s Army, in places like Trafalgar and The Colonies, from the time of Henry VIII. The history of London’s transport, which is, we suppose, a history of the World’s urban transport as well. Admission fee fairly high considering the size, but the exhibts are crammed into the building. Great shop selling Underground branded goods which make perfect presents. Royal Exchange and other city stuff.

A huge collection with some gems, but not laid out for the general visitor. London’s newest museum, re-located from Gloucester to trendy Notting Hill. Lots of vintage packaging and advertising. Opened with an exhibit linked to the BBC’s excellent programme on Edwardian brands. Florence Nightingale Museum, in St Thomas’s Hospital next to Westminster Bridge. Museum of Nursing with many of Florence’s artifacts. The Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington.

i love museums