20+ London Film Museums

The London Film Museum operates a cinema, manages a collection, and functions as a research and educational facility.

Above all, the Film Museum is a place for encountering images and stories that can, ideally, change how we see the world.

20+ Popular London Film Museum Today

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London Film Museums

• London Film Museum

The London Film Museum, founded and created by Jonathan Sands in February 2008, is a museum dedicated to the British film industry. It was previously known as The Movieum of London and was originally situated in County Hall, but moved to a Covent Garden location in April 2012.

It exhibits original props, costumes and sets from feature films. There was originally a section on how films are made, including information on all the major studios.

Original pieces included costumes and props from British films, the autogyro ‘Little Nellie’ from You Only Live Twice, an original Superman meteor, the Rank Organisation gong used in their opening titles, and armour made by Terry English.

There was also a corridor explaining how films are made with the chance to talk to those involved.

• London Transport Museum

The London Transport Museum (often abbreviated as the LTM) is a transport museum based in Covent Garden, London.

The museum mainly hosts exhibits related to the heritage of London’s transport, as well as conserving and explaining the history of it.

The majority of the museum’s exhibits originated in the collections of London Transport, but, since the creation of Transport for London (TfL) in 2000, the remit of the museum has expanded to cover all aspects of transportation in the city.

The museum operates from two sites within London. The main site in Covent Garden uses the name of its parent institution, and is open to the public every day, having reopened in 2007 after a two-year refurbishment.

The other site, located in Acton, is known as the London Transport Museum Depot and is principally a storage site of historic artefacts that is open to the public on scheduled visitor days throughout the year.

The museum was briefly renamed London’s Transport Museum to reflect its coverage of topics beyond London Transport, but it reverted to its previous name in 2007 to coincide with the reopening of the Covent Garden site.

• Museum Of The Moving Image London

The Museum of the Moving Image (MOMI) was a museum of the history of cinema technology and media sited below Waterloo Bridge in London.

It was opened on 15 September 1988 by Prince Charles. The museum formed part of the cultural complex on the South Bank of the River Thames.

MOMI was mainly funded by private subscription and operated by the British Film Institute.

MOMI was closed in 1999, initially on a supposedly temporary basis, and with the intention of its being relocated to Jubilee Gardens nearby. Its permanent closure was announced in 2002.

• Cinema Museum

The Cinema Museum is a museum in Kennington, London, and a charitable organisation.

Its collection was founded in 1986 by Ronald Grant and Martin Humphries, from their own private collection of cinema history and memorabilia.

Its current building was once a workhouse where Charlie Chaplin lived as a child.

• Covent Garden

Covent Garden is a district in London, on the eastern fringes of the West End, between St Martin’s Lane and Drury Lane.

It is associated with the former fruit-and-vegetable market in the central square, now a popular shopping and tourist site, and with the Royal Opera House, itself known as “Covent Garden”.

The district is divided by the main thoroughfare of Long Acre, north of which is given over to independent shops centred on Neal’s Yard and Seven Dials, while the south contains the central square with its street performers and most of the historical buildings, theatres and entertainment facilities, including the London Transport Museum and the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.

• The Cartoon Museum

The Cartoon Museum is a London museum for British cartoons, caricatures and comic strips, owned and operated by the Cartoon Art Trust (Registered Charity 327 978).

It has a library of over 5,000 books and 4,000 comics. The museum issues catalogues and features a changing display of over 250 exhibits from its collection of over 4,000 original cartoons and prints.

The museum is “dedicated to preserving the best of British cartoons, caricatures, comics and animation, and to establishing a museum with a gallery, archives and innovative exhibitions to make the creativity of cartoon art past and present, accessible to all for the purposes of education, research and enjoyment.”.

• Museum Of Brands

The Museum of Brands in London examines the history of consumer culture from Victorian times to the present day.

The museum was set up as a registered charity in 2002, and is now located at 111-117 Lancaster Rd, Notting Hill, London W11 1QT.

• Grant Museum Of Zoology And Comparative Anatomy

The Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy is a natural history museum that is part of University College London in London, England.

It was established by Robert Edmond Grant in 1828 as a teaching collection of zoological specimens and material for dissection.

It is one of the oldest natural history collections in the UK, and is the last remaining university natural history museum in London.

Notable specimens and objects held by the museum include a rare quagga skeleton, thylacine specimens, dodo bones and Blaschka glass models.

• Science Museum

The Science Museum is a major museum on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, London.

It was founded in 1857 and to date is one of the city’s major tourist attractions, attracting 3.3 million visitors annually.

Like other publicly funded national museums in the United Kingdom, the Science Museum does not charge visitors for admission, although visitors are requested to make a donation if they are able. Temporary exhibitions may incur an admission fee.

• Natural History Museum, London

The Natural History Museum in London is a natural history museum that exhibits a vast range of specimens from various segments of natural history.

It is one of three major museums on Exhibition Road in South Kensington, the others being the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum.

The Natural History Museum’s main frontage, however, is on Cromwell Road.

• Wellcome Collection

Wellcome Collection is a museum and library based at 183 Euston Road, London, displaying a mixture of medical artefacts and original artworks exploring “ideas about the connections between medicine, life and art”.

Founded in 2007, the Wellcome Collection attracts over 550,000 visitors per year[1] and is advertised as “the free destination for the incurably curious”.

The venue offers contemporary and historic exhibitions and collections, the Wellcome Library, a café, a bookshop and conference facilities.

In addition to its physical facilities, Wellcome Collection maintains a website of original articles and archived images related to health.

• Guildhall Art Gallery

The Guildhall Art Gallery houses the art collection of the City of London, England. The museum is located in the Moorgate area of the City of London.

It is a stone building in a semi-Gothic style intended to be sympathetic to the historic Guildhall, which is adjacent and to which it is connected internally.

• Foundling Museum

The Foundling Museum in Brunswick Square, London tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain’s first home for children at risk of abandonment.

The museum houses the nationally important Foundling Hospital Collection as well as the Gerald Coke Handel Collection, an internationally important collection of material relating to Handel and his contemporaries.

After a major building refurbishment the museum was reopened to the public in June 2004.

• Royal Air Force Museum

The Royal Air Force Museum London (also commonly known as the RAF Museum) is located on the former Hendon Aerodrome.

It includes five buildings and hangars showing the history of aviation and the Royal Air Force. It is part of the Royal Air Force Museum.

• Sherlock Holmes Museum

The Sherlock Holmes Museum is a privately run museum in London, England, dedicated to the famous fictional detective Sherlock Holmes.

It is the world’s first museum dedicated to the literary character Sherlock Holmes. It opened in 1990 and is situated in Baker Street, bearing the number 221B by permission of the City of Westminster, although it lies between numbers 237 and 241, near the north end of Baker Street in central London close to Regent’s Park.

• Design Museum

The Design Museum in Kensington, London exhibits product, industrial, graphic, fashion, and architectural design.

In 2018, the museum won the European Museum of the Year Award. The museum operates as a registered charity, and all funds generated by ticket sales aid the museum in curating new exhibitions.

• Tate Museum

Tate is an institution that houses, in a network of four art galleries, the United Kingdom’s national collection of British art, and international modern and contemporary art.

It is not a government institution, but its main sponsor is the UK Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport

The gallery was founded in 1897 as the National Gallery of British Art. When its role was changed to include the national collection of modern art as well as the national collection of British art, in 1932, it was renamed the Tate Gallery after sugar magnate Henry Tate of Tate & Lyle, who had laid the foundations for the collection.

The Tate Gallery was housed in the current building occupied by Tate Britain, which is situated in Millbank, London. In 2000, the Tate Gallery transformed itself into the current-day Tate, which consists of a network of four museums:

Tate Britain, which displays the collection of British art from 1500 to the present day; Tate Modern, also in London, which houses the Tate’s collection of British and international modern and contemporary art from 1900 to the present day; Tate Liverpool (founded in 1988), which has the same purpose as Tate Modern but on a smaller scale; and Tate St Ives in Cornwall (founded in 1993), which displays modern and contemporary art by artists who have connections with the area.

All four museums share the Tate Collection. One of the Tate’s most publicised art events is the awarding of the annual Turner Prize, which takes place at Tate Britain.

• Westminster Abbey

Westminster Abbey, formally titled the Collegiate Church of Saint Peter at Westminster, is a large, mainly Gothic abbey church in the City of Westminster, London, England, just to the west of the Palace of Westminster.

It is one of the United Kingdom’s most notable religious buildings and the traditional place of coronation and a burial site for English and, later, British monarchs

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