There’s nothing quite like finding a museum and spending the day immersed in history, surrounded by priceless pieces from amazing cultures.
And, thanks to the Victorian zeal around collecting artefacts and building breath-taking structures to house them all, London has a raft of amazing museums covering almost every area of the capital. But there are also smaller, lesser-known museums that often fly under the radar, but these are more than worth taking the time check out.
That’s why we’ve put together this piece, telling you about some of the museums you can find with ease from the Montcalm London.
The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
The Petrie Museum is actually part of University College London and, as such, it has a tremendously deep catalogue of ancient Egyptian mummies, treasures, statues and more to offer.
With more than 80,000 pieces of Egyptian and Sudanese historical artefacts to choose from, The Petrie Museum has one of the largest collections in the world, and they bring all of this to bear for an in-depth and unforgettable experience. You can see authentic, original hieroglyphic texts, mummies in their original burial garbs, clothing that’s older than the Roman Empire – that, somehow is still in one piece! – And much, much more. If you’ve ever wanted to the ultimate experience in ancient Egyptian history, this is one museum you need to visit. It’s close to Montcalm’s Boutique hotels London UK, so you won’t have any issues finding this excellent museum.
When somewhere once held the address of ‘Number 1 London’, it’s safe to assume that the occupiers were somewhat well-to-do. And that would be a very accurate assumption because Apsley House was the home of the ‘Iron Duke’ himself – the Duke of Wellington.
Wanting to establish a homestead that reflected his fame and wealth, the Duke of Wellington bought the house from his brother a year after his famous victory at the Battle of Waterloo. As a museum, Apsley House feels like a place removed from modern times, and it’s easy to imagine the Duke moving about its high-ceilinged, lush marble interiors.
Apsley House holds an array of art dating from the 1600’s onwards but also does a brilliant job of displaying pieces from the Duke of Wellington’s life. As such, it’s a combined experience of gallery, museum and stately home. And, it’s important to note, the current Duke of Wellington still resides at the property, making it a piece of living, breathing history. Apsley House is only a 15-minute journey from the Montcalm London, and you’ll be glad you made the trip.
Museum of Comedy
Coming with less historical pedigree but still offering a great, small museum experience, the Museum of Comedy is only a stone’s throw from Montcalm’s many Boutique hotels London UK.
And the place does a fantastic job of displaying famous pieces – the museum’s collection is at 6,000 items and rising – from various comedy luminaries and telling the story of London’s comedy history. There’s a big emphasis on interactivity here, and it’s a great place to go if you like your museum experiences hands-on.