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London Comes Top As Museum Capital Of The World!

Matt Crisp June 9, 2017

London is one of the most loved cities to be found in the world, with people coming from all four corners of the globe to see what our wonderful capital has to offer. And in terms of culture, you’d be hard pressed to find a better metropolis – especially where the museums are concerned.

And London’s reputation as the capital of culture has just been confirmed in a new report from the Themed Entertainment Association, revealing that four of London’s museums are in the top 20 most visited around the world for 2016. Only Washington DC can match this feat, with the city also boasting four museums in the top 20 rundown.

So if you were planning on booking luxury coach hire to London with a view to seeing its more cultural side, you might want to make a pit stop off at The British Museum (which had 6,420,000 visitors last year), The National Gallery (6,263,000), Tate Modern (5,839,000) and The Natural History Museum (4,624,000).

But what do each of these have to offer at the moment and with so many different museums to choose from how on earth are you going to make up your mind about which to visit first?

Right now, The British Museum has a Hokusai exhibition on that certainly looks worth checking out. It’s only on until August 13th, so you’ll have to go pretty quickly if you want to catch it, with the exhibition showcasing masterpieces from the last three decades of the artist’s life.

Or you could discover The American Dream exhibit, Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia, British watercolour landscapes, Japanese woodblock printing, or recent acquisitions of works on paper by contemporary Arab artists.

If you’d rather visit The National Gallery, there’s still just about enough time for you to see the Michelangelo & Sebastiano exhibition which is running until June 25th. You’ll be able to explore the relationship between these two great Italian masters and discover works of art that neither artist could have created without the other. Look out for The Raising of Lazarus and The Risen Christ.

And if you pop off to Tate Modern, there are all sorts of fascinating exhibitions that are certainly worth seeing, including Giacometti, Wolfgang Tillmans and Fahrelnissa Zeid. It might be fun to arrange going to one of the talks as well, which you can tie in with a visit to the exhibitions. What about seeing the Giacometti exhibit and then going to the Giacometti: living with the sculptures talk?

Another fun attraction is The Natural History Museum, which is always worth a visit. There’s a tropical butterfly house that the kids will absolutely love, the Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition, Whales: Beneath the surface, after-school clubs, crochet workshops… the list goes on!

You probably won’t have time to visit all the museums during your trip to London – but that just means you’ll have to come back again in the future. What could possibly be better?