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Art Museums In London

By Ted Hastings

London has many excellent art museums. While all of them are worth visiting, there are four in particular that are outstanding and highly recommended.

The Tate Modern museum stands on Sumner Street. The museum specialises in modern art and first opened its doors in 2000. Up until the mid-1990s the building was used as a power station and there are still a few original works of art on display from that station. Most work found inside the Tate Modern is from the 1900s to the present day. The Tate Modern is also known for its child-friendly atmosphere, but do not worry if you are not a parent. The youngsters are kept occupied and off having fun with special activities that are designed just for them. Exhibits change regularly, but you can find the work of Fred Williams, James Aldridge and Cy Twombly, to name only a few. Most visitors enjoy the Tate Modern, even if they were not fans of modern art. So, if you enjoy the arts, add this museum on your list of places to visit in London.

The Hayward Gallery is on Belvedere Drive and opened in 1968. The external appearance of the building may have you turning away, but remember that the important thing is not how the museum looks, but rather what its contents inside are. These contents include one of the largest temporary art exhibits in all of London. Furtheronsite activities include lectures, workshops and guided tours. Since it is known for its temporary exhibits, the work on display changes frequently. You may see the work of Rachel Whiteread, Jeppe Hein and Mike Nelson, to name but a few. Other than the unfortunate appearance of the Hayward Gallery’s exterior, guests were hard-pressed to find anything negative to say. All enjoyed the atmosphere inside, as well as the works on display.

The Royal Academy of Arts is can be found at Burlington House. The museum has a rich history behind it, being founded in 1768. The museum is well known for its impressionist art and beautiful sculptures, making it a must visit. Ther exhibits include a retrospective of Monet’s work. In fact, this has attracted so many victors that it is regarded as the “most successful impressionist exhibit” ever held! Visitors reported that they enjoyed the fine artwork on display as well as the occasional special Friday night events.

The Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery can be found in Somerset House, which is one of London’s most beautiful buildings. It is a private gallery which is highly-rated and recommended by art lovers of all ages. Unusually, visitors under the age of 18 are allowed free admission into the museum. Inside the Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery, you will find paintings from the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, along with sculptures, drawings and other decorative arts. Here, you will find the work of Leonardo da Vinci, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and much more. Visitors generally enjoyed the Courtauld Institute of Art Gallery and everyone loved the large selection of artwork on display which has something for all art enthusiasts, regardless of their taste.

The four London art museums mentioned above are highly-rated and recommended by tourists just like you. As enthusiastic as you may be about art, remember there are many more attractions in London worth the stop, including historical landmarks, such as the Buckingham Palace and London Tower Bridge.

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