Museums, galleries and libraries

Immerse yourself in other worlds and cultures, become an expert for a day on the Egyptians or vintage aeroplanes, and stare amazed at art exhibitions the world comes to see. Museums and art galleries in England take you to faraway places. You get to peek into distant lives by travelling just a few footsteps. At the last count there were around 1,600 museums in England, catering to almost every interest you can imagine. Many of them are housed in buildings as impressive as the collections within.

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Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Become a butterfly expert at Cumberland House

Step into a tropical paradise and watch exotic butterflies flutter by at Cumberland House Natural History Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Discover Worthing's local art scene

Discover Worthing's local art scene

Splash Point's converted beach chalet studios put art & culture right on the beach.

Location: Worthing, West Sussex

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Discover the story of the Durham Light Infantry

Discover the story of the Durham Light Infantry

Learn about ordinary people who lived extraordinary lives as you discover the story of Durham’s own regiment – the Durham Light Infantry.

Location: Durham City, Durham

Military history
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Paranormal experiences at Tudor House and Garden

Paranormal experiences at Tudor House and Garden

Wonder what life was like during Henry VIII’s reign? Step in to the past in an ancient Southampton home.

Location: Southampton, Hampshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Learn about Jack the Ripper at City of London Police Museum

Learn about Jack the Ripper at City of London Police Museum

This museum offers a fascinating insight into the deeds of criminals and villains, and looks at the lives of those who have guarded the City since 1839.

Location: London, Greater London

Museums, galleries and libraries
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Alexander Fleming's Laboratory

Alexander Fleming's Laboratory

Discover the story of the father of penicillin.

Location: Paddington, London

Budget
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Get creative at Leeds’ centre for contemporary art and learning

Get creative at Leeds’ centre for contemporary art and learning

Immerse yourself in cutting-edge contemporary art and live performances at The Tetley in Leeds.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

Rainy day ideas
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Cheltenham Regency Spa Town

Cheltenham Regency Spa Town

The perfect place to explore and base yourself for a Cotswold sojourn.

Location: Cheltenham, Gloucestershire

Culture
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Discover 400 years of Warwick’s great history

Discover 400 years of Warwick’s great history

Explore the wonders of a Jacobean mansion, and learn about the Royal Warwickshire Fusiliers.

Location: Warwick, Warwickshire

Castles and Historic Properties
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Explore the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Explore the Oxford University Museum of Natural History

Delve into Oxford University’s scientific archives, surrounded by beautiful neo-Gothic architecture.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

Budget
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Discover the birthplace of the Tank

Discover the birthplace of the Tank

Learn the history behind the birth of the tank - the machine that broke the stalemate of World War 1 – at the Museum of Lincolnshire Life.

Location: Lincoln, Lincolnshire

Military history
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Find heaven in a tasty Coventry Godcake

Find heaven in a tasty Coventry Godcake

Taste a delicious piece of edible history in one of England's most historic cities at Coventry's Transport Museum.

Location: Coventry, West Midlands

Regional specialities
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Experience Victorian horrors at Blists Hill Victorian Town

Experience Victorian horrors at Blists Hill Victorian Town

At Blists Hill Victorian Town you can travel back in time to experience the sights, smells and tastes of 19th-century England.

Location: Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire

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Visit Europe's largest library

Visit Europe's largest library

The Library of Birmingham houses a million printed volumes, the largest number held by any public library in the UK.

Location: Birmingham, West Midlands

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Black Country Living Museum

Black Country Living Museum

Go back to the where it all started, the Black Country Living Museum – home of the Industrial Revolution.

Location: Dudley, West Midlands

Industrial, Maritime And Transport
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See science come to life at The Time Machine

See science come to life at The Time Machine

Explore the hands on galleries featuring over 50 exhibits, or take part in the workshops with plenty of bangs, explosions and smelly effects.

Location: Harlow, Essex

Attractions
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Readings at Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

Readings at Charles Dickens' Birthplace Museum

Be transported back to the Victorian era as members of the Dickens Fellowship read some of Charles Dickens' most beloved works.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

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Experience the life of a Royal Marine

Experience the life of a Royal Marine

Train yourself to the peak of physical fitness at an outdoor assault course and see if you've got what it takes, at the Royal Marines Museum.

Location: Portsmouth, Hampshire

Military history
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See priceless art at Margate’s Turner Contemporary

See priceless art at Margate’s Turner Contemporary

Don’t miss Turner Contemporary, Margate’s world-class gallery, stacked high with cutting-edge art.

Location: Margate, Kent

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Discover Charles Dickens’ Broadstairs

Discover Charles Dickens’ Broadstairs

Go to the quaint part of Kent that drew novelist Charles Dickens back time and time again.

Location: Broadstairs, Kent

Literature, film and TV

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