Museums, galleries and libraries

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.

Museums, galleries and libraries

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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Admire the works of Alphonse Mucha at Russell Cotes

Admire the works of Alphonse Mucha at Russell Cotes

One of the most fascinating historic houses in England, Russell Cotes is a treasure trove of Victorian splendour.

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset

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Uncover a Magna Carta at the Bodleian Libraries

Uncover a Magna Carta at the Bodleian Libraries

Spring’s ‘Marks of Genius’ exhibition in Oxford features treasures from the Bodleian Libraries’ vast collections, including a Magna Carta.

Location: Oxford, Oxfordshire

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Experience living history on the Spurn Lightship

Experience living history on the Spurn Lightship

Step back more than 80 years and experience living history brought to life by this fascinating vessel.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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See a host of military aircraft at Newark Air Museum

See a host of military aircraft at Newark Air Museum

Located on a former Second World War airfield, Newark Air Museum is the ideal place to find out about the history of aviation.

Location: Newark, Nottinghamshire

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Explore Winchester’s five Military Museums

Explore Winchester’s five Military Museums

Broaden your knowledge of the British Army and battles fought across the centuries at Winchester’s five Military Museums.

Location: Winchester, Hampshire

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Immerse yourself in The Whitworth Art Gallery

Immerse yourself in The Whitworth Art Gallery

Manchester’s Whitworth gallery is a must-see, home to one of the North of England’s most internationally renowned collections of modern art.

Location: Manchester

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Uncover the history of the deep-sea diver

Uncover the history of the deep-sea diver

Learn about the history of diving at the place it was pioneered.

Location: Gosport, Hampshire

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See an Egyptian mummy at the Hands on History Museum

See an Egyptian mummy at the Hands on History Museum

The oldest secular building in Hull, Hands on History Museum, now proves a fascinating insight into Victorian Hull.

Location: Hull, East Riding of Yorkshire

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Discover local industrial heritage at Armley Mills

Discover local industrial heritage at Armley Mills

Once the world's largest woollen mill, Armley Mills is now home to Leeds Industrial Museum, which explores the city’s industrial history.

Location: Leeds, West Yorkshire

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See aviation history come alive at RAF Manston

See aviation history come alive at RAF Manston

Manston, Kent is home to not one but two museums dedicated to aviation history and one of the few remaining wartime Spitfires

Location: Manston, near Ramsgate, Kent

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Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Discover Bath’s 13 marvellous museums

Explore the incredible and diverse collection of museums and exhibitions, all within a short stroll of each other.

Location: Bath, Somerset

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The Queen’s Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum

The Queen’s Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum

Discover how three of Nottinghamshire’s proud military regiments helped to shape our history at The Queen’s Royal Lancers and Nottinghamshire Yeomanry Museum near Ollerton.

Location: Nr. Ollerton, Nottinghamshire

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Brave the glass floors high up on Tower Bridge

Brave the glass floors high up on Tower Bridge

Watch the River Thames flow beneath your feet at a breath-taking height of 42 metres on the walkways between the two iconic towers.

Location: London

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Explore Earth and space in a day at Liverpool’s World Museum

Explore Earth and space in a day at Liverpool’s World Museum

Visit one of North West England’s oldest museums and get a hands-on look at our planet from the oceans to the stars.

Location: Liverpool, Merseyside

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Visit one of the oldest museums in the country

Visit one of the oldest museums in the country

Travel through time and around the world at Warrington Museum & Art Gallery.

Location: Warrington, Cheshire

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Be inspired at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

Be inspired at Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

A day out at mima has something to offer everyone: World-class exhibitions, café and shop, family activities, workshops and talks.

Location: Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire

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Discover the creative genius of Stanley Spencer

Discover the creative genius of Stanley Spencer

Visit the Stanley Spencer Gallery devoted to the works of one of Britain's greatest twentieth century painters on a short weekend break in Cookham.

Location: Cookham, Berkshire

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Delve into the Aviation History of RAF Cranwell

Delve into the Aviation History of RAF Cranwell

Learn about the first Military Air Academy in the world and discover its aviation history dating back to World War 1.

Location: Cranwell, Lincolnshire

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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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Take a bite out of a Nottingham Pie on a heritage break

Take a bite out of a Nottingham Pie on a heritage break

Embark on a journey of revolt to explore the riots of 1831, and how a protest in a sleepy Nottinghamshire village exploded into the Luddite Movement.

Location: Nottingham, Nottinghamshire

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