Three museums and galleries unique to London
London is well-known for its museums and galleries, collecting and showcasing millennia of human history. But what really adds to London’s charm is the assortment of smaller museums that aren’t as busy, but are incredibly specialized and worth a visit. Here are a few that we’ve learned about and think may be interesting for the dedicated amateur artist or historian.
The Serpentine Galleries, located in Hyde Park, is probably more recognizable for the Serpentine Pavilion, a piece of temporary contemporary architecture that graces the park every summer, design by a world-famous international architect.
In addition to the pavilion, the galleries have been showcasing contemporary and modern art from the last five decades from some of the best-known artists, including Andy Warhol, Anish Kapoor, Marina Abramović, and Henry Moore.
The Fan Museum
Located near the Royal Greenwich Observatory, this museum is dedicated entirely to antique and classical fans. Find yourself enamored by a more romantic era of London, with collections from all across Europe and East Asia.
Relax in tranquility with afternoon tea overlooking a secret garden. You can even learn to make your own fan.
Pump House Gallery
The Pump House Gallery has a storied history, originally working as an industrial water irrigation pump for Battersea Park in the Victorian era, feeding the park’s expansive gardens and fountains. 30 years ago, however, they decided to convert it into a park interpretation area and then eventually a new art gallery. Usually, only one or two exhibitions take place at any time, allowing a more intimate and close-up encounter with the art.
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