The best museums in London

Jenai Laignel / 21 October 2014

If you're an avid museum-goer and are in the capital this autumn, you'll be in your element.

With some of the finest museums in Europe, you'll be spoilt for choice. What's more, most of them are completely free. To help you decide which you'd like to visit, here's a rundown of three of the best:

British Museum

This is one of the oldest and most fascinating museums in the world. For those interested in culture and art, head to Russell Street near Holborn. Visitors usually make a bee-line for the mummies, Lindow Man, the Sutton Hoo Ship Burial or the Rosetta Stone.

One of the most interesting permanent exhibitions is 'Living and Dying', which explores how people throughout history have diagnosed and treated diseases.

Science Museum

With seven floors of hands-on, entertaining exhibits, such as a flight simulator and the Apollo 10 command module, there are plenty of fun and educational things to see and do at London's famous science museum.

The Exploring Space gallery is one of the best, with full-scale models of the Beagle 2 Mars Lander and a three-metre-high Spacelab telescope.

The Dana Centre, where you can experience free lectures on modern science issues, is for adults only.

The Tate Modern

This modern art museum in Southwark remains hugely popular, attracting over five million visitors every year. World-class collections, from artists such as Matisse, Beuys and Rothko, are beautifully presented.

Artworks are grouped according to movement – for example, post-war abstract, minimalism, surrealism – so you can head to your favourite genre first.

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