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Your personal favourite Museum (apart from Charlton)

Art, History, Science, Sport, Culture

General categories that museums usually cover, but there's probably a lot more. A lot of Astronomy and Natural history throughout London.

What's your personal favourite?

Recommendations?

More likely to recommend a specific and maybe historic tour you went on in the UK or another country?

I know absolutely nothing about Art. That would just be a tactical move in order to attempt to make out I'm a sophisticated knowledgable individual in the company of a lady friend.

My favourite museum might be employing me soon in a voluntary role....so will keep that to myself for now. 🙂
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  • Imperial War Museum for me

    Always loved my Military History so is an obvious choice

    Was in Manchester on the weekend so decided to visit the National Football Museum - Really disappointed to be honest
  • I find nearly all galleries and museums awesome. 
    Sheesh there are great ones in London, and the Louvre in Paris is ridiculously good.
    For a favourite because it is certainly what I would call local it would be the Tate Modern, and I love the Horniman Museum not for the stuffed animals, but because I spent half my childhood in there.
  • Toss up between Brooklands and Duxford (closely followed by Imperial War Museum)
  • Was at the Museum of London Docklands this Sunday for their Secret Rivers exhibition. Was my first time visiting, and aside from really enjoying the exhibition itself, also enjoyed the permanent exhibitions they have on the higher floors regarding London's dockland history. A very nice Wetherspoon's next door rounded off a very enjoyable trip. Would recommend.
  • Museum of London is great and I'm really looking forward to their move to Smithfield.

    The Tenement Museum in New York is brilliant.

    V & A and the National Gallery because they are so big you can also pop in for half an hour and see something incredible.

    The Weald and Down Outdoor Museum is well worth a trip.

    IWM is fantastic and the first museum I remember visiting.  The art collection there is brilliant.

    Agree that the National Football Museum is not as good as it could be.  The space is all wrong.
  • The British Lawnmowers Museum in Southport. Not only does it have the history of Lawnmowers it has Lawnmowers donated by famous people such as Brian May and Nicholas Parsons and if you are lucky you might get Nora to give you the tour!



  • Is this a Charlton site FFS?

    York of course.


  • duxford
    science museum
    brooklands
  • my kids love the science museum
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  • Always been the Tate Modern for me. 
  • The National Holocaust Museum in Washington D.C.   It's very humbling and really details the atrocities during that awful time.
  • edited September 10
    Museum of London is great and I'm really looking forward to their move to Smithfield.

    The Tenement Museum in New York is brilliant.

    V & A and the National Gallery because they are so big you can also pop in for half an hour and see something incredible.

    The Weald and Down Outdoor Museum is well worth a trip.

    IWM is fantastic and the first museum I remember visiting.  The art collection there is brilliant.

    Agree that the National Football Museum is not as good as it could be.  The space is all wrong.
    One of the great things about the main London museums being free is that you can dip in and out of them, rather than having to slog all the way around them for 2 or 3 hours to get your money's worth
  • Sex museum Amsterdam 
    Porn Museum in Copenhagen a close second?
  • Anyone been to the Auschwitz concentration camp Museum in Poland?

    Friend of a friend went. 

    Heard it's a life changing experience and it changes a large part of your general perspective.
  • Dave2l said:
    Anyone been to the Auschwitz concentration camp Museum in Poland?

    Friend of a friend went. 

    Heard it's a life changing experience and it changes a large part of your general perspective.
    No but I know a lot of people who have.  Not sure about changing a large part of your general perspective as that will depend on what it was before you went.

    I was working with someone, British, in Poland a few years back and they said their Buddhist boyfriend had been there and had said it had a bad vibe about it. 

    It was a fecking concentration camp, of course it had a "bad vibe" 

    Never forget, never again.
  • Outside of Central London can recommend

    RAF Museum in Hendon

    The Pitt Rivers museum in Oxford which has a weird collection of stuff
    The Coventry Transport Museum (sadly no longer free)
    Duxford

    Imperial War Museum North (in Salford) which is much more about the human experience of war, and the nearby Lowry gallery if you like his paintings
    Manchester Science and Industry Museum (though a major section is shut at the moment)

    National Railway Museum in York obviously

    Just off the A303 the Haynes Motor Museum (for car lovers) and Fleet Air Arm Museum (navy aircraft)

    Portsmouth Historic Dockyard  - so many ships and exhibits to see

    Planning to visit the  British Motor Museum in Gaydon on the way back from Wigan

  • Have always wanted to visit Auschwitz (hope thats the right way to word it)

    Went to Terzin Concentration Camp / Ghetto as a day trip from Prague when I visited a few years ago - That wasnt one of the worst camps and was at times dressed up by the Nazis to show the Red Cross how they were "looking after" the Jews there etc.

    Even there it had a harrowing feel about it despite not being as bad as others

    Only comfort from the whole trip was seeing the cell where Gavrilo Princip spent the remaining years of his miserable life!!
  • Dave2l said:
    Anyone been to the Auschwitz concentration camp Museum in Poland?

    Friend of a friend went. 

    Heard it's a life changing experience and it changes a large part of your general perspective.


    Went a few years ago. Wouldn't call it life changing but it was both fascinating and harrowing at the same time.

    The numbers of how many people were murdered there are often mentioned and in all honesty are just numbers. When you go there and walk through large rooms with displays along both sides behind floor to ceiling high glass of shoes, glasses, hair (with several kids pig tails) that it really hits home. Especially as it's just a tiny fraction of what was collected.

    Even going in the gas chamber didn't really affect us that much, it was just an empty room.

    It was strange going through the arch at the entrance and up into the tower above as you see it so many times on TV/films.


  • There's an aircraft museum on the outskirts of Coventry, which I thought was good,  as there was an ex-pilot of the Vulcan who showed us around the plane and described life on a mission over Russia. 
    The IMW and Duxford are great.
    The most impressive is the National Portrait Gallery. 
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  • Dave2l said:
    Anyone been to the Auschwitz concentration camp Museum in Poland?

    Friend of a friend went. 

    Heard it's a life changing experience and it changes a large part of your general perspective.
    No but I know a lot of people who have.  Not sure about changing a large part of your general perspective as that will depend on what it was before you went.

    I was working with someone, British, in Poland a few years back and they said their Buddhist boyfriend had been there and had said it had a bad vibe about it. 

    It was a fecking concentration camp, of course it had a "bad vibe" 

    Never forget, never again.


    When I worked at Channel 4 a few years ago, they used to email staff the best/funniest reviews they'd had sent in by viewers at the end of they year.

    One of them was for a series on Auschwitz and the comment was "A bit grim"


  • I like the sound of an Aircraft museum.
  • If you if you want something a bit different the Milestones Museum in Basingstoke is excellent.   It really surprised me.  Very good for kids. 
  • Black Museum Scotland Yard
    Old Operating theatre London Bridge
    Topography of Terror Berlin/Holocaust memorial also Berlin
  • Toss up between Brooklands and Duxford (closely followed by Imperial War Museum)
    Assume you like the one at Le Mans, went there last year but unfortunately the viewing gallery for the race circuit was closed.
  • Love Beaulieu and V&A but as a fan of Flog It, there are so many nutter collectors out there that I regret not making a list.
  • Dave2l said:
    Anyone been to the Auschwitz concentration camp Museum in Poland?

    Friend of a friend went. 

    Heard it's a life changing experience and it changes a large part of your general perspective.
    No but I know a lot of people who have.  Not sure about changing a large part of your general perspective as that will depend on what it was before you went.

    I was working with someone, British, in Poland a few years back and they said their Buddhist boyfriend had been there and had said it had a bad vibe about it. 

    It was a fecking concentration camp, of course it had a "bad vibe" 

    Never forget, never again.


    When I worked at Channel 4 a few years ago, they used to email staff the best/funniest reviews they'd had sent in by viewers at the end of they year.

    One of them was for a series on Auschwitz and the comment was "A bit grim"..


    Yes been to Auschwitz, a moving experience, also visited the one near Oranienburg just north of Berlin, can't really explain why but found the latter more moving, Auschwitz just seemed to busy to many people taking photos etc, where as at Oranienburg there were very few people, the weather was also pretty grim there which kind of added to the 'atmosphere'.  Oradour-sur-Glane in France is something different but very moving and if your ever in the area well worth visiting....if not then watch the last episode of the World at War.
  • edited September 10
    This is just north of Berlin near Oranienburg....

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sachsenhausen_concentration_camp
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