Museum of London
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The Museum of London provides an unforgettable journey through the capital's turbulent past.
The Museum of London is an amalgamation of two earlier museums: the Guildhall Museum, founded in 1826, and the London Museum, founded in 1912. Both collections came together after the Second World War. The new Museum of London opened in 1976.
The Museum of London tells the story of the city and its people. It cares for more than two million objects in its collections and attracts over 400,000 visitors per year. It holds the largest archaeological archive in Europe.
The collections are constantly growing as archaeological digs yield new discoveries, and contemporary objects are acquired to ensure the museum has a record of life in 21st-century London.
Among the collections are 25,000 items of fashion and textiles; 150,000 paintings, prints and photographs of the city; 17,000 skeletons; 50,000 objects from prehistoric and Roman London; 15,000 objects from Saxon and medieval London; 55,000 objects from Tudor and Stuart London and 110,000 objects from modern London (the 18th century to today). There are also1800 life stories from individual Londoners and half a million historic documents, including the archives of the Port of London Authority and Sainsbury’s supermarket.
A new gallery houses Thomas Heatherwick's iconic Cauldron designed for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games, commemorating the unforgettable moment when it was lit during the opening ceremony.
Art Funded works
John Ritchie's A Summer Day in Hyde Park evokes the Victorians at their leisure on the banks of the Serpentine, providing a wealth of costume detail and several charming vignettes along the way.
The little clay figure of Thomas Todd by the Chinese model maker Chitqua is an intimate portrait of a successful merchant – one of the many who helped create London into a thriving mercantile centre in the 18th century.
The museum has two cafés and a bar and kitchen. The onsite shop sells postcards and souvenirs, as well as a huge selection of books on the city. These cover everything from London's history to its architecture to it archaeology, and guides advising on the best places to shop and eat.