Alternative London Museums To Visit in 2022
If you’re thinking of heading to London in 2022 here are some alternative London museums to visit. Of course, you’ve got your standard – and amazing – museums like the Natural History Museum and the Victoria and Albert museums. All of which are well worth visiting.
But here are some alternative London museums you may or may not have heard of that I recommend you visit when you’re next in the city.
In Covent Garden, there is a tiny little museum that is completely free to visit. And yes, it’s called the Vagina museum and you can guess what it’s about. The museum holds exhibitions specific about female genitalia. It’s not gratuitous, it’s not rude, it’s an educational museum about the vagina. Nothing to be afraid of. There is already a penis museum in the world – The Icelandic Phallological Museum – so why not have a vagina museum.
In Hampstead Heath, there is a little (or by today’s standard, big!) house where John Keats lived with his friend for the last few years of his life. It is here that he met Fanny Brawne, the love of his life, and was perhaps happiest before his untimely death of consumption. At the museum, which you pay a fee to enter, you can see some of his belongings, his death mask, poetry, and letters that he wrote as well as some momentos from the Brawne who had lived there. I love John Keats so this museum is a favourite of mine.
In Camden Town, you can find the Jewish Museum. This museum covers the history of Judaism from the beginning to now, looking at all aspects of the history and the people who practice it.
Near to Russell Square, this museum opened in 2004 and reveals the history of the Foundling Hospital which first opened in 1739. It’s easy to forget that before the 1740s no one really cared about orphans or children in danger. This was the first hospital of its kind in the UK and its history and the history of its occupants is fascinating.
In Farringdon, near to the Charles Dickens Museum actually, is the Postal Museum. It’s a fun museum as you can ride the old mail train underneath the city (not far, of course). You can see the old postage materials from stamps to postman uniforms. The museum is split in two locations across the street from one another, one for the mail trail and the other for the actual museum. A great one to take the kids.
And finally, the Old Operating Theatre. Just behind London Bridge Station, you can visit the museum a few evenings a week. It’s a slightly macabre museum but they make it fun and interesting, with a fantastic gift shop.
Have you visited any of these alternative London museums? Let me know in the comments below.