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London’s Taste for the Bizarre: 6 Unusual Museums That Any Visitor Shouldn’t Miss


Being an ancient city has its perks and one such advantage is that it has a lot of unexplored nooks and crannies as well as antiques. With so much history that is hard to fit into a history book, it is not surprising why there are tons of museums sprouting around the city of London. The British Museum, for instance, is certainly a thing of interest with so many exhibits that can help educate children. Nevertheless, there is much more to London’s history than just the usual museums. In fact, extraordinary is too vague to explain the quirky sides of the city, and an exhibit in one of these bizarre museums would give a better explanation.

Leighton House, 12 Holland Park Road W14

One of the most distinguishing aspects of the Victorian era was the people’s appreciation for things that were eclectic and this place perfectly lives up to that with its rich collection of artifacts all the way from Arabia. The house built on 1866, was made precisely to the wishes of Lord Leighton and most of the display was collected by Sir Richard Burton. Sir Richard was said to be the first non-Muslim to visit Mecca but he was in disguise.

Magic Circle Museum, 12 Stephenson Way

Even if we are all well aware that magic is just about illusion and cheating the senses, it remains to be fascinating. For a dose of magical items, this private club where magicians converge gives the rest of us mortals a window to understand how magicians work. Rows of posters that you can rarely find are displayed here and you can see the props used by popular illusionists such as Chung Ling Soo and Houdini.

Geffrye Museum, Kingsland Road E2

This museum is actually a series of almshouses that display what a home’s interior is like from the year 1600 up until the present. If you have a fascination for time travelling, this would be just that one place that you shouldn’t miss. The typical living quarters of a middle class family is displayed and although it is interesting to see how it was like in the olden times, it is more enjoyable to see how it was like when you were a kid. While here, don’t miss the gardens, that is, if the weather is good.

The Black Museum/ The Crime Museum, New Scotland Yard

This ranks among the most morbid museums in the city and it is conveniently situated at the New Scotland Yard. The weapon collection displayed here is quite extensive ad it includes those that were used in serious murders and assaults by the likes of Charlie Peace and Jack the Ripper. The museum is unfortunately, not open to the general public which can be attributed to the sensitivity of the cases that the collection is related to.

The Royal London Museum, Whitechapel

If you do not have access to the Scotland Yard Museum, you can always drop by the Royal London Museum which has a notable case related to the Jack the Ripper murders. The original material for those murders is displayed here as well as its connection to the Elephant Man Joseph Merrick who spent his last years in a special room in the hospital.

The Clockmaker’s Museum, Moorgate

Big Ben happens to be one of the most fascinating icons in London and while at it, it pays to know clockwork. You will surely love the extensive display of timepiece varieties and anyone is welcome to pry. You can rest assured that once you go out; there will be an item that you just can’t take your mind off. It’s good to point out that although mobile phones have time displays, it still pays to have a watch which is one of the most reliable ways of telling the time.


Author: Agustina

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