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British Museum

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National Portrait Gallery

Both are endorsed by travel writers. On balance, British Museum scores significantly better than National Portrait Gallery. British Museum is ranked #2 in London with recommendations from 9 sources including Not For Tourists, concierge.com and Travel + Leisure.

Both are endorsed by travel writers. On balance, British Museum scores significantly better than National Portrait Gallery. British Museum is ranked #2 in London with recommendations from 9 sources including Not For Tourists, concierge.com and Travel + Leisure.

tripexpert score
97
#1 in London
location

Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG

endorsements
  • 11 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    This celebrated treasure house, filled with plunder of incalculable value and beauty from around the globe, occupies an immense, imposing neoclassical building in the heart of Bloomsbury. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    If the museum has one central, unifying theme, it's to provide an overview of the development of human culture, illustrated with items from all of the world's major civilizations. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    The country's largest museum and one of the oldest and finest in the world, this famous museum boasts vast Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, Roman, European and Middle Eastern galleries. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    The British Museum is one of the most remarkable institutions of its kind and its collections encompass a vast span of historical civilisation. Full Review →

  • 9

    Time Out 69

    One of the world's oldest museums, the British Museum is vast and its collections, only a fraction of which can be on public display at any one time, comprise millions of objects. Full Review →

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92
#10 in London

St. Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE

  • 8 endorsements
  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    The National Portrait Gallery was founded in 1856 with a single aim: to gather together portraits of famous (and infamous) British men and women. Full Review →

  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    Pictures have been chosen on the basis of who the subject is, not how well they've been captured by the artist. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    What makes the National Portrait Gallery, the only such museum in Europe, so compelling is its familiarity; in many cases you’ll have heard of the subject... or the artist. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 54

    Founded in 1856, the National Portrait Gallery has since 1896 occupied a late-19C Italian Renaissance-style building neighbouring the National Gallery. Full Review →

  • 9

    Time Out 70

    Portraits don't have to be stuffy. The National Portrait Gallery has everything from oil paintings of stiff-backed royals to photos of soccer stars and gloriously unflattering political caricatures. Full Review →

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