THE VICTORIA AND ALBERT MUSEUM is the world's finest museum of the decorative arts, with 145 galleries containing over four million objects, spanning at least 3,500 years of mankind's creativity, including the national collections of sculpture, furniture, fashion and textiles, paintings, silver, glass, ceramics and jewellery.
NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY founded in 1856 to collect the likenesses of famous British men and women, is now the most comprehensive of its kind in the world, with nearly ten thousand oil paintings, watercolours, drawings, miniatures, sculptures, caricatures, silhouettes and photographs.
THE TATE now has two galleries in London, Tate Britain in Millbank is the home of the national collection of British art, including the Turner bequest, and Tate Modern in Bankside houses the collection of international modern art, with a new boat service providing a link between them.
THE NATIONAL GALLERY houses the national collection of Western European painting. It has around 2,300 pictures, including many instantly recognisable masterpieces, and covers every European school of painting from about 1260 to 1900.
THE ROYAL ACADEMY is the oldest fine arts institution in Britain, and its collection includes paintings, sculpture, plaster casts, artists' memorabilia, prints, drawings and architectural designs from the 18th century to the present day.
THE BRITISH MUSEUM is one of the world's greatest cultural institutions, which was founded in 1753 to promote universal understanding through the arts, natural history and science. Housed in one of Britain's architectural landmarks, revitalised with the new central court, the collection is one of the finest in existence, spanning two million years of human history.
THE SCIENCE MUSEUM collection charts the development of western science, technology and medicine from 1700 to the present day, including flight from Leonardo da Vinci to the Apollo 10 Command Module, and William Babbage's wooden Calculating Engine - the original desk top computer.
MADAME TUSSAUD'S offers two of London's top attractions combined, so visitors can both mingle up close and personal with the stars on earth, and journey through the stars in the galaxy to see new planets created.