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Culture doesn’t cost anything in the UK. Did you know that since 2001, all state museums are free? Whether you are an art or science fan, there is a free museum in London for you!
The National History Museum
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The museums re-opened in July after more than 100 days of closure due to COVID-19. Every summer, the National Gallery has approximately 19,000 visitors a day but, because of the pandemic, this year there will be fewer people. If you don’t like crowds, now is the best time for you to visit.
What has changed? Many of the museums will sell tickets with time slots that you must book online. This means that you can only go during the times on your ticket. Social distancing and masks are compulsory, of course, but the museum shops and cafés will still be open to visitors. Once you’ve decided which museum you’d like to visit, check the opening hours on its website. Instead of eight-hour days, most museums are now opening for only five hours or less.
Fewer visitors mean that London’s museums will be under enormous financial pressure. Why not support them by organising a family outing to one that strikes your fancy? The British Museum has an impressive collection of Egyptian artefacts and the Rosetta Stone. You can see Leonardo Da Vinci’s art and Van Gogh’s Sunflowers at the National Gallery. If you’re a history and nature buff, then The Natural History Museum with its 26-metre skeleton of a Diplodocus dinosaur is a must. You’re a fan of Picasso? Head down to the Tate Modern on the South Bank and try to get the hang of his masterpieces!
Here are some fun facts about London’s museums to whet your appetite:
• In 1857, the Victoria and Albert Museum designed a leaf to cover Michelangelo’s sculpture of David because his nudity shocked Queen Victoria.
• Each cubicle in the London Transport Museum’s toilets is decorated in the colours of different Underground lines.
• London has more than 200 museums. Not all of them are free, but they are all fascinating!
closure = fermeture
fewer = moins (de)
a time slot = un créneau horaire
compulsory = obligatoire
outing = sortie
to strike your fancy = attirer votre attention
buff = mordu/e de quelque chose
a must = à ne pas manquer
to head down = aller vers, descendre
to get the hang of = piger
a masterpiece = chef-d’oeuvre
to whet your appetite = mettre en appétit
a cubicle = cabine
the Underground = le métro
Victoria & Albert Museum
The National Gallery