Not all cities offer such an impressive collection of art to the public, especially for free. Whether you are a tourist or resident of London, exploring the many museums and galleries can be an enriching and fulfilling experience. Here are some of my thoughts on the 5 free London museums & galleries I recently visited:
Decorative arts are what the V&A are known for with an estimated 4.5 million objects. I know I didn’t see them all but I did enjoy the lower level showcasing amazing antique European furnishings and the sixth floor ceramics collection.
Picasso: Minotaurs and Matadors running from 28 April to 25 August 2017 includes paintings, sketches, sculptures and videos all with minotaurs or matadors. There’s even a dedicated painted from Picasso to the curator John Richardson.
Walking through From Selfie to Self-Expression on display from 31 March to 23 July 2017, was a bit surreal. Seeing pop culture in the form of other people’s selfies was curious especially in a gallery setting.
The free The Cartier in Motion exhibit open from 25 May to 28 of July 2017 peaked my interest and offered a glimpse inside the design and evolution of the brand. Also, the twenty plus watches on display was a considerable compliment to the design experience.
I paid £16 to see the #California: Designing Freedom exhibit running from 24 May to 15 October 2017 which seemed a lot like a yard sale in Palo Alto. Old skate boards, forgettable videos, prehistoric computers, a teepee, and my old office desk chair rounded out a disjointed experience without the use of any herbs. It may be different, and possibly better, if you are.
The incredible couscous model of an ancient Algerian city was one of my favorite pieces during my visit. Take a look at it here.
For London restaurant recommendations, read about That One Time I Tried To Be Like Anthony Bourdain in London.
Short story by L.B. Lewis for June 6, 2017. Copyrighted. All rights reserved.