Oddest and Weirdest Museums in London
London is home to a number of museums, some of which are world famous for their awe-inspiring collections, for example, the Natural History Museum and the British Museum. However, there are some London museums that have gained the reputation of being unusual, quirky or wacky. Some of these relatively less known museums are full of surprises and are presented below.
The Crime Museum
Created in 1875 and located at the New Scotland Yard, this museum contains a macabre collection of evidence and criminal tales, but is generally only accessible to police professionals and invited guests. Exhibits include drugs, body parts, nooses, the first fingerprints ever taken, seized counterfeit goods, death masks and weapons used by criminals including the notorious Kray twins and Jack the Ripper. Previously unseen details and secrets from real-life high profile crimes such as the Great Train Robbery and the Millennium Dome Diamond Heist are revealed.
This museum is particularly recommended if you are visiting London with children. It is a museum for British cartoons, caricatures, comic strips and animation and boasts a library of over 5,000 books and 4,000 comics relating to the subject. The museum issues catalogues and features a changing display of over 250 exhibits from its collection of over 1,700 original cartoons and prints. It is located just a couple of blocks away from British Museum so you can easily find time for a visit when you are also visiting the British Museum.
Grant Museum of Zoology
The Grant Museum of Zoology and Comparative Anatomy is a natural history museum that is part of University College London in London. The collection contains around 67,000 zoological specimens, many of which are very rare or even extinct. Some of the animals are stuffed, while others are preserved in water or fluid. If you or one of your kids is an animal lover, this museum is a must-see.
Museum of Brands, Packaging and Advertising
Set up as a registered charity in 2002, this Notting Hill museum examines the history of consumer culture from Victorian times to the present day. There are more than 12,000 items or brands in the collection across categories such as cereals, custards, and baked beans. To older visitors, it brings back childhood memories of some of the brands that have now been discontinued.
Pollock’s Toy Museum
This quirky little museum near Goodge Street Underground Station is housed in
two historic buildings from the 1780’s in London’s Fitzrovia. The Pollock’s Toy Museum is a compendium of toys, games, marbles, puzzles, puppets, wax dolls, toy theatres, dolls houses and wonderful, intricately detailed model shops. The collection is mainly Victorian, and on display in six small rooms and two winding staircases.
This museum in London can be just as exciting for adults as it is for older kids who are not too bothered with electronic and computerised games and toys.