The city of London is an incredible tourist destination especially for those wishing to explore and know about Europe, its importance, and contributions to the world. The city is a rare combination that promises a series of attractions like historical monuments, museums, and others, unlike any other city in Europe.
Most visitors are restricted by the itineraries given in several London walking tour programs to visit only places of interest such as Westminster Abbey, The Big Ben, and London Tower, etc. However, this often leaves out some of the other less prominent yet equally majestic museums that are located in the city.
Some of these lesser known museums are also worthy of a visit during your London walking tour due to their uniqueness and the experience that they offer to the visitors. Below is a list of three unusual museums that you should consider visiting when in London.
Freud Museum is a museum in London dedicated to Sigmund Freud, one of the most influential neurologists of the twentieth century. The museum was actually the home where Freud and his family spent their last years. The home was converted into a museum after the death of Freud’s youngest daughter Anna Freud who wished to create a memorial of her father’s work.
The museum houses several of the objects used by Freud in his work such as the famed psychoanalytic couch. Besides, it also holds an excellent collection of some of Freud’s lesser-known writings and other personal items.
Magic Circle Museum
Magic Circle Museum is yet another unusual museum in London that offers the visitors a glimpse into the activities of famous magicians and illusionists. The museum was previously a private club of magicians where they met and engaged in discussions. It is an excellent place for visitors who are especially interested in the history of magic and its prominent figures.
The museum houses an impressive collection of the props used by famed magicians like Harry Houdini, as well as numerous posters and other artifacts.
Pollock’s Toy Museum
Opened in 1956, the Pollock’s Toy Museum is an unusual yet truly worthwhile place to visit during a London walking tour. This museum holds an excellent collection of puppetry and its various forms such as dolls, puppets, toys, and stages.
Pollock’s Toy Museum is an excellent place to visit especially with children, and offers a glimpse into the tradition of toy theatre that was highly popular in the 19th century.