martes, 6 de septiembre de 2011

LONDON HIDDEN MUSEUMS / Museos escondidos de Londres

Hi everyone, as we are still in summer, I want to recommend you new places to visit in LONDON.  We know the most famous museums in London like THE BRITISH MUSEUM, THE WAX MUSEUM, THE NATIONAL GALLERY, etc, but today I'll tell you the names of curious museums to go and see. Be different and visit them!

Hola a todo el mundo, como todavía estamos en verano, quiero recomendaros sitios nuevos para visitar en Londres.  Conocemos los museos más famosos de Londres como EL MUSEO BRITÁNICO, EL MUSEO DE CERA, LA NATIONAL GALLERY, etc, pero hoy os diré los nombres de museos curiosos para ir a ver. ¡Sed diferentes y visitadlos!

-Address:  Corner of Regents Park Road and Sharples Hall Street, CAMDEN, NW1 8YL.
-Entry:  FREE.  Wednesday to Sunday, 11 am to 6pm.
-Shows include sculptures, paintings and drawings chosen by cultural figures.
-Underground station:  CHALK FARM.

You can expect the unexpected at this curious museum.  This is a secret art place.  Their first exhibition was in 2009 and it was so successful that it went on an European tour!

There are three exhibitions (exposiciones) on show. You can find there a collection of  strange objects like stuffed (disecados) animals, mini fairgrounds (parque de atacciones), etc.

-Address:  Royal College of Surgeons (cirujanos), 35-43 Lincoln's Inn Fields, WC2A 3pE.
-Entry:  FREE, from Tuesday to Saturday, 10am-5pm.  There is a free guided tour every Wednesday at 1pm.  To book check website
-Nearest underground station:  HOLBORN.

John Hunter was a famous surgeon in 18th-century London.  He collected hundreds of animal specimens, exotic lizards (lagarto) and kangaroos.
A marvellous place for biologists and doctors.

-Address:  The Master's House, 2 Dugard Way, SE11 4TH.
-Entry: adults 7 pounds, from Friday to Monday.
-Nearest underground station:  KENNINGTON or ELEPHANT and CASTLE (10mins walk).

This Cinema Museum is dedicated to cinema lovers!  This museum will take you back to a time when "picture palaces" offered pure escapism.  Its corridors are full of movie memorabilia, from old film posters to cinema seats.  ART DECO carpets (alfombras) and doors.  This museum is the result of a man's obsession: Ronald Grant.  By the 1980s he had collected so much material that he needed a place to exhibit it.  Finally, the collection moved to the old Lambeth Workhouse in South London and it is now open to the public.  The building has its own film treasures and a movie connection:  Charlie Chaplin stayed there as a child!

-Address:   12, Stephenson Way, London NW1 2HD.
-Entry:  by appointment only (con cita previa solo).  Two evenings a month you can explore the building, including a tour of the museum, presentation on the history of magic and a show in The Magic Circle Theatre.
-Nearest underground station:  Euston Square.

The Magic Circle Museum was formed in 1905 by a group of magicians who wanted to protect their secrets.  Nowadays, it is the most famous magic society in the world, including members like David Copperfield and Prince Charles!
It is situated in a small cobbled street (calle adoquinada) in central London.
You can see a series of magnificent rooms, a library, a theatre and the history of magic and illusion.


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