A visit to the Museum of London will be an exciting event for anyone who is even slightly interested in the history of this metropolis. Founded in 1976, the museum is housed in a modern building not far from the Barbican Centre, to the north of St. Paul's Cathedral. With an emphasis on the social history of the city and its population throughout the years, the museum is a compelling introduction to London's development, from prehistoric times to the latest urban planning projects. The galleries are set out in chronological order, going through the most significant periods of the city's history, as illustrated by a variety of artefacts, models and images, as well as information in textual and interactive forms.
Of particular interest is the War, Plague and Fire gallery (refurbished in 2008), which describes the Civil War, the plague epidemic and the Great Fire of London, all of which afflicted the city during the 17th century. In 2010, the museum completed the redevelopment of the part of the museum that focuses on London from 1666 until today. That project cost 20 million GPB. Four new and captivating galleries were created: visitors can now enter a reconstruction of the 19th-century Pleasure Gardens, a debtors' prison cell, as well as an Art Deco lift that used to operate in Selfridges department store. The most important element used to illustrate the second half of the 20th century is fashion - from formal suits of the 1950s to exhibits from Alexander McQueen's collections.
From a purely subjective point of view, the greatest jewel in the crown of the museum is the Victorian Walk - a small city block with its own streets and an assortment of reconstructed late 19th-century establishments, including shops, cafés, workshops and a barber shop. Here, visitors are really seized by an indescribable feeling of going back in time (or at least arriving on a film set).
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