Our favourite alternative museums
Be warned: the UCL’s museum of zoology isn’t for the faint of heart. Elephant skulls, jars of moles, shark vertebrae and bisected heads are among the gruesome exhibits on display. For added shivers, head to one of their evening events, like their regular ‘Dead Life Drawing’ sessions (£8), where you can improve your drawing skills by sketching something stuffed or pickled.
This Victorian house is probably so under the radar because it’s only open for a couple of months each year, when hosting one of its quirky temporary exhibitions (the current show, Sussex Modernism: Retreat and Rebellion, runs until April 23). But with its magnificent neo-Gothic halls, hangings and stained glass, this place has plenty to captivate on its own terms.
Don’t expect anything you see to make a lot of sense – instead, just let your jaw drop to the floor when you see all the bizarre things piled together in this weirdest of wunderkabinetts, including Happy Meal toys and celebrity stool samples. Their regular menagerie nights give you the chance to pet some interesting creatures too, like lizards and tarantulas. Don’t say you weren’t warned.
Venue says Secret Concert at the Old Operating Theatre: introducing David Ward! Join us for a night of live music in the museum. Book via our website!
Venue says London’s most intriguing museum was the final home of Sigmund Freud, the founder of psychoanalysis. Visit and see Freud's iconic couch.
Please note the museum is currently closed while it is being relocated.First a resource for medical students, this institute turned into a public museum in the 1930s. Its staggering collection of over 45,000 objects tells the long story of pharmacy and medicine, from leeches and mummified hands to the discovery of penicillin.
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