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The London Film Museum.
London Film Museum (London)
Member Name: teafan11
London Film Museum (London)
Advantages: A small museum that is ideal for film fans.
Disadvantages: Not very good access.
Based in the Riverside building, County Hall, London adjacent the London eye is a lovely relatively new museum that opened in 2008 by Jonathan Sands, the majority of the museums exhibits are from his private collection. The London Film museum is a collection of film memorabilia from numerous film blockbusters covering all generations of TV. The London Film museum is the only museum in Britain that is devoted to the film industry in all its splendour.
Whether you like the old Sinbad films or you'd rather watch a more recent Harry Potter or the Borrowers, there is something here for you.
The museum itself seems to be endless corridors with rooms coming off them, with each corner comes a new exhibit. There is a wonderful Sherlock Holmes exhibit; it is a room set up just like the Sherlock Holmes set and a timeline of all the films and show including all the actors who have played this iconic character. Also they have an animation studio where you can watch animators drawing.
There are costumes from the Harry Potter films and props from the film The Borrowers, which you can hold and have pictures taken with. My son loved driving through London; they have a car with a screen in front so you can see London images behind you as you drive through. There is a lot to see. My son went picture mad; his favourite was the Dr Who tardis and darlek and the many alien exhibits.
I liked having my picture taken with the night at museum dinosaur and Marilyn Monroe posing for the seven year itch statue. Both my kids liked sitting on the Simpsons sofa to have pictures taken. There is a little kid's area with dinky tables and chairs and drawing materials so you can always give the little ones a break in there.
You are permitted to take picture throughout most of the museum, although they do request that there is no photography in the Ray Harryhausen Exhibition and the Star wars set. Although you can purchase a photograph of yourself posing in the Star wars set with a light sabre. However when we visited you received one picture as part of your admission. My son loved the "photo shoot"...lol!
Before entering the museum you can take in the amazing views of Westminster and Big Ben on the opposite side of the river and also the imposing London eye which towers above you. The museum does not have very good disabled access as there are three steps just to enter the building. Then the museum is on the first floor which is accessed only via two flights of stairs. However online it does state that if access is required to call in advance, so maybe there is a back lift entrance, I'm not sure.
You buy your tickets just at the bottom of the stairs and all the staff are very friendly and helpful, even offered to help with the buggy up the stairs. They have disabled toilet facilities and baby changing facilities which are very clean.
The prices are:
£13.50 - Adults.
£11.50 - Concessions (purchase at door)
£9.50 - Children (up to 15 years of age)
Under 5s are free of charge. An essential carer is admitted free of charge with any paying disabled visitor. This I think is great!
We used buy one get one free tickets from the train station.
The museum is open every day except Christmas day.
Autumn and winter opening:
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday-10am-5pm
Last entry is one hour before closing.
The museum shop is located outside opposite the London eye; there is a very charming selection of souvenirs and trinkets. Although as you would expect this is not the cheapest.
On the ground floor there is a lovely little cafe that sells a selection of sandwiches, tea, coffee and biscuits, all very tasty looking. We had a muffin and a cup of tea each and the boys had a soft drink, which came to over twenty pounds, so they are quite expensive. The muffins were very tasty though! There is also a restaurant opposite the cafe; however we did not go in. Just outside and past the sea life centre is a Mc Donald's, so there are plenty of places to eat.
There are also street entertainers along the bank which entertained the kids whilst we walked there.
London Film Museum
Riverside Building, County Hall, London, Greater London SE1 7PB, United Kingdom
020 7202 7040
The nearest underground stations are Waterloo, Embankment and Westminster.We usually go to Westminster and walk across the river which is very nice.
Westminster and Waterloo underground stations both have disabled access.
Waterloo is on the Bakerloo, Northern and jubilee lines and Westminster station is on the circle, district and jubilee lines and Embankment is on the circle and district lines.
Although this museum is quite small, if you love films then this is for you. You can get so much out of this museum. Although my oldest son who is nine loved this museum, my little one who is only twenty months old did get restless at times and you can't really let little ones wander around this museum.
Overall a nice day out, but not that cheap!
Summary: A relatively new museum that is dedicated to the film industry.
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