Weekly Museum Visits

This summer I had the opportunity to study for three weeks in London. I traveled with nine other students through an API program where we took classes at Richmond American University. For this summer term, I decided to take a class called Museums and Galleries. Each week during the program, our class visited various museums located in the central part of the city such as the British Museum, National Gallery, and Tate Modern. In the photo above, I am standing outside of the Victoria and Albert Museum or (V&A) in South Kensington.  This was one of my favorites that we visited because the museum featured many sculptures and casts of famous architectural pieces like Michelangelo’s David.  Getting the chance to visit places like this and seeing famous pieces in person gave me a greater appreciation of art. Going to pubs and shopping boroughs are great, but I would recommend making time to visit museums. Most are free and very accessible, and it was easy to build a day around going to the museums and then going off to explore the nearby areas. For example, the British Museum is very close to Tottenham Court Road Station which is extremely popular and just a few stops away from Oxford Street and Leicester Square. From there, SOHO and Chinatown are just a few blocks away from one another.

In this picture, I’m also squinting a bit. I will say London was a little warmer than I expected, and I had no idea that AC isn’t really a thing there. If visiting, I think that’s something to keep in mind. A travel fan and cold water is an absolute must during the summer!