Best 12 museums I visited in 2019

Last year I was asked by someone doing research how many museums I’ve been to that year and he was shocked by my answer: 50. It was an estimation, but a very good one. So, that made me think of making a round-up of the museums I liked. Here it is: Best 12 museums I visited in 2019. Initially I wanted to pick only 9, but I found it too hard, so instead I’m sharing a list of 12. There is a list with all the museums at the end of this round-up. The museums are sorted by name, because I loved all of them equally, all links are towards my posts about them.

Best 12 museums I visited in 2019

From top left to bottom right, the museums are:

Our visit to Balmoral was unplanned, as I had no idea, before arriving in Scotland that we can visit it. As the Queen’s holiday home, I had no idea this is possible. It was a privilege to be able to visit it. I loved it.

Big Pit was much better than I thought it would be. We had a great mine tour and the guide was fab. I’ve enjoyed it a lot.

I picked Doune Castle because of its connections with Game of Thrones. I loved the series (not the last season though).

Groam House Museum must be quite an interesting choice. It is a small museum about the Pictish history in Scotland. It is a part of my best-12 because the guide was so excited about the place and I learned a lot. Sometimes the small museums are the ones who can give the best surprises.

Talking about small museums, the High Park Reservoir is one in Liverpool. Last year I managed to visit it, but it was not the first time I’ve tried, previously the queue was so long we gave up trying. It is open only a few times a year at the moment.

Madame Tussauds is in top 12 because it is such an unusual place and also because I learned about it in school and I was very curious about it.

Michelham Priory was interesting because after the dissolution so few survived that this is a precious reminder of how these buildings could have been made into family homes, but instead were destroyed.

Less known than Cutty Sark, HMS Trincomalee is a ship which can be visited up north. It was so interesting to have the tour, much better than my visit the Cutty Sark in London. I would gladly visit Trincomalee again.

St Fagans Museum just had to be on the list, it was so interesting. This is another museum I would love to visit again.

Another London landmark I’ve been to this year, St Paul’s Cathedral lived up to its reputation. I couldn’t take a picture inside, so this is a picture with the view of Tate Modern and the Millenium Bridge from St. Paul’s.

The Royal Pavilion was gorgeous. Even though I knew what to expect, it was still amazing. I loved it.

Finally, The Queen’s House in Greenwich, with the Armada portrait, it had to be one of the 12. I would like to visit it again, it is really beautiful and Greenwich is wonderful too. I went to the Royal Observatory too and that was, again, very special, as it was another thing I learned as an 8 year-old in school.

Best 12 museums I visited in 2019

I took out from the list Bodleian Library, Clava cairn (burial site), Highland Titles Nature Reserve, Glencoe National Nature Reserve. As these are not exactly museums. I left the castles though. I might have missed museums I did not blog about and I also did not include in the list museums from Liverpool that I visited with LightNight and sites which are not usually open to the public, seen on Heritage Open Days, last September. I’ve included special exhibitions though.

All of these are mentioned on the blog, so if you are curious about one of them, just search on the blog with the name.

Here is the full list of museums I’ve been to last year, 52 in total:

1. 1066 Battlefield & Abbey
2. 209 Women exhibition
18. Doune Castle
19. Fort William
36. National Museum of Cardiff
37. HMS Trincomalee
3. Abertarff House
4. Anne of Cleves House
5. Ashmolean
6. Balmoral
20. Gaia exhibition
21. Groam House Museum
22. High Park Reservoir
38. Palace of Holyroodhouse
39. Pitt Rivers
40. Preston Park Museum
7. Big Pit
8. Blenheim Palace
9. Brodie Castle
10. Brunel Museum
23. History of Science Museum
24. Inchmahome Priory
25. Inverness Museum and Art Gallery
26. Lewes Priory
27. Lewes Castle
41. Queen’s Gallery
(Buckingham Palace)
42. Royal Observatory
43. Scone Palace
44. Shugborough
11. Cardiff Castle
12. Chatterley Whitfield Colliery
13. Clan Cameron Museum
14. Culloden
28. Liverpool Medical Institution
29. Madame Tussauds
30. Manchester Art Gallery
31. McManus
45. St Fagans Museum
46. St Paul’s Cathedral
47. Stirling Castle
48. The Queen’s House
15. Cutty Sark
16. Dorman Museum
17. Double Fantasy exhibition
32. Michelham Priory
33. MIMA
34. Museum of Cardiff
35. Museum of Hartlepool
49. The Royal Pavilion
50. Tredegar House
51. V&A Dundee
52. Victoria Baths


13 Comment

  1. I’m so impressed by your visiting so many places! I would definitely visit some of these based on your recommendations! Balmoral sounds very interesting!
    I absolutely loved the Royal Pavillion- so beautiful!
    I climbed St Paul’s cathedral up to the Golden Gallery and beyond, back when I was about 6 and never did it again. I did sing there on New Year’s eve with my choir on a couple of years because we deputised for the choristers when they were away but since then, I’ve not been in!

  2. It’s so great that you’ve visited all these places, and always plan on visiting more! You must know so many facts and details about UK History thanks to all these visits and tours. I love the smaller museums – the City Museum of Warwick is one of my favourites I’ve ever visited! Everyone was so nice there, and explained everything to use with so much enthusiasm. You should definitely visit there one day, I really recommend it 🙂

    Julia x

  3. What an impressive list of museums. I had a quick look, and I think I’ve only visited 7 of them. Sadly, I don’t travel as much now as I used to, before kids, when I was regularly visiting museums, galleries, palaces, manors etc. From the local ones I might suggest Buscot park, if you haven’t seen it yet, and our local Cogges manor farm is lovely.

    1. Thank you for the suggestions. I’ve added them on my list of places to visit.
      I imagine is hard for you to visit museums, especially with the eldest. xx

  4. That’s an impressive list! 52 Museums in one year is amazing! I’ve just read your Big Pit post – fascinating place and I really want to visit now I’m older and could appreciate it more. Have you ever been to Llechwedd Slate Caverns? That’s similar but involves slate and not coal.

    1. I haven’t been to the slate caverns, even thought they are on my list of places to visit. Maybe we will come this year, in a month or two. It’s been a while since I’ve been to north Wales and I miss it.

      1. Ah well if you fancy a trip and doing the underground trampolines and stuff, then Zipworld did a local loyalty scheme last March. If they do it again then I’ll come with you and if I book it we’l get a discount.

  5. That’s quite a number of museums! There are only a few in my immediate area, one of which I’ve visited, albeit quite a few times over the years.

    1. I do have quite a lot of museums at less than 1 hour’s drive, but I postpone visiting them. Most of the 52 museums are from as far as Scotland and London.

  6. Wow! Impressive travels. As I’ve said before, I always check out local museums when visiting places — and enjoy reading about your experiences ’cause I’ve never seen any of these. Nice summary.

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