A guide to the galleries and museums of Bethnal Green

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Bethnal Green is one of the few areas in London where you can find a diverse range of artistic and cultural institutions. From contemporary art to a collection of antique children’s toys, there is plenty to discover.

Guests at the M by Montcalm Shoreditch often visit Bethnal Green thanks to its close location to our luxury rooms in Shoreditch. If you’re planning to join us soon, this list of galleries and museums will keep you busy for days while you browse beautiful art and exciting exhibits.

Geffrye Museum

Kingsland Road, London

Explore the history of London and see how those before you lived before the invention of the internet and the development of modern technology. The Geffrye Museum is a living time capsule that showcases the different eras throughout the last century. Each room has been designed and preserved to showcase a different decade. As you explore, you’ll also find an extensive collection of art, antiques and vintage memorabilia. This is a must-see if you’re planning a trip to the M by Montcalm Shoreditch.

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The Brick Lane Gallery

Brick Lane, London

For decades, Brick Lane has been at the heart of Shoreditch’s cultural scene and has been the birthplace of numerous artistic movements. The Brick Lane Gallery aims to carry on this tradition by providing a place for emerging artists and talented creatives to showcase their work and make their voices heard. Specialising in contemporary art, this gallery is a must-see if you’re a fan of art. On any given day, the gallery walls will feature incredible work from talented artists around the UK and the world. Be sure to check out the listings and see which events are coming up.

V&A Museum of Childhood

Cambridge Heath Road, London

This wonderful museum is part of the Victoria and Albert Collective and boasts the biggest collection of its kind. Explore the history of childhood in the UK and across the world by browsing incredible collections of toys, clothing, games and more. As you walk through the halls of the Museum of Childhood, you’ll find yourself travelling through time as you discover antiques and artefacts from eras gone by. You’ll also learn about the rise of modern children’s toys and feel a sense of nostalgia as you peruse a wide range of old favourites like Lego, Meccano and Jenga.

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Maureen Paley

Herald Street, London

Established in 1984, this art space first saw life in the living room of a terrace house in the East End of London. After building up a cult following, the Maureen Paley art gallery has become one of the hottest places on the alternative culture scene. Hipsters, modern art fans and visionaries from all around the country flock to Herald Street every week to check out the incredible collection of contemporary art. The gallery was named after the revolutionary artist who was among the first artists to showcase contemporary work in the East End.