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Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, London, WC1B 3DG, 020 7323 8299

The British Museum

The British Museum was founded in Bloomsbury in 1759, originally to house Hans Soane’s ‘cabinet of curiosities’. Today, it is the UK’s most visited attraction, whether to see Norman Foster’s glass-and-steel Great Court; the Rosetta Stone and Ancient Egyptian mummies; the Parthenon sculptures; or the Lewis Chessman.

There are daily, free ‘eye-opener’ guided tours, as well as themed iPad tours, but we recommend the series of BBC podcasts by the then director of the museum, Neil MacGregor, which traces two million years of history through the stories of 100 objects in the Museum’s history – visit bbc.co.uk/podcasts/series/ahow.