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(The British Museum)

Five Must-See Museums in London

No trip to the city is complete without these outstanding stops for art, history and science lovers

British Museum

The British Museum
(The British Museum)

The British Museum, established in 1759, welcomes 6 million patrons each year. At its founding, the collections included mostly books, manuscripts and natural specimens. Today, the museum is home to 8 million objects spanning 2 million years of human history and culture. This year’s exhibitions highlight life in Pompeii before Mount Vesuvius erupted, fourth-century fine dining in Roman Britain and the history of money during biblical times. Then, of course, the permanent collection has its gems—the Rosetta Stone, a key for interpreting hieroglyphs created in Egypt in 196 B.C, for instance, and the Elgin Marbles, ancient Greek sculptures originally part of the Parthenon. Admission is free.

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