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The British Museum is my favourite museum - and it's even free! Despite the name, it's not a museum about Britain - its collections are worldwide. It is the oldest public museum in the world, having been founded in 1753, after the naturalist and collector Sir Hans Sloane bequeathed his collections to the nation. The 'Enlightenment Gallery' gives visitors an idea of what an 18th century museum would have been like.

It's not a good idea to try to see it all in one go. It's better either to head for the galleries that interest you most (Egyptian Sculpture is my favourite) or to aim to see some key 'treasures' such as the Parthenon frieze and the Sutton Hoo helmet. (On 27 March 2014 the Sutton Hoo helmet became the centrepiece of a new Gallery of Early Medieval Europe in room 41 on the ground floor of the Museum).

The Great Court was opened up and roofed with glass to celebrate the millennium and now forms the hub of the museum.

There are two snack bars, a cafeteria and a restaurant (with views over the Great Court) in the museum. The quality is good, but they are quite pricey. If money is tight, it is better to look for a pub or cafe nearby. Though if you are after a traditional afternoon tea with sandwiches, scones and cream, the Court restaurant does a good version, with a choice of speciality teas for 13 a head.

Address: Great Russell Street, WC1
Directions: Holborn or Russell Square tube
Phone: 0 20 7323 8299
Website: http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 6, 2014
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