British Museum, London

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British Museum
British Museum © Paul Micallef

British Museum

The British Museum is widely regarded as the world's greatest museum of human history and culture. Containing more than 13 million artefacts from all corners of the globe, the British Museum boasts an overwhelming collection of fascinating objects. Most prized among its collection are its famous antiquities, which include the Parthenon Frieze (or Elgin Marbles), the Rosetta Stone and the Roman Portland Vase, which dates from the 1st century AD. The iconic Great Court with its incredible glass roof covering two acres greets visitors as they enter, and stairwells lead down to the Reading Room, which has been completely restored. Visitors to London should not miss out on the British Museum, which is one of the world's great cultural troves. Budget at least half a day to get a sense of the wealth of history housed within the museum, and don't be surprised if you actually need about three full days to take it all in.

Address: Great Russell Street
Telephone: (0)20 7323 8299
Transport: Russell Square underground station
Opening time: Open daily, from 10am to 5.30pm (till 8.30pm on Fridays).
Admission: Free admission, although special exhibitions may charge a fee