1/11 The British Museum

Big Bus Tour: Stop 49, 50 & 52

Arguably the most famous treasure house in Britain, The British Museum houses more than eight million items, from all over the world and all historical eras. The sheer scale, not to mention the number of visitors (6.7 million last year), can seem overwhelming unless you do some homework and decide on a focus. The current Viking exhibition, which runs until 22 June, is a good bet for families, as is the collection of mummies.

There are also special events for children, mostly at weekends and during school holidays; during the May half term, for example, there’s a programme devoted to ‘Marvellous Mummies’.

Entrance is free.

Open: Daily from 10am to 5.30pm (8.30pm Fridays).

Info: 020 7323 8299; britishmuseum.org

Tube: Tottenham Court Road or Holborn

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