a station-by-station guide for UK tourist attractions

Russell Square

Zone 1 Underground

Piccadilly line

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British Museum ½ mile

Founded in 1753, the British Museum's extensive collection covers two million years of human history. Iconic objects include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures, the Lewis Chessmen and Egyptian mummies. Cafés and Restaurant. Admission free but there are charges for some special exhibitions.
Open Daily 1000-1730.

Foundling Museum ¼ mile

The museum tells the story of the Foundling Hospital, Britain's first children's charity, founded by Thomas Coram in 1739. The museum houses significant collections of 18th century art, furniture, clocks and historical documents. A major collection relates to the life and work of composer George Frideric Handel. Exhibitions programme.
Open TWThFS 1000-1700, Sun 1100-1700.

Charles Dickens Museum ½ mile

The home of Charles Dickens from 1837 until 1839, he described it as 'my house in town'. Some of his best-loved novels were written here, including Oliver Twist. The softly lit rooms contain many objects from the Victorian period. Café.
Open WThFSSu 1000-1700 (last admission 1600).

Postal Museum & Mail Rail ½ mile

The Museum covers nearly 400 years of postal history. Café. Across the road is Mail Rail, an exhibition and ride on the underground railway built to transport mail.
Open WThFSSu 1000-1700.

Russell Square map

Brunei Gallery ¼ mile

Permanent displays and changing exhibitions of contemporary and historical art from Asia, Africa and the Middle East. Japanese Roof Garden. Admission free.
Open please see website.

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology ½ mile

An archaeological collection illustrating life in the Nile Valley.
Open TWThFS 1300-1700.

Grant Museum of Zoology ½ mile

A teaching collection of skeletons, mounted animals and specimens preserved in fluid covering the whole Animal Kingdom. Admission free.
Open TWThFS 1300-1700.

Wellcome Collection ¾ mile

Promoted as for 'the incurably curious', the unique mix of galleries and events explore the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. Admission free. Café.
Open TWThFSSu 1000-1800.

For the British Library, Camley Street Natural Park and London Canal Museum please see King's Cross St Pancras (which is also on the Piccadilly line).

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