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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. Tel. 020 7323 8299.
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 The museum houses significant collections of 18th century art, furniture, clocks and historical documents.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. Tel. 020 7841 3600.
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. Tel. 020 7405 2127.
Open TWThFSSu 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. Tel. 0300 0300 700.
Open Daily 1000-1700.

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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. Tel. 020 7637 2388.
Open TWThFS 1030-1700.

Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology ½ mile

An archaeological collection illustrating life in the Nile Valley. Tel. 020 7679 2884.
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. Tel. 020 3108 2052.
Open M-S 1300-1700, closed at Christmas and Easter.

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. Tel. 020 7611 2222.
Open TWThFS 1000-1800, Sun 1100-1800.

Pollock's Toy Museum ¾ mile

The small rooms and winding stairs give this toy museum a special atmosphere. Exhibits include dolls, teddy bears, puppets, toy theatres and optical, mechanical and construction toys. Tel. 020 7636 3452.
Open M-S 1000-1700, closed BH.

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).