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Museums in Cental London Spend a few days of your visit enjoying some of the highlights that the Central London museum quarter has to offer.

Your first port of call should be the imposing British Museum [map], Great Russell Street. The British Museum homes a wealth of British collections and also an extensive range of worldwide artefacts and collections. Uncover some of the earliest treasures in the world here. There’s also a fantastic education department and guided tours for larger groups and families.

Stay local with a visit to The Museum of London [map], London Wall. This museum represents a quarter of a million years of London and as you’d expect, is a huge building with a wide range of interesting and exclusive collections. A collection of thousands of photos and personal testimonies from Londoners through the ages brings a very unique feel to this museum.

A visit to London wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the Tower of London [map]. The gruesome history of the tower, notably its use as a royal prison, makes a fascinating story of scandal, deceit, betrayal and execution. During your visit look out for the Beefeaters guarding the tower and the famous ravens. Inside the tower you’ll also be able to visit the Royal Fusiliers Museum, which has a history of more than half a century of defending the crown. This is a great, but gruesome, museum for the whole family to enjoy.

If you’re a literary buff and know your Nicholas Nickleby from your Oliver Twist, a visit to the Dickens House Museum [map] is a must. Based in the house that Dickens occupied for several years in the late 1800s and when he was at the height of his fame, this museum at Doughty Street, Camden, has a large collection of objects from Dickens' every day life as well as manuscripts of his early work.

Continuing on the literary trail Doctor Johnson’s House [map], Gough Square, is where the legendary Doc dreamt up the idea for a dictionary in the early 18th century. See how he lived before being made bankrupt and giving up this wonderful and lavish 17th century house.

Providing first aid is just one of the many services that the St John’s organisation has offered over the years. Step behind the scenes and see the fascinating history of The Museum of the Order of St John [map], St John’s Gate, St John’s Lane. From the beginning of the Knight’s Hospitaller in Jerusalem more than 900 years ago, to the comparatively modern images of children practicing first aid in their black and white uniforms, this is an intriguing look at an often very private order.

Experience the exotic with a visit to The Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology [map]. Discover a world of sun-worshipping, scandal, and important artefacts dating from the Ptolemaic, Roman, Late Antique and the Islamic periods. The Petrie Museum is located at The University College London, WC1.

If star worship is more your thing check out The Theatre Museum [map], Russell Street. This fantastic museum lets you see the backstage happenings of the theatre world from the age of Shakespeare and Christopher Marlow right up to the latest production of Chitty Chitty Bang Bang. See a wide selection of costumes, designs, scripts, books and video productions and enjoy the many wild and wacky stories of those involved in the early days of the West End.

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