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London Museums & Palaces

No trip to London is complete without a visit to its royal palaces and top-notch museums. Find direct links to Buckingham Palace, the British Museum, Crown Jewels, and other London treasures.

The British Museum
World-famous museum with extensive collection of antiquities from ancient civilizations and cultures in Africa, Egypt, Asia, and beyond. The Rosetta Stone is a main attraction. Free admission; donations welcome.

Buckingham Palace
Official London residence of Britain's royal family.

Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace
No visit to London is complete without viewing this military tradition. View the schedule here.

Dickens Museum London
Dedicated to the life and works of Charles Dickens.

Fan Museum
The only museum of its kind, the Fan Museum is located in Greenwich, London.

Freud Museum London
Home of Sigmund Freud and his family after his 1938 escape from the Nazis. Includes his famlus psychoanalytic couch.

Imperial War Museum's Cabinet War Rooms
Visit the underground rooms where Winston Churchill strategized World War II and provided shelter to his most valued family and staff.

Kensington Palace
The last palace where Princess Diana lived in London. From About.com's Guide to London.

London Design Museum
Twenty- and twenty-first century design objects on display.

London Dungeon
A museum of the macabre, devoted to Jack the Ripper, the Great Plague, and other London devastations.

Madame Tussaud's London Wax Museum
Meet the Beatles and other famous folk from every field.

Museum of London
The world's largest urban history museum.

National Gallery, London
Just when you think you can't walk another step in London, you must. At least make your way to see the exquisite "Venus and Mars" by Botticelli. Free admission; donations welcome.

National History Museum
Butterflied, dinosaurs, and everything in between.

National Museum of Science and Industry
Innovative family of museums includes the Science Museum, Creative Planet, National Railway Museum, and National Museum of Photography, Film & Television.

National Portrait Gallery
Who was that king? What did Queen Victoria look like when she was young? What about Charles Dickens? Jane Austen? Mary Wollstonecraft? Come face to face with the most famous faces in London here.

Royal Residences
Information on Buckingham Palace, the Queen's Gallery London, the Royal Mews, Windsor Castle, Frogmore, the Palace of Holyroodhouse, St. James's Palace, and other historic royal homes.

Sherlock Holmes Museum
Museum at 221B Baker Street, London, the famous address of the fictitious super-sleuth.

Sir John Soane's Museum
Home of the distinguished architect and art collector. Free admission; donations welcome.

Tate Museums
Does your taste run to modern art or a survey that sweeps through centuries? London has two Tate Museums now (Tate Modern, newly constructed from the old Bankside Power Station on the southern shore of the Thames River, and the more traditional Tate Britain).

Victoria and Albert Museum
The great London museum of decorative arts features vast collections of everything from silver to furniture to clothing to jewelry. Free admission; donations welcome.

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