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Published December 20th 2010
Visitors and Londoners alike often make a beeline for the British Museum, the Museum of Natural History and the Science Museum, and while these are indeed some of the city's finest, the Museum of London can be overlooked at times.

Granted, it may not be the easiest place to enter (it's on a roundabout, there are no visible doors and its address is 'London Wall') but once you're in (look out for the lifts, stairs and escalators at street level) you're in for a real treat.

It's the world's largest urban museum and covers the entire history of the city, from prehistoric times all the way through to when it was known as Londinium, and on to the present day.

The museum hosts a range of special events alongside virtual exhibitions and community exhibitions, with new artefacts being added all the time.

The permanent exhibitions comprise nine galleries, five of which make up the recently opened Galleries of Modern London, constructed at a cost of 20m.

The Great Fire of London in 1666 may not have been so great for the people who saw their homes and businesses go up in smoke, but this is when the new Galleries of Modern London takes up the story.

With more than 7,000 artefacts on display and lots of interactives to play about with, the galleries take you on an incredible journey through the dramatic and often turbulent history of this remarkable city, providing a fascinating insight into how it has developed into one of the world's great metropolises.

The galleries are designed as much for children as they are for adults, with many toys and fun things positioned lower down, while captions for exhibits are positioned higher up, at the eye level of a grown-up.

Of course, there are many museums to enjoy in London, but a museum of London, and a splendid one at that, is surely worthy of your consideration.
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Why? A bit of background to the city will make you love it even more.
Where: 150 London Wall. Nearest tube: Barbican, St Paul's, Moorgate. Reach the entrance by stairs, escalators or lifts from Aldersgate Street, London Wall, or St Martins-le-Grand.
Cost: Free
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