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Time: 16:21 23 May 2011

London's lesser-known museums

2nd October 2013

Among London's top attractions are a host of world-famous museums and exhibition centres, with the city being renowned for the many excellent collections that go on display each year.

Venues such as the Natural History Museum, the Science Museum and the Victoria and Albert Museum can all be found within a stone's throw of each other in South Kensington, and receive millions of tourists between them each year.

Then, of course, there's the British Museum, which is considered to be one of the best attractions of its kind on the planet and needs no introduction.

But once you've been to all four of these heavyweights, there are plenty of other quirky and off-the-wall museums to explore throughout London, so your journey of discovery needn't come to an end.

Try heading to the Wellcome Collection, for example, on Euston Road. Dedicated to medical anthropology, this fascinating exhibition centre regularly puts on ground-breaking displays covering themes like the afterlife or the social impact of drug use, and is also home to a number of fascinating artefacts including Charles Darwin's creepy-looking walking stick.

Fans of literature, meanwhile, may want to take a trip to the Sherlock Holmes Museum, which is situated in Baker Street - the home of the fictional detective in the books.

A Grade II-listed building, this wonderful attraction contains all manner of memorabilia as well as waxwork models of the characters, and is guarded by a Victorian policeman.

Over in Bloomsbury, meanwhile, is the Cartoon Museum, which was opened in 2006 with the intention of preserving classic British cartoons, comics and animations, and is an absolute must for fans of the Beano or the Dandy.

Other weird and wonderful places that are well worthy of a visit include Ripley's Believe It Or Not in Piccadilly Circus - which is home to some of the strangest and most outrageous artefacts on the planet - and the Magic Circle Museum by Euston station


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