MUSEUM OF ECONOMIC GEOLOGY, Jermyn Street, Piccadilly, is a handsome structure, having a double frontage, erected in 1848, from the design of Mr. James Pennethorne. The Piccadilly facade is distinguished by great boldness and originality of character in design, and possesses one singular feature -that there is no doorway in it: the entrance being in Jermyn Street. The north front is faced with Anston stone, the south front with Colchester bricks and Anston stone dressings. On the ground floor is a hall, fortyfeet by sixty-six feet, formed into three divisions by Doric columns, for the exhibition of stones, marbles, the heavier geological specimens, and works of art. Ascending from the Hall by a staircase on each side of the entrance lobby, which joins in a central flight between Ionic columns, the visitor arrives at the principal floor. The large gallery is a fine apartment, ninety-five feet long by fifty-five feet wide, and thirty-two feet high to the spining of the roof, and has two galleries along its sides to give access to the cases with which the walls are lined. Open daily, from ten till four. Admission free. Descriptive Guide, 1s.

UNITED SERVICE INSTITUTION, Scotland Yard, Whitehall. Established in 1831 as a central repository for objects of professional art, science, and natural history, and for books and documents relative to those studies, or of general information. The annual subscription is ten shillings, and the sum of six pounds constitute a member for life. The Museum consists of a commodious suite of rooms, and a library on the ground floor. The Model Room contains many beautiful models and sections of ships of the line, gun. boats, rudders, and other implements of naval architecture. There is an extensive and valuable collection of natural history, particularly of insects and reptiles; the animals, which are in good preservation, are chiefly from tropical climates. The Mineralogical Cabinet, which consists of many thousand species, is very valuable. In the Armoury Chamber are many remarkable relics which associate us with the great and perilous events in the history of our own and other countries. There is also a collection of Grecian and Roman vases and coins, and general antiquities. Open daily (Saturdays excepted) from eleven till four in winter, and from eleven till five in summer. Admission : by tickets from members. Explanatory Guide, 1s.

EAST INDIA MUSEUM,' East India House, Leadenhall Street This valuable collection is principally devoted to curiosities or articles of vertu from the East, including many of the trophies that graced the arms of the troops of the Honourable Company, especially those taken at the siege of Seringapatam, one of the most singular of which is a curious musical instrument invented for the diversion of the Sultan Tippoo Saib, on the principle of an organ, which is built to resemble a tiger killing and devouring a British officer, the sound of the music being intended to imitate his dying cries. Daggers, swords, and matchlocks, used by Indian heroes and Persian warriors, are also exhibited in great numbers, with a variety of implements used in the households of these people, and illustrative af their domestic economy and habits of social life. Open to visitors on Tuesdays and Thursdays, by orders from any Director of the Company; and on Saturdays from ten till four o'p hul without any re



No. 13, Lincoln's Inn Fields. One of the most unique and interesting collections in London, bequeathed by Sir John Soane in 1833, an Act of Parliament having been obtained to sanction its disposal in its present form. The Museum occupies a suite of twenty-four rooms, enriched with a choice collection of Grecian and Roman specimens of architecture, Etruscan vases, and Egyptian antiquities; among the latter, being the gem of the collection, is the celebrated alabaster sarcophagus, brought by Belzoni from the ruins of Thebes. The rooms are ornamented with paintings by Canaletti, and many of the originals of Hogarth, and with the designs of Sir John Soane himself. Open to the public every Thursday and Friday from ten till five in the months of April, May, and June ; and on Tuesdays for trustees and their friends. Persons desirous of obtaining admission must apply a day or two previously, when tickets will be forwarded by post to their address.

THE SOCIETY OF ARTS, John Street, Adelphi. This important society was instituted in 1754, in pursuance of a plan formed in the preceding year, for the purpose of exciting emulation and industry in the improvement of ingenious and commercial arts, the various branches of agriculture, &c., by honorary and pecuniary rewards, as may be best adapted to the case, for the communication to the society, and through its medium to the public, of all such useful inventions, discoveries, and improvements, as tends to that purpose. In pursuance of this plan, the society have expended upwards of £100,000, derived from voluntary subscriptions and legacies. The Museum contains a large and varied collection of the progress of the arts for the last ninety years. In the meeting room are Barry's celebrated pictures

1. The Story of Orpheus, 2. A Grecian Harvest Home, or Thanksgiving to the

Rural Deities Ceres and Bacchus, 3. Crowning the Victors at Olympia, 4. Navigation, or the Triumph of the Thames, 5. The Distribution of Premiums in the Society of

Arts, 6. Elysium, or the state of Final Retribution. Open daily (except Wednesdays), from ten till three. Admission free,

MUSEUM OF THE COLLEGE OF SURGEONS, Lincoln's Inn Fields. South Side. The Museum is an extensive building of an oblong form, with galleries surrounding it, and is the depository of the valuable collection of the late John Hunter, purchased by the Government from the executors of that great man for £20,000. It contains preparations of every part of the human body in a sound and natural state, as well as a great number of deviations from the natural form and usual structure of the several parts. A portion of it is allotted to morbid preparations, and there are few of the diseases to which man is liable of which examples are not to be found. There is also a rare and extensive collection of objects of natural history, which, through the medium of comparative anatomy, greatly contribute to physiological illustration; and likewise a very considerable number of fossil and vegetable productions. The whole collection amounts to upwards of twenty thousand specimens and preparations. Amongst the many curiosities is the preserved wife of the celebrated

Van Butchell, in a long square mahogany box, with glass over the face, which may be removed at pleasure ; an Inca of Peru, in a remarkable attitude; some heads of savages; the skeletons of O'Brien, the Irish giant; and of a remarkable small female dwarf; with the skeleton of Chuny, the elephant that was shot at Exeter Change. Open to members on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from twelve till four, except the gallery, which is not open after two o'clock; and to the public during the months of May and June, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, by leaving the name and address of the applicant previously.

MEDICAL MUSEUM, Guy's Hospital, St. Thomas's Street, Borough. Specimens of anatomical and physiological structure. Open daily. Introduction to be obtained by any of the students.

SAULL'S MUSEUM OF GEOLOGY, 15, Aldersgate Street. A very interesting geological collection, made by W. D. Saull, Esq., F.S.A. Open on Thursdays, at eleven o'clock. Admission, free. The proprietor usually explains personally to visitors the various phenomena, and developes some new views in the earth's motion.

MUSEUM OF LONDON ANTIQUITIES, 5, Liverpool Street, Bishopsgate. A very interesting collection of coins and other antiquities, discovered in

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