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The 50 best museums & galleries

From secret spooks at Bletchley Park to sartorial splendour at the V&A, Rhiannon Batten presents the essential guide to the nation’s finest art, hidden history and coolest culture

Alice Jones is deputy arts editor of The Independent;

Helen Voceworks for Cultural Enterprise Office ( www.culturalenterpriseoffice.co.uk);

Dave Musgrove is the editor of ‘BBC History Magazine’ ( www.bbchistorymagazine.com);

Simon Zimmerman works with Arts Council England’s Visual Arts Strategy team ( www.artscouncil.org.uk);

Justine Roberts is a co-founder of www.mumsnet.com whose readers have contributed recommendations.

Reader email: 50best@independent.co.uk

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