In London ...

The Freud Museum: 20 Maresfield Gardens NW3 (0171 435 2002). Pry into the analyst's consulting room complete with the original couch, and watch the wartime videos and weep. Wed-Sun noon-5pm. Adults pounds 3; concs pounds 1.50. Children under 12, free.

Faraday Museum: 21 Albermarle Street W1 (0171 409 2992). Light up your day in the work room of the man who discovered electricity. Mon-Fri 10am-6pm. Adults pounds 1; concs 50p.

Hogarth's House: Hogarth Lane, Great West Road, Chiswick W4 (0181 994 6757). This 18th-century cottage, now on a main road, was the artist's country retreat. Mon-Sat (exc Tues) 11am-6pm; Sun 2-6pm. Free entry with a donation box.

Florence Nightingale Museum: 2 Lambeth Palace Road SE1 (0171 620 0374). Includes amodel of a Crimean leg amputation. Daily (exc Mon) 10am-5pm. Adults pounds 2.50; concs pounds 1.50.

And Beyond...

The Elgar Birthplace Museum: Crown East Lane, Lower Broad Heath, Worcester WR2 6RH (01905 333224). Listen to the composer's music on his own gramophone. Daily (exc Wed) 10.30am-6pm. Adults pounds 3; over 65s pounds 2; Children 50p.

Mary Queen of Scots House: Queen Street, Jedburgh, TD8 6EN (01835 863331). The tower house where she was kept under arrest by Queen Elizabeth I. Mon-Sat from 10am with last admission at 4.45pm; Sun Iast admission 4.30pm. Adults pounds 2; concs pounds 1.

Lloyd George Museum: Llanystumdwy, Criccieth, Gwynedd LL52 OSH (01766 522071). An exhibition of the former prime minister's cloaks, walking sticks and monogrammed hairbrushes. Mon-Fri 10.30am-5pm, April to September. Open weekends from July. Adults pounds 2.50; concs pounds 1.50.

The Grace Darling Museum: Radcliffe Road, Bamburgh NE69 7AE (01668 214 465). This is a shrine to the woman and her legendary sea rescue. Daily, 11am-6pm. Free, with donation box for the RNLI.