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1 .Good morning, and welcome to the museum - one with a remarkable range of exhibits, which I'm sure you'll enjoy.
2 .My name's Greg, and I'll tell you about the various collections as we go round.
3 .But before we go, let me just give you a taste of what we have here.
1 .Well, for one thing, we have a fine collection of twentieth and twenty-first century paintings, many by very well-known artists.
2 .I'm sure you'll recognise several of the paintings.
3 .This is the gallery that attracts the largest number of visitors, so it's best to go in early in the day, before the crowds arrive.
1 .Then there are the nineteenth-century paintings.
2 .The museum was opened in the middle of that century,
3 .and several of the artists each donated one work - to get the museum started, as it were.
4 .So they're of special interest to us - we feel closer to them than to other works.
1 .The sculpture gallery has a number of fine exhibits, but I'm afraid it's currently closed for refurbishment.
2 .You'll need to come back next year to see it properly, but a number of the sculptures have been moved to other parts of the museum.
1 .'Around the world' is a temporary exhibition - you've probably seen something about it on TV or in the newspapers.
2 .It's created a great deal of interest, because it presents objects from every continent and many countries,
3 .and provides information about their social context - why they were made, who for, and so on.
1 .Then there's the collection of coins.
2 .This is what you might call a focused, specialist collection,
3 .because all the coins come from this country, and were produced between two thousand and a thousand years ago.
4 .And many of them were discovered by ordinary people digging their gardens, and donated to the museum!
1 .All our porcelain and glass was left to the museum by its founder, when he died in 1878.
2 .And in the terms of his will, we're not allowed to add anything to that collection:
3 .he believed it was perfect in itself, and we don't see any reason to disagree!
1 .OK, that was something about the collections, and now here's some more practical information, in case you need it.
2 .Most of the museum facilities are downstairs, in the basement, so you go down the stairs here.
3 .When you reach the bottom of the stairs, you'll find yourself in a sitting area,
4 .with comfortable chairs and sofas where you can have a rest before continuing your exploration of the museum.
1 .We have a very good restaurant, which serves excellent food all day, in a relaxing atmosphere.
2 .To reach it, when you get to the bottom of the stairs, go straight ahead to the far side of the sitting area, then turn right into the corridor.
3 .You'll see the door of the restaurant facing you.
1 .If you just want a snack, or if you'd like to eat somewhere with facilities for children, we also have a café.
2 .When you reach the bottom of the stairs, you'll need to go straight ahead,
3 .turn right into the corridor, and the café is immediately on the right.
1 .And talking about children, there are baby-changing facilities downstairs:
2 .cross the sitting area, continue straight ahead along the corridor on the left,
3 .and you and your baby will find the facilities on the left-hand side.
1 .The cloakroom, where you should leave coats, umbrellas and any large bags, is on the left hand side of the sitting area.
2 .It's through the last door before you come to the corridor.
1 .There are toilets on every floor, but in the basement they're the first rooms on the left when you get down there.
1 .OK, now if you've got anything to leave in the cloakroom, please do that now, and then we'll start our tour.