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The view from the Empire State building

Well known buildings and works of art all require us to use 'the' in front of their names:

  • the Empire State Building

  • the Mona Lisa

  • the Statue of Liberty

  • the Eiffel Tower

  • the Natural History Museum

However, we do not need to use 'the' in front of all tourist attractions we go to see:

  • Buckingham Palace

  • Broadway

  • Oxford Street

  • Madame Tussauds

Buckingham Palace, although it is a well-known building, is also a place of residence (a home).

Broadway and Oxford Street, although famous, are both public streets.

Madame Tussauds is a museum but does not contain the word 'museum' in its title, therefore does not need 'the' in front of it. Unlike 'the Victoria and Albert Museum'.


"When I was in London, I visited the Tower of London and walked down Oxford Street."

"When I was in New York, I went to the top of the Empire State Building and visited Ellis Island."


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