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British Museum

British Museum

The British Museum holds one of the most World’s greatest collections of historical and cultural artifacts. This immense hoard of treasure comprises over eight million objects spanning the history of mankind, from prehistoric times to today.

One of the oldest public  museums in the world, the British Museum was established in 1753 to house the books, antiquates, and plant and animal specimens of the physician Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753). The Collection expanded rapidly and during the 19th century the museum acquired a mass of Classical and Middle Eastern antiquates, some of which still make up the top attractions here, such as Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon sculptures. You can now see items drawn from a dizzying number of cultures and civilizations, from Stone Age Europe and Ancient Egypt to modern Japan and contemporary North America.

There are sculptures and statues, mummies and murals, coins and medals, ceramics, gold and silver, prints, drawings and innumerable other man-made objects from every corner of the globe and every period of history. In addition to the vast permanent collection, one of the largest in the world, the British Museum hosts regular special exhibitions, talks and events.

A world of treasures. There are 95 galleries covering 4 km (2.5 miles) over three floors and eight levels of the museum, thought the majority of exhibits are on the ground and upper floors.

The Greece, Rome and Middle East Collections are also spread across the two main floors, though major items such as the Parthenon sculptures are in the large rooms of the ground floor to the West of the Great Court.

The Africa collection is on the lower floor, while Asia exhibits are on the ground and upper floors on the north side. Ancient Egyptian artifacts are on the upper floor in Rooms 61 to 66 and in Room 4, beside the Great Court.

The Americas Collection is located in the north – east corner of the main floor. The Sainsbury Gallery hosts major temporary exhibitions.

Great Court and Reading Room.
The architectural highlight of the buildings is the Great Court, a breathtaking conversion of the original 19th-century inner courtyard. Opened in 2000, the court is now covered by a tessellated glass roof, creating Europe’s largest indoor public square. At the center of the Great Court is the glorious doom-roofed Reading Room of the former British Library, completed in 1857, where figures such as Mahatma Gandhi and Karl Marx studied.

Experience gallery



At a glance

  • Activity

    Culture, Sightseeing
  • Address

    Great Russel St WC1,London
  • Underground

    Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Russel Square

"One of the oldest in the world, with the greatest artefacts collections"

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