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British Museum

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The first national public museum in the world

Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, United Kingdom

When in London, going to The British Museum is an absolute must. Founded on January 15th, 1753 and opened on January 15th, 1759 in Montagu House, The British Museum was the first national public museum in the whole world. The museum is Located in the Bloomsbury area of London and it is the home to over 8 million objects, the museum’s main theme is human history and culture.

 

 

The British Museum receives over six million visitors per year, making it the third most popular museum in the whole world. The museum’s remarkable collection contains objects pertaining to two million years of history, including world-famous artifacts such as the Parthenon Sculptures, Egyptian mummies, the Rosetta Stone, the Townley collection and more. Originally, the museum was mostly based on the collections of Sir Hans Sloane, the unofficial founder of the museum, a physician and naturalist. Sloane’s collection including over 70,000 artifacts, including many antiques from around the world such as Egypt, Greece, the American continent, Sudan and more, as well as over 7,000 manuscripts, 40,000 books, and an extensive collection of dried plants.

 

 

The museum has changed over time. Today, the manuscripts and books are no longer there as they were moved to the British Library as well as its collection of natural history, many of which were moved to the Natural History Museum. Nevertheless, the museum still holds an incredibly broad collection of artifacts from around the world and it’s a place so large that you can spend more than one day here.

 



Opening hours

Daily from 10:00 – 17:30
Fridays until 20:30

How to get there

Closest tube stations: Russell Square (Piccadilly Line) and Holborn (Central & Piccadilly Lines)

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