British Museum London- Tourists rated number one free attraction. Galleries like Egypt, Islamic world, Roman, Artwork Gallery fulfil the visitors interest.
British Museum London was founded in 1753. This is the first national public museum in the world. It is ranked as 1st nationally and 4th globally in terms of number of visitors each year. British Museum London is the largest in the world covering over 92,000 square metres.
British Museum collection
There are over 2 Million years’ worth of history within the walls of the British Museum. It now houses over eight million objects from around the world. The nature of collections are of Manuscript, classical antiquities, Sculpture, British and medieval antiquities. etc. The oldest object in the collection is a stone chopping tool. It is almost 2 million years old.
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Collection are huge only around 1% of total collection (80,000 objects) is on display to the public. There are about 8 Galleries or departments of 70 Rooms showing the objects to the public. The objects or collections are related with Africa, North America, Mexico, Ancient Egypt – Egyptian sculpture, Egyptian life and death: the tomb-chapel of Nebamun, Egyptian death and afterlife: mummies, Early Egypt, Sudan, Egypt and Nubia, Ethiopia and Coptic Egypt, Ancient Greece, Rome, Greece: Minoans, Greece: Mycenaeans, Greece 1050–520 BC, Greek vases, Athens and Lycia, Greece: Bassai sculptures, Nereid Monument, Greece: Parthenon, Greece: Athens, Greeks and Lycians 400–325 BC, Mausoleum of Halikarnassos, The world of Alexander, Greek and Roman sculpture, Greek and Roman life, Roman Empire, Etruscan world, Ancient Cyprus, Greeks in Italy, Greek and Roman architecture, Classical inscriptions, Asia- China and South Asia, Amaravati, Chinese jade, Korea, Japan, Chinese ceramics – Sir Percival David Collection, Europe Clocks and watches, Medieval Europe 1050–1500, Sutton Hoo and Europe AD 300–1100, Europe 1400–1800, Europe 1800–1900, Europe 1900 to the present, Roman Britain, Britain and Europe 800 BC–AD 43, Europe and Middle East 10,000–800 BC, Middle East- Assyrian sculpture and Balawat Gates, Assyria: Nimrud, Assyria: Nineveh, Assyria: Lion hunts, Assyria: Siege of Lachish, Assyria Khorsabad, Islamic world, Ancient Iran, Ancient South Arabia, Anatolia and Urartu 7000-300 BC, Mesopotamia 1500–539 BC, Mesopotamia 6000–1500 BC, Ancient Levant etc
British Museum Art collection
The museum has a collection of a 50,000 drawings and over two million prints. It covers the period from the 14th century to the present. It includes many works of the highest quality by the leading artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, (including his only surviving full-scale cartoon), Dürer (a collection of 138 drawings is one of the finest in existence), Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Claude and Watteau. Rembrandt and Goya. There are more than 30,000 British drawings and watercolours collected.
British Museum Egypt and mummies
The Museum holds the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities or objects outside Egypt. It is more than 100,000 pieces. When British Museum formed, there was only 160 Egyptian objects received from Sir Hans Sloane. Find the Egyptian objects at the following room numbers
Room 4 – Egyptian monumental sculpture
Room 61 – Ancient Egyptian life and death
Room 62 – 3 Egyptian death and afterlife: mummies, coffins
Room 64 – Early Egypt
Room 65 – Sudan, Egypt and Nubia
Room 66 – Ethiopia and Coptic Egypt
The museum has a collection of 120 human mummies and 300 animal mummies. 80 mummies were collected from Egypt, some mummies were from Sudan. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, a 5,000 year old sand-dried mummy, wall paintings from Nebamun’s tomb and sculptures of Ramesses II.
British Museum history
One of its most notable collectors was Sir Hans Sloane. Born in 1660 and a physician by trade, Sloane collected over 71,000 objects in his life time. He bequeathed the whole collection to King George II for the nation. The gift was accepted graciously by the monarch. His heirs received £20,000 in return. This was the beginning story of the British Museum London. An Act of Parliament established the British Museum on 7 June 1753. The Museum opened to the public on 15 January 1759.
British Museum ticket price, opening hours, address
Admission: British Museum is completely free to view. Donation is welcome.
Address: Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Telephone and Email: 020 7323 8000, [email protected] (Email contact preferrable)
Opening Times: Daily 10.00–17.30. Friday only- Closes at 20.30. Go to opening hours page for update.
Website: Visit the Museum’s own website for more information
British Museum Exhibitions Events Shops
There are always exhibitions or events run by the Museum. You will find the details of ongoing events by visiting their related website page. Tickets for the exhibitions are sold from British Museum Shop. You can also buy Rosetta Stone, Book, Souvenirs, various types of gifts from the shop. There are also restaurants, coffee shops available inside the building.
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