Last Updated on December 14, 2022
Its collection is extensive, ranging from the prehistoric to the present. Many visitors, however, flock to the museum to see such treasures as the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon in Athens, Egyptian mummies, the Rosetta Stone and the 2,000 year-old Lindow Man.
A Vast Collection
Founded in 1753, the British Museum in Bloomsbury has a collection covering two million years of history. Showcasing human knowledge in all forms, it was the world’s first public museum of its kind. It attracts more than six million visitors each year.
But the museum’s 94 galleries contain a plethora of other treasures spanning a period of two million years. So, obviously, it’s best to plan your visit in advance. But don’t miss the spectacular Great Court and the Reading Room. Entry is free but there is a charge for special exhibitions.
Travel from Ancient Greece and Egypt, to Africa and China, or from Roman Britain to Medieval Europe. You’ll find all of this in more than 60 free galleries centered around the magnificent Great Court.
Alongside the vast permanent collection, there are regular British Museum exhibitions focused on people, places, stories from the past and key themes for the present and future. Keep an eye out for exciting events based on the exhibitions.