One of the most iconic and well-known centrepieces in London is the British Museum, a public space dedicated to human history, art and culture from across the globe.
The British Museum is also one of the world’s largest, housing more than seven million objects from across the globe. Founded in 1753, the museum hosts a variety of exhibitions, events, galleries and collections of historical and cultural importance. If you can think of a time period, an ancient civilization and its accompanying artefacts, then it’s probably on display at the British Museum.
Here are some frequently asked questions about the British Museum.
The British Museum houses the world’s largest and most comprehensive collection of Egyptian antiquities (with over 100,000 pieces) outside the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. A collection of immense importance for its range and quality, it includes objects of all periods from virtually every site of significance in Egypt and Sudan. But that’s not all you will see here.
Altogether there are nine departments in the British Museum, gathering, displaying and studying artefacts from every corner of the globe. From Greece, Rome and the Middle East, to Asia, Africa and Oceania.
There is always something fascinating to see at the British Museum. Deep dive into the everlasting mystery of Stonehenge, or take a cross-cultural look at the profound influence of female spiritual beings within global religion and faith. In the galleries, expect to see the treasures of Sutton Hoo, explore the wonderful collection of the Islamic world, and learn more about Egyptian mummies.
With over two million years of human history and culture to explore, we highly recommend booking out several hours and planning your trip. You must truly explore the British Museum and its wonderful collection of prints, drawings, coins medals and other fascinating artefacts from modern and ancient history.
Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG.
We’ve included a Google Maps route to help guide you there.
As you stroll out through our entrance, face the gardens opposite you and walk right. Take your first right onto Marchmont Street and follow that road down for a few minutes, taking your third right onto Bernard Street. Head down Bernard Street for another few minutes and past and around Russell Square onto Montague Place. There you’ll see the huge pillars of the British Museum. You can’t miss it.