The British Museum has collections of human culture and history. Located in Bloomsbury, it was established in 1753 by an Act of Parliament. It contained more than 71.000 objects that had been collected by the physician and naturalist Sir Hans Sloan, who sold them to King George II in return of a payment of £20.000 to his heirs. It was the first national public museum in the world that granted free access to all visitors.
Nowadays, the museum exposes more than seven million objects, representing the largest and most comprehensive collection in the world. The pieces, originally from all continents, illustrate and document both ancient and modern cultures of the world.
Each section represents a cultural group and host marvels from different civilizations of the world. To explore around them could be an amazing trip through time and geography.
Ancient Egypt and Sudan – With over 110.000 objects between the Predynastic Neolithic and the Christian times, the collection includes Cleopatra's mummy, the colossal bust of Ramsses II and the Rosetta Stone.
Greek and Roman Antiques: Parts of two of the Seven Ancient World Wonders (the Mausoleum at Halikarnassos and the Temple of Artemis) are shown here.
Middle East – It has approximately 330.000 objects from Mesopotamia, Persia, the Arabian Peninsula, Anatolia, the Caucasus, Mediterranean Phoenician and parts of Central Asia, Syria and Palestine.
Prints and Drawings: The “National Collection of Western Prints”, considered as one of the richest and more important in the world, keeps art works from great masters such as Da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, Dürer, Rembrandt and Rubens, among others.
There is also a wide collection of objects from Asia, Africa, Oceania, Europe and America, as well as a great collection of medals and coins.
In addition to the permanent exhibits, there is a varied programme of special exhibitions, talks and guided tours.
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