British Museum


Established in 1753,  the British Museum is the oldest public museum in the world.  Originally built to house the collections of the physician Sir Hans Sloane, the artifacts have been added to by gifts and purchases from all of the world and stretch from prehistory to the present day.  The museum is one of the largest in the world and contains millions of objects.  On a visit one can see the Egyptian rooms which contain the famous Rosetta Stone, which led to the deciphering of hieroglyphics.  The Duveen Gallery houses the Elgin Marbles, a priceless series of marble sculpture that Lord Elgin removed from the frieze of the Parthenon in Athens, Greece.  The Assyrain Transept has the legendary Black Obelisk dating from 860 BC.  One can also see Egyptian mummies, 2000 year old costumes, weapons, tools, and historical papers, including the original Magna Carta.

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Left Facade

Great Court

Reading Room

Elgin Marble Gallery

Parthenon Sculptures

Parthenon Sculptures

Iris-West Pediment

Goddesses-East Pediment

Parthenon Frieze

Parthenon Metopes

Nereid Monument

Death Mask

Etruscan Sarcophagus

Bust of Augustus

Egyptian Mummy

Mummy of Cleopatra

Inner Coffin

Coffin of Henutmeht

Head of Amenhotep III

Arm of Amenhotep III

Assyrian Winged Bull

Sobekemzaf I

Human Remains

Rosetta Stone

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