British Museum

The British Museum is one of the world's largest museums of ancient history. The most valuable exhibits include the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies, sculptures from the Parthenon. With the exception of special exhibitions, admission to the museum is free.

The beginning of the exhibition was given by Sir Hans Sloane's collections. To secure his collection of literature and works of art, he offered it to King George II. The Parliament decided to buy and create the British Museum, which was opened to visitors in 1759. The current building has been in the collections since the 1850s. The number of exhibits grew so quickly that some of them were transferred to the Natural History Museum. and collections of books and manuscripts for the British Library.

Inside the building there is the largest covered square in Europe, the so-called Great Courtyard. Its central part is the reading room - the legendary The Round Reading Room, in which Oscar Wilde, Karl Marx, and Virginia Woolf worked.

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Great Russell Street WC1B 3DG London, United Kingdom