British Museum London- Tourists rated number one free attraction. Galleries like Egypt, the Islamic world, Roman, Artwork Gallery fulfil the visitors’ interest.

British Museum London was founded in 1753. This is the first national public museum in the world. It is ranked as 1st nationally and 4th globally in terms of the number of visitors each year. British Museum London is the largest in the world covering over 92,000 square metres.

British Museum collection

There is over 2 Million years’ worth of history within the walls of the British Museum. It now houses over eight million objects from around the world. The nature of collections is of Manuscript, classical antiquities, Sculpture, British and medieval antiquities. etc. The oldest object in the collection is a stone chopping tool.  It is almost 2 million years old.

Find the British Museum collection online

The collection is huge only around 1% of total collection (80,000 objects) is on display to the public. There are about 8 Galleries or departments of 70 Rooms showing the objects to the public. The objects or collections are related to Africa, North America, Mexico, Ancient Egypt – Egyptian sculpture, Egyptian life and death: the tomb-chapel of Nebamun, Egyptian death and afterlife: mummies, Early Egypt, Sudan, Egypt and Nubia, Ethiopia and Coptic Egypt, Ancient Greece, Rome, Greece: Minoans, Greece: MycenaeansGreece 1050–520 BC, Greek vases, Athens and Lycia, Greece: Bassai sculptures, Nereid Monument, Greece: Parthenon, Greece: Athens, Greeks and Lycians 400–325 BC, Mausoleum of Halikarnassos, The world of Alexander, Greek and Roman sculpture, Greek and Roman life, Roman Empire, Etruscan world, Ancient Cyprus, Greeks in Italy, Greek and Roman architecture, Classical inscriptions, Asia- China and South Asia, Amaravati, Chinese jade, Korea, Japan, Chinese ceramics – Sir Percival David Collection, Europe Clocks and watches, Medieval Europe 1050–1500, Sutton Hoo and Europe AD 300–1100, Europe 1400–1800, Europe 1800–1900, Europe 1900 to the present, Roman Britain, Britain and Europe 800 BC–AD 43, Europe and Middle East 10,000–800 BC, Middle East- Assyrian sculpture and Balawat Gates, Assyria: Nimrud, Assyria: Nineveh, Assyria: Lion hunts, Assyria: Siege of Lachish, Assyria Khorsabad, Islamic world, Ancient Iran, Ancient South Arabia, Anatolia and Urartu 7000-300 BC, Mesopotamia 1500–539 BC, Mesopotamia 6000–1500 BC, Ancient Levant etc

British Museum Art collection

The museum has a collection of 50,000 drawings and over two million prints. It covers the period from the 14th century to the present. It includes many works of the highest quality by the leading artists like Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, Michelangelo, (including his only surviving full-scale cartoon), Dürer (a collection of 138 drawings is one of the finest in existence), Peter Paul Rubens, Rembrandt, Claude and Watteau. Rembrandt and Goya. There are more than 30,000 British drawings and watercolours collected.

British Museum Egypt and mummies

The Museum holds the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities or objects outside Egypt. It is more than 100,000 pieces. When the British Museum formed, there were only 160 Egyptian objects received from Sir Hans Sloane. Find the Egyptian objects at the following room numbers

Room 4 – Egyptian monumental sculpture
Room 61 – Ancient Egyptian life and death
Room 62 – 3 Egyptian death and afterlife: mummies, coffins
Room 64 – Early Egypt
Room 65 – Sudan, Egypt and Nubia
Room 66 – Ethiopia and Coptic Egypt

The museum has a collection of 120 human mummies and 300 animal mummies. 80 mummies were collected from Egypt, some mummies were from Sudan. Highlights include the Rosetta Stone, a 5,000-year-old sand-dried mummy, wall paintings from Nebamun’s tomb and sculptures of Ramesses II.

British Museum history

One of its most notable collectors was Sir Hans Sloane. Born in 1660 and a physician by trade, Sloane collected over 71,000 objects in his lifetime. He bequeathed the whole collection to King George II for the nation. The gift was accepted graciously by the monarch. His heirs received £20,000 in return. This was the beginning story of the British Museum London. An Act of Parliament established the British Museum on 7 June 1753. The Museum opened to the public on 15 January 1759.

British Museum ticket price, opening hours

Opening Times: Daily 10.00–17.30. Friday only- Closes at 20.30. Visit to know today’s opening hours with an update.
Admission: British Museum is completely free to view. A donation is welcome.

Address, Car Parking and Nearest Tube to British Museum

Address: Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
Telephone and Email: 020 7323 8000, 020 7323 8181. Email.  [email protected][email protected]
Nearest Tube and Bus: Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Russell Square, Goodge Street. Bus- Bus numbers 1, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242 (Stop on New Oxford Street), 10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390 (Stop northbound on Tottenham Court Road, southbound on Gower Street), 59, 68, X68, 91, 168, 188 (Stop on Southampton Row). Please visit the Journey Planner of Transport for London how to get here
Car Parking: There are a few car parking spaces available. Disable visitors are requested to reserve the space at least 48 hours in advance. The nearest car park is located at Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2RJ.

British Museum Exhibitions Events Shops

There are always exhibitions or events run by the Museum. Click to find the details of ongoing events. Tickets for the exhibitions are sold from British Museum Shop. You can also buy Rosetta Stone, Book, Souvenirs, various types of gifts from the shop. There are also restaurants, coffee shops available inside the building.

Download the British Museum Floor Map, Visitors Guide

Visitors Map or Floor Map, Self-directed Visit Guide

Visit the Museum’s own website for more information. Apart from British Museum London, you can make a plan to visit the British Library, National Archives or other top attractions or museums art galleries in London

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