Established in 1753, The British Museum is dedicated to human history, art and culture, and is located in the Bloomsbury area of London. Its permanent collection of about eight million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.
The remarkable collection of the British Museum contains world-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies, and the Parthenon sculptures, and spans a period of over two million years of human history.
There are various Departments within the Museum. They consist of the following:
- Africa, Oceania & the Americas
- Ancient Egypt and Sudan
- Britain, Europe & Prehistory
- Coins & Medals
- Conservation & Scientific Research
- Greece and Rome
- Libraries and Archives
- Prints and Drawings
- The Middle East
The museum is a public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and as with all other national museums in the United Kingdom it charges no admission fee, except for loan exhibitions. This is definitely a must-see London attraction.