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 museum is known to lend their works of art throughout the world and loans more items than any other institution world wide. Throughout its history the building has been extended to house all their antiquities. The collection is rotated over time and therefore most people will see something different on each visit.
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
Families can also participate in the many trails, workshops and activities especially created for children. There are also a selection of virtual exhibits available online and these are regularly updated.
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.