The British Museum was founded in 1753, the first national public museum in the world.
The museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. World-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies are visited by up to six million visitors per year.
From the beginning it granted free admission to all 'studious and curious persons'. Enjoy a unique comparison of the treasures of world cultures under one roof, centred around the magnificent Great Court.
In addition to the vast permanent collection, the museum’s special exhibitions, displays and events are all designed to advance understanding of the collection and cultures they represent.
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