The British Museum
The British Museum is a comprehensive museum located in London, England. This museum is dedicated to the history of humanity and its culture. The museum was initially established privately in the year 1753, with its collections composed mainly of a single man’s collections, he was Sir Hans Sloane. Today, the British Museum has over 13 million objects from all over the world and is counted as one of the largest museum collections in the world.
In the year 1759, the British Museum was opened to the general public in the site that it currently is right now. As the collections of the museum grew, several branches of the British Museum were established, each dedicated to specific subjects. The most well known branch of the museum is still the original one that is located at Bloomsbury. Visitors are usually not charged admission fees unless there are notable exhibitions at the museum.
The British Museum houses a lot of pieces of history and culture from around the world.
It would take an average person several days to fully tour all the departments and soak in the different cultures and histories of the world. If you are in London for a limited time only and only have a day or two to dedicate to the museum, here are some of the departments that you really have to enjoy.
The Department Of Ancient Egypt And Sudan
The British Museum’s collection of Egyptian antiquities and pieces of history and culture are only rivaled by the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, Egypt. The Egyptian collection of the British Museum is vast and speaks of decades dedicated to Egyptian culture and history. Many interesting historical facts and cultural knowledge can be had a this department. Things to look forward to at The Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan are the Rosetta Stone, a part of the Great Sphinx’s beard, busts of some Egyptian nobles and the mummy of the famous Cleopatra.
The Department Of Greek And Roman Antiquities
This department at the British Museum is another must see because it houses a remarkable collection from the Greek and Roman region from the Bronze Age onwards. Some of the artifacts and pieces you might be interested in are the Parthenon Marbles which are among the most beautiful in the world, several frieze slabs of Athena Nike and Bassae sculptures. The Mausoleum of Halikarnassos and the Temple of Artemis at Ephesos are among the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World and should not be missed as you tour the British Museum. Other sculptures and works of art are also present in this department.
The Department Of Prints And Drawings
This renowned department at the British Museum hosts a collection that is among the most singular in the world. This department was established in the year 1808 and is now known for being one of the richest collections in the world. This department is probably one of the most visited in the British Museum branches. There are works of art by Michelangelo, Da Vinci, Raphael, Rembrandts and many more. The paintings and prints in this department are over a million. Many artists and art lovers visit this department for the sake of viewing the very beautiful pieces of art here.
The departments featured here are just a few of the more notable departments in the British Museum. The museum also features some collections it sometimes exchanges with other museums. These special exhibits are on loan from other notable museums and some from private collectors. Make you sure you allot a few days for your tour of the British Museum in order to full appreciate the entire site.