The British Museum first opened to the public in 1759 to promote a better understanding of the arts, natural history and science. Now one of the world’s finest museums, it contains a mind−boggling six million artefacts from all corners of the globe, plucked (or plundered) by collectors.
With antiquities documenting the rise and fall of civilisations from all over the world, highlights include such gems as the Rosetta Stone, a copy of the Magna Carta and the Elgin Marbles.
The spectacular Great Court, with its impressive glass roof, was opened in 2000, following the relocation of the British Library to St Pancras, and is the largest covered public square in Europe.
The awesome scale of the museum means it is essential to select just a few of the 94 galleries for close attention.
90−minute “Highlight” tours are available daily at 10:30, 13:00 and 15:00.
Entry is free but there is a charge for some temporary exhibitions.
Nearest Tubes: Russell Square, Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street