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Founded in 1753, the British Museum’s remarkable collection spans over two million years of human history. Enjoy a unique comparison of the treasures of world cultures under one roof, centred around the magnificent Great Court.

World-famous objects such as the Rosetta Stone, Parthenon sculptures, and Egyptian mummies are visited by up to six million visitors per year.

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.

What are the Tube Stations closest to British Museum?

Tottenham Court Road; Holborn tube stations

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    10:00 am - 5:30 pm

  • Tuesday

    10:00 am - 5:30 pm

  • Wednesday

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    10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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    10:00 am - 8:30 pm

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    10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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British Museum

These finely decorated porcelain flasks depict dragons – on the left with lotus flowers, and on the right between waves.

They were commissioned by the Ming dynasty Yongle emperor between 1403 and 1424 and were probably used by the imperial family as wine decanters. Their shape was inspired by Middle Eastern glass objects – in the early 15th century the Chinese emperors sponsored maritime expeditions that connected China with the Middle East, prompting new styles to become fashionable for the court.

You can see them on display and explore Chinese ceramics from AD 400 to 1912 in Room 95. ow.ly/Avjz30lSEpL
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British Museum

This magnificent aerial view of Venice took three years to produce and is nearly three metres wide!

It’s created from six different woodblock prints and was made by Italian artist Jacopo de’ Barbari in 1500. You can see it on display in Room 90a. ow.ly/Qsa730lPdZo
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British Museum

Curators Ian Hislop and Tom Hockenhull take you on a tour of our latest special exhibition uncovering unrest, delving into dissent and pondering protest.

Enjoyed the tour? Book tickets to #IObject here: ow.ly/XHkD30lMgEA
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  • Fraz Wahlah
    August 9, 2017 at 4:03 pm
    5 /5

    A place to be for almost entire world’s heritage can be seen here.

  • Gold Fish
    August 9, 2017 at 5:05 pm
    5 /5

    Perhaps the best musuem in world. Free entry, and great experience.

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