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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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  • Tuesday

    10:00 am - 5:30 pm

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    10:00 am - 8:30 pm

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  • July 22, 2018 5:24 am local time

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19 hours ago

British Museum

This piece of elaborate tableware appears to be a salt-cellar, but it has a secret history.

It was made in England in the 1570s – a time when acts of Roman Catholic worship were banned. Because of this, shrines or reliquaries had to appear as if they were something else to avoid suspicion and destruction. This salt-cellar is made from silver-gilt and is decorated with rubies and rock crystal that were taken from recycled religious objects. In Catholicism, rock crystal symbolised Christ’s purity and rubies evoked drops of his blood. It’s proof that people managed to save sacred items and continue to express their faith in defiance of the law.

Explore other stories of dissent and protest in our next special exhibition, co-curated by Ian Hislop of @Private Eye and @Have I got news for you. Don’t miss out on our special early bird tickets – they’re just £10 for a limited time! Book here: ow.ly/Na7W30l2wCw
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2 days ago

British Museum

Alexander the Great was born #onthisday in 356 BC.

This marble head was made in the 2nd or 1st century BC, well after his death – few portraits from his reign survive. It shows the leader looking youthful and clean-shaven, which was a revolutionary statement of style – all previous Greek rulers had been portrayed with beards. This royal fashion lasted for nearly 500 years!

Alexander ruled one of the largest empires in the world which spanned from Greece to northern India. This marble head was found in Alexandria, the city he founded in Egypt.
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3 days ago

British Museum

Degas conveyed the movement of ballet dancers with rapid oil sketches like this one made in the 1870s. He often went backstage to capture the strenuous training required to perform in Parisian ballet, and painted dancers in personal moments that audiences never got to see. Using thinned oil paint to make quick sketches, Degas could experiment with innovative compositions before producing a final painting.

The French artist was born #onthisday in 1834.

What’s your favourite ballet?
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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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