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.
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Albrecht Dürer was born #onthisday in 1471. In the 1520s, he created one of the largest prints ever made – the Triumphal Arch. Printed using 195 different woodblocks, it’s nearly 3 metres tall and covers 36 large sheets of paper.
The monumental and ambitious artwork was commissioned by the Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I. Above the central arch is Maximilian’s family tree, while the historical events of his life are depicted over the left and right arches.
Discover how our conservators painstakingly restored Dürer’s colossal print in this blog: ow.ly/fWbE30oKxt4...
This striking print is by Dutch artist Georges de Feure. First published in 1897, the design was described as a garden of dreams, with a princess among mysterious flowers.
Once called ‘the poet of the poster’, de Feure was a versatile artist and designer – he created furniture, porcelain, silverware and jewellery, as well as designing posters, interiors and theatre sets.
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Did you know taxidermied giraffes used to greet visitors to the Museum? 🦒
Natural history specimens were a large part of the Museum’s early collection – in 1834, out of the 942 species of mammal then known, 330 were represented in the Museum.
Three giraffes and a rhinoceros stood at the top of the staircase of Montagu House – the building that originally housed the collection from the mid-18th century. This 1845 watercolour by George Scharf shows the specimens on display.
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