The British Museum, located in the city of London, is recognized as one of the most important museums in the world thanks to its collection of over 7,000,000 pieces distributed in nearly one hundred rooms.
Thanks to the generous contributions of influential collectors and art patrons, on January 15th, 1759 the great British Museum opened its doors. Over its 250 years of history it has been a cultural reference of the British empire, specialized in the collection of historical pieces from the five continents.
As evident much information needs to be carefully classified, so the museum has 10 departmens specialized in an special era. Thanks to the hard work of classification, walking through The British Museum is synonymous of walking through the history of mankind.
As you enter the museum you will find the Elizabeth II's Great Court, opened in 2000, which is the largest covered square in Europe and in its centre we find a splendid reading room that will delight lovers of books.
Starting from The Great Court and turning left we can admire the collections of ancient Egypt, which is the second best collection of ancient Egypt in the world (after Cairo's Egyptian Museum ). In this area of the museum we will find a lot of objects of Egyptian daily life more than 4,000 years ago, sarcophagi and even mummies. But it deserves a special mention the well known Rosetta Stone, thanks to which we can decipher ancient Egyptian hieroglyphics .
Then we visit the rooms devoted to Mesopotamian cultures , which can transport us to a time when Syria and Babylon were dominant empires. The relief printings of these rooms with scenes of hunting and battle, lead us toward the next section: Greece.
Greek art has been crucial in the history of mankind, and in the British Museum there is a large collection of this era. The most important is undoubtedly the frieze of the Parthenon which the British Empire "borrowed" in 1801. We can also see a Greek temple that was transported and installed within this room.
There are many pieces of Roman and Medieval art , not to mention Eastern and American culture ... We recommend that if you visit The British Museum take enough time to visit each room, because with so many pieces, if you are in a rush it will become a historic shake! Enjoy your " walk through history "