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The British Museum, arguably the best collection of human culture artefacts in the world, free of charge, in central London. The others are the Science Museum and Natural History Museum.
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This is the world's oldest museum, begun in 1753 and embracing items of interest going back 6,000 years. Popular galleries include Ancient Egypt, Assyria, Greece, Mexico, Rome, Japan, China, India, Africa. Displays include statues, carvings, indigenous art and artefacts, coins, prints and drawings.
The museum's hub, the Great Court and the Reading Room.
In the centre of the Great Court is the Reading Room, home to not only some of the world's most important books and manuscripts, but also to famous writers and thinkers such as Karl Marx (German), Mahatma Ghandi (Indian), Oscar Wilde (British), Leon Trotsky (Russian), Thomas Hardy (British), W.B Yeats (Irish), Rudyard Kipling (British).
Opening Hours: 10.00 to 17.45 daily; 10.00 to 22.00 Fridays. Closed 24, 25 & 26 December.
Address: Great Russell Street
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Part of the ancient mid-east zone.
Mummy caskets in the outstanding Ancient Egypt collection.
Over to old Mexico for a disturbing Mixtec-Aztec mask from the 15th century.
The Rosetta Stone, Egypt, 196 BC. Next, pictures of some of British Museum top ten artefacts. More museum pictures.
The Rosetta Stone was a stone tablet carved in 196 BC by Egyptians. It declared a new regulation in both Greek and Egyptian hieroglyphics, so after it was found in 1799 it proved to be the key to unlock the secrets of Egypt's pictorial writing.
Getting to the British Museum
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