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Among London’s best-loved visitor attractions, the British Museum is home to an astonishing collection of eight-million objects. It’s one of the world’s most significant museums of human history, art and culture. If you’re planning a trip to London and looking for a memorable (and free!) day out, make a beeline for the British Museum. With collections spanning two-million years of human history and Ancient Egypt, Africa, Europe and the Roman Empire, there’s something to pique every interest here.
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British Museum

Where is the British Museum in London?

The British Museum is on Great Russel Street, next to Russel Square and Soho. Wondering how to get to the British Museum? Its Bloomsbury location means it's easy to access from other parts of Central London. Russel Square (Picadilly line), Tottenham Court Road (Central, Northern and Elizabeth lines), and Goodge Street (Northern line) are the nearest tube stations. Alight and stroll to the museum in under ten minutes.

What to see at the British Museum

1. Egyptian Sculpture gallery

Explore 3,000 years of Ancient Egyptian history in the British Museum's Egyptian Sculpture gallery. A must-see sculpture represents King Ramesses II, one of Egypt's most legendary rulers who led for most of the 13th century BC. You can also see the sarcophagus of Nectanebo II, Egypt's last pharaoh. Not to mention several limestone walls and doors covered in hieroglyphics.
Explore Ancient Egypt further in the Egyptian Death and Afterlife collection, where mummies, coffins, funeral masks and other burial items are displayed.

2. African galleries

The African galleries explore the diversity of the continent's history through metalwork, textiles, pottery and sculpture. See bronze castings dating back to the 9th century and some of the oldest traditional pottery in the world. Highlights include the brass head of an Ooni (king) of Ife, an ivory salt cellar, the Chair of Power and a Tree of Life sculpture.

3. Roman Empire galleries

The Roman Empire galleries display objects from 1,000 years, from Rome's foundation in 753 BC to 324 AD when Emperor Constantine founded the Christian capital at Constantinople. See stone and metal sculptures of Roman emperors and gods, ancient jewellery, silver, pottery and glass. The Portland Vase is among the most famous objects in the Roman Empire gallery at the British Museum, dating from 5-25 AD.

4. Mausoleum of Halikarnassos

An elaborate tomb built for a king, the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos is an unmissable highlight of the British Museum. The Mausoleum was regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, standing on a tall podium and towering at 40 metres. It was built between 353 and 350 BC in Halicarnassus, an ancient Greek city in Caria, now in Bodrum, Turkey.
Giant statues and marble slabs from the Mausoleum can be found in the museum, plus parts of the enormous marble four-horse chariot sculpture that once sat atop the tomb's roof.

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