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Tour through the world’s most famous antiquities
Word to the wise: There are an overwhelming number of galleries – 94 to be exact - so choose a couple that most interest you or take a tour to discover the highlights.
The British Museum began as no more than a personal collection of ‘curiosities' owned by royal physician Hans Sloane, which he later sold to the monarch for GBP 20,000. In 1753, the museum was opened to the public and today welcomes an average of five million visitors through its doors every year.
It’s an exciting journey through the ancient worlds of Greece, Egypt, Africa, Italy and Britain. Most people come here to see the vast collection of Egyptian mummies dating back to 10,000BC, but the departments dedicated to Rome and Greece with over 100,000 ancient artefacts are equally as impressive.
For those looking for something more contemporary, the themed and temporary exhibitions offer an interesting alternative to the permanent collections. Ranging from beauty in modern Japan to crocodile masks, modern Syrian art to an exhibition dedicated to the significance of badges, you'll be sure to find something of interest.