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The British Museum in London, England is a treasure trove of history and culture from all corners of the world

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: The Rosetta Stone, British Museum, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

The Rosetta Stone, British Museum, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: The Babylonian Map of the World, c. 510-c. 500 BC. Artist: Assyrian Art

The Babylonian Map of the World, c. 510-c. 500 BC. Artist: Assyrian Art
The Babylonian Map of the World, c. 510-c. 500 BC. Found in the collection of British Museum

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Horse of Selene from the Parthenon

Horse of Selene from the Parthenon
Horse of Selene from the east pediment of the Parthenon, from the British Museums collection

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: The Battersea Shield, Celtic, from early Iron Age in the first century AD

The Battersea Shield, Celtic, from early Iron Age in the first century AD, British Museum, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: The March of intellect, 1829. Artist: Heath, William (1795-1840)

The March of intellect, 1829. Artist: Heath, William (1795-1840)
The March of intellect, 1829. Found in the collection of British Museum

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Bronze head of Augustus, Roman, from Meroe, Sudan, c27-c25 BC

Bronze head of Augustus, Roman, from Meroe, Sudan, c27-c25 BC. This head once formed part of a statue of the emperor Augustus (27 BC-AD 14). From the British Museums collection

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: The Man of Sorrows. Title-page to Small Passion. c1511, (1906). Artist: Albrecht Durer

The Man of Sorrows. Title-page to Small Passion. c1511, (1906). Artist: Albrecht Durer
The Man of Sorrows. Title-page to Small Passion. c1511, (1906). The drawing is held by the British Museum, London. From The Engravings of Albert Durer, by Lionel Cust. [Seeley and Co

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Great Court, the British Museum, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Great Court, the British Museum, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: A Condottiere, 1480, (1932). Artist: Leonardo da Vinci

A Condottiere, 1480, (1932). Artist: Leonardo da Vinci
A Condottiere, 1480, (1932). From the collection of the British Museum, London. From Master Draughtsmen No. 2 - Leonardo Da Vinci 1452-1519

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Pottery cremation urn, from a grave at Loveden Hill, Lincolnshire, Anglo-Saxon, 6th-7th century

Pottery cremation urn, from a grave at Loveden Hill, Lincolnshire, Anglo-Saxon, 6th-7th century
Pottery cremation urn, from a cremation grave in a cemetery at Loveden Hill, Lincolnshire, Anglo-Saxon, 6th-7th century. The urn is decorated with deeply incised chevrons which are filled with

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Reading Room of the Great Library at the British Museum seen from the Entrance, c1935

Reading Room of the Great Library at the British Museum seen from the Entrance, c1935. The circular Reading Room of the British Museum in central London was designed by Sydney Smirke (1798-1877)

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Fragment of wall painting from the tomb of Nebamun, Thebes, Egypt, 18th Dynasty, c1350 BC

Fragment of wall painting from the tomb of Nebamun, Thebes, Egypt, 18th Dynasty, c1350 BC. Though a standard subject for a Theban tomb painting, this banquet scene is one of the finest examples

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Rhind Mathematical Papyrus, from Thebes, Egypt, c1550 BC

Rhind Mathematical Papyrus, from Thebes, Egypt, c1550 BC
Detail of the Rhind mathematical papyrus, showing mathematical problems, from Thebes, Egypt, End of the Second Intermediate Period, c1550 BC

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: The Pitney Brooch, Anglo-Scandinavian, second half of the 11th century

The Pitney Brooch, Anglo-Scandinavian, second half of the 11th century. Disc-brooch of gilt copper-alloy from Pitney, Somerset, England. It is decorated in an English variant of the Urnes style

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: The Royal Society (engraving)

The Royal Society (engraving)
1046913 The Royal Society (engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: The Royal Society, a Portrait Group of some of the Most Distinguished Fellows)

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Clay tablet with linear B script, 15th century BC

Clay tablet with linear B script, 15th century BC
Clay tablet from Knossos with linear B script, from the British Museums collection, 15th century BC

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Part of the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, 5th century BC

Part of the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, 5th century BC
Part of the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, showing part of the Panathenaic procession, 5th century BC. From the British Museums collection

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Anglo-Saxon brooch of the Kentish type

Anglo-Saxon brooch of the Kentish type, from the British Museum

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: London, British Museum, Reading Room (b / w photo)

London, British Museum, Reading Room (b / w photo)
733703 London, British Museum, Reading Room (b/w photo) by English Photographer, (20th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: London, British Museum)

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Street scene and the British Museum (coloured engraving)

Street scene and the British Museum (coloured engraving)
605386 Street scene and the British Museum (coloured engraving) by English School, (19th century); Private Collection; (add.info.: Street scene and the British Museum, in Bloomsbury, London)

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: The British Museum (coloured engraving)

The British Museum (coloured engraving)
558575 The British Museum (coloured engraving) by Butler, Augustus (fl.1854); Private Collection; (add.info.: The British Museum.); Look and Learn / Peter Jackson Collection; English, out of copyright

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: The Inconveniences of a Crowded Drawing Room, 1818. Artist: Cruikshank, George (1792-1878)

The Inconveniences of a Crowded Drawing Room, 1818. Artist: Cruikshank, George (1792-1878)
The Inconveniences of a Crowded Drawing Room, 1818. Found in the collection of British Museum

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Ceramic figurine of a Mother Goddess, sitting in a chair and nursing a baby, 2nd century

Ceramic figurine of a Mother Goddess, sitting in a chair and nursing a baby, 2nd century
Ceramic figurine of a Mother Goddess, sitting in a chair and nursing a baby, Romano-British, 2nd century. This piece is mould-made from pipeclay and was found in Welwyn, Hertfordshire, England

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Reading Room

Reading Room
circa 1925: The Reading Room at the British Museum where Karl Marx was a frequent visitor. (Photo by Herbert Felton/Herbert Felton/Getty Images)

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Reading Room, British Museum, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Reading Room, British Museum, London, England, United Kingdom, Europe

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: The British Museum, Bloomsbury, London, England, UK

The British Museum, Bloomsbury, London, England, UK

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Portland vase in the British Museum. Cameo vase in blue and white glass with historical or

Portland vase in the British Museum. Cameo vase in blue and white glass with historical or mythological figures
FLO4974647 Portland vase in the British Museum. Cameo vase in blue and white glass with historical or mythological figures

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: depiction of ancient warriors with spears on horseback from a very ancient vase in the British

depiction of ancient warriors with spears on horseback from a very ancient vase in the British Museum
FLO4974646 depiction of ancient warriors with spears on horseback from a very ancient vase in the British Museum. Copperplate engraving by Henry Moses from A Collection of Antique Vases, Altars, etc

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Patera in the British Museum. Shallow ceramic dish with mythological or historical figures with

Patera in the British Museum. Shallow ceramic dish with mythological or historical figures with parasol and vase
FLO4974642 Patera in the British Museum. Shallow ceramic dish with mythological or historical figures with parasol and vase

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: From a very ancient vase in the British Museum decorated with a man riding a two-horse chariot

From a very ancient vase in the British Museum decorated with a man riding a two-horse chariot
FLO4679311 From a very ancient vase in the British Museum decorated with a man riding a two-horse chariot, another man with a spear

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Vase with depiction of a festival to Bacchus, woman holding vine leaf with basket on her head

Vase with depiction of a festival to Bacchus, woman holding vine leaf with basket on her head
FLO4679507 Vase with depiction of a festival to Bacchus, woman holding vine leaf with basket on her head, and two men holding torch and javelins. In the British Museum

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Additional Library at the British Museum. The British Museum had 13 miles of shelves

Additional Library at the British Museum. The British Museum had 13 miles of shelves
FLO4669753 Additional Library at the British Museum. The British Museum had 13 miles of shelves and its catalog of books ran to 61 folio volumes

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Michelangelo, from a print in the British Museum, 1827 (lithograph)

Michelangelo, from a print in the British Museum, 1827 (lithograph)
5912823 Michelangelo, from a print in the British Museum, 1827 (lithograph); (add.info.: Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni or Michelangelo, was an Italian Renaissance)

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Medieval illuminated manuscripts from the 12th century 1-12, and 13th century 13

Medieval illuminated manuscripts from the 12th century 1-12, and 13th century 13
FLO4987883 Medieval illuminated manuscripts from the 12th century 1-12, and 13th century 13. Chromolithograph by Francis Bedford from Owen Jones The Grammar of Ornament, Quaritch, London

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Fictile vases in the British Museum. Vases in red clay with black decorative patterns

Fictile vases in the British Museum. Vases in red clay with black decorative patterns
FLO4679319 Fictile vases in the British Museum. Vases in red clay with black decorative patterns. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Henry Moses from A Collection of Antique Vases, Altars, etc

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Painting of the dodo and other ducks, macaws and rail drawn from life by Dutch artist Roelandt

Painting of the dodo and other ducks, macaws and rail drawn from life by Dutch artist Roelandt Savery
FLO4612067 Painting of the dodo and other ducks, macaws and rail drawn from life by Dutch artist Roelandt Savery. Presented to the British Museum by George Edwards, 1759

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Vase decorated with mythical figures including Minerva, Hercules, Mercury, etc

Vase decorated with mythical figures including Minerva, Hercules, Mercury, etc. from the British Museum
FLO4679494 Vase decorated with mythical figures including Minerva, Hercules, Mercury, etc. from the British Museum. Copperplate engraving by Henry Moses from A Collection of Antique Vases, Altars

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Victorian tourists in the Egyptian Room at the British Museum

Victorian tourists in the Egyptian Room at the British Museum. The Harpy tomb from the Zanthian Marbles, sarcophagi
FLO4669722 Victorian tourists in the Egyptian Room at the British Museum. The Harpy tomb from the Zanthian Marbles, sarcophagi, coffins and relics

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Steller sea lion, Eumetopias jubatus (Sea bear, Otaria ursina)

Steller sea lion, Eumetopias jubatus (Sea bear, Otaria ursina). From a specimen in the British Museum
FLO4989151 Steller sea lion, Eumetopias jubatus (Sea bear, Otaria ursina). From a specimen in the British Museum. Handcoloured steel engraving by W.H

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Patera in the British Museum. Shallow ceramic dish with dancing winged figure holding mirror

Patera in the British Museum. Shallow ceramic dish with dancing winged figure holding mirror and dish
FLO4974648 Patera in the British Museum. Shallow ceramic dish with dancing winged figure holding mirror and dish. Genius of Apollo with string of pearls around its thigh and calf

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Side, front and back of the leg of a dodo in the British Museum. Illustration drawn

Side, front and back of the leg of a dodo in the British Museum. Illustration drawn
FLO4612128 Side, front and back of the leg of a dodo in the British Museum. Illustration drawn and lithographed by Joseph Dinkel from Hugh Edwin Strickland

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Fictile vases in the British Museum. Vases in red clay with black designs

Fictile vases in the British Museum. Vases in red clay with black designs, showing decorative patterns
FLO4679315 Fictile vases in the British Museum. Vases in red clay with black designs, showing decorative patterns, warrior on biga two-horse chariot, and fighting warriors

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Vase decorated with mythical figures from the British Museum

Vase decorated with mythical figures from the British Museum. Minerva on a two-horse carriage taming Pegasus above
FLO4679497 Vase decorated with mythical figures from the British Museum. Minerva on a two-horse carriage taming Pegasus above, and other gods playing music below

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Ancient vase in the British Museum. Vases in red clay with black designs of mythological figures

Ancient vase in the British Museum. Vases in red clay with black designs of mythological figures
FLO4679324 Ancient vase in the British Museum. Vases in red clay with black designs of mythological figures. Handcoloured copperplate engraving by Henry Moses from A Collection of Antique Vases

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Harlequin hummingbird, Trochilus multicolor. Based on a fabricated specimen in the British Museum

Harlequin hummingbird, Trochilus multicolor. Based on a fabricated specimen in the British Museum
FLO4650179 Harlequin hummingbird, Trochilus multicolor. Based on a fabricated specimen in the British Museum. Handcoloured steel engraving by William Lizars from Sir William Jardine's

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Robert Brown (1773-1858)

Robert Brown (1773-1858)
865200 Robert Brown (1773-1858); (add.info.: Robert Brown (1773-1858) Scottish botanist, born at Montrose, Scotland. Botanist on the Flinders expedition to Australia (1801-1805)

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Ancient vase in the British Museum. Vase in red clay with black designs of mythological figures

Ancient vase in the British Museum. Vase in red clay with black designs of mythological figures including Hercules
FLO4974643 Ancient vase in the British Museum. Vase in red clay with black designs of mythological figures including Hercules, Mercury, etc

Background imageBritish Museum Collection: Vase decorated with mythical figures of nereids and hippocampi from the British Museum

Vase decorated with mythical figures of nereids and hippocampi from the British Museum
FLO4679500 Vase decorated with mythical figures of nereids and hippocampi from the British Museum. Copperplate engraving by Henry Moses from A Collection of Antique Vases, Altars, etc



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The British Museum in London, England is a treasure trove of history and culture from all corners of the world. One of its most famous exhibits is the Rosetta Stone, a key to deciphering ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs. Visitors marvel at this artifact that unlocked the secrets of an ancient civilization. Another fascinating piece on display is the Battersea Shield, dating back to the early Iron Age in the first century AD. This Celtic masterpiece showcases intricate designs and craftsmanship that transport you back in time. For lovers of Greek mythology, the Horse of Selene from the Parthenon is a must-see. This stunning sculpture captures the grace and power of these mythical creatures. Art enthusiasts will appreciate Albrecht Durer's "The Man of Sorrows, " a poignant depiction that evokes deep emotions. The attention to detail and skillful technique make it a true masterpiece. Stepping into the Great Court at the British Museum feels like entering another world altogether. The grandeur and architectural beauty are awe-inspiring, making it a favorite spot for visitors to gather and soak in their surroundings. History buffs can explore artifacts like an Anglo-Saxon brooch or Leonardo da Vinci's portrayal of A Condottiere from 1480. These pieces offer glimpses into different eras and cultures, showcasing humanity's rich heritage. Delving further into Britain's past, pottery cremation urns from Loveden Hill reveal insights into Anglo-Saxon burial practices during the 6th-7th century. It serves as a reminder that even everyday objects hold stories waiting to be discovered. Capturing moments frozen in time, vintage photographs depict scenes both inside and outside this iconic institution. From street views with bustling crowds to serene reading rooms filled with knowledge seekers, they showcase how integral this museum has been throughout history. Whether you're fascinated by ancient civilizations or intrigued by artistic masterpieces, visiting London's British Museum promises an unforgettable journey through time and across continents.