British Museum

British Museum

Be in the top is always great! British Museum is included in top major landmarks of the planet according to Lonely Planet. The entire world in one museum, this is how the exposition of the major historical and archaeological museum of Great Britain can be described. British Museum displays unique archaeological discoveries, items of human culture from different corners of the world, reflects every stage of human history and every nation. There is the rich collection of coins, bank notes, jewelry and medals. The British Museum was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. The original concept was to make the museum open to public. From mid-18th century the museum started establishing branches and separate collections. The museum was placed in Montagu House in the Bloomsbury area of London. Collection of the museum was constantly growing thanks to the donations and purchased items, the building was expanded not once. Today British Museum includes National Antiquities Museum and the British Library.

It is hardly possible to see all museum items that have been collected within two centuries in one visit. Some visitors may spend hours wandering in the Egyptian gallery looking at sarcophagus and animals' mummies. While females can hardly leave the collections of jewelry and clocks. Recently the collection has been enriched by the discovery of the enthusiast treasure hunter - items from the 19th century, among them coins, silver ingots and jewelry objects. Sweet workers of the museum taking care of visitors offer them folding chairs. Entrance to the museum is free. Close to the main entrance to the museum, there is Grenville Room store that offers a great variety of jewelry, copies of famous jewelry objects and luxury items. There is also a gift shop - Great Court Shop.

Right opposite the museum there is the well-known pub The Museum Tavern, locals say that Karl Marx was a frequent visitor there. Tired and hungry? Go to the pub, enjoy the atmosphere, a pint of beer, ribs and mashed potatoes; get some strength and good spirit!

Among the closest landmarks is the beautiful building of Senate House, the first London skyscraper erected in 1936. Currently Senate House is occupied by the major administrative building of London University and the library. Not far away there is an interesting place - the Cartoon Museum and St George's Bloomsbury Church built in the 18th century and decorated by the six-column portal. Next to the church there is the oldest in the city multi-layered bell tower with the bronze statue of King George I.

Address: Great Russell Street
Opening hours: Mon-Thu, Sat-Sun 10 am - 5:30 pm, Fri 10 am - 8:30 pm. Closed Jan 1, Dec 24-26.
How to reach: tube Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Russell Square, Goodge Street; bus 1, 8, 10, 14, 19, 24, 25, 29, 38, 55, 73, 98, 134, 242, 390.
Coordinates: 51.51936, -0.12695