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British Museum - Introduction
British Museum, London

British Museum

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The British Museum opened in 1753 and has prided itself on remaining free for all that time. The British Museum houses more than an incredible 7 million objects and it would probably take a week to see everything.

The collection of Egyptian and Greek antiquities are without a doubt amongst the largest and best known in the world. Part of the collection consists of the controversial Elgin Marbles, brought back from the Parthenon in Athens by Lord Elgin, whilst he was serving as Ambassador to Constantinople at the beginning of the nineteenth century, and subsequently bought for the museum by the English government.

Check out the Free Family Day Out in Central London that starts at the British Museum.

When planning a trip to the British Museum check out Museum Mile to see the other museums in the area.

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