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Category: Museums, Local time: 09:49:49, Address: Great Russell Street, London WC1, England, UK, Official WWW website:

British National Museum is a museum of the history and the culture in England. It is located in the capital city of the United Kingdom, inLondon , at Great Russell Street.

About the British National Museum

The museum was founded in 1753. It was opened to the public on 15 January 1759. British National Museum is located in Montagu House in Bloomsbury. It has been developed for two and a half centuries. The museum was founded due to a nice collection of gathered by the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane, which comprised about 40,000 books, 7,000 manuscripts, prints by Albrecht Dürer, and many antiques from Egypt , Greece , from the Middle East and Far East and from America. Currently, the museum collections contain over seven million items from all continents, and these items are interesting documents about the history of humankind from the very beginning to the present times. Many of these items are deposited in other premises due to lack of space. Perhaps the most valued exhibits are the Rosetta Stone, marble statues and sculptures from the Athens´ Parthenon, Persian artifacts and Moai statues from Easter Islands. The museum is impressive from outside as well since its frontage was inspired by the Greek Athena´s temple , and it is decorated by 44 Ionian columns. The entrance is decorated by Richard Westmacotta´s sculptures created in 1852. The area in the central part of the museum was sheltered in 2000, and it is the largest covered space in Europe. The roof is made of metal profiles and 1 656 glass panels. This part of the museum premises was named the Great Hall of Elizabeth II. In the middle of the Great Hall you can visit a study room, which is administered by the British Library. British National Museum is currently one of the most popular tourist destinations in London . Every year, there are nearly 5 million visitors.

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GPS: 51.5193, -0.127
Altitude: 40 m
Date of foundation: 1753
How many visitors do you have anually?: 6049000
Total number of exhibits?: 7000000
Last update: Oct 19, 2012 7:23:56 PM

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