Situated in the Great Russell street in London, the British Museum is a museum of art, culture and history visited by around 6 million people annually. It exhibits over 8 million of items documenting the history of the human from its beginnings.
The museum includes precious and famous cultural treasures like the Parthenon sculptures, the Mildenhall Treasure, the Egyptian mummies, the colossal bust of Rameses II, and the Rosetta Stone.
The British Museum is divided into several departments.
Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan:
The department comprises over 100,000 of Egyptian antiquities, which is the second largest collection in the world after the one of Cairo Egyptian Museum.
The collection includes items from all important periods in the Egyptian culture: From the Predynastic and Early Dynastic period in 6000 BC and the third Intermediate Period to the Ptolemaic dynasty and Roman Period.
Department of Greece and Rome:
The British Museum contains comprehensive collections from the Classical world: The ancient Roman, the ancient Greece, Aegean Islands, Etruscan, Prehistoric Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Eastern Mediterranean… There are over 100,000 antiquities: Jewelry, bronzes, glass, tombs, sculptures and pottery dating from 3200 BC to 313 AD.
Department of the Middle East:
This department includes important and high quality collections of antiquities and artifacts of Mesopotamia, Persia, Phoenicia, the Holy Land, the Arabian Peninsula and Anatolia. The items range between the emergence of Islam to the 7th century.
Department of Prehistory and Europe:
This department houses diversified collections from different regions and eras: The Stone Age at 3.4 million years BC, the Bronze Age, the Iron Age, the Romano-British, early Mediaeval and Renaissance to Modern.
The objects are very captivating including early archaeology and artwork of Europe and Prehistoric and neolithic objects from Africa.
Other impressive departments are the department of Asia containing art and cultural objects of all regions in the continent, the department of Africa, Oceania and the Americas displaying Ethnographic materials of the Indigenous people and impressive modern masterpieces, the department of Coins and Medals, the department of Prints and Drawings and the department of Conservation and Scientific Research.