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The British Museum

The British Museum is one of the oldest public museums in the world. It was established in 1753, the English Parliament founded it and set the model for all other public museums that followed. Before the introduction of the British Museum as an open museum, museums were private collections of kings, wealthy people, the church or universities. The British Museum Act of Parliament in 1753 states that it was founded so that it may

“be preserved and maintained, not only for the inspection and entertainment of the learned and the curious but the general use and benefit of the public”.

Today the British Museum’s collection includes over eight million objects housed in ninety-four different Galleries. It is a museum where every visit brings something new. The book below will cover the key highlights of the British Museum and provide background information to help you to appreciate its many Mysteries & Treasures.

Departments of the British Museum

The Museum is organised into departments and this book is similarly organised in separate parts to reflect the departments of the British Museum. This book is organised as follows:

  • Introduction to the British Museum
  • Ancient Egypt and Sudan
  • Middle East
  • Ancient Greece and Rome
  • Britain, Europe and Prehistory
  • Asia
  • Africa, Oceania and the Americas
  • Prints and Drawings

For more insights, see our book, "MYSTERIES & TREASURES of the BRITISH MUSEUM".

The "MYSTERIES & TREASURES of the BRITISH MUSEUM" E-book covers the essential highlights of the BRITISH MUSEUM and provides background information to help you to appreciate its many exhibits. This book offers insights to help make the museum's many wonders more accessible and meaningful.

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BRITISH MUSEUM is a museum at which every visit brings something new. This new book includes over 25 Chapters featuring the treasures in the BRITISH MUSEUM.


“Real museums are places where
Time is transformed into Space.”

– Orhan Pamuk


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