The British Museum is a fascinating place to visit, full of artifacts from all over the world. It is easy to loose hours in the place. The Egyptian and Phoenician galleries have to be the most popular. This panorama shows the front of the museum. There is another (quieter) entrance to the British Museum at the rear of the building, close to Russell Square.
British Museum - London visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'British Museum' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Greater London.
The British Museum is in the middle of London, close to Bloomsbury Square and Russell Square. It was established in 1753 and moved to the current location in 1823. It houses a vast collection of antiquities from almost every era and every location throughout history. The mandate of the British Museum is 'to illuminate the histories of cultures for the benefit of present and future generations'.
Highlights of the British Museum include the architecture of the Reading Room surrounded by the Great Court. Most famous among the collections are the Elgin Marbles, the Rosetta Stone, the Benin Bronzes and the Cyrus Cylinder. The British Museum used to house several old Codices of the Bible, which have moved to a new location in the new British Library.
Entrance to the British Museum is free, and donation boxes stand at the entrance. Tickets must be purchased for the special temporary exhibitions. Visitors are given a free map which shows the layout of the museum and offers suggestions of some of the highlights for those short on time.