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Interior View, British Museum

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Interior View, British Museum

Interior View, British Museum

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Interior View, British Museum

Interior View, British Museum

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Interior View, British Museum

Interior View, British Museum

© The Trustees of the British Museum

Interior View, British Museum

Founded in 1753, England’s preeminent art institution is a legend and a legacy, with both a storied past and a vibrant present. Visiting the museum is a centuries-old tradition: gaze on treasures that have inspired generations, including the Rosetta Stone, history’s most extraordinary cipher, and such timeless paragons of beauty as the sculptures from the Parthenon frieze. Recent renovations and a new generation of world-class curators have infused new life into the museum's extensive permanent holdings, while its ongoing special exhibitions are among the most ambitious anywhere.

Collection Highlights


A metope sculpture from the Parthenon showing a mythical battle between a Centaur and a Lapith © The Trustees of the British Museum.jpg
A Metope sculpture from the Parthenon showing a mythical battle between a Centaur and a Lapith
The Sutton Hoo helmet. Tin, iron, copper alloy, silver, gold, garnet. Early Anglo-Saxon, early 7th century. Found in the Sutton Hoo Ship-burial Mound 1, Suffolk, England. © The Trustees of the British Museum.jpg
The Sutton Hoo Helmet
Rosetta stone. © The Trustees of the British Museum.jpg
Rosetta Stone
Bronze Head of Augustus, 27BC-25BC © The Trustees of the British Museum.jpg
Bronze head of Augustus
Lewis Chessmen 1150-1145 © The Trustees of the British Museum.JPG
Lewis Chessmen
British Museum: Collection Highlights
A metope sculpture from the Parthenon showing a mythical battle between a Centaur and a Lapith © The Trustees of the British Museum.jpg
A Metope sculpture from the Parthenon showing a mythical battle between a Centaur and a Lapith
The Sutton Hoo helmet. Tin, iron, copper alloy, silver, gold, garnet. Early Anglo-Saxon, early 7th century. Found in the Sutton Hoo Ship-burial Mound 1, Suffolk, England. © The Trustees of the British Museum.jpg
The Sutton Hoo Helmet, Early Anglo-Saxon, early 7th century
tin, iron, copper alloy, silver, gold, garney
Rosetta stone. © The Trustees of the British Museum.jpg
Rosetta Stone
Bronze Head of Augustus, 27BC-25BC © The Trustees of the British Museum.jpg
Bronze head of Augustus, 27-25 BC
Lewis Chessmen 1150-1145 © The Trustees of the British Museum.JPG
Lewis Chessmen, 1150-1145

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Gold plaque in the shape of a coiled panther from the Siberian collection of Peter the Great

Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia

14 Sep - 14 Jan 2018
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