The British Museum

British Museum in London

> The British Museum was the first public, national museum in the world, built to exhibit one of the greatest collections of human cultural history.

> The pediment above the main entrance of the museum depicts the progress of civilization. Go straight through into the courtyard which is now covered with its spectacular glazed roof. Floor plans of the museum are available at the information desk.

> The famous circular reading room at the centre, is still open for the public to use. Karl Marx, Gandhi, Lenin, Thomas Hardy, Rudyard Kipling and George Bernard Shaw all came here to do their work. Decorated in blue, cream and gold, the room is topped with a vast copper dome.

> The British Museum website can be seen here.

> The famous Rosetta stone, the key to deciphering Egyptian heiroglyphs, can be seen in room 4

> Guarding the entrance to room 10a there are a pair of colossal human-headed winged bulls from  Assyria.

> Objects that explore living and dying across the world are in room 24, including a Moai statue from Easter Island.

> The table-top galleon from Germany, with sailors hammering the time on bells, is in room 44.

> Displayed in the Mexico gallery, room 27, are the skull of the smoking mirror and the serpent mosaic.

>  A wool dress from North America, decorated in elk teeth, is in room 26.

> Koko, the double-headed dog from  the Congo is in room 25.

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