Would you like to see the Rosetta Stone? This is your museum! You will enjoy a one of a kind collection!
One of the first in Europe.
You are at one of the first museums in Europe. Sir Hans Sloane, a doctor and naturalist, passed on his personal collection to the British State after his death. The founding collections started with 40,000 books, 7,000 manuscripts and a large quantity of antiquities from all over the world which were located in the mansion of Montagu and open to the public in 1759. As of today, it comprises one of the largest collections in the world, highlighting evidence of the Egyptian Empire and is famous for exhibiting the Rosetta Stone. The museum was later moved to its current headquarters at Oxford Street due to its need for more space, and part of the collection was transferred to the Natural History Museum. You may visit nearly all of its departments free of charge, which contain some 7 million objects from all over the globe, although the majority of them are kept stored for their study and conservation. Furthermore, this museum also shares a reading room with the British Library and its glass dome and circular shape will likely be familiar to you when you see it. It's open to the public for all those who wish to visit and consult it, as did key figures in their day such as Oscar Wilde, Vladimir Lenin, H.G. Wells and Karl Marx.