The British Museum was first opened to the public in 1759, in Montagu House, on the site of the current building. Its permanent collection of some eight million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence.
An introduction to the British Museum - Explore the oldest space in the Museum and discover the history of the collection.
The Classical World (The art of the Greeks and Romans) - The British Museum has one of the world's largest and most comprehensive collections of antiquities from the Classical world, with over 100,000 objects.
A close look at the Parthenon (Elgin) marbles - are a collection of Classical Greek marble sculptures made under the supervision of the architect and sculptor Phidias and his assistants. They were originally part of the temple of the Parthenon and other buildings on the Acropolis of Athens.
The medieval world as reflected in the museum’s collections