The British Museum

#72 - London, United Kingdom
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Everything with an English accent makes it more interesting, even a museum.
But that's not the only reason why this is our #72 AbsoluteVisit. The British Museum was established in 1753 to house the collections of the physician Sir Han Sloane. It contains artifacts from all over the world, and with 95 galleries and more than seven million objects, there's plenty to see. In fact, you'll see all the reasons this had to be our #72 AbsoluteVisit.
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  • Established in 1753, the British Museum in London, England is the oldest public museum in the world, and best of all, its free!
  • Currently home to 95 galleries and over 7 million objects of different varieties representing two million years of culture and civilization.
  • The Rosetta Stone, of the of British Museums biggest claims to fame, is over 2,200 years old and has the same message inscribed upon it in three different languages.
  • Other notable objects within the museum include an Easter Island statue (AV #35!) and many ancient Greek and Egyptian treasures (see AV #48 for more details).
 

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