The British Museum
The British Museum is a spectacular cultural institution, celebrating over two million years of human achievements. Situated in Central London, just a short Tube journey from the Radisson Blu Portman Hotel, the museum is one of the highlights of any trip to the city.
An exceptional attraction, an illustrious historyThe history of the British Museum stretches back to 1753. During that time its massive collection of art and artefacts has grown to include a huge diversity of items illustrating the entire history of human culture. The result of this rich collecting past is a museum virtually unmatched in the world today.
The museum’s permanent collection numbers around 8 million works and is packed full of important pieces from around the world. Striking items from major civilisations are spread throughout the impressive building. Here you will find everything from the world-renowned Elgin Marbles, remnants of the ancient Greek Parthenon, to Assyrian lion hunt reliefs which chronicle regal life over two and a half thousand years ago.
Discover a world of famous artefactsOther highlights include the fascinating Rosetta Stone, which first allowed experts to translate hieroglyphs, Samurai armour, Egyptian mummies, the Lewis Chessmen set, and Anglo-Saxon treasures from the Sutton Hoo burial. No matter what area of history or culture captures your interest, you will find plenty of treasures here to enchant.
In addition to the remarkable permanent collection, the museum regularly hosts fantastic events and touring exhibitions. Within the space of an afternoon, you can travel through the length and breadth of human history, taking breaks for tea and cakes at one of the laid-back cafés in the building before browsing the extensive shops for unique souvenirs.