The British Museum, one of the largest museums in the world, was opened on January 15, 1759, in London. The building of The British Museum (architect: Robert Smirke) was built in 1843-1847, the reading room (architect S. Smirke) was built in 1854-1857.
The museum has sections for history and culture of Ancient and Medieval Britain, Ancient Egypt, The Ancient East, The Far East, Ancient Rome and Ancient Greek.
One of the most famous exhibits of the British Museum are the preserved part of the statue of the King Mausolus and the marble statue of his wife from the Parthenon Temple’s sculptured belt (Frieze, VI century BC) at Athens, which are among the 7 wonders of the Ancient World. Sculptures placed in the Cultural Department of Ancient Greece were brought from the Acropolis and the Parthenon of Athens.
The museum also features mummies of ancient Egyptian pharaohs, fragments of the palaces of Assyrian kings. There are unique monuments, engraving, drawing, and pottery rich collections of the Middle Ages European, African, Asian (in particular, Iranian, Arabic), American and Oceania Cultures.
Numerous samples of Armenian culture, sculptures (including the bronze head of Anahit goddess), carpets, manuscripts, bronze, ceramics, etc. are kept in the Hellenic Department of the British Museum.
There are also numerous collections of medals and coinage from different countries and eras, including Mets Hayk and Cilician Armenian drams. The museum consists of 10 sections.
The Library of the Museum has more than 7 million books, numerous ancient manuscripts (also several hundred Armenian ancient manuscripts), a set of various documentary collections.