The British Museum is the keeper of millions of priceless exhibits collected in a complex of about 6 hectares. Here you will find amazing collections of artifacts from all over the world: works of ancient Egyptian, antique and medieval masters; collections of coins, medals, paintings, engravings and much more. We have prepared for you the top 10 interesting facts about the British Museum.
10. Each block of the British Museum publishes its own magazine "British Museum Quarterly".
9. The British Museum is the second most visited art museum in the world after the Louvre.
8. The museum's collection contains at least 8 million objects and covers two million years of human history. Some monuments of Greece and Egypt were exported from the country under rather uncertain circumstances. These countries still demand to return them to their homeland.
7. In 2005, the famous street painter Banksy secretly placed a picture of a caveman pushing a shopping cart from a supermarket in the British Museum. The museum staff found and removed the canvas only after a few days, referring that it was a temporary exposition.
6. In 2004, a visitor stole from the British Museum earrings and other jewelry, dating back to 700 AD, just wearing them on herself. And in 2002, it was unclear how exactly, but thieves managed to steal a marble head from the Greek Gallery.
5. For a long time, the main treasury of the museum was its library. The greatest minds not only of Britain, but of the whole world, worked in the famous reading room, located in the building. In 1972, the collection of the library became so large that it was decided to separate it from the British Museum and move it to a separate building. Karl Marx came to the library's reading room every day for 30 years. His famous "Capital" was written here, at the table O7.
4. Fans of history can see the exhibits of the British Museum without leaving home. Since the end of last year, you can take a walk through the halls of the museum thanks to the Google Street View service.
3. Here you can find the largest collection of ancient engravings. There are such authors as Raphael, Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Albrecht Durer and others.
2. In late 2013 - early 2014, the museum hosted an exhibition of Japanese erotic art. For three months, it was visited by almost 88 thousand people. It has become one of the most popular exhibitions in the history of the British Museum.
1. Six cats officially work in the British Museum. They get salary of 50 pounds sterling a year and have their own uniform - hard workers can be recognized by a yellow bow on the neck. Cats guard the museum from invasion of mice and rats.