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.