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British Museum  A museum of the world, for the world. Discover over two million years of human history and culture.

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This brilliant photo taken by @v_square gives a great sense of how high the roof of the Great Court is – at its highest, it’s 26.3 metres above the floor! We love seeing your photos – you can share them with us by tagging the location!
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This amazing sketch is by @urbpen! The detail is very impressive – the Great Court is probably one of the hardest places in the Museum to draw, with its swooping roof. We love to see drawings by our visitors – share them with us by tagging the location!
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We love this dramatic shot of silhouettes and shadows in the Great Court by @_mrbw_ . Share your photos with us by tagging the location – we’ll #regram our favourites!
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Did you know the @natural_history_museum was once part of the British Museum? Natural history specimens were displayed at the British Museum for over 120 years until 1881, when it was decided that a new museum was needed. The zoological collection took 394 trips by horse and cart over 97 days to move across to South Kensington!

The natural history collections included everything from molluscs and minerals to preserved birds and skeletons of extinct animals. This photo from 1875 shows a large shark with an attendant sitting nearby, who was presumably included to show the scale of the fish! 🦈

Find out more about the fascinating story of our two museums in a new blog post by our Museum Archivist – follow the link in our bio.
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Natural history objects were part of the British Museum for a very long time, having formed a significant part of our founding collection from 1753. They continued to be displayed here for over 120 years, until 1881, when they began to leave for the new British Museum (Natural History) in South Kensington – known today as the world-famous @natural_history_museum.

This photo of a ‘Gigantic Irish Deer’ was taken by Frederick York in 1875 and shows the Museum’s North Geographical Gallery full of natural history specimens. As well as animals such as giraffes and rhinoceroses, extinct animals like mastodons, megatherium and giant deer were also on display.

Follow the link in our bio to read a new blog post about the fascinating story of our two museums.

Happy birthday to @natural_history_museum, which opened in South Kensington #onthisday in 1881 – but did you know it used to be part of the British Museum? By the 1850s the natural history collection had become too large for the site in Bloomsbury, and a new museum was called for. It took 394 trips by horse and cart to transport all the zoological specimens across the city!
This 1875 photo by Frederick York shows a giraffe in the Central Saloon (now Rooms 38–39), with various other mammals in the cases behind.

Find out more about our shared history in a new blog post by Museum Archivist Francesca Hillier – follow the link in our bio.
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A symbol of birth and renewal of life, these traditional hand-decorated Easter eggs are from Romania. They were made in the late 20th century using a wax-resist technique to build up the layers of dye that make the marvellous patterns. Are you celebrating today? What are your Easter traditions?
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🐰Is the Easter bunny bringing you anything nice? Here are some of our all-time favourite bunnies from Beatrix Potter’s 1909 book ‘The Tale of the Flopsy Bunnies’. Our shop is brimming with bunnies and other #Easter treats inspired by Beatrix Potter. Shop the range by following the link in our bio.
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The Easter weekend is one of the most important Christian holidays. Good Friday commemorates Christ’s crucifixion. Less than 10cm wide, this incredible portable altarpiece was made in 1511 in the Netherlands. This is the central scene in a triptych that folds out to tell the Easter story in extraordinary detail.

Scroll to see Rubens’ 1614 depiction of Christ’s resurrection on Easter Sunday. This dynamic drawing shows Christ rising from the tomb holding a palm, while Roman soldiers flee in the foreground.

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The UK’s first major exhibition of American printmaking from the 1960s onward is now on at the Museum. Many people have asked why we are the venue for this extraordinary collection of modern and contemporary art. In fact, the British Museum holds the UK’s national collection of prints and drawings. It’s a treasure trove of over 2 million works by everyone from Leonardo, Michelangelo and Dürer to Bridget Riley, David Hockney and Andy Warhol. The Museum has always collected contemporary art – in the 1750s this meant Canaletto and Hogarth, and in 2017 it includes works by the greatest American artists such as Kara Walker, Jasper Johns and Ed Ruscha.

Have you seen the #AmericanDream exhibition yet? Tell us what you think! Click the link in our bio to book tickets.
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Roy Lichtenstein made this work ‘I Love Liberty’ for the 250th anniversary celebration of the birth of the first US president, George Washington. Screened on national television on 21 March 1982, the event upheld the rights of minorities and oppressed groups, presenting a message of inclusivity and equality. Lichtenstein’s Statue of Liberty uses strong outlines and bold diagonals, inspired by American art deco.

From Lichtenstein and Warhol to Rauschenberg and the Guerrilla Girls, see American through the eyes of its greatest artists in our #AmericanDream exhibition. Follow the link in our bio to find out more.

Roy Lichtenstein (1923–1997), 'I Love Liberty'. Colour screenprint, 1982. Private collection. © Estate of Roy Lichtenstein/DACS 2017.

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Visitors have been loving our #AmericanDream exhibition so far. Experience six decades of extraordinary American printmaking for yourself and tell us what you think!

Follow the link in our bio to find out more about the show.

Jasper Johns (b. 1930), Flags I. Screenprint, 1973. Gift of Johanna and Leslie Garfield, on loan from the American Friends of the British Museum. © Jasper Johns/VAGA, New York/DACS, London 2017. © Tom Powel Imaging.

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