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Each year we welcome nearly 7 million visitors from around the world through these doors! #LondonIsOpen

The Museum has been free to enter for 'studious and curious persons' since 1759 and we remain open to all.
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Edgar Degas was born #onthisday‬ in 1834. Throughout his career Degas depicted many scenes from the ballet. He began studying dancers in the 1870s and, along with female nudes, these become a principal motif in his work. Degas frequently visited the backstage areas of the Opéra building in Paris where the ballet was performed.

However, he rarely made his studies there, preferring instead to draw in his studio from posed models or memory. Through his studies, pastels, paintings and sculptures, he created a detailed picture of both the glamour of the performance and the reality of the dancers' backstage life.
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This badge depicting Thomas Becket was one of the many different badges sold to pilgrims at Canterbury Cathedral. Of all the known pilgrimage sites, the badges sold at Canterbury display a wide variety of imagery, corresponding to the various holy places that pilgrims could visit within the cathedral complex. St Thomas Becket’s skull was kept in a lavishly decorated reliquary and was a highlight for pilgrims to see.

Pilgrims’ badges were a symbol of the relationship between the saint and the pilgrim who had undertaken the journey to the relic and were conventionally worn on the individual’s hat or bag.

Explore a range of incredible medieval pilgrim badges in 3D on Sketchfab http://ow.ly/cQtK3022T6f
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Nice! It's very good when country member own history!
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Artist Wenceslaus Hollar was born #‎onthisday‬ in 1607. His works are a rich source of information about the 17th century. This is his ‘Long View of London’, an etching made in 1647 http://ow.ly/ULgK3021nWz
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Watch the incredible discovery of this colossal statue, submerged under the sea of thousands of years.
Come face to face with the ancient Egyptian god Hapy for yourself in our #SunkenCities‬ exhibition http://ow.ly/Ze063020YRr

Colossal statue of Hapy. Thonis-Heracleion, Egypt. About 380-250 BC. Maritime Museum, Alexandria. © Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation.
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A very interesting exhibition. I particularly enjoyed the items relating to Osirian rituals and the multimedia exhibits contributed well to the collection.
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Sir Isaac Newton’s revolutionary work Principia was published #onthisday‬ in 1687. This groundbreaking work summarised Newton’s principles of universal gravitation and his famous laws of motion. This portrait of Newton from 1726 is the title page from the 3rd edition of this work http://ow.ly/yMMhN
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Great work.Thank you.
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For #‎InternationalChessDay‬, here are some of the Lewis Chessmen! These figures are part of a hoard found in a sand dune at Uig Bay on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland. It’s thought that they might have belonged to a trader who was travelling from Norway to Ireland to sell them, sometime between AD 1150 and 1200. Around this time, chess was a very popular game among the aristocracy in Europe.

The chessmen are strongly influenced by Norse culture. This is most evident in the figures of the warders or rooks which take the form of ‘berserkers’, fierce mythical warriors. Which is your favourite? http://ow.ly/wV393029U3M

Explore the lovely Lewis Chessmen range in our online shop! http://ow.ly/ETii302qbZ0
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I always remember seeing peices like this in the house of a family friend, they were wooden and definitivley more english than this lovely norse set. But this brings back nice memories of fiddling with their facinating wooden chess peices as a child.
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Alexander the Great was born #onthisday‬ in 356 BC. By the time of his death at the age of 32, he ruled an empire from Greece to Afghanistan.

In this portrait Alexander is depicted as youthful and god-like: he has long hair and an upward gaze, resembling his description in literary sources. He was always shown clean-shaven, which was an innovation – all previous portraits of Greek statesmen or rulers had beards. This royal fashion lasted for almost 500 years, until the reign of the Roman emperor Hadrian.

This portrait is from Alexandria, the city founded by Alexander in 331 BC. Find out more about Alexander’s lasting impact in Egypt in our #SunkenCities‬ exhibition http://ow.ly/cTew302qbI6
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The Rosetta Stone was discovered #‪onthisday‬ in 1799 – key to deciphering Egyptian hieroglyphs!

The same inscription is written in three different scripts: Greek, hieroglyphs and demotic Egyptian. 1,400 years after hieroglyphs had gone out of use, scholars were able to use the Greek inscription on this stone as the key to decipher them. The inscription is a decree that affirms the royal cult of the 13-year-old Ptolemy V on the first anniversary of his coronation in 196 BC.

Learn more about this object and the decipherment of hieroglyphs: http://ow.ly/Dbxs3021DmD
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I find it very sad that the Rosetta Stone has to look out from its place in the gallery on to a shop selling poor replicas of itself. It deserves better.
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Roman general and statesman Julius Caesar is thought to have been born #onthisday‬ in 100 BC. Following the disintegration of the Roman Republic, in 48 BC Caesar crossed the River Rubicon and made himself consul and dictator. Caesar was assassinated in the Roman Senate on the Ides of March (15 March) 44 BC by a group of conspirators (including his adopted son, Brutus). http://ow.ly/5kc63021dRc
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Many of the greatest stories and legends from Homer’s Odyssey were based around Sicily. From the mythical sea monsters of Scylla and Charybdis to the cyclops Polyphemus, discover how Sicily’s fertile landscape and wild coastline inspired many of these stories.

Learn more about the ancient Greeks who settled on this remarkable island in our #SicilyExhibition‬, until 14 August http://ow.ly/9wcc301Z7kL
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Thanks a lot +British Museum 
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The worship of the sacred bull Apis was the most important animal cult in ancient Egypt. Priests carefully selected a bull which was seen as a representative of the creator god Ptah on earth. The Apis bull was treated like a pharaoh, crowned in Memphis and given his own harem of cows! When he died, his body was mummified. This magnificent bull is over two metres long. It was dedicated by the Roman emperor Hadrian (r. AD 117–138) for the Temple of Serapis in Alexandria http://ow.ly/C5NE301TUQM

Learn more about animal cults in ancient Egypt in our #SunkenCities‬ exhibition http://ow.ly/VgBw301TXus

Apis bull, AD 117–138. Alexandria. Greco-Roman Museum, Alexandria. Photo: Christoph Gerigk. © Franck Goddio/Hilti Foundation.
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