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Art From Us MUSEUM GUIDE : British Museum : Room 14 – Greek Vases 4

Today we arrive at British Museum Room 14 – Greek Vases 4, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.

Join us as we continue our journey discovering the artefacts of ancient Greece. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!

1. Lekythos, circa 435-425 BC, by Unknown
3. Stamnos, 450-440BC, by Unknown
2. Pyrix, 440-415BC, by Unknwon

Image credit for artworks : British Museum

Some fun facts about the Museum :

  • Did you know, that the British Museum’s collection was originally showcased at Montagu House. This was a 17th century mansion in Bloomsbury, London. The site was rebuilt in 1759 to become the first British Museum. And then, in the 1820s, the building was demolished and replaced by the current structure.
  • The Museum building as we see it today was made by Sir Robert Smirke in a Greek Revival style. Room 1 – the Enlightenment gallery – was the first to be built.
  • In 1857, the world class Round Reading Room opened its doors, within the Museum building itself.
  • The famous Great Court, the circular space at the centre of the Museum, opened in 2000.

A Final Thought :

Several people contributed to the opening of the British Museum. They supported this enterprise by donating their own collections, to be displayed to the public. Some of these people include Sir Hans Sloane, Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles, Edith Pretty, Pandit Bahgvanlal Indraji and Fredrick Du Cane Godman. With its vast collection, a trip to the British Museum is indeed a lot like taking a world tour.


Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there. 

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