The Enlightenment Gallery: The Enlightenment Gallery is the oldest space in the Museum and shows how the world was understood by Europeans in the 18th century. It traces the beginnings of the Museum’s collection and features a huge range of objects on display – everything from Mary Delany’s delicate flower works to amazing astrolabes and Roman sculptures.
You can explore the gallery and the history of the collection in exclusive early morning tours, before the Museum opens to the public. It’s a unique visiting experience. Learn more:
This gallery, Room 1 in the museum, pays tribute to Sir Hans Sloane (1660-1753), the BM's effective founder. It holds an amazing range of objects from his collections. I think he established the basic principles of any museum, 4 Cs: curiosity, collecting, classification, communication.
Will the early morning tours continue into October? It seems dates are not available on the calendar after 1 Oct.
My favourite room in the museum! Been there many times and may even pop in tomorrow as I am only 3 blocks away.
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Hang out at the Museum for Labor Day! We're open 9am-5pm today.
Mimic Poison Frog photo by Alexandra Hayes/Living Collections.