Great Court

The Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, at the heart of the British Museum, was once an open courtyard, but is now the largest covered public square in Europe, enclosed under a spectacular glass and steel roof. Surrounding the famous Reading Room, the court contains twelve sculptures from the Museum collection.

The sculptures on display introduce the cultures represented in the galleries beyond and include examples from fifth-century Ireland, late Ming dynasty China, ancient Nimrud (now in Iraq) and the Greek and Roman empires.


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