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The British Museum
The British Museum was originally set up in 1753 and the first building was opened in 1759. The Museum was based on the collection of Sir Hans Sloane and has continued growing since the eighteenth century. The current collection is housed in a neo-classical building completed in 1852, located in Central London. The new Great Court was opened in the year 2000, with the central court of the Museum having a glass ceiling. The Museum houses collections from every continent. The Museum is most famous for the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles. The collection also includes numerous Egyptian mummies, Greek and Roman artefacts and the treasure from the Sutton Hoo burial. Entrance to the Museum is free. The Museum is open every day from 10 until 5.30 with later opening on Thursday and Friday. The Museum also has a programme of special exhibitions, which usually involve a charge for entrance. The Museum is also available for research and school visits.
The Royal Opera House
There has been a theatre in Covent Garden since 1728. Initially used as a playhouse, it became the Royal Opera House in 1892. Rebuilt three times over the years, the current building was extensively modernised in 1996. It is the home of both the Royal Opera (granted its charter in 1956) and the Royal Ballet (1968) which also operates the Royal Ballet School. The Royal Opera House has a full calendar of performances of opera and ballet and also hosts recitals, exhibitions and lectures. The site has a number of restaurants, cafes and bars. The bookshop is adjacent to the booking hall. The full programme of events is maintained online. Ticket prices vary with the performance. The Royal Opera House and Floral Hall are open daily for casual visiting. Admission is free. Backstage tours: Start 10:30am, 12:30pm and 2:30pm (Mon - Fri) 10:30am, 11:30am; 12:30pm and 1:30pm (Sat) Tours last 90 minutes, not suitable for children under 8 years. Tour Tickets: Adult: £9 Senior: £8 Student: Child £7 Nearest underground station: Covent Garden (Piccadilly Line) The nearest NCP car parks are five minutes' walk away at Drury Lane and Shelton Street. The Royal Opera House is wheelchair accessible. There are a number of reserved wheelchair spaces in the auditorium