Celebrated for such treasures as the Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and the Parthenon sculptures, its collections cover archaeology, world cultures, science, decorative and applied arts, and prints and drawings. Founded in 1753, the museum has gradually expanded. In 2000 it unveiled the Great Court ” a glass-covered internal courtyard ” in the area formerly occupied by the British Library. Apart from the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, the British Museum is home to the most comprehensive collection of Egyptian antiquities in the world, spanning some 11,000 years of history. The museum’s world culture galleries are some of its most fascinating. Greece, Rome, Africa, China, Japan and the Middle East are all represented with exceptional collections.