Alexander Murvanidze
Александр Мурванидзе

Many British museums and galleries are real treasure houses of unique works of art. Which are the best known? What collections do they contain?


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Об этом можно найти очень много всего и на разных языках. Ещё раз повторюсь для тех кто не знает, что Интернет больше чем Википедия, и кроме первой страницы в результатах поиска есть ещё много других. Для первичного ознакомления с темой предлагаю статью из книги Jean Ruppeldtova «Some Facts on Britain».

Museums and Art Galleries

There are about 1,000 museums and art galleries open to the public in Britain. These include the major national collections and a wide variety of municipally and independently owned institutions. The most comprehensive collections of objects of artistic, archaeological, scientific and general interest are to be found in the national museums and art galleries in London.
The British Museum has become the principal museum in the United Kingdom, with a rich collection of archaeological and ethnographical mate¬rial from all over the world, and a wide variety of art treasures. It is also the national library for books and periodicals. The Victoria and Albert Museum comprises collections of fine and applied arts of most countries, periods and styles. The National Gallery houses an unsurpassed collection of the chief European schools of painting from the 13th century to 1900. The Tate Gallery's collection includes two collections of paintings: the British School (from the 18th century onwards) and modern foreign schools since 1850, as well as modern sculpture. The Natural History Museum has exhibits of animals, insects and plants (fossil as well as living), minerals and meteorites.
Some of these national museums have also opened branches outside London, for example, the National Railway Museum at York which is adminis¬trated by the Science Museum, and portrait collections at Montacute House (Somerset) and Beningborough Hall (Yorkshire), administered by the Nation¬al Portrait Gallery.

Из этого, кстати говоря, можно наклепать неплохое эссе, надо только облепить его ненавязчивой отсебятиной на пару-тройку строк или вдумчиво изложить по памяти.