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17 breathtaking pictures of the British Museum before opening time

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Kate Lloyd

Anyone who's ever been to the British Museum will know how tempting it is to take a picture of the building's awesome mix of architecture. While most tourists might not capture the magic of space in their photos – all those people, shaky hands and bad lighting don't add up to ideal shooting conditions, after all – a group of Instagrammers headed to museum early on Saturday morning to snap the space before it opened to the public. The results are spectacular.


A tiny @johnathancrawls #emptybm Happy Monday all ??

A photo posted by Lucy Hamidzadeh ?? London (@juicylucyham) on

The central cylindrical building was designed by architect Sir Robert Smirke in 1823. The surrounding space was then meant to be a garden, but was given a magnificent steel and glass roof in 1999. Inspired by the roof of the Reichstag in Berlin, the ceiling was constructed out of 3,312 panes of glass. See more snaps of the building on Instagram with the #emptyBM. Enjoy!


Tiny people taking pictures on their phones in big places - and that ceiling...#emptybm

A photo posted by Dolly Brown (@londonlivingdoll) on


the calm before the 20,000 daily tourists storm?? #emptyBM @britishmuseum

A photo posted by zöé caldwell (@zoecaldwell) on


Hope everyone's enjoying their Sunday! Here's another one from #emptyBM ??

A photo posted by JOHNATHAN CRAWLEY (@johnathancrawls) on


Contemplating antiquity #emptyBM

A photo posted by Dolly Brown (@londonlivingdoll) on


A beautiful morning to be at the Museum! #emptyBM

A photo posted by Kate Carter (@katecarter59) on


#? #emptyBM

A photo posted by DFB (@byllod) on


The Great Court all to ourselves for #emptyBM

A photo posted by Stephanie Maxwell (@steff_max) on

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