The British Museum is Classical Revival in style with a Victorian Ionic facade. The original museum had four principal wings arranged around an open, two-acre (0.8-hectare), quadrangle-shaped courtyard. In 2000, the opening of its Foster and Partners-designed Queen Elizabeth II Great Court was added facilitating better circulation throughout the Museum. A boldly-shaped glazed canopy, fashioned to enhance day-lighting while reducing solar gain, appears to rest gently on the Museum's 19th Century architecture.
Keywords: United Kingdom, England, Greater London, London, renovation, restoration, facade, exhibitions, exhibition buildings, exhibition structures. Contributed by Matthew Canterna.