Jul 15 British Museum
One of the world’s oldest and finest museums, the British Museum now has seven million items through judicious acquisition and the controversial plundering of empire. It’s an exhaustive and exhilarating stampede through world cultures, with galleries devoted to Egypt, Western Asia, Greece, the Orient, Africa, Italy, the Etruscans, the Romans, prehistoric and Roman Britain and medieval antiquities. The museum is huge, so make a few focused visits if you have time, and consider the choice of tours.
Three major attractions that are the real draw for most people :
– The Egyptian area, which includes the Rosetta stone and various busts and statues from ancient Egypt . This is on the ground floor and the first stop for most people.
– The “Elgin marbles”, which are the hotly disputed freezes taken from the Parthenon in Athens that the Greeks are hungry to have returned to their origin. This is also on the 1st floor.
– The “Mummy” section higher up in the museum where there are caskets and mummies. This area gets very packed!
However personally, I would have been much more excited if I had seen the Egyptian artifacts in Egypt and Greek stuff in Greece. I think this is one of the differences I felt between visiting the British museum and the Italian museums.
Not that I’m saying I didn’t like it. I loved it and it was worth visiting for sure.
The museum is housed in a large and very impressive looking building with long columns. But it is inside that there is a real wow factor. The buildings are dramatic, imposing and a startling mix of old and new effects. There is a huge glass roof in the lobby, which let the sunlight in, making the whole place bright and modern. This glass roof was the only thing I could take picture of inside the building, since the no-photography rule is strictly enforced inside.
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