Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Visiting the British Museum in London

British Museum
One of the best kept secrets of London is the British Museum located in Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG. Every time I visit London, I make a point of it to make a turn at this outstanding museum. I've probably visited this museum more times than many locals. The great thing about it, is that there is no admission fee. You are however asked to leave a donation.

This museum has got some of the most historic art treasures in the world. From the Rosetta stone to the Elgin Marbles, it has got it all. The central quad of the museum was covered in time for Queen Elizabeth's Golden Jubilee in 2001/2002, providing an excellent area to take breather from all the fantastic artifacts you are exposed to.

The Contentious Elgin Marbles.

The museum has got a great Egyptian collection with an especially good collection of huge granite statues. This collection spans from the 1st Dynasty all the way to post the 26th Dynasty, going into the Ptolemaic period.

Egyptian Statue

Rosetta Stone

There is also some great Hellenistic collections including the Nereid Monument from Xanthos in classical period Lycia, which is in modern day Turkey. There also some beautiful statues from a site in located in modern day Bodrum, Turkey.
Nereid Monument
Statues from the Mausoleum at Halicarnassus

There are also some great Roman artifacts including a whole gallery focusing on Roman Britain.
Roman Statue
Roman Bronze head of a man.

All in all the British Museum is worth a visit if you are passionate about anything from Art to History or even if you are in need of a great outing with your kids!See below some of my photos taken in the museum.

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