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British Museum

Listed under Art Collections in London, United Kingdom.

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Incredible world class collection of Chinese, Asian, Aztec and Classical art, with Egyptian Mummies, the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles as highlights. The astonishing thing about the British Museum, too, is that it is free (except for special exhibitions). Founded in 1753 and built on the collection of Sir Hans Sloane and subsequent spoils of Empire, the BM's 13m objects document the whole range of human history and culture, containing cultural relics from practically every civilisation in the world. If there is only one sight you should visit in London, it's the British Museum. But give yourself plenty of time - and check for evening openings, as these tend to be far less crowded.

Official British Museum Website.

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Wonderful exhibition

There were so many fascinating things to see.

can one museum be contain varieties of artifacts and history from difference country

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Of course! Many do!

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British museum is really one of the most impressive in the world. But it should not be called "British" cause most of the things you can see there are stolen. I would propose to call it "world museum"

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Mmmm - controversial. On that basis most museums of the world are full of stolen gear. Would be interesting to see how much was 'purchased' and how much looted by others and then bequeathed.

My Grand Tour

If I had to choose only one of London’s great sites to see it would be the British Museum. In fact if I had to choose a building in which I had to spend the rest of my life it would be the British Museum. There is that much to find within its halls, chambers and recesses that I think it would be a good five years or so before I got bored.

If anyone comes to visit me in London they can expect my own personal version of the grand tour. It begins with a swift left towards the Rosetta stone then you follow through to the Elgin Marbles, the contentious friezes that came off the Parthenon and ended up in the care of Lord Elgin. There are all sorts of sights to see along the way and each time I go I see something new and ancient but the tour next takes us upstairs to the Egyptian galleries past the rows of sarcophagi to the man I like to call ‘5,000 Year Old Dead Guy’. He ended up buried in a super dry sandy pit which means he still has teeth and hair yet he’s been dead for more than the aforementioned 5,000 years. Seeing him never fails to give me some perspective about my life, prune-like though he is. I then pass though the ye olde Englyish section which includes the treasures from a Viking burial mound, Roman jewellery and coins and a Bronze age cape moulded from gold. Heading back towards the front of the museum looking for the Lewis Chessmen I discovered the final stop on the tour-de-my-favourites by chance, Rooms 38-9 – the Clock Galleries.

Before I entered these rooms I had no idea how interested I am in the mechanisms that make clocks tick, but inside are watches and clocks that have been ticking continuously since the 14th Century. I never knew they had clocks in the medieval period – I thought people were still passing the time burning marked candles, but I was mistaken and I was very pleased to be put right. In fact I was totally fascinated. Now I feel the need to spread my wonder amongst my visitors…but after that I give them some free time and let them finish the tour by looking for their own wondrous discoveries.

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