Imperial Loot


Member Rating 5 out of 5 by MagdaDH_AlexH on September 10, 2009

The British Museum is an absolute must for all people interested in archaeology and antiques, be it British, European or Middle Eastern.

It's a veritable treasure house of artefacts and a centre of learning (with a library accessible to scholars).

The collections include all that has been brought back home to Blighty by the explorers and scientists and looters of the imperial era, from the famous and controversial Elgin Marbles to many Egyptian mummies to absolutely fantastic Assyrian/Babylonian exhibits.

The British section is also very impressive with exhibits like Sutton Hoo hoard and similar. There is also lots of specialist-interest exhibits including a lot of smaller items like clocks and watches, jewellery, every day objects.

The sheer wealth of the displays reminds the visitors not only about the ancient cultures they teach about, but also about the more and less glorious British past. The Museum is literally filled with the imperial loot, and it's filled with reminders of the work of men who were the real pioneers of archaeology, who really discovered whole new-old world to all of us.

Egyptian section is huge and lavish, and includes a large gallery of mummies as well as this iconic artefact - the Rosetta Stone.

The Ancient Greek section has not only the (in)famous and rightly renowned Elgin marbles from the Parthenon, but also a lot of material from the palace of Knossos and Mausoleum of Halikarnassos.

My personal favourite is definitely the Assyrian/Mesopotamian section -it's huge, and very atmospherically displayed. Winged bulls, Lion hunts, palaces in Nimrud and Nineveh: it's all amazing stuff and the way the galleries are structured, as well as the sheer size of the artefacts make for a very evocative exhibition.

There are also often numerous temporary exhibitions: some are major and paid for, some are free (at the moment there is a paid-for exhibition that explores seventeenth-century Iran through the reign and legacy of one of its most influential rulers, Shah 'Abbas).

The architecture is truly impressive too, with a common (non-gallery) space of the great courtyard covered by glass canopy, and monumental entrance with rather interesting sculptures in its front.

There is a large shop and an (as usual expensive) cafe.

The highlights for a casual visitor can be done in one afternoon/morning; but if you want to really explore and have the required time I suggest you go a few times for couple of hours to better take it all in.



The best thing is, it's all FREE! (like all big national-class museums in London).

It's open daily, 10.0017.30, and until 20.30 on Thursdays and Fridays.

The Great Court is open 09.0018.00 Sun to wed, and late on Thursday, Friday, Saturday (09.0023.00).


The nearby underground stations are Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Russell Square and Goodge Street.

http://www.britishmuseum.org/

British Museum
Great Russell Street
London, England, WC1B 3DG
+44 (207) 7323 8299

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