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The British Museum London

September 23rd 2008 12:52
Take a step back in time with a visit to the British Museum in London. This immense museum dates back to 1753, where it grew from a collection of manuscripts purchased with the proceeds of lottery.

It is one of the best in the world, with exhibitions dating from prehistoric to modern day times, drawn from across the world.

Due to its immense size, it is virtually impossible to see everything in one day, but entry is free so it is easy to pop back as often as you wish.

Some well-known exhibits are definitely worth visiting on your first day. One of these is the famous Rosetta Stone, an Egyptian artefact that was instrumental in deciphering hieroglyphics.

The Asian collection (the best collection of Islamic pottery outside the Islamic world), the Chinese porcelain, and the prehistoric British Roman collections are worth a look.
Also popular is the Egyptian exhibition, which includes the contents of Royal Egyptian tombs such as, mummies, fabulous 2000-year-old jewelry, weapons and furniture.

The museums inner courtyard houses a bookshop, education centre and restaurants. In the centre of the courtyard is a reading room, which Karl Marx is said to have written Das Capital.

There are guided tours that will give you an overview of the museums layout, from there you can choose which exhibitions you want to return to for a closer look. Tours last about one and a half hours.

Getting there

Located in the Bloomsbury area, the main entrance is on Great Russell Street. The closest tube stations are Russell Square, Tottenham Court Road, and Holborn.

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