British Museum

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Great Russell Street
London, United Kingdom WC1B 3DG
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The British Museum is a vast museum filled with historical and cultural objects.  It contains 8 million objects in its collection, making it one of the largest and most complete in the world.  The collection comes from all over the world and covers all of human history.  Many of the objects were collected during the British Empire and then moved to the British Museum.  This has caused some controversy as a number of countries have demanded the return of the objects that were taken from their country before.

The British Museum opened in 1759, and since then has seen an estimated 280 million visitors, including 6 million in 2008.   It is free to visit, although there may also be special exhibitions that require payment.

Some of the world-famous objects at the British Museum include the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin Marbles/Parthenon Sculptures (comprising half of the sculptures of the Parthenon), a collection of Egyptian Mummies, the Lewis Chessmen, and the Assyrian Lion Hunt reliefs, although there are also many more.
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The nearest underground stations to the Museum are:
  • Tottenham Court Road (300m)
  • Holborn (500m)
  • Russell Square (800m)
  • Goodge Street (800m)
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Oct 6, 2008
An amazingly large collection, unfortunately it is not organised in a way to learn much of anything. It seems more geared towards showing "this is what we raped and pillaged from other places". Even the Rosetta Stone has an engraving on the side dedicating its capture (it was taken from the French) to the glory of the King. While that may be fascinating, it is upsetting that the artefacts, especially the Egyptian ones, are not protected from tourists abusing them, they are not placed in chronological order or thematic order, and as such it is not a good museum (in my opinion). The Louvre is far superior in that regard. Its overcrowding is not the museum's fault, but also lowers the value of an outing at this museum.
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Aug 10, 2008
too many artefacts for ten visits, but everytime I visit it I'm impressed by the new dome
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Jan 27, 2010
The British Museum is a museum of human history and culture in London. Its collections, which number more than seven million objects, are amongst the largest and most comprehensive in the world and originate from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

The British Museum was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. The museum first opened to the public on 15 January 1759 in Montagu House in Bloomsbury, on the site of the current museum building. Its expansion over the following two and a half centuries was largely a result of an expanding British colonial footprint and has resulted in the creation of several branch institutions, the first being the British Museum (Natural History) in South Kensington in 1887. Some objects in the collection, most notably the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, are the objects of intense controversy and calls for restitution to their countries of origin.

Until 1997, when the British Library (previously centred on the Round Reading Room) moved to a new site, the British Museum was unique in that it housed both a national museum of antiquities and a national library in the same building. The museum is a non-departmental public body sponsored by the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, and as with all other national museums in the United Kingdom it charges no admission fee. Since 2002 the director of the museum has been Neil MacGregor. Conservative Peer Lord Sainsbury has pledged to donate £25 million to the Museum to aid funding for a large scale extension, set to make it the world's largest museum by collection upon completion.
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Oct 4, 2009
Visiting the British Museum always makes me think of Pope Leo X, who shortly after learning of his election in 1513 exclaimed, "The papacy is ours. Let us enjoy it!”. I think the Great British Empire did just that over the hundreds of years it reigned supreme in the world, and subsequently amassed an unbelievable collection of artifacts and treasures from around the world. I always find something within the museum that stirs my curiosity, excites me, and prompts me to learn more. Southeast Asia, Turkey, Egypt, and the Middle East all became desired travel destinations for me, as a result in great part to my visits to the British Museum. Yes, I find it all inspiring and interesting. I like the way the museum is organized. It is true, it would take many visits to absorb it all. Probably more time than any of us have. It is grand in every way imaginable. I look forward to my next visit with great anticipation. Good Journeys!
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Apr 16, 2010
I spent a very happy (and very rainy!) day visiting the British Museum. It was my fifth time in London, but only my first time at the museum....I have no idea why it took me so long to actually go! Not only can you see incredible artifacts that span the globe, but it's also free admission - so really, there's no reason not to go for a visit! The Rosetta Stone certainly was a highlight for me, since I'd always heard a lot of references to it from museums I visited in Greece and Egypt, so to see it in person was incredible. I went on a weekday early in the morning and found that there were very few people in the museum, so it was a perfect time to go. I had most of the major exhibits all to myself, so had plenty of time to take pictures (no flash of course!) and really absorb a lot of what the museum has to offer. I will definitely be back for more the next time I find myself in London!
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