Another stop on my one-year anniversary in London day; the British Museum is one of the largest and most comprehensive collections in the world. Even if you spent an entire day in there you would not get to see everything and I only managed a couple of hours. This is not a definitive review of the collections, but merely a snapshot of the things I found most interesting.
The museum building itself is beautiful, the facade in the style of Greek Revival and the stunning Queen Elizabeth II Great Court with it’s 1,656 uniquely shaped panes of glass! It’s a lovely place just to sit and watch the clouds and people moving around.
The gift shop and cafes are in here, along with some objects that also make the place look pretty amazing:
But on to the collections! The British Museum houses objects that show the story of human culture from its ancient beginnings to the present. It houses objects from cultures as diverse as the Ancient Egyptians, Ancient Greece and Rome, China, Mexico, the Pacific and the Americas.
I sometimes have mixed feelings about museums. On the one hand I love seeing things that I probably might not get to see otherwise, and I love the way they often present displays; but on the other hand I sometimes agree with the people who argue that objects have been stolen from their rightful cultures and should be given back. Case in point, the parts of the Parthenon in Greece, that were ripped off the building and brought back to London.
And the United Kingdom itself (apparently this is a cast of a skeleton, not the real thing):
Some of my favourites included this lino-cut by Picasso:
Ethical mutterings aside, this place is definitely well worth a visit if you’re in London, but make sure you give yourself quite some time to see it all if you can’t come back another day! Website here.