The British Museum sits majestically in a busy part of South Kensington. It’s been there for over 100 years and is a testimony to the yearning of knowledge. Hundreds of years of artefacts are housed in the beautifully constructed museum. Even if you are not into history, just feeling the buzz that surrounds the British Museum is well worth the visit.
An established museum in the heart of South KensingtonThe British Museum is one of London’s many established museums set in the heart of the city in South Kensington. Among them there will be plenty for everyone to see and enjoy. The British Museum holds several special exhibitions throughout the year as well as houses a set of collections that are free to view.
A truly international range of exhibitsThe British Museum has more than a taste of the international, and is notably known for its collection of mummies from ancient Egypt. There are Roman treasures to discover for yourself as well as prehistoric tools from the earliest times. Are you more of a lover of classical art? Take a look at the decorated vases from ancient Greece on the ground level. Each of the three vast levels of the British Museum has untold treasures just waiting to be discovered.
The museum building is alive with historyAlongside the fascinating exhibits, the building of the museum itself tells its own unique story. Take a look at the museum itself to see a combination of ancient architecture mixed with the new. The majestic south entrance looks as though it came straight from Ancient Roman times. Complete with pillars and exquisitely carved facade, it is just as wonderful to look at today as it was when it was built. There is a real buzz on the forecourt so be prepared for lots of excited tourists snapping pictures of the beautiful building.
Be amazed by the Great Court’s architectureOne of the most awe inspiring parts of the British Museum is the Great Court and it’s not difficult to see why. The glass roof is made from 3,312 pieces of glass that are each individually cut. No two pieces are the same, which made this roof a real puzzle to put together. Designed by well known architect Sir Norman Foster in 1997, the roof always has architecture fans really excited. There’s plenty to do at the Great Court, why not enjoy a coffee break at the museum’s exclusive cafe? The Great Court has its own hidden gallery spaces too, just adding to the atmosphere.
A wide array of events for the whole familyLondon’s museums will always have events for the entire family, and the British Museum is no exception. Take a look at the British Museum website to find out what’s going on during the times you will be visiting. Luckily, a lot of these events will be free of charge or will cost very little. However, the children’s craft activities can get booked up very quickly during the summer holidays, so it’s advisable to book certain events well in advance if possible. Admission to the British Museum is generally free to members of the public. Opening times are from 10.00am to 5.30pm. Some exhibitions are free, so do check the details of tickets on the British Museum website.
The British Museum has something for every interest
Whether it’s ancient art, classical warfare or the world famous Egyptian mummies that intrigue you, it can be found here at one of London’s greatest museums.
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