The very first time that I came to live in London, I lived in a small bedsit just off of Little Russell Street. My little place was cramped and got very cold during the long winter days, so I would often go to the British Museum to spend a day wandering around. It was warm and there were a million things to see. It’s an easy place to get lost in for hours. It’s completely free to enter and open every day. It is easily accessible from Russell Street, Tottenham court Road and Holborn tube stations.
The place is chock full of artifacts encompassing the history of the planet. From ancient Rome and Greece to artifacts from American Indians, you will find it all here. I have spent hours exploring this place and still not seen all the amazing things inside. At one point I had a friend working there, who let me in to see some of the hundreds of mummies that they have stored in the basement. Various different things are on display at any given time so a visit during one part of the year could be completely different than another. This place has over 8 million separate works and is considered the largest and most comprehensive collection of human artifacts in the world.
When the British Empire covered half the world, they pretty much took what ever they wanted and brought it back here. Somethings have been returned to the countries where they were taken from in agreements with those governments, others however still remain a point of contention. A good example is the Elgin Marbles from Greece or the Rosetta stone which Egypt says belongs to them.
Whatever the politic behind some of the displays here, you can not help but wonder at the sense of history that this place has. The fact that entry still remains free after all these years is amazing.
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