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You will find the British Museum in Great Russell Street, London. The museum is home to more than Seven million pieces, making it one of the worlds most comprehensive and largest collections of culture and history. Visitors to the British museum will be able to see the journey of human culture from its conception to the present day, with many exhibitions to enjoy along with talks and free tours, the museum has to be on the top of the "things to do in London" itinerary for this weekend and beyond.
HINT: If you like to put your hands all over a bit of culture :-) then look out for the museum's enjoyable handling sessions offering great opportunities for both young and (not so young) to get to grips with some of the worlds most wonderful historic items.
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.