My Favorite Holiday Destination: British Museum


There’s no greater collection of (purportedly stolen/seized) relics from anywhere beyond imaginable, ranging from the elegant to the prudent, from the whimsical to the boring. An afternoon is not enough — spend an entire day if you can.

A museum devoted to human history and culture, the British Museum is located on Great Russell street in London. It’s permanent collection includes eight million works and is amongst the largest and most extensive collection of artefacts from all over the world.

Established in 1753, the artefacts are largely based on the collections of the physician Sir Hans Sloane.

I had the pleasure to view the museum one leisurely Saturday afternoon, and I was not disappointed. The collection is vast and the variety is impressive. An entire afternoon would surely not be enough for you to view even half of the collections. The Museum is grand and immensely huge, and walking through hall by hall, it’s only a matter of time before your feet give in. Luckily, there are plenty of comfy seats around.

Perhaps in between petty chatter, and being in awe of how majestic everything looks, your companion might look in a certain direction, cock an eyebrow and casually comment, “How did the British steal THOSE and bring them back?”

You follow the gaze of your companion and your eyes land on an Eygptian relic maybe 10 times or more your size and height. As you start to ponder the answer to the question, your feet start to ache again. You plop yourself on a plush cushion seat, continue to bask in the grandeur of everything, and you think to yourself: “’Who knows?!”

written by scrabbyknees on 2013-01-09 #places #location #city #london #great-britain #united-kingdom #urban-adventures #british-museum #art-and-culture

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