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The Real Treasury of London – the British Museum

Author: Kim Jacobs All about moving and London

If you find yourself with some free time in London – no matter whether you are just visiting for a day or for example when your man and van company is driving your items to the property you are moving in and you are on a standby mode – it might turn out that you are overwhelmed by the possibilities for investing that free time into something productive. If you wonder what you should do first, we have the right answer – go to the British Museum. Yes, we know, it sounds like a very cliché place to be, with all the tourists swamping it all the time, but the truth is that the Museum encapsulates the very heart of the British nation. Also there is always something new to learn here. And last but not least – if you are hooked, you will definitely have a place to go the next free Saturday, because it is unthinkable to see everything here in just one afternoon – or a week  for that matter. That’s how rich the collection of the British Museum is.

The first collection of the Museum was set up a long time ago, in 1753, but it was not opened to the public until 1759. Even in that way it became the first museum in the world to be practically opened to everyone who wanted to visit it. The really important thing is that the work did not finish here. Over the course of the following two and a half centuries it managed to become not only the first, but also the largest museum in the world as well as the most popular. According to the most recent statistics, the past several decades the British Museum has been visited by over 6 million people every year, which puts it in the top three of the most popular art museums in the world.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAConsidering the size of the institution, it is no wonder that the wisest management decision ever made here was to split it into several sections that usually go by the name of departments. There are departments of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, Greece and Rome as well as a Middle Eastern department. If you want to see the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities on display, but you would rather save yourself the trip to Cairo, then you come to the British Museum. A total must here is the famous Rosetta Stone, which was the main means of deciphering the hieroglyphs. In the Greece and Rome department you will be able to see the Athens Necropolis marble sculptures known as the Elgin Marbles. The list can go on forever, so instead of keeping on reading and thinking whether or not you should visit the museum, just do it.

The opening hours of the British Museum are very convenient, so you can make your trip whenever free time arises. Admission is free, every day from 10:00 to 17:30, with the exception of Friday, when it is open until 20:30. The location is  Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG.