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If you have a knack in researching about ancient civilizations, or even if you're just one curious buddy, British Museum is a place-to-go to quench your hunger for new knowledges. Dubbed as one of the best museum in the world, British Museum house more than 13 million captivating artifacts coming from many continents and ancient civilizations
Quench Your Curiosity of Lives Before You in British Museum
Greece and Rome are two oldest civilizations so it make so much sense that they leave tons of historical and cultural artifacts and relics behind, right? Right. The exhibition room occupies most part of the building and you can see myriad of ancient artifacts, such as the statue of Goddess Demeter, Head of Aphrodite, Horse of Selene and some collection of sculptures brought directly from Parthenon in Athens to London in early 19th Century by Earl of Elgin.
One section you shouldn't miss during your visit in British Museum is Ancient Egypt Department. The exhibition section boasts hundreds of Ancient Egypt's artifacts, with the two highlights are Book of Deaths, a collection of texts written by Egyptian priests centuries ago containing magical spells intended to assist the journey of a dead person as they head to the afterlife. An inscripted black basalt stone named Rosetta Stone can also be found here. It is said that the stone inscription was made back in 195 BC. The inscription stone is so special because it was written in three languages: heroglyphic, Greek, and Demotic. Scholars have been using the inscriptions to translate Egyptian hieroglyphics. There are more fascinating collections in the area, such as collosal bust statue of Ramses II, furnitures, wall paintings, tapestries and more!
This department of British Museum boast various interesting prehistoric objects used by prehistoric societies in Europe and Britain. The most notably thing is that most items displayed there have at least a little influence of Romanian culture, one of the most obvious one is Great Dish, a silver plate decorated with imagery of Roman mythology's figures such as Heracles and Bacchus.
Oriental and Asiatic Department mostly contain various cultural artifacts coming from Chinese and other Asian continents. Buddhism-influenced porcelain crafts mainly dominate the exhibits, although few of them are crafted with other materials. One of the most iconic items here is The Sambas Treasure, a collection of Buddhist sculptures made of gold and silver founded near Sambas Town, West Borneo.
How to Get Tickets?
One of the main reasons why you should include British Museum in your travel itinerary is it's absolutely free of admission fees! You can come alone, though we absolutely encourage you to go in groups to add more fun in your traveling experience.
How To Get Around?
Located strategically in Museum Mile area, there are more interesting museum attractions within walking range from British museums. To name a few are Courtauld Gallery, Charles Dickens Museum, and London Transport Museum.
What Should I Wear?
Just wear something comfortable, whether it's a casual denim outfits or feminine dress. Just avoid wearing see-through clothes since it might not sit well with some people.
Best Time to Visit
If you want to explore each sections in British Museum with ease, we recommend you to go on weekdays where there are less crowds than weekend. Or if you only have weekend as an option, then avoid to come there early in the morning, opt to come in the afternoon or in the evening instead.
Will I Need a Guide?
You don't need to, but if you want more in-depth informations about the artifacts on display then we totally recommend you to join Guided tours or private guided tour if you prefer to go with lesser crowd. You can even engage in 'Hands of Fun' activity where you are allowed to inspect some of rare objects provided in the museum hands on!
How To Get There?
There are myriad ways to reach the British Museum. You can go there by underground train (tubes), trains, public buses, or you can rent your own vehicles, though the later is less recommended since the London road is typically very busy.