The British Museum
Things to Do in London
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Do not attempt this in one day! A visit to The British Museum, the first (established 1753) and largest public museum of its kind in the world, is either a one-day, one-department plan or a week-long expedition. There are more than 13 million artefacts to see; overwhelming! The objects cover a period of two million years of human history, art and culture.
Located on Great Russell Street in the Bloomsbury district of London, the Greek Revival-style collection of buildings (a great deal of expansion as occurred since it opened) boasts an ornate facade of 44 Ionic columns. The structure houses 75,00 square metres (807, 000 square feet) of exhibit space in 94 galleries covering departments such as Egypt and Sudan, Greece and Rome, the Middle East, Britain and Europe, Asia, and Africa, Oceania and the Americas. There is also a vast library, donated by King George III, and a Prints and Drawings department.
Six million visitors attend The British Museum every year, viewing objects like the Rosetta Stone and Parthenon Marbles. The only better way to learn about humans and our world would be to live for thousands of years and visit every place on earth. While The British Museum contains this under one roof, the expanse leaves one gob-smacked. It is a must-see in London. Check out the museum’s litany of YouTube videos before you go. You’ll learn about how objects were used in their day, and be able to narrow down your visit to your favourite things.