"The British Museum" British Museum Tip by Airpunk
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This is one of the world's oldest and most famous museums. Dating back to 1753, it houses a large collection of artefacts of human history. Famous collections and artefacts include the Rosetta Stone (which enabled to decipher the egyptian hieroglyphics), its central asian and egyptian collections, the Elgin/Parthenon marbles and the Benin Bronzes. Although the latter two are among the most disputed collections, they attract thousands of visitors every day. Beside that, you will find special exhibtions - I visited one about death and afterlife in different cultures. The reading room in the center of the building was once a center of culture and wisdom used by many historical persons such as Marx, Gandhi and Wells. It lost its function after the big collection of books was moved to the new British Library building but still retains a small collection. The building dates from the mid-19th century and was built in neoclassical style. In 2000, larger reconstruction works were made including the glass dome and the center court of the museum, designed by Sir Norman Foster (Gherkin, Millenium Bridge, Stansted Terminal, ...).
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If you want to see everything in the museum, plan several days. Even if you are able to process so much input in such a short time, the collection is too large. For the highlights, plan half a day. Audioguides with different itineraries through the museum are offered. Phtography is permitted in the museum, but may be prohibited on some objects or galleries. The prices in the cafés are quite high, even for London standarts. Entry is free, but there is an admission charge for some special exhibitions and events. The building opens at 9:00, but most galleries are not accesable until 10:00 (as of April 2006). For further details, please check out the website given below.
Address: Great Russell Street, WC1
Directions: Holborn tube
Phone: 0 20 7323 8299
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