London, United Kingdom
The British Musuem in London is one of my favourite museums anywhere in the world and it is an excellent place to escape to when faced with one of those London grey, drizzly days.
There is a seemingly endless treasure trove of artefacts to discover inside the walls of the British Museum and every time I visit I seem to find something else to capture my interest and imagination. The museum focuses on human history and culture and is home to more than 13 million artefacts from all corners of the globe.
It was established in 1753 and opened up to the public in 1759. Over the centuries and throughout further colonial expansion of the British Empire, more and more “acquisitions” were made (some of them not at all culturally sensitive or politically correct it must be admitted). One of my favourite sections of the museum is undoubtedly the Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, which has the largest collection of Egyptian antiquities outside of Egypt. In this section you get to see what is undoubtedly one of the most important archeological finds ever – the Rosetta Stone.
There are also drawings by Michelangelo, Leondardo da Vinci and Raphael on display along with countless other historical treasures. If visiting London, then this should be one of the first attractions that you place on your itinerary – and it is free! The museum is located on Great Russell Street, close to Russell Square tube station and Holborn tube station.