A Guide to Visiting the British Museum

A Guide to Visiting the British Museum

There are many excellent free things to do in London, and any list of which would need to place the British Museum in the number one spot. The museum has been providing entertainment to both local people and visitors for decades. The British Museum is complete free to explore, although purchasing a guide book does add to the experience considerably.

British Museum in London

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The museum houses many national treasures including the Rosetta Stone and the Magna Carta. As well as the static exhibits the museum often hosts special themed exhibitions throughout the year. Indeed, in the last thirty years the British Museum has housed some of the most impressive exhibitions in the world. In the early 1980s the museum hosted its first themed exhibition, the popular Egyptian collection. Exhibits included King Tutankhamen’s sarcophagus which was leant to the museum by the Egyptian Government. It is worth checking the British Museum website to discover what is currently being presented before you decide when to visit. The museum is split into three separate floors, with separate halls and galleries for each particular theme. This is a large museum and can easily take a day to explore.

British Museum: Parthenon

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Getting to the British Museum

The British Museum is located in Great Russel Street, with an additional entrance on Montague Place. Possibly the best way to get to the museum is by using the London Underground transport system. There are three underground stations close by; Goodge Street, Russel Square and Holborn. There are also many bus stops close by, on Southampton Row, Gower Street, Tottenham Court Road and Oxford Street.

British Museum

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When to Visit

It must be said that at the weekend the museum can become very busy indeed. If possible, try to visit on a week day. The museum is open six days a week; from Saturday through to Thursday it is open from 9:00am until 18:00pm. Friday is late opening day, and the museum is open from 9:00am until 20:30pm. The museum is closed on Sundays.

The British Museum for Families

The museum aims to dispel the image of a dusty building, useful only to scholars and historians. Towards this end it provides special attractions aimed at entertaining children. Scattered around the museum for young children to discover are interesting objects that will appeal more to younger people. These include interactive exhibits as well as pure oddities. Additionally, the museum organises a full yearly event schedule of special family orientated events. These events take a theme which will be interesting to children, such as dinosaurs, the history of comic books and practical origami.

Mummies in British Museum

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Discover the History of the World

One of the most popular new features of the British Museum is the exploration trail which guides the visitor through the entire history of the world, by prompting them to view 100 different objects found within the museum. This begins with a stone chopping tool excavated in Olduval and dating back to the Stone Age, leads the visitor through a chronological collection of inventions, discoveries and creations, and ends with a solar powered lamp and charger. These objects are placed at strategic places throughout the museum, and following the exploration trail will ensure that the visitor views every significant area of the museum.

Greeks vs Amazons British Museums

British Museum Facilities

In the last decade the museum has been remodelled slightly, so that a full range of amenities could be constructed. There is a large food centre as well as three separate cafes with the museum. There are also four separate gift shops.

Overall, a visit to the British Museum should definitely be high up on the list of activities for anyone who is spending time in London for the first time.

Date posted: 20th February, 2015

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