The British Museum in London

The British Museum

Without exaggeration, the British Museum is probably the place that comes next to Eden, Nirvana or probably even better - the Elysian Fields - for any history buff on this planet. There are so many really important finds, you could at least spend 2 or 3 weeks in the museum without leaving.

I must have felt like Alice, when she first entered Wonderland when I first entered the court of the venerable building. So much to see, so little time I thought.

So, picture this: The British Museum is like that one friend who's collected souvenirs from every corner of the world, except on a grand scale. It was founded in 1753 and is one of the world's oldest and most famous museums. With a collection that spans over two million years of history, it's the ultimate playground for history buffs.

Inside, you'll find a bit of everything from every era - including some splendid pieces from your beloved ancient civilizations: Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome. Their Egyptian mummies, the Rosetta Stone, and the Elgin Marbles are just some of the star attractions that will make your heart skip a beat.

But here's the kicker, mate: The British Museum has been a subject of debate and controversy for decades due to its possession of some pretty hotly contested artifacts. The Elgin Marbles, for instance, have been the source of a long-standing tiff between the Brits and the Greeks. So, while it's a goldmine of historical riches, it's also a place where history and politics sometimes clash.

In any case, it's a must-visit for someone like you, a travel writer who's got a soft spot for antiquity. Just be prepared to spend hours wandering through its hallowed halls, soaking in all that glorious history. Cheers to your next trip to London!

Alright, let's dive deeper into the British Museum's treasure troves, because trust me, they've got more departments and collections than you can shake a papyrus scroll at. Buckle up for a whirlwind tour:

Ancient Egypt and Sudan: If you're into the land of pharaohs and pyramids, this is your spot. The British Museum boasts a stunning array of Egyptian artifacts. The Rosetta Stone, which helped unlock the secrets of hieroglyphs, is a star here. And don't miss the mummies; they're as captivating as they are eerie.

Ancient Greece and Rome: For lovers of the classical world, this is your mecca. The Parthenon Sculptures (Elgin Marbles) are a point of contention, but they are undoubtedly magnificent. The Roman collection is equally impressive, featuring everything from statues to intricate jewelry.

Middle East: Right up your alley, given your passion for Mesopotamia. The museum's Middle East section is a time capsule of ancient civilizations. You'll find cuneiform tablets, the Cyrus Cylinder, and even the legendary Flood Tablet from the Epic of Gilgamesh.

Asia: Travel further east, and you'll discover the Asian art collection. From Chinese porcelain to Japanese samurai armor, this department provides a diverse glimpse into the continent's rich history.

Africa, Oceania, and the Americas: If you're in the mood for a bit of world exploration, these sections will take you on a cultural adventure. Highlights include the Easter Island statues and indigenous American artifacts.

Prints and Drawings: For a change of pace, explore the graphic arts section. It holds works by iconic artists like Da Vinci and Rembrandt. You can also find fascinating historical maps.

Coins and Medals: For numismatists and history buffs alike, this department houses a vast collection of currency and medals from various periods and regions.

British and European Prehistory: Take a step back in time to explore the ancient history of the British Isles and continental Europe. The Sutton Hoo burial ship and the Mold Cape are must-sees.

Conservation Studio: It's not exactly a department, but it's a peek behind the scenes. You can witness experts restoring and conserving priceless artifacts.

The British Museum is like a history lover's paradise, where each department feels like a portal to a different era and culture. So, get your notebook ready, because you'll need it to jot down all the incredible details you'll discover during your visit. Happy exploring!

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