April 26, 2009

The British Museum

Posted in Uncategorized at 8:40 am by classicalmusic

One of the most famous museums in the entire world is the British Museum in London. Admission is free and you can spend literally days going through the exhibits. If you only have one day, don’t even try to see everything. Choose a few of the exhibits that interest you most and spend your time there. It will be a much more rewarding visit. One of the most famous exhibits is the huge collection from ancient Egypt. You will see artifacts dating back tens of thousands of years. There is also a fascinating model of the ancient Pyramids at Ramses. Of course there is also the mummy section where real, mummified remains of ancient Pharos are preserved. It is both interesting and a bit morbid. Not to be done is the wing focused on Ancient Greece. See how ancient Greek art developed and learn about Greek mythology. To the Greeks, their Gods were everything and they developed a very complicated understanding of nature based on divine force. Other models shed light on the ancient Olympic games and the first real world wars — those between Greece and Carthage. Throughout the museum, the history of British colonialism enfolds in rich diversity. How one little island could end up having dominion over so much of the world is a wonder. yet the museum pulls no punches. Clearly displayed are examples of when colonials had a detrimental effect on native cultures and societies. If you are visiting London, by all means spend some time here. you will learn much about the British Empire and much of world history. You can easily come for the day since there are well supplied areas to eat and there is a truly extraordinary gift shop. Besides the usual tourist fare of t-shirts and key rings, you can purchase great books about all sorts of subjects displayed in the museum, including the Egyptian mummies.

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