During our last few days in London we wanted to see the British Museum, world renowned for its collections of Greek, Egyptian, and pre-historic artifacts, the Tate Modern, Big Ben and Parliament. Since both the British Museum and the Tate Modern are free for non-specialty exhibits they were a great way to spend a few hours out of the rain!
(The events of this day actually occurred on August 12th, 2009)
Stats on the British Museum:
Open: 10.00–17.30 and late on Thursday and Fridays.
Address:Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
How to get there?
The nearest underground stations to the Museum are:
Holborn (~7 minutes on foot)
Tottenham Court Road (~6 minutes on foot)
Russell Square (~10 minutes on foot)
Goodge Street (~13 minutes on foot)
We decided to take the tube to the Tottenham Court Tube Station. The only tricky part was orienting ourselves once we exited the tube station! We didn’t see any signs so we had to ask a local. They were very helpful and after short walk we were at the main gates!
The British Museum is so large and has so many artifacts that it would take at least 5 days to tour all of the exhibits! It houses such wonders as the Rosetta Stone, a stone chopper (1.8 million years old!), and Egyptian mummies. Instead of wandering around aimlessly we decided to take an exhibit tour. We joined a tour that was discussing Islamic art, it was interesting; however, a little too detailed for our one day’s tour of the museum. After the tour we decided that to be able to see all the other interesting features of the museum we would try to see the museums “highlights” listed at the bottom of the map.
The museum map lists the top attractions and their locations on the bottom of the map. There were about 25 items to see on the tour. The map said that it would take about 3 hours to just see those highlights! It was an amazing tour, some of my favorites were artifacts were the Rosetta Stone, a samurai’s armor from medieval Japan, and sculptures from the Parthenon!
The tour of the British Museum was amazing and I highly recommend it to anyone who is spending a few days in London. It also would be perfect for families since there are many interesting sights and since its free you could break it up into a few days of fun!