Museum Monday: British Museum, London

When I had a full day’s free time in London (and when Sri is busy at work), my obvious choice was to spend the day in a museum.  And without any 2nd thought I chose British Museum. There can’t be any better place than British Museum to experience the world history all in one place.

When founded in 1753, this became the first national public museum in the world. There’s a little story behind the foundation of this museum that you will find interesting.  Sir Hans Sloan (1660-1753) a physician, naturalist and collector had written in his will that he wanted to preserve all his collectible objects (more than 71,000 collections over his lifetime!). He bequeathed the collections to the then King George II for a return of £20,000 to be left for his heirs.  The gift was accepted and an act of parliament established British Museum.

The museum now hosts a startling 8 million objects demonstrating the evolution of human culture from stone age tools to 20th century artifacts, from the Greek and Roman history to the mummified Egypt, gorgeous Buddha statues to the Nataraja of Indian subcontinent, Chinese porcelain to coins and jewels that were used centuries back, you name the country, you find it! 
Practical Information:

It’s practically impossible to see the whole museum in single day.  You will get tired and overwhelmed. Break them down into few days, or see which part of history/culture interests you.

If you are interested in being part of Museum Monday or Monument Monday series, please write to us at countryhoppingcouple@gmail.com.  We are looking for interesting story about a historic monument or museum with words between 100-150 and a good picture (no sourced photos, please). 

13 Responses

  1. Obviously exhibits from most countries will be there. I think this maybe the best place to see exhibits from around the world in one place!

    Destination Infinity

    • Yes DI british museums are the best in the world …

      come over , I will take you to them all 🙂

  2. THIS One I have seeeeeennnn yayyyyyyy finally something i can say i seen 🙂 only been living in uk for over a decade now 🙂 he he hee

    Bikram's

  3. Will surely visit it when i come to London.

  4. Looks very interesting. Imagine I haven't seen the Metropolitan Museum yet. I think will plan it soon.

  5. Interesting piece of trivia…

  6. I'm a little ashamed to say I've lived in Britain my whole life and never once visited the British Musem! Sounds very interesting though, will have to check it out next time I'm in London.

  7. Wow. So much from around the world in one place? Very interesting.

  8. I love the British Museum, you can't see it all in one go and I definitely need to go back!

    Suze | LuxuryColumnist

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