The British Museum was based on collections of Sir Hans Sloane, a scientist, and a physician. The museum was created in 1753. It was in the building in Montagu House that it was opened to the public. Due to the British colonial influences, the collections expanded and it has caused the introduction of new branches. There is the British Museum of Natural History which was the first at South Kensington in 1881. It is now called the Natural History Museum.
The British Museum is also a trove of several of the world’s most noted antiquities and an architectural beauty. From Rosetta Stone to the Lindow Man, this museum became a history buff’s treasure trove. The increasing number of various collections made the museum a must-see for visitors: choose the most interesting display that suits you and feel free to come back for more.
Five Amazing Places to See
The Secret to The Ancient World
This gallery, extending as long as the west side of the museum, is a home to as many artifacts for 3 centuries of civilization. The vividly engraved sarcophagi, the spectacular busts, along with the most famous display — the Rosetta Stone in the 196 B.C., almost identical inscription of three scripts containing Egyptian hieroglyphs and providing a better understanding of Egypt.
Art and Myths of Athens
These detailed sculptures and friezes are part of Parthenon in the Acropolis of Athens. These are believed to have been built around 447 and 438 B.C. but had been removed by Lord Elgin in 1805. He is a British ambassador of the Ottoman Empire. However, British Museum’s acquisition of these Elgin Marbles has been very controversial.
The Invention of Porcelain
These Chinese ceramics and the stunning collections are worth finding due to their rarity, beauty, and value. Several works are 2,000 years old already and are still preserved.
A Spectacular Archeological Discovery
An Anglo-Saxon ship discovered around 1937 is dating from about A.D. There were more or less 600 royal treasures discovered in it. The ship was filled with treasures, such as a creative casket, Byzantine silverware, gold jewelry, and an iron helmet. It was believed to be a burial place for Anglo-Saxon kings.
The Sport of Kings
There are also sculptures of reliefs found in the alabaster panels which reflect the hunting rituals and practices of Ashurbanipal who is the last Assyrian King in 668 and 630 B.C. The panels show a narrative, from the showering of arrows and releasing the lions into the following chase and kill that impose power and art of the king as ruler of the people.
Three individual figurines
Among the virtuoso displays of prosperity, artistry and cultural power in the British Museum, it is nice to see objects like the clay figures from the Dead Sea. It is possible to find children making things like them although they’re 5,000 years old already. Okay, perhaps not the penis part. On that note, they are an attraction in the museum: a few replicates represent men, some has dropped a little bit of clay or is either feminine.
Not everything in the British Museum is ancient. The institution has expanded the group of artifacts from different cultures and individuals around the world. This ring, even forms of a Dodge truck, by Navajo silversmith Clarence Lee, in a convention. Motor vehicles were taken by the Navajo after WWII. It was used in collecting water for folks making everyday tasks easier. This masterpiece tells you that objects in the museum are not merely exhibited: each of these has a story to tell.
Helmet and smashed skull from Ur
This is among the most captivating in the collection, depicting death in several forms that are unpleasant and grotesque. An imperial palace guard of this place called Ur, now Iraq remain loyal and get involved in a suicide pact promising to stay by the king’s side even until the afterlife. The soldier’s skull was crushed within his helmet, it looks as though it might have come out of a trench in Flanders from 2,500 BC.
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