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The British Museum

The British Museum in Great Russell Street, London, is free to all visitors. Situated just minutes walk away from Tottenham Court Road or Russel Square underground stations, the British Museum is a must visit venue whether you live in London or are visiting.

Exhibits at the British Museum include the Rosetta Stone, which allowed scholars to crack the Egyptian hieroglyphics code and translate the language, an Easter Island statue, and the earliest known image of Christ. The British Museum collection gives a broad overview of human cultural history from all parts of the world.

I visited the British Museum recently (May 2006) and was very disappointed that a lot of displays I was interested in were empty or missing. (I was researching the Emperor Hadrian for a websites) project. This can happen if you visit for a specific reason or to do research on unique items, but if you are just browsing, the British Museum collection is so huge, there is always lots to see.

Photography for personal use is permitted in the British Museum, so it is a good idea to take a camera with you as there will be stunning objects and exhibits you will see that you will want to record.

There are frequent special exhibitions at the British Museum from time to time, some of which are free and others have a small charge. The British Museum publishes a "What's On" booklet guide to the museum which is available from the information desk in the main concourse of the museum.

MUST SEES AT THE BRITISH MUSEUM? The Parthenon Sculptures... removed (some say stolen) from Athens in Greece by Lord Elgin in the early 1800s, the marbles are a stunning example of early greek art. Controversial and inspiring, the marbles are displayed in their own exhibition hall at the British Museum.

The British Museum is open FREE every day from 10:00am until 17:30pm with later opening on Thursday and Friday.

The British Museum Website has up to date details of opening times and current exhibitions.

The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG.

Tel: +44 (0)20 7323 8000.

Nearest Undergound: Holborn / Tottenham Court Road / Russell Square.

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