As I am a huge fan of galleries and paintings, I used to think that the British Museum is a mere display of boring objects. Or as my English friend likes to say: A huge collection of all the things the British have stolen from around the world during the times of the British Empire…
So why should you go?
A closer look at these objects, however, reveals astonishing stories. You can hear and learn about these stories when you join one of the free eye-opener tours. I did the "Medieval Europe" one last Sunday and saw the two oldest portraits in the world! Did I get your attention now?
What has been filmed here?
The British Museum is also a great place for film fans hunting for film locations in London. Most recently, the museum was the setting for the third part of Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2014) featuring funny woman Rebel Wilson as the British security guard Tilly. In 2001, the British Museum was the setting of The Mummy Returns and one year later for the film Possession with Gwyneth Paltrow.
For just a glimpse on what's on show in the galleries, check out my own little photo gallery:
When should I go?
Be prepared that you may have to come to the British Museum several times. It's just too much to handle for one day! Both in terms of the sheer flooding of important objects as well as in terms of the crowds that regularly flock the museum. It does fill up with people quickly, especially the Egyptian and mummy section.
However, even when I go at busy weekend times, there are still sections in the museum that are pretty quiet. For example the Greek section on the lower floor or the Japanese section (only discovered this very recently) on the top floor. You see, there is something new to dig up every time you come here. If you're just in town for a short trip, however, you can pick up a museum map and follow the highlights pointed out in there.
And how much does it cost?
Entrance is FREE (except for some exhibitions). Another reason to go there more often.
Plan your visit at www.britishmuseum.org