The British Museum

Let's go back to the late 1600s with physician and naturalist Sir Hans Sloane who had more money and time than he knew what to do with. He collected 71,000 objects across the natural and human made spectrum which he willed to the King (George II) for a return of 20,000 pounds. In 1753, the year he died, King George II gave ascent to the Parliamentary act establishing the British Museum

It was the first museum owned by the nation and not a private entity. The current site was garnered in 1859 in the Montagu House Mansion, which has grown exponentially through massive construction and other nearby building acquisitions.

Now the museum seems to have massive collections of everything from outside of Britian (but there are British things too).

The Arrival - Holborn Tube Station

I used the underground, taking the Central line because I was way too early for my arrival time. I walked up Southampton Row to Russell Square to kill some time then trekked around the Museum. On the back side is Montague Place where a line the length of a Taylor Swift concert was stretching around corners of the block. This is the "You didn't get a ticket online" line. I don't recommend that.

I walked to the "front" of the museum to a much shorter line on Great Russell St. It got even shorter when the museum employees told people that this was an "online bookings only" line. Heh, score. They let me in 45 minutes early even. Let me tell you, it was still busy as hell in there.

I went up and around the market hall, past buskers performing acts of various value to the southeast corner.

The Museum

The main entrance is a very imposing affair of Greek style architecture and then 60 foot ceilings. Various directions lead you to upper floors, the central courtyard and into the classical sections (my favorite). The museum is massive, and even with a map, you'll find you missed things, need to go back, look again. Take a different turn. Just accept it and drink some wine at the cafe.

The Ancients

Considered the start of civilization, the Mesopotamians have the earliest discovered artistic stonework buildings. Things spread outwards from there, to the Egyptians, Greeks, and so many others. Not surprisingly, many of the holotypes to identify these cultures have made their way to the Museum over 200 years.

Further Asia

Japan, China, India and other areas are kind of congregated in the northern part of the museum on several floors. I am thinking since they are not the "originators" of Western civilization (and potentially some old prejudice) they are separated, but still quite significant. Also England got to these areas later in the game so maybe that's why.

English Stuff

Actually things from England. I know right? I almost fell over in shock.

Special Exhibition - Roman Centurion

An upcharge, but well worth it, special exhibition on the life of man, and specifically (a real person) a man who worked his ass off through the Roman Ranks to become a full blown Roman Centurion. These guys were the studs of all of the Roman Empire, and the path was neither easy, nor short.
Assyrian gates. This is older than old Things about Darius, the most spectacular Persian king The long and imposing Egyptian hall Continuation of the great Egyptian hall Egyptian pottery, 1000 years before the Greeks, and well done Lord Elgins hall, full of marble and well, you know the Acropolis stuff The Mausoleum at Halicarnassas, a true wonder of the world that got rather destroyed, so the English took some home Temple of Neried, Greek, and in entirety rebuilt here Friezes from the upper inner and outer area of the Parthenon. Seems Lord Elgin didn't trust the Greeks after they got it blown up The Parthenon Marbles, regardless your stance on who has them, this is pretty stunning Every time I come here I try to give props to by brother Amenhotep III. Previous pictures were by very bad photographers though Roman stuff, looks Greek, because... they copied it all, for real Ashrunasirpal II, king of Assyria, kicked some mighty ass More Roman, almost like they had owned the entire world at some point Emperors, important people, and some randos from Rome Gold was so ubiquitous in Rome that it was worn everywhere and by most levels of society True Roman building corners, from England of all places Stairs between levels just absolutely covered in Roman mosaics Asia room, facing West towards Chinese and Indian things Now facing west to China and Japan Shiva and Parvati, the lovers and conquerors 1500s Japanese still life painting. Incredible detail of reproducing nature Mayan, not Asian, but I had nowhere else to put it, they didn't have a lot of American stuff at all English, or maybe Roman. I forget, but filled with real jewels For the Kings private coin collection The great library, former home of the British Library and collections of astounding volumes An ancient gold coin horde buried by Brits back when well, I guess they were killed by invaders because they never came to get it The Lewis Chess set, from the 1100's, which shows the dark ages weren't entirely dark Medieval items, which are quite fancy for one what had been led to expect from that time A necklace showing royal privilege from the 1600's, amazingly the current ones look almost identical. Tradition people! Young aspirants can look at themselves as if they had reached the pinacle Various stuff from around the Roman world The only real surviving centurion shield in the world When you retired after 25 years, you were paid so much that you literally became instantly wealthy and could just retire. Many bought land and farms though Or you could be killed on the road to Cambridge from Londidium and buried ignominiously with your loved ones never knowing Well of course, a shop. They have many quality repros of the actual items for your office The famous gathering spot, Central Court. Wine is here plus bathrooms


Literally the most astounding and encompassing collection of Man's history on the planet. Political leanings and conscious aside, it's to be seen before it's not here anymore and you have to travel the 4 corners of the planet to view.


Patrick Story - 2024-06-20
Fantastic! Thanks again for the share old friend.

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