Iconic Museums In The Heart of London

One of The Largest Museums in The World

If you’re looking to immerse yourself in human history, art, and culture, then the British Museum is a must-visit destination. Located in the Bloomsbury area of London, the British Museum was founded in 1753, making it one of the oldest museums in the world. With over eight million objects spanning human history from the earliest times to the present day, the museum is one of the most comprehensive and largest in the world.

Iconic Artefacts

The British Museum is divided into departments that house collections from all continents, including ancient Egypt and Sudan, Greece and Rome, the Middle East, Asia, Africa, the Americas, and Europe. The museum is home to some of the most famous exhibits in the world, including the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures (also known as the Elgin Marbles), the mummies of ancient Egypt, and the Sutton Hoo treasure. The Rosetta Stone is particularly interesting as it is a key to understanding hieroglyphs, and the Parthenon sculptures have been the subject of controversy since they were taken from Athens in the early 19th century by the British ambassador Lord Elgin.

 

The Collections

The British Museum not only houses a vast collection of artifacts but also hosts temporary exhibitions, lectures, and events throughout the year. This makes it an excellent place to learn more about human history, art, and culture in an interactive and engaging way. Visitors can explore the collections on their own or take part in guided tours, audio guides, or family activities.

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Admission to the British Museum is free, but some special exhibitions may require tickets. The museum is open every day, except for December 24-26 and January 1, making it a great destination to visit any time of the year.

While in London

While you’re in London, be sure to also visit the Tower of London – A Fortress with a Thousand-Year History

Located on the north bank of the River Thames in central London, the Tower of London is a historic fortress that has played a significant role in British history for almost a thousand years. Built-in 1066 by William the Conqueror, the Tower has served as a royal palace, a prison, a place of execution, a treasury, a menagerie, and more recently, a museum.

The Towers

The Tower of London consists of several buildings and towers surrounded by defensive walls and a moat. Some of the most famous buildings within the Tower include the White Tower, the Bloody Tower, and the Jewel House. The White Tower is the oldest and most iconic building, and it houses exhibits on the history of the Tower and the Royal Armouries collection. The Bloody Tower was the site of the imprisonment and alleged murder of the two young princes, Edward V and his brother Richard Duke of York, in 1483. The Jewel House is home to the Crown Jewels, which includes the Sovereign’s Sceptre, the Imperial State Crown, and the Koh-i-Noor diamond, among other impressive treasures.

History

Throughout its history, the Tower of London has been used as a prison for high-profile figures, including Queen Elizabeth I before she became queen, and the famous spy and double agent, Rudolf Hess, during World War II. It was also the site of numerous executions, including those of three of King Henry VIII’s wives: Anne Boleyn, Catherine Howard, and Jane Grey.

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Today, the Tower of London is a popular tourist attraction and museum that offers daily guided tours, exhibitions, and displays on the history and significance of the site. Visitors can also watch the Ceremony of the Keys, a traditional lock-up ceremony that has been performed every night for over 700 years.

The Tower of London is open to visitors every day except December 24-26 and January 1,

 

Whether you’re interested in exploring human history, art, or architecture, the British Museum and the Tower of London offer a glimpse into the rich and fascinating past of London and beyond.

 

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