The British Museum is huge. It can be overwhelming for tourists who have no idea on what to see and where to start. With 8 million objects as collections, you can’t see them all in a day. But if you could, you’d be extremely exhausted at the end of your visit. There’s a chance that you won’t remember a thing or two if you intend to see too many objects in a short trip here. So, be like me – see only the things you’re interested to see. But, this doesn’t mean that you’ve got to be so focused on the objects you resolved to see. You’ve got to stop and see the things that capture your curiosity.
Here’s my top 10 things to see at the British Museum. This list can help you plan ahead on what to expect inside, especially if you’re on a short visit.
1. Look up and go around the Great Court
This is the largest covered public square in Europe. At the centre is the world-renowned Reading Room. Fail not to check it out.
2. Catch sight of the Rosetta Stone
Well, it’s THE Rosetta Stone, so there’s no reason not to see it.
3. Stare at the Elgin Marbles
These sculptures are original – and from the Parthenon in Greece.
4. Be awed looking up the Easter Island Statue
This is incredibly huge piece of sculpture.
5. Glare at the marvellously-carved Lewis chessmen
There are 82 pieces of chessmen. The one on the right is the Queen. They’re made of ivory.
6. Admire the Aztec Serpent with Two Heads
Scary but kinda interesting. Look closer and you’ll find that there are mosaics on its body. The teeth are made of shell.
7. Gawk at the Standard of Ur
See the mosaics of its four sides. They each depict a scene of their time.
8. See the Inca Collections
If you haven’t been to Peru, the collections here would make you want to go!
9. Leer at the Ram in the Thicket
This hungry ram is hiding in a bush in search of food.
10. Take a stroll at the Egyptian Collections Hall
Your window to ancient Egyptian civilisation.
The British Museum is a museum of human history, art and culture. Going inside will make you realise how vast the British Empire once was. Many of the collections here were from the countries where the British once invaded, conquered and ruled.
The British Museum is FREE.
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