Take Time to Explore the British Museum in London
With more than eight million items in its permanent collection, the British Museum in London offers one of the most comprehensive exhibits dedicated to the history and culture of humankind, from its beginning to the present, and on all the continents. Established in 1753, the museum started off exhibiting primarily the extensive private natural history collections of Irish physician Sir Hans Sloane, and has been expanded continually over the following years. The museum is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Britain and is well worth visiting – more than once.
Cultural highlights of the museum include exhibits relating to the Akkadian Dynasty, Babylonians, Bronze Age, Celts, Elamites, Etruscans, Franks, Greek Classical and Archaic Periods, Hellenistic Greek, Medes, Neo-Babylonian Dynasty, Ottoman Empire, Roman Britain, Roman Empire, Tudor England, Vandals, Vikings, Zapotec and the Zhou dynasty of China, to mention only a few.
Various influential figures are featured in detail at the museum, including artists, sculptors, literary geniuses, gods, goddesses, royalty, historians, collectors and saints over the ages. Exhibits are also categorized by modern geographical locations, providing a wealth of information on far-off and exotic destinations from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe and everything in between.
Keeping up with rapidly advancing technology, the British Museum features the Samsung Digital Discovery Center with free digital workshops every weekend where visitors aged seven plus can enjoy a variety of activities, including creating a Mayan comic strip, becoming an ancient Greek Olympian (on screen that is) and using the latest stop-motion software to cast mythical medieval creatures in a short film scenario. Activity trails in the museum include Chasing Rainbows with Mama Wata for 3-5 year olds and Sailing on the Nile, or Hunting for Dragons for 6-11 year olds.
In addition to the permanent exhibitions at the British Museum visitors will find temporary themed exhibitions from time to time. In December 2012, the museum's featured tour was The Body Beautiful in Ancient Greece focusing on artworks from over two millennia relating to the human form. It also included a 1:200 scale model reproduction of Olympia from around 100 BC. Special events and workshops add to the excitement of a visit to the British Museum and it is worth checking the museum's website to see what's on when planning your visit.