5 Reasons to Visit London’s British Museum

The British Museum has one of the world’s most comprehensive collections of human history and culture. Since it was first set up in 1753, the museum has attracted a number of visitors, but if you’re still on the fence, here are five reasons why you should visit the British Museum.

The British Museum

Free Entry and a Roof on Top – The British Museum is a London stop that is easy on the wallet. Just get there and walk in. It’s as simple as that. All the museum asks is that you leave a small donation if possible. Additionally, the large museum complex comes with a covered roof. This means come rain, wind or snow, you have the perfect hideout till things calm down.

The Exhibits – Obviously. Even if you aren’t a history buff, it’s hard not to come away impressed by the items on display here. The Egyptian, Greek and Roman exhibits alone are worth the visit.

British Museum

The museum also holds a number of special exhibitions (like the Terracotta Warriors and the Royal Paintings of Jodhpur). These however come with an admission charge and may also require advanced booking.

Photography – I love museums that allow you to take photos, sharing a slice of history (or whatever else is on offer). And the British Museum does just that. In addition to the history, the museum architecture also makes for a great subject, with the museum roof alone taking up most of your camera battery!

People Watching – Sit on the steps of the museum or at the cafes and watch the flow of visitors. It’s a flurry of nationalities and languages, a lot like the museum exhibits. Strike a conversation or be an observer on the sidelines.

Eat & Shop – Eating and shopping at a museum may sound silly, but they are a part of the British Museum experience. A day at the museum, even half a day, can be exhausting. You’ll find yourself in need of a break and refreshments. The cafes allow you to recharge and continue the tour with ease. Additionally the museum’s court restaurant offers something unique – meals based on the special exhibition themes.

The shops too are stocked with pretty, shiny things. Amongst them glossy history books and high quality replicas. The history buff in you will find it hard to turn away empty handed.

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