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A Guide to the British Museum, London
If you are in London, you definitely have to make time to visit the British Museum no matter how packed your itinerary is. You will certainly not regret it. A visit to the British Museum will take you through the stories of many different cultures and peoples, transporting you back through the ages. It is definitely not your typical museum.

Established in 1753, the museum has grown from strength to strength. It started with about 70,000 artefacts that comprised of mainly books, artwork and antiques. Over the years, with the help of scientist, explorers, archaeologists and wealthy collectors who bequeathed their collections to the museum, the museum now has around 15 million artefacts, all unique and fascinating in their own right.

The British Museum was the first national museum of its kind. It was also the first to have no specific focus; quite simply, it aimed to collect everything. This explains the amazing variety of artefacts and collections. Today the museum has ten main departments – Ancient Egypt and Sudan, Greek and Roman Antiques, Middle East, Prints and Drawings, Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas, Coins and Medals, Prehistory and Europe, Conservation, Documentation and Science, as well as Libraries and Archives. This alone ought to give you a glimpse of the amazing range that the museum embraces.

Some highlights among the museum's collections include the mummy of Cleopatra, remnants of the Mausoleum of Halikarnassos, drawings from Rembrandt and many more. It will surely take you a few hours to enjoy all the museum has to offer.

The architecture of the museum has also received much praise and attention as it is simply breathtaking. The Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, also known as the Great Court, is the centre of the museum. It features a uniquely designed glass roof and is the largest covered square in Europe. The layout of the circular Reading Room, situated within the Great Court, is also fascinating to behold.

Admission to the museum is free, with the exception of some special exhibitions. Be sure to set aside at least a few hours so that you will have time to traverse the whole museum and experience all its collections. There are also cafes within the museum that you can go to if you need refreshment. There is no doubt that you will immensely enjoy your time at the Museum. Indeed, it is one of the must-see places in London.
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