The British Museum is one of those places where a single article or in this case, blog post is simply not enough. It is right up there with the premier museums of the world and is one of London's most visited attractions drawing in excess of six million visitors a year.
The museum's entrance on Great Russell Street shows off the neoclassical architecture in all its magnificent grandeur. The grand entrance was intended to reflect the wondrous objects housed inside and I think it does that rather well.
Passing through that grand facade into the museum, you find yourself in the area called Watson Hall and its classical Greek design.
A few steps past Watson Hall brings you to the Great Court, a truly stunning achievement in architectural design by Norman Foster. The centerpiece for the museum was completed in 2000.
The soaring glass and steel ceiling covers what was once a courtyard that had become unusable because of a structure to house historic books that was built at its core. Those books are now at home at the British Library and this space became ripe for huge remodeling.
Mr. Foster did a spectacular job making this space the center focal point for the entire museum and it's vast collection.
Among the museum's most famous possessions is this statue of Ramesses II dating back to 1270BC and weighing in at over 7 tons.
In fact, the Egyptian collection is one of the most popular in the museum. If you are there on a Sunday like I was, you will find the rooms full of visitors.
I enjoyed walking through the mummies and statues but, I was fascinated with some of the smaller treasures to be found in the quieter rooms. I posted about the The Lewis Chessman in another post.
To the right is a gilt Bacchus sitting atop a barrel of wine.
And, on the left is a glazed ceramic vase depicting Hercules embracing Deiarina after rescuing her from the centaur Nessus.
This one is described as gilded enameled glass probably coming from Syria or Egypt but mounted into a goblet in France somewhere around 1200.
I spent the better part of a day wandering around this boundless repository. I even stopped for lunch at the restaurant under that splendid glass ceiling.
There are so many fabulous museums in the city of London, I don't think I'd ever run out of things to see and things to learn if I lived there my entire life.
This post is linked to Through My Lens.