“I viewed the morning, with much alarm/The British Museum, had lost its charm”

I don’t think it’s possible for the British Museum to lose its charm, but this song goes through my head every time I walk by. I visited there on my very first visit to London in 2006 and was simply mesmerized. I went back again last week and had a similar experience. The sheer volume of artifacts from all over the world and throughout history in one place is overwhelming. And it’s free to visit. Enjoy the following images from my latest visit.
The exterior of the British Museum
The exterior of the British Museum
The Great Court
The Great Court
This rather awful picture shows the Rosetta Stone, perhaps the most famous in the Museum's collection. Its discovery in 1799 allowed scholars to  map hieroglyphs to Greek and understand their meaning for the first time.
This rather awful picture shows the Rosetta Stone, perhaps the most famous in the Museum’s collection. Its discovery in 1799 allowed scholars to map hieroglyphs to Greek and understand their meaning for the first time
One of the Easter Island statues, Hoa Hakananai'a, from 1400.
One of the Easter Island statues, Hoa Hakananai’a, from 1400.
Assyrian statues from the city of Ninevah
Assyrian statues from the city of Ninevah
Detail of a relief, also from Ninevah.
Detail of a relief, also from Ninevah.
Greek vase
Greek vase
Philosopher Row (L-R): Sokrates, Anisthenes, Chrysippos, & Epikouros. Roman copies of the lost Greek originals from the 300-200s BC
Philosopher Row (L-R): Sokrates, Anisthenes, Chrysippos, & Epikouros. Roman copies of the lost Greek originals from the 300-200s BC
Demeter statue, 350-330 BC
Demeter statue, 350-330 BC
Sutton Hoo helmet - one of only four surviving helmets from Anglo-Saxon England. Sutton Hoo was a 7th century AD shipwreck recently uncovered that tells us a great deal about Anglo-Saxon life
Sutton Hoo helmet – one of only four surviving helmets from Anglo-Saxon England. Sutton Hoo was a 7th century AD shipwreck recently uncovered that tells us a great deal about Anglo-Saxon life
Drinking horns, also from the Sutton Hoo find. Each horn holds 2 litres.
Drinking horns, also from the Sutton Hoo find. Each horn holds 2 litres.
Porcelain seated figure in the Sino-Tibetan style of a Bodhisattva, Qing dynasty, late 18-19th century AD
Porcelain seated figure in the Sino-Tibetan style of a Bodhisattva, Qing dynasty, late 18-19th century AD
Jade belt buckle from Ming dynasty between 14-17th centuries
Jade belt buckle from Ming dynasty between 14-17th centuries
Three of the 78 Lewis Chessmen.  These medieval walrus ivory chess pieces were found in Western Scotland in 1831. Half of them were painted red instead of the black we use today.
Three of the 78 Lewis Chessmen. These medieval walrus ivory chess pieces were found in Western Scotland in 1831. Half of them were painted red instead of the black we use today.
Cartier ruby and diamond necklace, 1956
Cartier ruby and diamond necklace, 1956
Page from Korean Sketches, compiled by James S. Gale
Page from Korean Sketches, compiled by James S. Gale
Enamelled glass wine cups from the Forbidden City, Beijing, AD 1736-95
Enamelled glass wine cups from the Forbidden City, Beijing, AD 1736-95
Title quote: Frank Sinatra, A Foggy Day

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