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Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?  
User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2555 times:

Whenever I read about antiquities, the holdings of the British Museum come to mind. It seems to me that through the centuries of exploration and conquest, very rare and valuable things have come into the possession of that august institution.

See: http://www.thebritishmuseum.ac.uk/

Has anyone visited the British Museum, and what are some of the rare things that you've seen there?

Thanks in advance.  

[Edited 2006-02-12 19:59:04]

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User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20822 posts, RR: 62
Reply 1, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2555 times:

The Elgin Marbles.


International Homo of Mystery
User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 2548 times:

Quoting AeroWesty (Reply 1):
The Elgin Marbles.

Ah! Controversy!

http://www.elginism.com/

Here in California, the Getty Museum is facing a similar request for the return of certain of its possessions to Italy.


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 3, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2517 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Thread starter):
visited the British Museum, and what are some of the rare things that you've seen there?

the collection of ancient Egyptian mummies and sarcophagus and many many other such artifacts. It is a bit less than in the Egyptian Museum but much better lit and organized. There also, in the 80ies, the unforgettable Tut-Ank-Amun exhibition there .


User currently offlineJeffSFO From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 845 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 2513 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Thread starter):
Has anyone visited the British Museum, and what are some of the rare things that you've seen there?

Yes, back in '82 when I was 11 (jeez I'm getting old). What I remember most was seeing:

1. The Rosetta Stone
2. The Elgin Marbles
3. The Magna Carta
4. Documents written by Martin Luther
5. Egyptian mummies

My parents took my brother, sister and me on a trip to London. I remember my father taking the time to explain to me how important the Magna Carta was and its significance to Western history. Looking back, I really appreciate their time and effort in showing us these things.

-Jeff


User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 6 hours ago) and read 2508 times:

Great comments.  Smile I hope to tour the British Museum and see some of these artifacts when I visit Britain.

To Jeff: You're not that old. You're a lot younger than I am.  Smile


User currently offlineBackfire From Germany, joined Oct 2006, 0 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 5 hours ago) and read 2502 times:

Quoting JeffSFO (Reply 4):
The Magna Carta



Quoting JeffSFO (Reply 4):
I remember my father taking the time to explain to me how important the Magna Carta was and its significance to Western history.

From what I remember, the Magna Carta has since been moved to the British Library near Euston rail terminal. The Library is also worth a look if you're into antique documents.


User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 7, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2493 times:

Quoting Backfire (Reply 6):
From what I remember, the Magna Carta has since been moved to the British Library near Euston rail terminal.

Wow! Just, wow.  Smile That's the basis of constitutionalism!

Now I really have to go to the Museum.


User currently offlineJeffSFO From United States of America, joined Dec 2004, 845 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 2491 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 5):
To Jeff: You're not that old. You're a lot younger than I am.

I just can't believe it's been 24 years since that trip!  Smile

Regardless, while in London, another worthy visit was to the Imperial War Museum with my father and brother. My mother and sister declined to join us and visited Kew Gardens that day instead. Shows you where the priorities are in our family...

Quoting Backfire (Reply 6):
From what I remember, the Magna Carta has since been moved to the British Library near Euston rail terminal. The Library is also worth a look if you're into antique documents.

Thanks for the info--I didn't realize the copy (or perhaps copies?) from the British Museum have since been moved*. If my memory serves me correctly, there weren't many people around when we were viewing it so we had it all to ourselves at the time.

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Magna_carta#Copies


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2478 times:

Quoting JeffSFO (Reply 8):
the Imperial War Museum

the Imperial War Museum and the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum also can be highly recommended for a visit, while in London. Not least the gigantic Dino in the entrance hall of the Natural History !


User currently offlineQANTASforever From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2478 times:

Yes, I've been.

I was left pale and shaken by the experience.

QFF


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 11, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 2474 times:

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 10):
left pale and shaken by the experience.

pale ? ok, after all the mummies you might look slightly greenish and olive !


User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 4 days ago) and read 2467 times:

Quoting JeffSFO (Reply 8):
I just can't believe it's been 24 years since that trip!

Time flies when you're having fun.  Big grin

Quoting JeffSFO (Reply 8):
Regardless, while in London, another worthy visit was to the Imperial War Museum with my father and brother.

Great suggestion!  Smile

Quoting ME AVN FAN (Reply 9):
the Imperial War Museum and the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum also can be highly recommended for a visit, while in London. Not least the gigantic Dino in the entrance hall of the Natural History !

Imagine what a gigantic dino would have done in Imperial wars.  Wink

Quoting QANTASforever (Reply 10):
Yes, I've been.

I was left pale and shaken by the experience.

 Wow! Now I'm not sure I want to go!

 Wink


User currently offlineA319XFW From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 13, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 2447 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Thread starter):

Been there, done that.....
I think I managed to rush through it in about 1 hour and see most things a few years ago...
Mummy  checkmark 
Old Stone  checkmark 
Old pots  checkmark 
More old stone  checkmark 
Old wood  checkmark 
All other random stuff  checkmark 

OK, being an engineer, the Science Museum was way more interesting to me! Nice touch with the A340 MLG in the foyer too!


User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 16 hours ago) and read 2441 times:

Spoken like a true logical positivist!  Big grin

Doesn't the past have any hold, though? It's almost a spiritual thing -- imagine yourself living in a past that created these old artifacts. Now imagine how far we have progressed, and yet how much further we still have to go. A contemplation of the distance in time between then, whose works are still before us, and now reminds us of all the potential of humankind to do great things, now and forever. What stories such artifacts could tell, if they could speak!  Smile


User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 15 hours ago) and read 2423 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 12):
Now I'm not sure I want to go!

lol Nevermind. Just my politics.  Wink

QFF


User currently offlineJacobin777 From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 14968 posts, RR: 59
Reply 16, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 2409 times:

Quoting JeffSFO (Reply 4):
My parents took my brother, sister and me on a trip to London. I remember my father taking the time to explain to me how important the Magna Carta was and its significance to Western history. Looking back, I really appreciate their time and effort in showing us these things.



Quoting JeffSFO (Reply 4):
1. The Rosetta Stone

Hi Jeff... Smile

I was at the British Museum in 2002 and back in 1986 (back when I was living in Central London)........

my uncle took a picture of me while I was touching the Rosetta Stone (1986)...don't know if it was too legal, but I felt special as I was able to a touch a special piece of history!



"Up the Irons!"
User currently offlineNonrevman From United States of America, joined Nov 2001, 1302 posts, RR: 1
Reply 17, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 13 hours ago) and read 2403 times:

That is certainly one of my fond memories of visiting London. As the above people have mentioned, objects such as the Elgin Marbles, Magna Carta, and the Rosetta Stone are unmatched in this world.

On top of this, I really enjoyed the Sutton Hoo treasure. We were taught about that nice British treasure hoard here in the States and it was fascinating to see some of that. Another object which was interesting was this piece in the clock museum which did not tell time, but showed the position of the planets. The model even has rings on Saturn. Has anyone else seen this?

One of the best things about the museum is that it is free. This is a rarity for London attractions, but certainly an incredible place to visit. It is the best museum I have seen so far.


User currently offlineME AVN FAN From Switzerland, joined May 2002, 13920 posts, RR: 25
Reply 18, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 6 hours ago) and read 2395 times:

Quoting Nonrevman (Reply 17):
the best museum

well, all four, the British Museum, the Imperial War Museum, the Science Museum and the Natural History Museum are in a class of their own. It may be worth to mention the RAF-Museum in Hendon (North London) .


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2388 times:

Quoting Nonrevman (Reply 17):
One of the best things about the museum is that it is free.

Most of the major London museums are free to get in, such as the various National Galleries and Tate Galleries, the Imperial War Museum, National Maritime Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, V & A etc etc. There was a shortish period where they charged for entry, but we had a massive row about destroying the educational fabric of the planet  Wink by charging and so they reverted to being free of charge.

As they should be, of course. All the world's major museums should be free entry in a perfect society.



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2387 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 19):
All the world's major museums should be free entry in a perfect society.

Does that include Skidmarks' house ??  Wink



Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 2385 times:

Quoting QANTASFOREVER (Reply 15):
lol Nevermind. Just my politics.

Not a problem.  Smile

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 16):
my uncle took a picture of me while I was touching the Rosetta Stone (1986)...don't know if it was too legal, but I felt special as I was able to a touch a special piece of history!

'Twas truly a touchstone, then!

Thinking about these things, one can only imagine the things the Museum may have in storage -- perhaps too valuable or controversial to display.

Quoting Nonrevman (Reply 17):
The model even has rings on Saturn. Has anyone else seen this?

This sounds positive anachronistic!

Quoting Banco (Reply 19):
Most of the major London museums are free to get in, such as the various National Galleries and Tate Galleries, the Imperial War Museum, National Maritime Museum, Natural History Museum, Science Museum, V & A etc etc.

The best things in life are -- they say -- free!  Smile


User currently offlineBanco From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2001, 14752 posts, RR: 53
Reply 22, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2383 times:

Quoting AerospaceFan (Reply 21):
Thinking about these things, one can only imagine the things the Museum may have in storage -- perhaps too valuable or controversial to display.

They try to rotate the exhibits, but yes, there are millions of items held in storage that often never get to be seen. That's another row, by the way.  Wink

Quoting Cornish (Reply 20):
Does that include Skidmarks' house ??

Didn't Tracey Emin use that once?  Wink



She's as nervous as a very small nun at a penguin shoot.
User currently offlineCornish From United Kingdom, joined Feb 2005, 8187 posts, RR: 54
Reply 23, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2379 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 22):
Didn't Tracey Emin use that once?

 rotfl 

I thought the picture Van Gogh painted of Skidz was quite good too - although admittedly one of his lesser-known works  Wink



Just when I thought I could see light at the end of the tunnel, it was some B*****d with a torch bringing me more work
User currently offlineAerospaceFan From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 24, posted (8 years 10 months 1 week 3 days 3 hours ago) and read 2378 times:

Quoting Banco (Reply 22):
They try to rotate the exhibits, but yes, there are millions of items held in storage that often never get to be seen.

Are they held in storage -- as in the last scene in Raiders of the Lost Ark?

 Big grin

[Edited 2006-02-14 11:59:28]

25 Post contains images JeffSFO : Hi Imran, From what I remember, we were able to walk right up to it, as it was propped up on a pedastal right in the middle of the floor where it was
26 Post contains images UAalltheway : I was there last summer.. AWESOME place!! I enjoyed everything! Hope I can go back soon.
27 Post contains images AerospaceFan : I would like the British Museum to do a special exhibit on all the "mystical" things it has in its collection. Perhaps even a stone with a storied his
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