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Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Mon Feb 13, 2006 3:57 am

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.  

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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Mon Feb 13, 2006 3:59 am

The Elgin Marbles.
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Mon Feb 13, 2006 4:04 am

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.
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Mon Feb 13, 2006 4:03 pm

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 .
 
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Mon Feb 13, 2006 4:22 pm

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
 
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Mon Feb 13, 2006 5:27 pm

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
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Mon Feb 13, 2006 6:22 pm

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.
 
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Mon Feb 13, 2006 7:13 pm

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.
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Mon Feb 13, 2006 7:17 pm

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
 
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Mon Feb 13, 2006 9:06 pm

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 !
 
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Mon Feb 13, 2006 9:10 pm

Yes, I've been.

I was left pale and shaken by the experience.

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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Mon Feb 13, 2006 9:13 pm

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

pale ? ok, after all the mummies you might look slightly greenish and olive !
 
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Mon Feb 13, 2006 11:08 pm

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
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:45 am

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!
 
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 6:54 am

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
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:44 am

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

lol Nevermind. Just my politics.  Wink

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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 9:40 am

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!
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 10:34 am

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.
 
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 5:37 pm

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) .
 
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:40 pm

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.
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:43 pm

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

Does that include Skidmarks' house ??  Wink
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:45 pm

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
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:50 pm

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
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:55 pm

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
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 7:58 pm

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

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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Tue Feb 14, 2006 8:07 pm

Quoting Jacobin777 (Reply 16):
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!

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 on display. I was able to touch it as well which amazed me.*

The fun thing was that I knew what it was as soon as I saw it because we covered it in our ancient history studies in school that year. But I wasn't expecting to see it sitting out in the middle of the floor exposed to everyone so that came as a big surprise.

-Jeff

. . . . . . .

Edit:

*After doing a little research, it appears that the Rosetta Stone display that's open to touch is a replica while the authentic artifact is encased behind glass. Very sensible, but I don't recall ever seeing the one in the glass display so I guess I missed it.  Sad

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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:27 am

I was there last summer.. AWESOME place!! I enjoyed everything! Hope I can go back soon.  Smile
 
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RE: Anyone Ever Been To The British Museum?

Wed Feb 15, 2006 7:31 am

I would like the British Museum to do a special exhibit on all the "mystical" things it has in its collection.  Smile

Perhaps even a stone with a storied history, like the Hope Diamond, although I don't know where the Hope Diamond is. Something equivalent.

Imagine if the Museum announced that it really did have the Ark of the Covenant.  Big grin
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