British Museum 大英博物館

The British Museum in London is regarded as one of the biggest and most comprehensive museums in the world.
When you visit London, you cannnot miss the museum.
I visited it on the first day in London.

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Great Court グレート・コート
It has a big Reading Room in it. 中は大きな図書閲覧室だそうです。

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The near room is the Mesopotamia room and the back room is the Egypt room.

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Rosetta Stone ロゼッタストーン
I could look at it from near place because I came in the exhibiton room early in the opening and there were not so many visitors. The stone was a little smaller than I expected.

When I studied in high school, an eccentric teacher introdued the Rosetta Stone in his world history class. He told the stone was in the British Museum, and he said "Bring it back to Egypt, Thief!"
Certainly, the relics taken out from the ruins are preferably to be returned to the country of origin if the country reclaims it.
But,taking into account that the Museum of Egypt was looted by a mob after "Arab Spring", I think the stone should be stored in any country which can store it neatly.

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Statue of Ramesses II ラムセス2世の像
Height:2.7meters, Weight:7.3tons

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Head of Amenhotep Ⅲ アメンホテプ3世の頭像

I am wondered at British efforts to carry these giant stone statues all the way from Egypt, not considering good or bad.

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Statue of Pharaoh ファラオの像

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Marble statue of a naked Aphrodite crouching at her bath

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Pericles ペリクレス(ペリクリーズ)

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warriors helmet 兜

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The mechanical galleon ガレオン船形の自動時計

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British Museum view from outside 外から見た大英博物館

As I heard before, the museum was too big and it has too many exhibits to see around in a day. I could see only a part of the museum in that day.

2013-9-7 visit


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