Wednesday, July 27, 2011

British Museum

The British Museum
(2/2 required Museum Visits and Writing Summary)

I can honestly say this is one of my favorite museums in London so far. Free Admission is a nice perk, but there are so many wonders of ancient history sprinkled across the museum and even more modern artifacts and exhibits tastefully woven throughout the massive multi-leveled complex. Although a bit overwhelming, the British Museum houses some of the most important pieces of mankind's history including, but definitely not limited to, the ancient mummies and tombs of Egypt, pieces of the Roman Parthenon, the Rosetta Stone, Grecian precious metals and crowns, beautiful Japanese pottery and so much more.

Aside from the more historical pieces, there was one exhibit that really caught my attention at the British Museum in the Living and Dying themed exhibition hall. This exhibit criticized and commented on the healthcare system by documenting every single medicine pill a specific man and woman had taken in their lifetime, from common cold and allergy pills even through chemotherapy treatment pills. Every single pill was laid out across a table which created a massive impact, visualizing how much we put into our bodies with medicine, but also how medicine has extended our lifetime. Here a pictures from this exhibit:

By: Anna White

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