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When in London, do not miss visit to the British Museum dedicated to human history, art and culture
For those touring London, the visit to the British Museum, in the Capital city's Bloomsbury area is a must. The students from various educational institutions keep on visiting the famous and educative museum which is dedicated to human history, art and culture.

If you wish to visit the museum seriously and closely, one day is not enough. It took me two days on a weekend to visit it when I was doing a course in school technology in 1977 on a commonwealth fellowship. I had spent the most time in the science department of the museum.

One may be surprised to know that  its collection of consists of over eight million works from all over the world since the British Empire had once ruled a major part of the world. It provides a detailed story of human culture from the ancient to the present which was established in 1753 as a natural history museum and then diversified.

The sections have exhibits and collections from Middle East with world's largest and most important collection of Mesopotamian antiquities outside Iraq. It has sections of Prints and Drawings and Display of Renaissance metal-ware from the Waddesdon Bequest.

The most interesting is the department of Britain, Europe and Prehistory with rare collections that cover a vast expanse of time and geography. One may marvel some of the earliest objects made by humans in east Africa over 2 million years ago. The prehistoric and Neolithic objects from other parts of the world have been displayed. One can also have a look at the art and archaeology of Europe from the earliest times to the present day.

Department of Asia has large collection of Chinese ceramics and other collections from Asian countries of over 75,000 objects. Visitors from India  are fascinated by Buddhapad bronze images from southern India of 6th century AD; Stone statue of Buddha from Bihar; Tara from the Thanjavur; Shiva from Tamil Nadu, goddess Ambika from Dhar in central India and sculpture of the two Jain Tirthankaras Rishabhanatha and Mahavira from Orissa.

For the young, the section that draws most attention is related to coins, medals, tokens and paper money. The collection spans the entire history of coinage from its origins in the 7th century BC to the present day and is representative of both the East and West.

A lot of students can also be seen in the section dedicated to conservation and scientific research, which was part of my study then which had  specialist areas such as ceramics;  glass; metals; organic material including textiles; stone, wall paintings and mosaics; Eastern pictorial art and Western pictorial art. The science department of the museum is dynamic since it continues to develop techniques to update artefacts by identifying the place an artefact originated and the techniques used in their creation. The department also publishes its findings and discoveries. This section provides ample scope to learn science through historical approach to learning science and application of scientific concepts.

One gathers here that the collection spans over two million years of human history and culture, and is one of world's most visited places with over 6 million visitors every year.

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