Treasures in London this 2011
The world famous British Museum is easily one of the most popular attractions in London. It’s no wonder because it exhibits the work of man from prehistoric times to present day from all over the world. Highlights of this historical treasure include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and the mummies in it’s Ancient Egypt collection. However, we would like to touch upon their latest exciting exhibition entitled “Afghanistan. Crossroads of the Ancient World” featuring surviving treasures from the National Museum of Afghanistan, which will be showing in this London museum until the 3rd of July. .
"Afghanistan , Crossroads of the Ancient World";
This fascinating exhibition looks at the history of Afghanistan which, at the heart of the Silk Road, was the historic link between ancient Iran, Central Asia, India, China and the more distant cultures of Greece and Rome. The country’s unique location resulted in a legacy of extraordinarily rare objects, which reveal its rich and diverse past. The surviving treasures, dating back from 2000 BC, range from gold ornaments and glass vessels to ivory furniture and limestone sculptures illustrating the county’s legacy of craftsmanship.
These beautiful pieces were almost lost during the Soviet Invasion and Taliban rule, however they have been successfully recovered. A stunning gold crown found in the tomb of a woman at a burial site of a nomadic tribe features amongst the discoveries and comprises, without a doubt, one of the most interesting pieces in the collection.
Alongside the exhibition visitors can experience Afghan culture and explore the country’s rich history with the events programme filled with talks, films, workshops and family activities. This is a unique opportunity for us to discover the story of Afghanistan’s ancient culture, it’s fragility, and the dedication shown to its survival and protection. We therefore suggest that you rent a London apartment so you can enjoy this interesting exhibition, and everything the British Museum has to offer, at your leisure.
Dates: 3rd of March to the 3rd of July
Times:10am-5.30pm Sat-Thur; 10am-8.30pm Fri (selected galleries only, ring for details)
Where: British Museum
Address:44, Great Russell St, London, United Kingdom WC1B 3DG
Directions: Holborn/Russell Square
Entrance price: Access to the British museum is free. Afghanistan exhibit is free for members, £10 adult, £8 16 – 18s and students, under 16s free, unemployed person £8, disabled person £8, disabled person’s assistant free, groups £8.50, art fund members £5, seniors £10 (booking fees apply when booking tickets (£1) and by telephone (£2).
Contact: telephone: 020 7323 8000, bookings 08445 791940 or book tickets here.