Today we arrive at British Museum Room 14 – Greek Vases 5, for our weekly Museum Guide excursion, led by Divvya Nirula.
The British Museum collection consists of priceless artefacts from all over the world. Presented here are our top three must-see objects on view here. Next time you visit the museum, do not miss these!
1. Loutrophoros, circa 430 BC, by Unknown
2. Oinochoe, 610-570BC, by Unknown
3. Psykter, circa 500-470 BC, by Unknown
Some fun facts about the Museum :
- The British Museum opened its doors to the public in 1759.
- Entry to the Museum has always been free, so as to encourage as many people to visit, locally and from around the world.
- Initially entry was limited by appointment to avoid overcrowding the museum space.
- Today, the British Museum draws in a crowd of over 6 million visitors annually.
- The collection displayed has been amassed over time, through the generosity of the Museum’s various donors and individual and institutional supporters.
- A total of over 8 million objects are housed at the Museum, and they show two million years of human history. The objects are from all parts of the world and represent very diverse cultures.
A Final Thought :
One of the most controversial aspects of the British Museum’s collection is the way these objects wound up in the collection. Some had been donated by wealthy people who had purchased them during their travels. However, a large portion of artefacts were in fact looted by the British from the colonies of the British empire. This then begs the question – do these artefacts really belong in the Museum, or should they be returned to their home countries on ethical grounds? This has been a debate since the end of colonialism. Yet, we still don’t seem to have an answer.
Visit Art From Us Archive for Museum Guide collated by Divvya Nirula. Here you shall find more suggestions on where you should visit next. And what you should see there.