Home  Gregor Travel London 2001
London
Sept 25, 2001 - Oct 3, 2001
Around Town
Around Town

Museums
Theaterland
Theaterland
Windsor Castle
Windsor Castle
 
Victoria and Albert Museum
Sculptures
Chihuly Entry
Chihuly
Chihuly Outdoor Sculpture
The Victoria and Albert Museum is on of world's finest museums of decorative arts. It shows arts and crafts from around the world from 3000 BC to the present. Chihuly, an American glass artist, showed his works in a special exhibit. Amazing sculptures full of color. Another special exhibit: Japanese sword making. Very interesting, but hard to take photos.
       
British Museum
British Museum
British Museum
British Museum - Great Court
Reading Room
Due to the constant rain I spent a fair amount of time in London's museums. The British Museum has the most significant collection of Egyptian artifacts outside of Cairo. The Brits pillages the world treasures for us to see... The Great Court has been recently been completely remodeled and covered -- a great idea considering London's wet climate. The Great Court houses the impressive reading room of the library. Books span 360 degrees around the library.
The museum hosts some unique Greek artifacts such Rosetta Stone or this mausoleum. A panel from the Parthenon on the Acropolis in Athens -- part of the world famous Parthenon Galleries.    
A piece of the Statue of Rameses II. Pets played an important role in ancient Egypt. Some were mummified as well. An excerpt of the famous book of the dead -- provided to the dead as a guide to eternal life.  
Design Museum
In 1989, the Conran Foundation converted a warehouse in London's Butlers Wharf into the Design Museum. Special exhibit: Isamu Noguchi -- creator of the famous lamps and the coffee table, an icon of 20th century design. Also on display: furniture designed by Memphis Milano, the group started in 1981 by Ettore Sottsass. Contemporary glass art by Smash.

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