My buddy and I decided to visit the British Library on arrival in London since we were early for the hotel check in thought it would be a good investment of our time. We had no regrets and couple of hours later came out enlightened on the most amazing artifacts assembled in a single place.
Just ask the Information desk where the Treasure room is and they will guide you to the best kept documents. There is no entrance fee and you will be dazzled by the collections of literary treasures you can view within a couple of hour. They start the room with letters, music sheets, and personal artifacts of great musicians from the Classic Composers all the way to Beatles. You then get to see writings of great writers/leaders from TS Elliott, Shakespeare, Charles Darwin, TE Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia fame), Winston Churchill, Isaac Newton and Jane Austin.
In the ancient text sections they have books from all over the world – ancient cultures of China, Egypt, Arabic, Mayan, and Indian. The western world section has the Guttenberg Bible to early maps of British Maps. The Magna Carta (which is a separate enclosure) in the highlight of the tour. Its impact on modern liberty movements across the globe are explained in an audio Q&A booth. There are several letters, edits from British Royalty from ancient times to the contemporary.
We were all done in a couple of hours and didn’t venture to the paid Exhibits. There is also a stamps collection section in the Library. There is a food court and free rest rooms that we noticed but didn’t use.
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