The British Museum is a great place to explore the different histories and cultures of the world. The majority of the exhibits within the museum are free of charge to visit. However the temporary exhibits, which usually have rare and unique artefacts on display, are not. That does not mean that you should not visit these exhibits, on the contrary, I highly recommend seeing them. If you are planning on studying in London for your degree the trick is to become a member of The British Museum, which costs thirty-five pounds. A regular price ticket for a one-time visit to one of these temporary exhibits can be anywhere between twelve and fifteen pounds. Since the museum usually has more than one of these exhibits on display at any given time, it makes economic sense to become a member. After two visits you have already paid for your membership! Another perk of being a member is that you do not have to wait in line to enter the exhibit, just show your card, walk right in, and enjoy. They also have a members lounge in the museum where the public cannot enter, this is where you can purchase a light lunch and relax. You can also attend member events like lectures and guest speaker series, where you can talk to the curators or professionals of a certain field of study. This provides students with a great opportunity to network with leading academics and professionals, who might be able to offer you some advice on your own studies.
I recently attended the temporary exhibit entitled ‘Life and Death in Pompeii and Herculaneum’. I was so excited about being able to see artefacts from these two famous ancient Roman cities, which were buried under the onslaught of ash and fire from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. I was able to see plaster casts of the poor victims, preserved food, fresco paintings, and daily-use objects. These were objects that I had studied in my undergraduate Classic courses and they were right before my eyes. Being a member of The British Museum, I could enter right away on the opening day. I will be returning very soon!