Roughly 3 blocks from the hostel we’ll be staying in London is one of the most famous Museums in Europe, the British Museum. Your classes might not get to it, but you’ll have every chance in the world to see it on your own or with friends, and with the price tag of FREE and only a 5-minute walk separating it from your bed, it won’t be difficult to make it there.
It has some of the most famous artifacts in the world that scholars have spent their lives writing about and studying, and it holds plenty of pieces of history that you’re familiar with whether you know it or not. If you go to Athens over Acceleration (Which you should!) you can go up on to the Acropolis and see the famous Parthenon, but you won’t see the beautiful carvings that adorned its frieze during the lifetimes of Socrates and Alexander the Great. They are in London, arranged in a display set to scale of their former Greek home, 5 minutes from your hostel, and you can see them at eye level for free. A full temple has been moved and reconstructed within the museum, full caverns of wall carvings are set up in long hallways for you to explore, the Rosetta Stone itself is on display, and countless other priceless world-famous artifacts are yours for the viewing at absolutely no cost to you.
When I was a student on the Catalyst program, I went in to the British Museum 4 different times, for only about an hour each time, but when it’s free to enter and so close to home it was totally doable for me to just pop in by myself or with friends to check out a different wing of the museum. Whether you’re interested in art, history, and culture, it’s a place that is certainly worth at least an hour of your time. I know I’ll be going back again on my own time this summer!
Owen, Catalyst ’17, Catalyst Coordinator ’18 and ’19