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“West Africa Word, Symbol and Song”
Review of British Library

British Library
Ranked #85 of 1,867 things to do in London
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Open to all visitors seven-days-a-week, this superb building by Sir Colin St John Wilson offers events, special exhibitions and a Treasures Gallery that displays over 200 items, including Magna Carta, a Gutenberg Bible and lyrics by the Beatles.
Useful Information: Activities for older children, Lockers / storage, Bathroom facilities, Stairs / lift, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 11 December 2015

I took a tour of the West Africa Word, Symbol and Song exhibition at the British Library. Well worth a visit for anyone with an interest in West Africa. The curator tour was definitely worth the extra cost. A really interesting exhibition.

Thank AliDiarra
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Reviewed 10 December 2015

Only visited the 'Treasure' room, which was amazing; originals from Da Vinci, Karl Marx, the Magna Carta, Henry 8th etc

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Reviewed 8 December 2015

This is my favorite museum in London. I have been many times and will go every time I come to London! Plan to spend some time just enjoying the Ritblat Treasures Gallery. Treasures is the word as you can see the many amazing illuminated books and other fantastic exhibits such as a copy of the Magna Carta, works from Handel and Beethoven, and much more. The building and courtyard are beautiful as well and it is down the street from the stunning Kings Cross/St. Pancras station.

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Reviewed 8 December 2015

It was great to see the 1215 Magna Carta on display together with many other ancient books i.e. Torah. Also a modern section showing lyrics written on the back of birthday cards and cigarette packets for some Beatles songs

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Reviewed 8 December 2015

Very convenient for the termini at Euston, Kings Cross and St Pancras, the British Library is a 'must visit' if you are anywhere near this area.

Head for the Sir John Ritblatt Gallery where you will find a magnificent collect of music scores, manuscripts and precious books are displayed,You can see the Gutenberg Bible and the Magna Carta as well as works by Shakespeare, Jane Austen and many others.

In the music section enjoy works ranging from Bach to the Beatles.

Move out of this gallery and peruse at least some of the thousands of rare stamps displayed in the Philatelic section. Amongst the collection you will find the world famous 'Penny Black'

Currently there is an Alice in Wonderland exhibition which will pass an interesting and informative half an hour!

All well worth a visit!

Thank Barry S
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