Rick's Video of the Month: June 2013

London, England: British Museum

British Museum 101

At the peak of its empire, England collected art and artifacts as fast as it collected colonies. The British Museum is the showcase for those extraordinary treasures, and is THE chronicle of western civilization. In this single building, you can learn more about our history than just about anywhere else on the planet. No visit to London is complete without it. This 4½-minute video will get you started — painlessly! 

Tour it with Rick: Our free Rick Steves Audio Europe app includes a Rick-narrated audio walking tour of the British Museum — and other great bits of London.

Read before you go: Rick's Europe 101: History & Art for the Traveler book doesn't just tell you what happened way back when, but more importantly, why it matters and where to see the most vivid examples.

Catch more clips from Rick's TV shows, interviews, lectures — even his "phone movies" — on the Rick Steves YouTube Channel.