Anyone who's ever been to the British Museum will know how tempting it is to take a picture of the building's awesome mix of architecture. While most tourists might not capture the magic of space in their photos – all those people, shaky hands and bad lighting don't add up to ideal shooting conditions, after all – a group of Instagrammers headed to museum early on Saturday morning to snap the space before it opened to the public. The results are spectacular.
The central cylindrical building was designed by architect Sir Robert Smirke in 1823. The surrounding space was then meant to be a garden, but was given a magnificent steel and glass roof in 1999. Inspired by the roof of the Reichstag in Berlin, the ceiling was constructed out of 3,312 panes of glass. See more snaps of the building on Instagram with the #emptyBM. Enjoy!
#emptybm ~ yesterday morning I was lucky to experience one of my favourite spots in London empty. Usually so busy, it was great to be able wander around this beautiful space before the crowds arrived. The light was just perfect & I got to catch up with some lovely instagrammers too. Special thanks to the @britishmuseum and to Zoë @zobolondon for the invite, we had such a great time.