20 January 2014

British Museum, a historic heart of London.

Just how does a humble blogger from the other side of the world write a post about the ancient wonders housed in the British Museum? Well, by attempting to cover a handful of the approximately 8 million permanent works dating back as far as circa ~3500 BC, a few shots of the wonderful atrium and a highlights walking tour. 
 
 British Museum Art Culture
 
Over the years I've spent a lot of time wandering through these halls. When I first arrived in the UK I ended up running a pub, and let me tell you, having a 4 hour break in the middle of the day is horrible - too short to go home and nap, too long for a lunch break. So I generally ended up wandering around London, and the British Museum was a regular favourite haunt.
 
British Museum


The Museum is a perfect venue for culture vultures, the curiously minded and those who simply enjoy wallowing in the epic nature that was the British Empire.
 
Just remember tea, rampaging and pillaging.


Adventures of a London Kiwi the British Museum
 



There are just so many items of fascination to behold. Egyptian Mummies and friezes, studded with beautiful hieroglyphics...



... ancient games of Thud, I mean the beautiful Lewis Chessmen...



... the odd touch of New Zealand...





...the immense and beautiful Rosetta Stone (a copy of which you can touch)...



...Ancient Greek and Roman statuary...



... and just so much more.



One of my favourite aspects of the Museum has to be the hidden ceramics gallery and the 'hands-on' desk run by volunteers in the Enlightenment Gallery. Who doesn't want to actually hold a 2,400 year old vase (among other items)? Not only that, but it has a link to Napoleon - these vases were the income that his Mistress' husband Lord Hamilton generated. (When you enter the museum by the main entrance walk into the large hall, then take the door at the middle of the wall to your right.)



Weirdly, it probably has to be my second favourite museum gift shop as well.



Even with my hours wandering the galleries, I still knew that I hadn't seen the majority of the museum. So, when my lovely guiding friend (and guest blogger) Yannick told me that he volunteers on the highlights tour, I knew I had to go (and lured in with the promise of cake) our travelling photographer friend Davide came as well.

It really is a wonderful 90-minute introduction to some of the incredible artefacts held in the museum, and some of the lesser known galleries. Just be careful of which gold statue the guide directs you to whilst on the tour...



It's a wonderful way to spend a rainy January afternoon. Did I mention that it is another free London wonder?
 
Have you been?

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18 comments :

  1. I used to have a Rosetta Stone water bottle that I got in the British Museum gift shop years ago. (What a nerd.) x

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    1. I was sorely tempted by the umbrella that echoed the roof design :D

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  2. This is so funny - I literally just wrote a post about the British Museum today! But it won't run for another few weeks - I'm trying to schedule out posts while we're in Austria and that's one of them! :o) The next time I go, I'll try one of the guided tours. When we went, it was my first time so I just hit the areas I REALLY wanted to see. There's so much more that I didn't even get close to!

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    1. Great minds Sarah, great minds :D I can't wait to read yours, especially because the photography will far outweigh mine!
      I really do recommend the tour - especially when taken by Yannick. There is a lot of passion and information there.

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  3. I don't think we have actually been here yet! I used to stick my nose up at museum tours, but after doing a couple it's a great way to learn about things you never would have known. Especially a highlights tour!

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    1. It's one place that I really do recommend a tour, it's HUGE!

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  4. Do you know what - I've never been. Another London thing to add to my never-ending list :)
    Claire xx
    somewhere... beyond the sea

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    1. Definitely another thing! There are just so many.

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  5. I have been to the British Museum and loved it. Would love to go back and do a highlight tour as I am sure there was so much I missed out on

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    1. If you want to go, let me know! I think Kelly (below) is thinking of going too.

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  6. I so need to do one of Yannick's tours - tell him I will behave and be super good! xx

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    1. Will he believe you, that's the question!

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  7. P.S. I own a few yellow duckies from the British Museum gift shop - god I love them!!!

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  8. P.S.S. Sorry for spamming your comments box but just wanted to tell you how much you ROCK!!!

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  9. I love the London Museum and you've made me realise that I must take one of Yannick's tours! Your photos are spectacular!

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