The British Museum

We decided to take a day trip down to London town and took advantage of visiting the British Museum. Entrance is free and there are elevators (lifts) scattered around, which is amazing because we have two umbrella strollers. It is worth it to get an audio guide, although not everything is explained on there and the map/GPS on it didn’t work so good. So that’s the gist of it, enjoy the pics below!

Assyria

This was such a fascinating exhibit. I really wish we had more time to explore this one.

This major exhibition tells the story of Ashurbanipal through the British Museum’s unparalleled collection of Assyrian treasures and rare loans. Step into Ashurbanipal’s world through displays that evoke the splendor of his palace, with its spectacular sculptures, sumptuous furnishings and exotic gardens. Marvel at the workings of Ashurbanipal’s great library, the first in the world to be created with the ambition of housing all knowledge under one roof. Come face to face with one of history’s greatest forgotten kings. You can see more about the Assyria exhibition here.

Egypt

I remain so fascinated with Egyptian history. Ever since watching The Mummy  20 years ago, I’ve been glued to everything King Tut, Queen Cleo, mummies and all. Seeing this exhibit was no different. There was also an entire exhibit on mummies! It really doesn’t get any cooler than that folks. Check this interactive map out for detailed information on how life in ancient Egypt was.

I will admit, for Egypt being my favorite exhibit, I sold myself short on the pictures I took. I guess that is more reason for you to make a visit to the British Museum. The care and time it took to embalm, mummify, and let’s not talk about the sarcophagus itself. Some of these coffins are so elaborate with rituals, blessings, spells, you name it. It really is a fascinating sight to see how loyal there were to one another. All of this to ensure a safe journey to the afterlife. Check out more on how mummification works here.

Asia

Asia’s history is one to be fascinated with as well. I do not know enough on India’s history to speak on it as an expert but reading about its history at the museum was incredible.

India, South Asia’s many histories chronologically and by region, from early human occupation to the present.

Highlights include seals from the Indus civilization, superb south Indian sculptures of Shiva and one of the finest statues of the goddess Tara from Sri Lanka. Sophisticated paintings and objects from the courts of the Mughal emperors can be seen alongside 20th-century paintings, including by the Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore.

Find more information and interactives on South Asia here.

Japan

From ancient flame pots, through samurai armour, to contemporary manga, the objects on display date from prehistory to the present. They reference the lives of emperors and also of ordinary townspeople.

Explore the expansive history and culture of Japan in these beautiful galleries, which showcase one of the most comprehensive collections of Japanese art and artifacts outside of Japan.

Hoping to have the opportunity to visit again and see much more.

One thought on “The British Museum

  1. The British Museum is one of the only London museums I don’t think I’ve ever been to (at least not as an adult anyway). I’ve always been fascinated by the Ancient Egyptians too so I think that exhibit would be one of my favourites. I think its great that you get free entry to the London museums- they’re always a fascinating experience!

    Soph – https://sophhearts.com/ x

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