Best of the British Museum Guided Tour
Arriving by Tube? Take the Piccadilly line to Russell Square tube station. Turn left out of the station and walk straight up Bernard Street. At the traffic lights cross over the road. The meeting point is directly in front of you.
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A storehouse of irreplaceable historic treasures accumulated over centuries, the British Museum brings you face to face with the essential touchstones of civilization – legendary objects you've read and heard tales about since you were a kid.
We're talking 70 galleries holding eight million artifacts that chronicle just about every human culture we know of – back to a time before "cultures" even existed, because we were still getting used to walking upright.
Fortunately, we've evolved to the point where an experienced guide can lead a tribe of headphone-clad culture-cravers to the museum's richest finds – with humor, insight, and passion.
You'll learn about the importance of death rituals to the ancient Egyptians, and see royal mummies and monumental statues of Amenhotep, Ramses, and their fellow pharaohs. These folks brought their worldly goods and animals to the afterlife with them – including their cats, whose tiny decorated mummies are curiously fascinating. You'll see statues and structures so critical to our understanding of ancient Greece that modern Greece still fights to get them back. Just as Egypt claims the museum's most-visited exhibit: the Rosetta Stone, the key that unlocked the secret of hieroglyphics.
And you'll see what was unearthed at the Sutton Hoo burial mound in southern England, another museum must. Highlights here include the remains of a 90-foot ship from the 600s, its central chamber brimming with kingly Anglo-Saxon treasure, including a decorated burial helmet that looks like it escaped from the Game of Thrones prop room. You'll hear the amazing tale of how it survived the ravages of time and grave robbers.
Such tales define what it means to be a human in the 21st century. You've probably heard parts of them over the years; this is your chance to get the whole story in a couple of hours.
The Brit is your oyster
Once your guided session's done, feel free to seek out less well-known wonders, like the seriously creepy Mask of the Quetzalcoatl, gifted to brutal conquistador Hernan Cortes by Montezuma himself. Stalk some Assyrian lion hunt reliefs. Pay a visit to the money gallery and see tokens minted by London coffee houses 300 years before Starbucks Reward cards. Or see a Sumerian soldier's crushed skull, still inside his crushed helmet. Makes those mummified felines seem cute and cuddly.
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