Private Tour of the British Museum with a Blue Badge Guide
One of the most visited museums in the world, the British Museum attracts visitors from all walks of life to view some of its most famous artefacts such as the Rosetta Stone or Parthenon Sculptures. Founded by the royal physician and scientist, Sir Hans Sloane in 1753, the British Museum is a museum of antiquities which represents virtually every civilisation that has ever existed. With a collection of over 8 million and some 80,000 exhibits at any one time on display, one can feel somewhat overwhelmed, so we will put together a tour which encompasses some of the museum’s absolute highlights, some of our favourites and anything else you specifically request. We also have a children's British Museum Tour which focuses on the Egyptian galleries.
These are some of our highlights:
- The Rosetta Stone - probably the most visited artefact in the British museum became the key to deciphering hieroglyphs.
- Egyptian Mummies - Children will be especially animated to discover than it was not just humans who were mummified, but animals too and it's great fun trying to guess which animal is which.
- The Mausoleum at Halikarnassos , built between 353-350 BC, which was situated in South West Turkey is one of the 7 Wonders of the World.
- Parthenon Sculptures: built as a temple to worship the goddess athena, these sculptures otherwise known as "the Elgin Marbles" have been on display at the British Museum since 1817.
- Assyrian lion hunt reliefs: Arguably among the greatest work in the British Museum, these sculptures which date from around 650 BC depict the bloodsport of kings: lion hunting.
- Turquoise snake: worshipped by the Aztecs from central America and seen as powerful creatures. They accompanied the sun on its journey across the sky and could predict the future.
- Lindow Man, a young 24 year old whose body was preserved in a peat bog. Children will enjoy trying to solve the mystery of what happened to him.
- The Lewis Chessmen: We just can't escape Harry Potter! But what's the connection?