A Great Family Day Out
We had a lovely time at The British Museum on the last few days of the summer holidays with the children, and they were very happy to explore all the interesting things to look at in the Museum. On at the moment is their Ancient Lives, New Discoveries which looks really fascinating, all about embalming, mummies and lots of new facts. Can you believe it but after our hectic morning with the Gamar App we just ran out of time to see this exhibit, we are planning to go back and have an in depth look though as Lara has just started year four and her very first topic was Egypt! So it is a must to go back.
The British Museum is one of the UK’s leading visitor attractions. Founded in 1753 as a museum of the world it still to this day encapsulates that concept of being a world museum. The exhibitions depict stories and cultures from all around the world, from the beginning of history to the present time.
I would recommend a full day of exploring the Museum, and also it is useful to pack some lunches for the family, although there are cafe’s at the Museum it does get pricey when you are buying lunch and snacks, and is a lot kinder on the purse when all you have to consider are the drinks.
My oldest daughter who has been learning about Germany and the First Word War was really keen to go to see The Other Side Of The Medal, How Germany Saw The First World War , a collection of medals produced by artists who lived and worked in Germany between 1914 – 1919. Siobhan was fascinated by the malevolent figures depicted in the artworks, and of their significance.
We had an interesting time in the Ancient Greece – Parthenon Room both the girls love Greek Mythology and were keen to discover the stories of Zeus and Athena, it really doesn’t disappoint with plenty to see and explore. There is much to see and take in, so you really need to have a check list of what you really want to see on the day, so you can see it at your leisure without rushing to pack everything in.
On the upper floor there was the opportunity to handle and hold some ancient money, and to hear the story behind the coins. The Citi Money Gallery was an unexpected treat that we all enjoyed finding out more about different currencies from all around the world.
Also on the upper floor is the China, South Asia and Southeast Asia room a beautiful room full of treasures from the major religious systems (Buddhism , Hinduism, and Jainism) and the impact these had on Thailand, Cambodia, Sri-Lanka and Tibet.
The central Great Court is quite stunning with the beautiful glass roof and the girls were magnetically drawn to the gift shop of course, where you can get a souvenir on any budget. We had a snack and cup of coffee at the Gallery Cafe as we were in need of a sit down and a bite to eat, with plenty of seating there is no waiting for a table which is ideal when you have impatient and hungry kids!
There is a wonderfully stocked gift shop, which had the children browsing for ages at, and they ended up getting the most lovely souvenirs from, you will be surprised at the variety of things you can buy, there really is something for everyone.
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