Three Things You Must See at the British Museum
Are you interested in enjoying an educational day out in London with your family or friends? If so, you should definitely drop by the British Museum on Great Russell Street. It has one of the most comprehensive permanent collections in the world, and yes, it's completely free.
Because there are about 8 million works found inside the museum, you might feel overwhelmed in deciding which exhibits you should check out. If you really want to make the most out of your visit, you should make sure to have the following must-see objects on your list:
Mummy of Katebet
This is the mummified remains of an old woman by the name of Katebet. She was once “The Chantress of Amun” in Karnak in the late Dynasty XVIII. Since she was a well-regarded singer in her time, her mummy has rich outer trappings that include an elaborate wig, a gilded mummy-mask, and real rings on the attached wooden arms.
You've likely heard of this item in your history classes but seeing it in person accounts for a whole new experience. Its inscriptions aren't particularly interesting as it is just a decree that established the divine cult of King Ptolemy V following his coronation. Still, the stone is of exceptional value as it was the key that allowed scholars to decipher hieroglyphics for the first time.
These are sometimes known as the Elgin Marbles and have been on public display since 1817. They are a collection of Classical Greek architectural pieces, inscriptions, and marble sculptures that were originally part of the Parthenon and the ancient Acropolis of Athens. They remain a source of diplomatic dispute with Greece but the UK would be remiss to let go of such a treasure.
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Obviously, there are millions of other objects you can learn about when you visit the British Museum. If you are interested in going on a private tour, please go to our British Museum Tours page where you can easily make a booking with us online.