Day at the British Museum

Days off are great, aren’t they? Whilst the world is at work, you get to do whatever you like, so for mine, I chose to enjoy a little bit of culture and head off to explore the British Museum in Central London.

I’m ashamed to say that I hadn’t been before, but after spending an afternoon wandering through the displays and exhibitions, you won’t have to try hard to persuade me to go back for another round. 

I won’t lie to you, the main reason I had a hankering to visit this particular museum is because I heard about the Egyptian mummy displays upstairs, but to get to it you have to take a tour through the histories of countries all over the world – and they are incredibly distracting. I wandered through China, Rome, Italy, Greece and some more of Europe before I found the long awaited mummy exhibition.

Clearly, I wasn’t the only person who had come to stare at the men and women who have been wrapped in linen for over a thousand years. The place was teeming with tourists and I had to awkwardly stand and wait until I could catch a good view, but once I did, it was definitely worth it. And tucked away at the side of the room, I saw an actual, real life, unwrapped mummy (cover your eyes if you don’t want to see)!

I don’t want to put up too many photos, because you’re going to enjoy seeing them for yourself a lot more in real life.

One more thing I’d urge you to go and see is the Witches and Wicked Bodies exhibition, it’s on until 11th January and is a must for any art or fantasy enthusiast.

This exhibition will examine the portrayal of witches and witchcraft in art from the Renaissance to the end of the 19th century. It will feature prints and drawings by artists including Dürer, Goya, Delacroix, Burne-Jones and Dante Gabriel Rossetti, alongside classical Greek vessels and Renaissance maiolica.

I shall leave you with a few of my favourites…

Overall rating: 8/10

Total cost: FREE 

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