We sent one of our NYC Museum Hack Tour Guides to London recently. Marie checked out the British Museum, which is like a cross between the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the American Museum of Natural History.
On behalf of Museum Hack, Marie brought back some tips for you to make things easier to check out the museum the next time you’re at Russell Square.
When? The museum is free and open daily from 10AM-5:30 PM (or 8:30 PM on Fridays, our favorite).
What’s not to miss? Sir Hans Sloane’s original collection. This enlightenment physician’s private stores started the British Museum in the first place! Dating back to the 18th Century, this collection has everything to keep you interested. You will find “real” mermaid skeletons, erroneous maps of the solar system, and even ancient tools made of the same meteorite we hack at the American Museum of Natural History in New York.
British Museum vs. the Metropolitan Museum- Who Wins!? (editor’s note: The Met, obviously) Tough question. We love everything New York, but these museums are both really awesome and have their own value. The Met displays human history through art. The British Museum, on the other hand, is the United Kingdom’s display of the history of the world through artifacts. If the Met takes us across space and time through the artists’ eye, then the British Museum is a time-machine ready for your inner Indiana Jones.
British Museum lovers can nerd out with other history junkies discovering the Rosetta Stone, Easter Island statues, the Elgin Marbles of the Parthenon, and giant ancient Assyrian mythical creatures.
It has five legs!!
We’ll keep hacking museums around the world and reporting back. Drop us a line and let us know how your British Museum adventure goes!
Do you live in London? Our founder Nick Gray will be in town next week (June 9th 2014) and wants to meet up with other museum lovers. Email us to say Hi and we’ll pick a venue for a #DrinkingAboutMuseums thing.