One of the major attractions of London that you should not miss when you are visiting this elegant city is the famous British Museum. It is true that the British Museum is massive and crowded, which means that you are in for an overwhelming experience when you are going on your first British Museum private tour.
If you have a clear idea on the artworks and other attractions that you want to see in the museum and if you have already booked tickets in advance, then you will be able to beat the crowd. In addition to that, it will also help you to make the most of your British Museum private tour.
The London Museum tells the tale from the earlier days of human civilization right up to the present. There are approximately 8 million objects in this huge museum, which means that you might not be able to cover all of the objects that are housed in the museum. So, below are a few must-see objects in the British Museum that you should not miss.
The Rosetta Stone
The Rosetta Stone, which is a decree passed by the Egyptian priests during the first anniversary of Pharaoh Ptolemy V’s coronation, was the key to unlocking the hidden mysteries of Egyptian hieroglyphics. The British Museum has been displaying this historic object since the early 18th century.
The Portland Vase
The cameo glass vessel, which is assumed to be made between A.D. 5 and 25 in Rome, is considered as a wedding gift by many archeologists. This is because the pictures on the glass vessel depict love, marriage, and sex. The object is now conserved with epoxy resins.
The Cat Mummies
It is a widely known fact that the British Museum houses an incredible collection of Mummies, but only a few tourists are aware about the cat mummies in this museum. The mummified cats collection is a sight you wouldn’t want to miss especially if you had some interests in Egyptian history.
Colossal Granite Head of Amenhotep III
The Colossal Granite Head of Amenhotep III stands approximately 9½-feet tall and it weighs 4 tons. This gigantic head belongs to Pharaoh Amenhotep III, who ruled Egypt between 1390 and 1325 B.C. The head was discovered in the early 18th century and it has been in this museum for more than a hundred years.
The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial Helmet
The Sutton Hoo Ship Burial Helmet is considered as the most iconic object obtained from the Sutton Hoo site. Other objects discovered from the site include jewels, leather, intricately worked objects of gold, and a hoard of coins. You will find many of the treasures from the burial site in the World of Sutton Hoo exhibited on the ground floor of the British museum.