United Kingdom
British Museum

Here you’ll find travel reports about British Museum. Discover travel destinations in the United Kingdom of travelers writing a travel blog on FindPenguins.

22 travelers at this place:

  • Day29

    Hokusai, British Museum &The Japan House

    May 25, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    I think I'm still in Japan despite arriving in London two days ago. I spent all my time at two exhibitions; the first at the British Museum - Hokusai; Beyond The Great Wave. Lots of wonderful works by the famous woodblock artist Hokusai. I found his paintings just as impressive as the more famous woodblock prints like Red Fuji and The Great Wave which were also present.

    I then wandered off over to the Barbican Centre for an exhibition called The Japan House about Japanese architecture since 1945. Very cool. They had a bunch of exhibition rooms upstairs and downstairs had recreated the famous Moriyama House (2005), designed in Tokyo by Ryue Nishizawa and inhabited by Yasuo Moriyama, an enigmatic urban hermit. You could just wander around in the house which was brilliant and full of strange and wonderful things like the green lit 'garden' complete with 'tree house'.

    I'll probably arrive in the UK eventually but for now my sprit continues to inhabit Japan :-)
    Read more

  • Day6

    Day 6: London, England

    July 12, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 63 °F

    We tried our hardest to get going earlier, but beyond walking streets with closed stores and taking pictures outside, there's nothing to do before 10. We walked through Chinatown (nothing open yet), then down regent street to Picadilly Circus (their times square equivalent) and down Oxford street (a major shopping street). It was mostly interesting seeing everyone going to work. A enormous variety of people from low-end labor jobs, to the highest-end government and financial jobs (in lovely navy suits with camel breifcases and beautiful umbrellas). We turned around at the BBC building and walked back east to the British Museum. We stopped in Patisserie Valerie for an Americano in a quaint section to soak up the last sun rays of the day before rain came in the afternoon. Saying the British Museum is enormous is a bit of an understatement. You really do need a plan of attack, which despite my intentions, I never really got to. So we started at the top- to have a few moments of quiet since the rest of the museum is a complete bombardment of tourist and school groups. We made our way down until 12 when we decided to grab some lunch at a little cafe called Salt and Pepper a couple blocks away. Just enough space from the museum for a little respite. Then we returned to the museum to finish the main ground floor with the major attractions of the rosetta stone, the mummies, and my personal favorite section- ancient Assyria. We finally finished walking the entire museum (we may have missed one or two rooms of course) and then walked to a Montrose (a much larger grocery store) and then back to the flat in the rain to rest our legs. We both did a little workout to feel halfway human again and ate some fresh food before heading back down to Picadilly Circus to peruse the shops. We visited the Fortum and Mason Tea Salon and suddenly I feel quite at home. They have 4 beautiful floors of fabulous teas, desserts, meats, cheeses, produce, flowers, home goods, handbags, silver, china, everything beautiful in the world. We meander the streets and window shop until my feet can't do it anymore and we get back on the tube to return another day.Read more

  • Day13

    Showers of London

    October 28, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

    Today the sun did not greet me through my window, but instead, water pouring from the skies. Two days in London and it was finally raining. Okay, change of plans. Rain means walking tours are definitely out. So while making my plans for the day, in walked one of the people I'd been talking to and she invited me to go to the British Museum... well what a perfect day for it. My tour guide even said the day before that as cold as it felt not to go to a museum when it was just cold, and to wait until it rained. So we said we'd meet in the lobby and then head out. Soon we were on our way to what has to be the least expensive thing to do in London, with only a £5 suggested donation. When we arrived, the line was massive, but it seemed to be moving quickly. In no time at all we were taking the obligatory photos, and then walking inside. This place was huge! Of course I had to get a map so I know what they had to offer, and it also made for a great souvenir. I decided to make my way to the exhibit on coins, which was fantastic. It started from the very first coin currency, covered the types from all sorts of different locations, and even had part of it cover the credit cards that we use today. They even had a section on the fake currency made for films and television and covered a scene from Doctor Who. From there I went over to the wing that housed their clocks. Quite and interesting bit that went through the beginning of measuring time (sundials), to the ornate table pieces with one in particular being quite astonishing (a gold ship), all the way to today. After that I met up with my museum partner and had a surprisingly nice lunch, and not too badly priced either. From there we went our separate ways again and I made it up to the area that covered the sections of Roman's, the rise of christianity, pottery, jewelry, and so much more. There was quite a lot to soak in. From that section I stumbled right in to their ancient Egypt section which had real mummy's, sarcophagus, and jars where the they kept the "vicera," or internal organs. Now my favorite bit was actually the gallery where they kept the most amazing sketches and watercolor, some by Picasso, others by Degas, and many who I had never heard of but am very grateful I saw. I will always be blown away by the the pieces in an art gallery. There was even a section of newer pieces, many of which were highly detailed and impressive. From there I met up once more with my museum buddy, and after going over all the great things we'd seen, even making a few recommendations, we were off and running again deciding to just meet back at the hostel. Knowing I still had laundry to do, and a tour later that night, there were only a couple of things I HAD to see. The Easter Island Head, which was somehow larger than I had anticipated, and the Rosetta Stone which had such a large crowd that you had to muscle your way to the front (so I had no problem.) They were both awe inspiring. Along the way there was a piece that I thought was particularly worth mention; it covered all the pills and drugs a couple had taken over a lifetime, from immunizations at youth to what they took as they grew old before they passed. It was a shockingly large display, and I think said a lot about the world we live in today. Now, one last thing: Do not, under any circumstances, touch the exhibits! Watch your children and make sure they don't touch the exhibits! Do not let your children climb on the exhibits! These pieces are not covered in glass so you can get a better look at them, not so they can be fondled! It should be common sense, but after seeing the madness of people breaking these rules so many times I thought I might give a small PSA. Don't touch!!! Okay, rant over. After being nearly on overload with all the amazing pieces I'd seen, and I absolutely understand why people go back multiple days in a row because there's really no way to see it all in one day, I headed back to the hostel. Either I did laundry now, or I walk around tomorrow in dirty clothes. Naturally, while waiting for my clothes to finish washing, I finished my book and of course started another. As it neared time for me to go on my tour I realized, my clothes weren't going to be dry. Deciding I'd deal with it later, I took my damp clothes, shoved them in my bunk, and took off. Fortunately getting better at the tube system and made my way to the stop I needed to in no time. I'd made it to the tour. Hopping on the bus, and heading straight to the top deck, we were shortly on our way. As we headed off our guide went over the Jack the Ripper murders, told us about the sites were they took place as well as why they weren't all available any more, and pointed out a ton of fun things along the way. Our guide, Allen, was uproariously funny, cracking jokes and telling stories, even giving a little ribbing now and then. He pointed out a few Doctor Who sites, and then even messed with me saying I couldn't be a true fan or I'd be home watching it like he wanted to be. Once we were off the bus and walking around we got in to the thick of things. He took us to one of the murder sites and read the letters that the ripper supposedly sent in, then continued us along the way showing us as best he could what it would have looked like back then, and painting a picture of how things were. Even on such a macabre tour he managed to keep things light and have the whole group laughing. One thing that my nerdy heart loves was that he took us to a place where they filmed a scene in the BBC show Sherlock and I stood in the same place as Martin Freeman stood when he (in the show) watched Sherlock jump from the building... and yes, I took pictures. The night ended at The Sherlock Holmes bar where I did make sure to try their Sherlock ale; it wasn't bad. From there, I decided that my night was done and I headed back. Reflecting on my day, it feels like I'm not doing a lot while here, but I am certainly enjoying my time, and that's what matters, besides I can always come back.Read more

  • Day6

    Our last full day, how much can we see

    September 19, 2018 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌬 20 °C

    We have a big day ahead, lots to pack into it. I thank Basil for the new room and he smiles in acknowledgment.
    The Avni Hotel, where we are staying is a 3 star hotel, not far from an underground station. Good value considering the location but probably not a place we would stay at again. One of the daily challenges is opening the body wash and shampoo sachets. We both wear glasses so it is hard to distinguish between the two and it is even harder to tear them open especially with wet hands. Usually we rely on each other to provide an open sachet but even with dry hands it is a problem. The bars of soap, if it is soap, do not lather up so maybe I should have let MDW bring those little bottles of shampoo and body wash she has collected from various motels over the years.
    As we have a big day planned we need a full English or the parts of it we will eat. We order our meal me minus the baked beans and no black pudding or sausage for either of us. Well done eggs and crispy bacon plus a pot of never ending tea. Apparently they will continue to replenish our tea pot for as long as it takes to eat our breakfast. We are in no hurry so this will be good value. The food comes with runny eggs, limp bacon and so called toast that didn’t even get close to a toaster. Back we send it and we continue to drink our tea. The food returns in the style we ordered although the toast was really just warm bread. Our tea pots were refilled, food eaten, bill paid and off to the British Museum. We catch the Underground (Piccadilly Line) to Holborn and walk to the museum. Although we haven’t purchased a SIM card yet for our phones, Google Maps has been doing a damn fine job once I work out which direction it is telling us to go. We walk up the museum stairs and because we have had a couple of pots of tea which is a diuretic and we are seniors, the first place we go to is the toilets. Free ones too. There’s a lot of old stuff there, in the museum, and the Egyptian display is amazing. MDW surprised me by her interest considering she is more of a shopper than tourist. She did spend a long time looking at the various ways dead people are disposed of. As fancy as the caskets were and tempting as burial options, none would meet her 3 day rule. But that’s another story, let’s just say MDW would be concerned that no phone signal would penetrate the thickness of the boxes, nor would any sound get out.
    Before we left the museum, another toilet break, damn tea! After the museum visit we went to a nearby pub on Carnaby Street and shared a plate of fish and chips. Cod, breaded scampi, garden peas and chips. I wasn’t sure what scampi was, I think maybe prawns but ended up getting fish balls. MDW hit the hard stuff and tried an alcoholic ginger beer which I ended up drinking. There was really only one more place to go to, Abbey Road, and get a photo walking across the pedestrian crossing. We walked to Oxford Circus station and asked for directions from the railway guy. “Abbey Road, is that a station?” he asked. I tried to explain the significance of it but he didn’t even know about The Beatles, before his time he said. He did a Google search on his iPad and provided a station name but suggested we could just go upstairs to the pedestrian crossing on Oxford Street and take a photo. Funny guy but it wouldn’t be the same.
    We get off at Maida Vale and start the long trek to Abbey Road. We ask for confirming instruction from a friendly chap sitting outside a restaurant who happily tells us to keep walking, “You can,t miss all the tourists taking photos”.
    We get to Abbey Road, see Abbey Road studios, and can’t help but think how annoyed people driving along the road must be as swarms of tourists keep approaching the crossing forcing the traffic to stop. Many are trying to replicate the famous Abbey Road album cover but it is near impossible to get a clear shot of 4 people crossing at the one time. I quickly cross the road when there are no cars nearby then slowly walk back across giving MDW ample time to take the perfect photo. Job done we both walk across the crossing resulting in cars having to stop. Maybe they should avoid driving on this road.
    We were ready to sit or even lay down, the iPhone said we had walked up or down 26 flights of stairs, and it felt like it too. The railway underground stairs are steep. We get off at Gloucester Road station, into Waitrose for our nightly feast of raspberries and back to our room, our last night in London. We decide to have a quiet night in, I think we have seen more than half the Monopoly board locations this visit. Thoroughly enjoyed everywhere we went in London, tomorrow Ireland where they have issued a warning about Storm Ali. Hopefully our flight will not be cancelled.
    Read more

  • Day4

    Hey Rosetta

    June 20, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ 🌧 16 °C

    Wow. We just saw the Rosetta stone. The real actual one! It however was hard to get a picture because of the throngs of people wanting to see it. The first room of the Ancient Egypt exhibit is amazing.

  • Day4

    Found them!

    June 20, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    The Elgin Marbles. A collection of statuary and pretty much the entire frieze from around The Parthenon in Greece. This is what survived the weather, the Persians, and various and sundry explosons and intentional defacements.

  • Day11

    British Museum

    May 3, 2016 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Museum Day 2.

    The agenda for today was the British Museum. It is one of the biggest and most renowned museums in the world with more than 8,000,000 exhibits.

    We saw the Egyptians first, then the Chinese. A large number of jade products, porcelains, Sancais, Jingtailans as well as lacquerware and bronze products are displayed.

    We spent almost five hours in the museum. Another walking day, but unforgettable.

    Dinner at Chinatown; shopping at Harrods after that.
    Read more

  • Day3

    British Museum

    June 19, 2017 in the United Kingdom ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    There is so much to see at the British Museum! And it's all free :)
    Of course we looked at the one and only Rosetta Stone - we actually found another one that we can hug later. We also see the Easter Island Statue too. The Parthenon is so impressive though I still have a bit of problem putting everything back together in my heard and imagine what it was like when everything was still on the wall...Read more

You might also know this place by the following names:

British Museum, Britse Museum, Bryttisc Museum, المتحف البريطاني, المتحف البريطانى, Muséu Británicu, Britaniya muzeyi, Брытанскі музей, Британски музей, ব্রিটিশ মিউজিয়াম, Britanski muzej, Museu Britànic, Britské muzeum, Британи музейĕ, Yr Amgueddfa Brydeinig, Βρετανικό Μουσείο, Brita Muzeo, Museo Británico, Briti Muuseum, موزه بریتانیا, Britsk Museum, Músaem na Breataine, המוזיאון הבריטי, ब्रिटिश संग्रहालय, Բրիտանական թանգարան, Þjóðminjasafn Bretlands, 大英博物館, ბრიტანეთის მუზეუმი, 대영박물관, Museum Britannicum, Britų muziejus, Britu muzejs, Британийысе тоштер, Британски музеј, Muzium British, ဗြိတိသျှပြတိုက်, بریتانیا موزه, Tāi-eng Phok-bu̍t-koán, ਬ੍ਰਿਟਿਸ਼ ਮਿਊਜ਼ੀਅਮ, Muzeum Brytyjskie, برٹش میوزیم, د برتانيې موزيم, Museu Britânico, Muzeul Britanic, Британский музей, برٽش ميوزيم, Britské múzeum, பிரித்தானிய அருங்காட்சியகம், Осорхонаи Британия, พิพิธภัณฑ์บริติช, Британський музей, Bảo tàng Anh, Museo Britaniko, 大英博物馆, ბრიტანეთიშ მუზეუმი, בריטישער מוזיי

Join us:

FindPenguins for iOS FindPenguins for Android

Sign up now