Stepping out in London: The British Museum

I am generally bored to death by museums.  But even I have to admit that the British Museum is pretty darn cool.


My aversion to museums is well-documented, but we had visitors from Germany in town in December so off to the British Museum we went. Most museums in London are free to enter, so it’s foolish to say no when the only thing you have to lose is time.  Museums are the perfect way to spend a rainy Saturday or kill a few hours as a tourist; Liebling and I have done a date night at the Tate Modern Museum (it’s open until late on the weekends) and this was in fact my third time at the British Museum (which maybe means that my aversion to museums is not so strong after all).   The British Museum, for its part, is at the literal and figurative pulse of London, between Russell Square and Tottenham Court Road, a brisk walk from shopping on Oxford Street or eats in Chinatown or drinks in Soho.  The times I’ve been there has always been some interesting exhibit or other- this time the Rosetta Stone was on display!
















Do you go to museums when you travel?  What about in your city?  Which is your favourite museum?

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    January 11, 2013 at 1:37 am

    I adored all the museums in London when I visited especially the British Museum (I’m a nerd like that!). My own city, NYC,is my ultimate ave for museum hopping but when I travel I like going to museums too. Most recently I was impressed by the Mob Attraction in Las Vegas when I visited at the end of September/early October 2012. There is a Mob Museum there too but I had heard that the Mob Attraction was actually better and it did not disappoint! My husband and I love mob folklore and spent over 2 hours in that museum and can’t wait to visit again. It was very well done and I liked that it was an interactive, dramatic experience too as well as displays.

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    Little Gumnut
    January 11, 2013 at 2:21 am

    I’m totally with you on the whole Museums are boring thing, however, recently, I’ve noticed that many of them are much more child friendly (and therefore vastly more interesting) with cool interactive things to do. Yes, I’m just a big kid really! Isn’t extraordinary that we can go and see such world famous things like the Rosetta Stone… for Free!! Fabulous!

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    January 11, 2013 at 9:56 am

    I didn’t visit the British Museum when I was in London last year, because I was lucky enough to experience London untypically sunny and thus didn’t feel the need to “flee” from the rain – but it sounds very interesting! I was obsessed with ancient Egyptian history and culture when I was younger, and looks like I should really rediscover this enthusiasm in the British Museum next time I’m in London! 🙂
    And Oneika, I love your outfit in these photos!

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    Aluma Bashan
    January 11, 2013 at 6:37 pm

    Oneika, just came across your blog and I love it! Do you still teach? In my case where money is an object, how do I get started. I’m ateacher as well. I would really love to visit England for starters and other parts of the UK. Thank you!

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    January 12, 2013 at 9:36 am

    On my Madrid visit, I went to the La Reina Sofia. I was dumbstruck by Picasso ‘Guernica’ and the works Dali made realize art galleries are awesome. I prefer muesums that give the social history of a city like the Mueseum of Liverpool and the People’s Palace in Glasgow. I also like the International Slavery Mueseum in
    Liverpool. I studied Caribbean History at high school in Jamaica so it was quite interesting to me.

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    January 12, 2013 at 12:09 pm

    I’ve just noticed that the actual Rosetta Stone is the same shape as the Rosetta Stone program logo. interesting!

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    Holland Hippie
    January 12, 2013 at 12:13 pm

    I like big museums like this, but I have to admit that my favourite museums to visit are smaller ones, and we have quite a few of those in Holland.

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    January 13, 2013 at 9:10 am

    I always refer to the British museum as the, “Shit the British stole” museum. Because I didn’t see anything in there that wasn’t from somewhere else. It was a very interesting place but decidedly not very British.

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      January 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

      LOL! I guess I see your point…

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    David @ That Gay Backpacker
    January 13, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I *love* going to museums, and this is my very favourite one in London. The building alone is completely stunning. So pleased you liked it there 🙂

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      January 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

      The exhibits are always interesting!

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    January 14, 2013 at 4:48 am

    LOL at Dorothy I’m gonna agree with that! I love museums, I live near Washington, D.C. so it is museum central and very American. Whenever I get to London not sure if I will pass through the British museum, I love art museums so I will seek them out but I kind of frowned on all the Egyptian sculptures because something tells me they are not on loan from Egypt

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      January 24, 2013 at 10:59 am

      Yikes! Probably not!

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    This Battered Suitcase
    January 17, 2013 at 12:30 am

    I can’t WAIT to have all of the free museums of London at my doorstep! Great post as always.

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      January 24, 2013 at 10:51 am

      When do you get here?!

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    Britni Danielle
    January 25, 2013 at 7:36 pm

    Oh, I loved the British Museum and glad I happened on it by accident during my trip to London. Funny thing, I have many of these same pictures (only I’m not in them lol). I loved the African art & antiquities they housed, and found that by the time I got to the European ones I’d seen enough lol.

    At least I can say I saw Cleopatra, which was definitely worth the trip!

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    February 18, 2013 at 6:52 am

    I absolutely LOVE museums, but it completely depends on the content. For example, while I liked-ish the British Museum, the Victoria & Albert museum blew me away. It was a complete girl fantasy with some interesting history/academic stuff to make it educational. I do wish I had more time to spend at the British museum, but I just ended up wandering the African section and then leaving to go to Oxford street….lol

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    February 29, 2016 at 9:56 am

    The best things to do in London are free- I miss the Museums, the Parks (especially Richmond Park), wandering the Thames Path, visiting Markets and just walking around admiring the architecture. I think the couple of attractions that are worth spending money on are the Tower of London, London walks (usually about £10 and lots to choose from) and the interior of St Pauls (love the whispering gallery) and attending a show on the West End.

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    April 13, 2017 at 6:42 am

    Ancient Egypt?! Wow, I wanna visit that place asap. Really want to see that stuff directly. Thank you for the information.

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