British Museum is one of my favourite places in London. Almost every guidebook and every travel itinerary puts British Museum at the top of their top 10 lists of things to do and to see in London. Although I visited museum about a million times, most people do it in one single day, which is fine and definitely a doable task.
One thing needs to be noted, if you’re not into history, don’t waste your time visiting the place. There’s nothing interactive or “fun” about it and you should rather visit more fun museums like the Science Museum in Kensington or London Museum in Barbican.
Yes, British Museum is a serious museum. It’s full on and literally full of vases, pots and ceramics and to an untrained eye this could be a boring sight.
British Museum is huge. It’s easy to get lost in the myriad of corridoors and rooms, so it’s good to study the floor plan and get familiar with it so if you want to visit a particular gallery or exhibiton you roughly know which direction to go.
It took me few months to figure out the floor plan and even now I’m not 100% confident navigating the maze that is BM.
Most people head straight to see the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon Marbles on the ground floor and then they make their way up to the Egyptian rooms. I kind of like to get lost and read about other cultures like Korea’s history or ancient Middle East.
British Museum hasn’t got a great collection of medieval artifacts. Medieval room is disappointing, however the Roman, Greek and Egyptian collections are amazing and well worth the climb up the stairs to the second floor. If you climb the stairs to the very top you’ll find yourself in a Japanese gallery– my personal favourite.
If you’re after really Instagrammy pictures make sure to check the Renaissance room, it’s designed in a Victorian style and has some great Greek sculptures and some really weird artifacts like taxidermy bugs and birds.
One of my favourite pieces in museum. Yes, it’s Greek and has a gay scene.