This post was most recently updated on October 30th, 2017
Top Exhibits and Galleries
The British Museum is huge and features tons of fascinating exhibits and galleries. When you get to the museum, spend a few minutes studying a map of the museum to give you an idea of where everything is located.
Start your visit by viewing the famous Rosetta Stone. This iconic exhibit is located in Room 4 in the Egyptian gallery, which is right near the entrance of the museum. While you’re there, be sure to check out the Mummy of Katabet, a mummy with an elaborate headdress and real rings.
You also won’t want to miss the Ancient Greece and Rome Galleries. These galleries are on the ground floor, and they contain ancient sculptures, vases, exhibits on Alexander the Great, and more. The most famous sculptures in this gallery are the stunning Elgin marble Parthenon sculptures. You’ll find these sculptures in Room 18.
If you’re interested in European history, head to the British Museum’s European galleries. There, you’ll see objects dating back to Medieval Europe. One of the most famous exhibits in this part of the museum is the Lewis Chessman set. These 82 chess pieces date back to the twelfth century, and they’re made out of walrus ivory and whale tooth. The European rooms also feature antique clocks and watches, Italian Renaissance-inspired vases, and twentieth century Art Nouveau pieces.
You can also learn more about Middle Eastern history in the Middle Eastern galleries. These galleries include pieces from Ancient Iran, Ancient South Arabia, and Mesopotamia. Some of the highlights of these galleries are a crushed helmet and ancient royal board game from Ur, and a well-preserved Assyrian sculpture relief depicting lion hunting.
These are just a few of the many exhibits and galleries in the British Museum. Some of the other highlights include the largest collection of Chinese ceramics outside China in Room 95, Mayan and Aztec items in Room 27, and ancient objects from the Korean peninsula in Room 67.