We will begin with a thorough overview of how the British Museum came into existence in the mid-eighteenth century with a stop to the Enlightenment Gallery. Here we will look at how the discipline of archaeology evolved from the work of antiquaries. We'll also see how art history was born here with the study of ancient Greek sculpture and vase painting.
A visit to the Egyptian Collection brings us to a replica of the Rosetta Stone. Listen carefully as your guide explains its history, its importance in the understanding of Egyptians hieroglyphs and how it was acquired by the British Museum. No discussion of Egyptian life would be complete without an examination of mummification and the Museum is home to many fine examples.
From this point, you may choose to study several artifacts and languages from ancient Iran and Iraq, or perhaps you would like to spend some time admiring the artistic and technical beauty of the Parthenon Marbles.
Your guide's goal is to enlighten and impart a sense of wonder and appreciation for the ancient world and to realize its importance to our present-day culture.
Departures: 10:30 AM,
Meeting instructions: Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.
Special instructions: - This is a shared, small group (2-6 people) walking tour. Unless there are 6 people in your group, you may be touring with other travelers. If you would prefer a private tour, contact ShoreTrips.
- You will need to take a taxi to the meeting location. More information will be provided upon confirmation.