Monday, June 6, 2011

Walk Like an Egyptian

We finally made it to the British Museum last week!  It was a great day to spend in a museum, rainy!

We spent over 3 hours inside and only saw a portion of what is there.  I'll just mention the highlights for ya...The descriptions are taken from the British Museum website!

1. The Rosetta Stone - A valuable key to the decipherment of hieroglyphs, the inscription on the Rosetta Stone is a decree passed by a council of priests. It is one of a series that affirm the royal cult of the 13-year-old Ptolemy V on the first anniversary of his coronation.

2.  Mummies - yuck (this description was not taken from the website, it is my own opinion on the process of mummification)

3. Sculptures from the Parthenon - The Parthenon was built as a temple dedicated to the goddess Athena. It was the centrepiece of an ambitious building programme on the Acropolis of Athens. The temple’s great size and lavish use of white marble was intended to show off the city’s power and wealth at the height of its empire.

4. Easter Island Statues - Easter Island is famous for its stone statues of human figures, known as moai.

5. Samauri Armor - From Japan  Momoyama period, late 16th century

At the end of our visit to the museum, we headed over to Trafalgar to meet up with Ken and Pauline who were visiting.  Ken, Pauline, and I headed to the National Gallery and John took the kids to the Ripley's Believe It or Not Museum.  Guess who got the better deal on that one?


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