The British Museum

Before going on my trip it rained a lot in London. On one of the rainy afternoons I went on a guided tour of the British Museum. And since I haven’t had time to put together any posts from my recent trip I thought I would share some of the posts I was working on before the family arrived and such.

We saw many stunning artifacts and artwork that I studied in school and it was a thrill to see them in person.  I was surprised that visitors are allowed to take pictures.  Most of the museums I’ve been to frown upon this.  However, I won’t show photos of everything since trying to photograph items in glass cases is tricky for me.

As you can see by the photo of the Rosetta Stone.

Here are some of the photographs that worked better than others.  Since I’m not an expert, I’ll include links to the British Museum website for the photos shown to describe the images and time period.

Assyria: Lion Hunts (645 – 635 BC)

Greece Parthenon (447 – 432 BC)

Random photos I snapped while walking through the rooms:

If you are in the area I would highly recommend visiting this museum.  We only spent a few hours there and I know I will go back to see more.  It is one of the better museums I’ve been to in years. And my guide was fabulous.

About TBM

TB Markinson is an American who's recently returned to the US after a seven-year stint in the UK and Ireland. When she isn't writing, she's traveling the world, watching sports on the telly, visiting pubs in New England, or reading. Not necessarily in that order. Her novels have hit Amazon bestseller lists for lesbian fiction and lesbian romance. She cohosts the Lesbians Who Write Podcast ( with Clare Lydon. TB also runs I Heart Lesfic (, a place for authors and fans of lesfic to come together to celebrate lesbian fiction.
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54 Responses to The British Museum

  1. Madhu says:

    Ah, you got Ozymandias! And the cute Egyptian duckies 🙂

  2. zelmare says:

    Oh, how I would love to go back to London/UK to see everything I’ve missed the first time around… Well, maybe not everything, but you know what I mean! 🙂

  3. I stood right outside that museum but didn’t have time to visit it :(. Oh well, when I return to share a pint with you, we will just have to go there ok?

  4. I loved the work when I went last but the crowds were intense and a bit overwhelmed the experience (of course it was around the Christmas Holiday break!)

  5. fgassette says:

    I may never visit this museum in person but you have given me a wonderful tour through your photos. Thank you.


  6. cobbies69 says:

    A few days ago my wife and I were only talking about going there…;)

  7. Beth Ann says:

    Amazing!!! ANd how nice that you could take pictures. I always get kind of sad when photographs are prohibited but usually try to get postcards if they have them.

    • TBM says:

      They had some nice books that I considered buying with much better photos. Maybe I will. It is so hard to get photos when there are so many people.

  8. Grace says:

    Thanks for the tip! It is now on my list.

  9. Ah, British museum…. I am so jelous, you know – this one is on my top 5 must see list. Thank you for the trip, the photoes are great

  10. aFrankAngle says:

    And cheers to those thinking the Rosetta Stone was a set of CDs to learn languages.

  11. I love that museum so, so much. Happy memories of being taken as a child by my grandparents, then being allowed to go with my cousin as teenagers when we were allowed to get the bus “into town” on our own with our little packed lunch, and just last year I took Big Man there!

  12. I feel smarter already, TBM. And I want that Egyptian rubber duckie.

  13. niasunset says:

    Exactly one of great museums, dear TBM! These are all great pieces… Thank you dear TBM, love, nia

  14. Northern Narratives says:

    I love museums. Thanks for sharing your visit 🙂

  15. Geoff W says:

    The best thing I ever found in the museum was a couple of the actual tablets of the Epic of Gilgamesh. Convenient that they fit in with my love of reading etc, but it was just crazy how old they were!

  16. Caroline says:

    It’s an amazing museum but on the other hand I felt quite uncomfortable after a while. So many Egyptian things, so many Greek thinks, shouldn’t they have stayed where they belonged? On the other hand, would they still be intact? I wonder this often but other than that, it’s amazing what you can see in the British Museum.

    • TBM says:

      It is odd seeing the treasures from other places. I’m sure those nations want them back and I don’t know all of the politics behind it. And I know what you mean, it did make me uncomfortable. But I also have to admit, I enjoyed seeing all of it.

  17. Gilly Gee says:

    I could spend days there!

  18. Wonderful to see all these lovely pics. I remember going to see the Rosetta Stone when I was a little girl, more than 60 years ago. The British Museum was always one of my favorite places to visit, especially the Reading Room.

  19. Gary Lum says:

    My all time favourite museum. I love that place. You’ve posted great images.

  20. paulaacton says:

    I can’t believe I have never been must do something about that very soon

  21. Fergiemoto says:

    I do enjoy museums, but I didn’t get to visit this one while I was there. Too many things to see in a short time. Thanks for posting these photos – and I just love the duckies!

    • TBM says:

      There is so much to see and if you have limited time I can see why you didn’t make it. I hope to go back and explore some more. Good thing it is free!

  22. I love going to museums. We missed this one when we were in London. Thanks for sharing…

  23. I loved the British museum!!!! 🙂 **

  24. restlessjo says:

    It’s such a goodie! I lived opposite it in a hostel when I was 18, and since the renovations it’s truly wonderful. My last visit was only for an hour or 2, as I was heading back to the north east, but oh how I made the most of it.

    • TBM says:

      I’m already planning to visit again once the Olympics are over. I would love to see it all, which will involve many trips there.

  25. IsobelandCat says:

    I hope the guide was good 🙂

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