Having trouble deciding where to begin? Also, you have a very limited time? You are doing the correct thing by taking the time to read this article. Continue reading to find out about the most important displays of the famed British museum.
The Rosetta Stone
This stone is believed to be the decree which was passed by the priests of Egypt on the occasion of the first anniversary of the coronation of a pharaoh named Ptolemy V. It is displayed in gallery 4.
The Portland Vase
It is a cameo glass vessel that is believed to be made in Rome during 5 and 25 A.D. It is displayed in room number 70 along with other Roman Empire Exhibits. Despite being smashed in the 19th century, it is impossible to see the damage; all thanks to the amazing restoration team and their technique.
Colossal Granite Head Of Amenhotep III
This is the gigantic head of a pharaoh named Amenhotep III. It is believed that he ruled Egypt between 1390 and 1325 B.C. The artifact is 9 ½ feet tall and it weighs nearly 4 tonnes. This statue is displayed in room number 4.
The Lewis Chessmen
These are a large collection of chess pieces that are believed to be carved from walrus ivory or whalebone in the 12th century. You can find the collection being displayed in the Medieval Room number 40.
HoaHakananai’a – The Esther Island Statue
Made from Basalt, this statue belongs to the ancestor of Esther Island. The meaning of the name is ‘Hidden or Stolen Friend’. It is believed to be carved in 1200 A.D. You can find this in room number 24 of the Living and Dying Exhibition.
Aztec Double-Headed Serpent
Measuring about 17 inches wide 2 inches thick and 8 inches high; this double-headed snake belongs to the 15th or the 16th century. It is made of wood and decorated with turquoise mosaics, conch and oyster shells. You can find this in the Mexico Room number 27.
The Vindolanda Tablets
These are letters written by the Roman soldiers on thin sheets of wood. These are recognized as the earliest specimen of handwriting in Britain. These tablets are displayed in room 49 of Roman Britain.
I can assure you that any tour which includes these artifacts is the best British museum tour.