The Lion of Knidos, Museum Description: Colossal marble statue of a recumbent lion; carved with inlaid eyes originally probably of glass, but now missing. Period: Hellenistic, circa: 2nd century BC. Excavated/Findspot: Knidos, Lion Tomb (Turkey, Aegean Region, Caria, Knidos Ancient City, Anatolia). Materials: marble, glass (eyes). Technique: inlaid (eyes) carved. Dimensions: Length: 2.89 metres Height: 1.82 metres. Location: Not on display (Great Court) Acquisition date: 1859, Discovered by Richard Pullan during Charles Newton’s excavations in 1858; removed by Robert Murdoch Smith; brought back on HMS Supply. British Museum is closed 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January, but is open every other day of the year. Fast facts about the British Museum: Founded: 1753, Collection size: 8 million objects, Oldest object in the collection: Stone chopping tool (nearly 2 million years old).
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Small-Group Tour: The British Museum in London
Price: 65.00 EUR
On this 2 to 2.5 hour small group tour, limited to 8 guests, visit one of the world’s largest collections of artifacts at the British Museum. Your engaging tour guide will take you through a curated selection of cultural and artistic works, sharing the history that will help you understand and appreciate a small portion of the 8 million items at the British Museum.
Choice of morning or afternoon departure
Led by a local guide
Informative, friendly and professional guide
Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
Trade in paintings for mummies and historical artifacts on a tour of the British Museum. The enormous collection spans 6000 years of human history, featuring items from all over the world like Samurai armor and rare Assyrian lion hunt reliefs. Your guide will take a serious but enjoyable approach towards the museum’s galleries, discussing primitive tribes and fallen empires through a carefully chosen selection of items.
You’ll learn about the Mummy of Katebet, the Lewis Chessmen, and the Rosetta Stone – the actual rock, not the language learning program. Walk away with an understanding of what we humans have achieved during our short history and hopefully you’ll be proud to call yourself a part of this incredible species.