Founded in 1753, the British Museum is devoted to history, culture and art with works from Greece’s Parthenon (the Elgin Marbles), Egypt (world famous Rosetta Stone), Northern Europe (Viking masks) across to Mesopotamia, Mexico, China and Japan – lest we forget Inuits and Indians! As such it’s fondly referred to as “the World’s Museum”. But with a collection of 8 million objects, covering 807,000 sq feet (75,000 m²), just where does one start?!? Join us on a treasure hunt to give you some focus, threading themes and cultures together. THATConcept is identical to our other hunts (photographing your team in front of as many pieces as possible within a given amount of time – 90 mins to 2 hrs), but it differs just slightly as we provide the room numbers per treasure (as the BM’s layout is particularly tricky), facilitating your THATBrit strategy.
So grab your phone or camera, photo your team in front of as many pieces of treasure as possible, & if we’ve done our job your kids will be leading you back into the museum after your hunt!
FUN + GAMES
What better way to celebrate the World’s Museum than from the prism of play?!? This is our most popular theme for first-time visitors (adults & kids alike), as it unifies the collection from all corners and quarters. The BM’s most celebrated Lewis Chessmen are of course our prize treasure, but you’ll also scrutinize a Mesopotamian Lion Hunt, find a Roman girl playing Knucklebone, lest we forget a Greek Olympic champions! And did you know the Egyptians sent their dead off with board games?
THATMuse goes ghoulish on this search for all things dark and macabre, from Roman Sarcophagi and Egyptian Mummies to Mayan sacrificial knives dripping with blood (yikes!) and Inuit hunting harpoons! This theme covers a good amount of ground, so it’s not for the faint of heart, but is also KID-FRIENDLY. What better way to get their attention than to go for the gore?!?
LION HUNT FRIEZES Palace of Ashurbanipal (North Palace of Nineveh (Northern Iraq) Assyrian (Mesopotamian), 645 BC
In 12th century Europe lions begin to decorate royal coat of arms; this connection between kingship and lions was probably a result of the European crusades to the Middle East. Here we have a chief source, the Assyrian Lion Hunt frieze – a true triumph of Man over Nature. King Ashubanipal left his mark on his grandfather’s Palace at Nineveh (a city measuring 12kms/7.5 miles) with the North Palace, where these fine feline creatures – vicious, attacking and sad brutes meeting their grisly end – lined the walls. Get a load of just what the fence of this hunting field was made of: shielded men lined shoulder-to-shoulder (oh go on, take twenty points for a photo of your team lined up like them & pointing to one of their rows (there are two within this room)! I guess men were as replaceable as lions to the Assyrians! Apparently the Mesopotamian lion, brought to extinction by the 19th C (quelle surprise!), was compared in size to a large St Bernard dog. Still, that doesn’t lessen the queasiness I feel when seeing the small boy standing above their cages (see his small protective cage above?) whose job it was to liberate those ferocious creatures (earn twenty THATMuse points for a photo pointing one of these boys out). And yet the 21st Century viewer finds compassion for these bloodied beasts, writhing in their last moments. For a bit of your own hunting, scour these gypsum alabaster reliefs & earn fifty points by listing 4 of the 8 types of animals found in this room (not including lion or man!). No partial credit, but the BM tags may help!
Either every Tuesday morning (10-12 noon) or Friday afternoon (2 - 4 pm) (whichever day fills up first, space is limited to 8 teams) Cost: 8£/adults, 6£/kids between 5-13 years old, free for kids under 5
CLASSIC PRIVATE HUNT
You’re met on the left side of the portico of the British Museum’s venerable facade and provided with a brief history of the museum, accompanied into Norman Foster’s Great Hall. Your hunt packs include the hunt, map, pencils & the all-important answer sheets (in sealed envelopes!). The typical family who chooses the Classic Private Hunt wants to play without external elements (a family of 4 will often split into two teams with one parent & one child per team), however we can also offer “friendly competition” if another family has opted for the same theme and date. Please note on the Classic Private Hunt you are not necessarily met at the end for a wrap up (thus those answer sheets in sealed envelopes). The benefit of this type of hunt is that you can schedule it when you wish and don’t have the big-group hassle of waiting for other families, etc. Cost: 10£/person (no discount for kids between 5-13 years old, however kids under 5 play free), limited to 3-person families.
Your THATMuse Rep meets you in front of the museum on Great Russell Street and together you pass through security & into Norman Foster’s iconic Great Court. Inside you’re given team packs (which include the hunt, map & pencils), briefed on the rules and how to strategise. Once oriented teams (of 2-4 people) are dispatched to scour the BM’s venerable halls for their treasure while your THATMuse Rep spot checks that you’re not cheating (no running, no calling your Uncle who happens to be an archeologist!). Then once you’ve regrouped you tally scores together before the all-important prize giving ceremony (at a nearby café, on patch of green outside the museum (Russell Square, anyone?) or within the museum itself, if you prefer to see more afterwards). Cost: 275£/3 hours, & includes light-hearted prizes, but is limited to families of 9 people or fewer
of 10 or larger, often opt to customize their hunts. Please contact us for a quote -- ideally mentioning if you’d like a customized hunt or not & a bit about your demographic (office party, Hen/Stag do, birthday/anniversary hunt, school group?). Please note Museum registration (free, but needed more than 7 days in advance) is easily handled by the client directly (we’re happy to send links) or you’re welcomed to ask us to (for an additional cost). Our corporate reference is Lego and of course the British Museum!
BRITISH MUSEUM TICKETS
Entry is free, but recommended donation of 5£
Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG, Royaume-Uni
METRO (TUBE STATIONS)
Tottenham Court Road, Holborn, Russell Square, Goodge St Station
Stop: New Oxford Street: 1, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242
Stop: Southampton Row: 59, 68, X68, 91, 168, 188
Stop northbound on Tottenham Court Road/Southbound on Gower: 10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390
Open 10am – 5:30 pm every day, except Friday when it’s open till 8:30 pm.
Closed 24, 25 and 26 December and 1 January (open every other day of the year)