Monday, January 20, 2014

The British Museum

While I was in London, my family was very busy celebrating my aunt's wedding. However, we did have some time to do sightseeing. I had one sightseeing wish- and that was to see the British Museum! It was really, really cool. It was also really, really busy. There are so many things to see at the British Museum, but some are more famous than others. The most famous is probably the Rosetta Stone. The stone is so famous that there were visitors crowded all around it. I only got to see it from the distance because my parents didn't want me to fight my way to the front. Still, I got to see a lot of very awesome things.

Inky at the British Museum

Here I am with a beautiful statue of an Egyptian pharaoh. I think this might be Ramses II, but I am not sure because I didn't write it down.  My photos from the museum are not that great, because the lighting is not very good there for photos.  I hope you will enjoy seeing them anyway! I was excited to see the Egyptian rooms because I am fascinated by ancient Egyptian culture.  At home in New York, I love going to the Brooklyn Museum and The Met to see the different Egyptian artifacts.

Inky at the British Museum

Here I am with a beautiful lion.  It is amazing to me that the ancient Egyptians made such beautiful art without some of the more modern tools we have today.

Inky at the British Museum

This photo shows me with some hieroglyphics- ancient Egyptian writing. Wow! I wish I could read it. In fact, no one alive really could before the discovery of the Rosetta Stone! The Rosetta Stone has inscriptions in three different languages and that helped scholars decipher the hieroglyphic alphabet. Now, you can study hieroglyphic writing and learn to read it! Cool!

Inky at the British Museum

Here I am with a lioness-headed goddess.  Based on my research, I think this is Sekhmet.  Sekhmet is a powerful warrior goddess- because the lioness is a very powerful hunter.  She was also a goddess of healing.  I tried to imagine the ancient Egyptians who may have looked at this statue.  It was created so long ago, it hurt my head to think about it!

Inky at the British Museum

The Assyrian section of the museum is connected to the British section. The Assyrians, like the Egyptians, were powerful warriors. I wondered what life would have been like back then for a girl my age. It was certainly difficult and did not include as much traveling as I am able to do today!

Inky at the British Museum

Here I am with a sarcophagus. A sarcophagus is a container for a body. This one probably held coffins inside of it, probably of a mummy. They have a room of mummies at the British Museum, but unwrapped mummies scare me so we didn't go to that part.

Inky at the British Museum

Finally, here I am with a falcon-headed god. Horus is the ancient Egyptian god depicted with a falcon's head. Horus is the god of the sun and war. I think Horus is fascinating, but I personally liked Sekhmet better!

My trip to the British Museum was wonderful. I'm more excited than ever to go back to the Met! (If you're interested, you can see photos of me and my friends in the Egyptian wing of The Met here.)  Besides the Egyptian section, I also loved the Ancient Britain section.  We didn't take photos of me in there, so you'll have to trust me that it was awesome!  If you ever have the chance to go to London, don't miss the British Museum!

Have you ever been to a museum? What kind was it? What did you see there?

In this entry I'm wearing: Le Marais shirt and sweater by Liberty Jane Clothing.

16 comments:

  1. Yeah, the mummies are pretty scary, a few years back, one if the unwrapped ones was sent for a few months to a museum in my area. Like I said, they're creepy, but not super creepy.

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    1. You are brave! I saw an unwrapped mummy in National Geographic and it really scared me. I understand it's just a body, but it really frightened me.

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  2. Mummies are awesome! We once had one at our Art Museum. It too was also half unwrapped. It was really interesting to see it! That's a really cool Museum Inky! :)

    -Meghan at Girlydolltype.blogspot.com

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    1. Hi Meghan! Thank you for your comment. How cool that you saw a mummy! Were you scared at all?

      -Inky

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  3. KEWL my friend, you get to do so much traveling and spending time a museums and things. I am still in fond memory of the museum you took us too while we were visiting New York. We have a new blog and set up now, come check us out .. Love Your Friend, Taryn

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    1. Hi Taryn!!
      I love museums! I absolutely loved going to the natural history museum with you while you were visiting New York. Weren't all the old skeletons cool? I added your new blog to my blogroll.

      Love,
      Inky

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  4. How wonderful! We've studied both the Egyptians and the Assyrians in our homeschool this year. How excited my girls and their dolls will be to see this.

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    1. Hi Tiffy! That is so cool that you studied the Egyptians and Assyrians in homeschool! I am homeschooled too and I *love* studying ancient cultures!

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  5. Hey Inky,

    I'm glad you got to visit the British Museum! I've never been (yet!), but my friend Anya visited the museum on her own set of travels - way back in 2005! I'm still so jealous that she is such a world traveler. Someday I WILL get to London!

    That being said, I cherish the memories of living in NYC with you. Visiting the Met on Friday evenings was one of my favorite pastimes.

    Love,
    Sophie

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    1. Hi Hi Sophie!
      Wow! I can't believe I have now walked in Anya's footsteps! Go me! You should really visit London someday when you are home in France. I can't wait until you visit me again in NYC- we'll have to go to more museums together.

      Love,
      Sophie

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  6. Salut, Inky!
    Hey, I've been there before! Your pictures bring back good memories with my best friend. London is cool, but I'm sure NYC is cooler. I really need to go, and maybe I'll visit you while I'm at it. ;)
    Bisous,
    Sabine

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    1. Hello Sabine!
      You have really been everywhere! London is really cool, but I do like New York a little better- but only because I live there! London is really expensive for Americans, but I loved having the chance to visit.

      Love,
      Inky

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  7. This looks like it was such a cool trip! We've never been to a museum and would love to go one day....and we live soooo close to so many! No excuse! We need to go! Thanks for sharing such an awesome trip!

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    1. Hi D3 girls! You should definitely go to a museum if you have one near you! I love going to museums.
      Love,
      Inky

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  8. Mother went to the Melbourne museum when we went for our holiday in Victoria at Christmas time, and she said it was really cool, and she got to see lots of things, like:
    A display of stuff from Cole's book arcade
    Phar Lap (the real horse!)
    Gorgeous old-fashioned dresses
    A display that simulated how the main joints in the human body work
    And heaps more! She told me it was the best museum she'd ever been to!
    I hope she brings me to the museum next time we go to Melbourne :)
    Love & Hugs,
    Melody
    xxx

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    1. Melody,
      That sounds like an amazing museum!! I love going to museums. It's so much fun to look at everything. I hope I can go to Melbourne someday too!

      Love,
      Inky

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