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The British Museum

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A few Friday’s ago we visited the vast collection at The British Museum. The permanent collection in this London museum, holding some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive, documenting the story of human culture from its beginning to the present.

As you can image, this museum is very large and could take a lifetime to see everything. We opted for the shorter version, and decided to see their top 10 list. We had a great time trying to find everything (maps were no help!) and even took a detour to see the money room (Nadia’s favorite!) where we found a Disney Dollar! I was very excited since my Mom and Dad would get me Disney Dollars to buy souvenirs at Disney World when I was younger. Other highlights included, the Easter Island statue, and the very famous Rosetta Stone. It was in front of the Rosetta Stone that we heard a man tell his wife, “I can die a happy man!” We didn’t have quite the same reaction, but it was pretty cool to see.

We ended the night strolling through the gift shop, taking pictures of Nadia trying on a few costumes/hats, and finding something small to take home with us. We decided on a small replica of Athena’s Owl. From the late 6th century BC, the design of Athenian coins was standardized to depict Athena and her sacred bird, the owl. Our mini replica is an interpretation of an owl taken from a silver tetradrachm of Athens, 5th century BC. We think he will make a wonderful addition to our shadow box.

Thanks for reading and we hope you join us next week as we travel to St. Paul’s Cathedral

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