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 and China – 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). Additional THATMuse bonus challenges are embedded in your treasure text, ensuring that hunters read about their treasure — making the hunt educationally flexible, fun & interactive!
Please scroll down (on this page) for themes, sample & prices
Commissioned by repeat corporate clients (& makers of fun!) Lego, Fun & Games is our most popular theme for first-time visitors (adults & kids alike), as it unifies the collection from all corners & quarters. The BM’s treasured Lewis Chessmen are of course prize pieces, but you’ll also scrutinize a Mesopotamian Lion Hunt, find a Roman girl playing Knucklebones, lest we forget Greek Olympic champions (& drinking games!).
THATMuse goes ghoulish on this search for all things dark & macabre, from maudlin mummies and Greek sarcophagi to Aztec sacrificial knives dripping with blood (yikes!). This theme covers a good amount of ground, so it’s not for the faint of heart, but is also family friendly (geared to kids older than Fun + Games, as treasure text is longer).
The Love Hunt includes romantic love (Medieval treasures), impish love (Cupid & his arrow), conjugal love (the famous Sophilos Dinos, a Greek wedding gift telling the story of Thetis & Peleus’s marriage), seductive love (lest we forget Lely’s Venus!) and salacious love (an 11,000 year-old Levant piece of two in coitus!). With a naughty twinge, this is an adults-only hunt.
From the Queen of the Lewis Chessmen to the Babylonian Babe, the Queen of the Night, this lady hunt pumps your pumps up, down and around the BM. Famous femmes like Lely’s Venus & the Nereid Nymphs to little-known ladies like the seal of Elizabeth de Sevorc, a Northern French aristocrat. The prize treasure is spelled out in a letter scramble, for the most celebrated lady of them all!
LION HUNT FRIEZES Palace of Ashurbanipal, North Palace of Nineveh (Northern Iraq) Assyrian (Mesopotamian), 645 BC
In 12th century European lions begin to decorate royal coat of arms; this connection between kingship & 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 triumph of Man over Nature. King Ashurbanipal 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 & 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 soldiers lined shoulder-to-shoulder (oh go on, earn 20 THATMuse points for a photo of your team lined up in profile like them & pointing to one of their rows (there are two human shields within this room)… I guess men were as disposable 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 (take 20 THATMuse points for a photo pointing one of these boys out). And yet the 21st C 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 50 THATMuse 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 do help!
GAME POINTS: 20
CLASSIC HUNT: £75 for families (6 people or fewer)
LUXE HUNT: £275/3 hours (6 people or fewer, not including skip-the-line tickets)
GROUP HUNT: contact us for a quote
Open 10am – 5:30 pm every day, except Friday when it’s open till 8:30 pm
Closed 24, 25 and 26 December & 1 January (open every other day of the year)
Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG, England
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
No tickets needed — the British Museum is free to visitors (although a £5 donation is suggested).