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Hans Sloane

Dubbed the first national public museum in the world, the British Museum didn’t start off as a grand, Greek-style building full of Egyptian mummies, Roman statues and Aztec turquoise. The museum has changed quite a bit in its almost 300-year history, but began with the donation of Hans Sloane (above), a high-society Irish physician – who also invented hot chocolate. What claims to fame!

Upon his death in 1753, Sloane bequeathed his collection of fantastic antiquities, books, and natural specimens to the nation. King George II and Parliament wanted Sloane’s collection to be seen by the people, not … Read More

The THATMuse blog has content pieces about the actual museums where you’re hunting, but we’ve also amassed plenty of recommendations of what to do in Paris and London apart from your museum time. Check out our “Travelling in Paris & London” category on the blog for pieces from kid-friendly parks, cafes and toyshops to romantic cocktail lounges near our museums.  

Have you built up an appetite after a hunt (or looking to fuel up before taking the museum by storm)? Cheyenne Ralston, a past student intern at THATMuse, lived and studied near the British Museum and has a … Read More

T. Rex Cafe
T. Rex Grill eating area

The T. Rex Grill

– Located in the Green Zone           
– Hours: 11:00 – 16:00
– Very cool display with moving dinos. A large space, great for large or small groups to meet up for score tallying (more of a sit-down place)
– Children welcome! Lots of space
– Offers burgers, steaks and pizzas at a pretty affordable price range- prices £10 and up; also offers desserts

The Kitchen
The Kitchen’s ordering bar

The Kitchen

– Located in the Red Zone         
– Hours: 10:00 – 17:00 
– Very kid friendly – offers lunch and activity packs to … Read More

THATKid Tuesday is a monthly dose of Art History for kids, which will usually be posted on the first Tuesday of the month. In this series we’ll be blogging about different terms from the THATKid glossary we’ve created to help kids understand some of the art history terms that pop up in our hunts.

Continuous Narrative is when one painting, or piece of art, tells different parts of a story all at once. This means that the same figures are often shown over and over again in the same piece. This Greek Gorgon Pot, part of the Beauty & Read More

Please note, we’re happy to provide this list of places (all a stone’s throw to the BM) where we’ve conducted score tallying, but we don’t make reservations, nor do we negotiate menus. If your hunt starts between 2:30 & 3:30 pm it’s safe to make a 5:30 reservation (apart from Friday, when the museum’s open till 8:30)

The Bloomsbury Club

The very first YMCA in the world, this exceptionally impressive Grade II building is now an elegant hotel. It has a 1920s-inspired Coral Room bar, a wood-lined, tony hipster lounge for cocktails in the lower level (where we’ve done … Read More

Archeologist Sir Leonard Woolley made a tremendous discovery in 1922-32 when he uncovered the Royal Tombs in the Mesopotamian city of Ur (today’s Southern Iraq). This fantastic find is referred to as “the Great Death Pit”. As well it should! His excavation team unearthed 1800 graves, 16 of which had such treasures that Woolley titled them “royal tombs”, all dating from 2800-2370 BC. Below the simple graves of the common people lay the elite of Ur. Although commoners also made it to that lower level, as some of this Sumerian royalty were accompanied in the afterlife with their attendants!

Among … Read More

The Aztecs in the British Museum

The Aztecs had an extensive empire in Mexico, ruling from the Island metropolis of Tenochtitlan, in Lake Texcoco. They forged an imperial dynasty based on military prowess and a network of long-distance trade and tribute routes that stretched from the Caribbean to the Pacific.  They treasured the precious stone, turquoise, which among other green stones symbolized life-giving water and the sources of fertility. The mineral was scarce, and reserved for ritual objects and ceremonial regalia worn by priests and rulers. Aztec trading emissaries went as far as the South-West of North America (think Texas, New Mexico and Arizona) where there … Read More

The Coral Room is a really fun section of the Bloomsbury Club!

THE BLOOMSBURY CLUB (a tiny hotel) Is a really pleasant hotel just down the road from the front entrance of the BM. It has an elegant high tea room in the lobby or wood-lined hipster lounge for cocktails in the lower level. Either setting hits it just right, but it’s pricy.
Address: 16-22 Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3NN
Tel:  +44 20 7347 1000
Email: Bloomsbury@doylecollection.com
Website: http://thebloomsburyclub.com/

Directions: Exit the museum using the Great Russell Street exit and approach Great Russell Street. When you get to Great … Read More

THE PLOUGH A refurbished Victorian pub on a pedestrianized street with street-side seating as well as an upstairs that fits groups pleasantly. Typical pub menu with fish & chips, burgers steak and ale pies, etc, this is a Greene King (chain) pub. The staff is particularly pleasant (James heads them up). As it’s just down the road from the museum, we’ve done a number of corporate & birthday party hunt score tallying here.
Address: 27 Museum Street London WC1A 1LH
Phone: +44 (0)20 7636 7964
Website: https://www.greeneking-pubs.co.uk/pubs/greater-london/plough/
Directions: Exit the museum using the Great Russell Street exit and … Read More

map from British Museum to the Princess Lousie

PRINCESS LOUISE Historic pub with gorgeous ornate Victorian etched glass, wonderful tile walls and an upstairs perfect for a group meal, we discovered this gem when the compliance team of Disney did their THATMuse score tallying here.
Address: 208 High Holborn, London, WC1V 7EP
Phone: +44 (0)20 7405 8816
Website: http://princesslouisepub.co.uk/
Directions: Take the stairs and turn left onto Great Russell Street. Then turn right onto Bury Place. Next, turn right onto Bloomsbury Way/A40/A401. Cross the street and make your way back onto Bury Place. Turn left onto New Oxford Street and then continue onto High Holborn/ A40. You will … Read More

KONAKI is a Greek restaurant located just steps away from the front entrance of the British Museum. It’s a family run restaurant with typical Greek fare in a cosy setting. It sits up to 50 people and even has outdoor seating for when the weather is nice. Please note, they are only open for dinner service and are closed on Sundays.

Address: 5 Coptic St, Bloomsbury, London WC1A 1NH
Phone: 020 7580 9730
Website: http://www.konaki.co.uk/index.html

Directions: Exit the museum using the Great Russell St exit and proceed up the stairs. Turn right on Great Russell St, and after less than … Read More

THE PERSEVERANCE is a rare free-of-house (independent) pub, located on the corner of Lamb’s Conduit and Great Ormond Street. It’s a good 15-minute walk from the BM, but has a pleasant upstairs and good solid fare. Plus supporting small businesses always feels right!

Address: 63 Lamb’s Conduit   WC1N 3NB
Phone: +44 (0)20 7405 8278
Webwww.theperseverance.co.uk/
Directions: Exit the museum using the Great Russell Street exit and proceed up the stiars. Turn left on Great Russell Street and then continue straight onto Bloomsbury Square. Continue onto Bloomsbury Place and then Turn left onto Southampton Row/ A4200. … Read More