I made my third trek over to the British Museum today. My main purpose in heading out there again was to visit the ancient Rome galleries. I just started a class on ancient Rome, and I thought it might be nice to actually SEE some objects from that time period now that I have some background. The only problem? The ancient Rome gallery was closed. So, I decided to brave the Egypt rooms and really get a good look at the mummies. Remember what I said last time about thinking it was silly to cram into one room in that HUGE place, just to see them? Well, I was wrong, and I’m not afraid to admit it. 🙂 The mummies actually WERE pretty cool, and the sheer number of decorated coffins that the museum has is impressive. I think I remember hearing or reading somewhere that it’s the best collection of Egyptian artifacts outside of Egypt, but don’t quote me on that. The condition of some of the coffins is impressive; the colors in the paintings are still so bright that it’s hard to believe that these objects are thousands of years old. Kudos to whoever does the restoration work!
The crowds weren’t bad today, especially considering the fact that it was well after lunchtime before I got to the museum. After I was done, I took one of my marathon walks over the Battersea Park. That’s between 3.5 and 4 miles, if you’re counting. 🙂 I was so tired by the time I got there, though, that I didn’t have enough energy left to explore the park. Guess I’ll have to leave that one for another day!