Like New York City’s Metropolitan Museum of Art and Paris’ Louvre, the scale of the British Museum can only be appreciated in person as pictures don’t quite capture the building’s size and scope. The cultural institution is so large, in fact, it’s best to plan on visiting it over a few days. The ground floor, for example, is the location of the world-renowned Ancient Lives, Assyrian, and Egyptian Galleries. It took a full day to experience them and we arrived, it should be noted, when the museum opened its doors that morning.
The soaring atrium just inside the main entrance :
Reliefs are arranged in the order in which they originally were sculpted :
Eagle-headed protective spirit, from the Nimrud Gallery :
Relief of Greek warrior. The serpent at the bases represents the soul of the deceased.