Tuesday Tip: British Museum

I’m a bit of the opinion that once you’ve seen one museum, you’ve seen them all. (I know, I’m a terrible person.) Having artifacts behind glass–while necessary–sterilizes the experience, and the rush to see everything means you never actually see anything.

That’s why the British Museum’s object handling sessions are so exciting. Perfect for those with waning eyesight or those who simply want a more-tactile experience, the object handling sessions allow visitors to pick up real artifacts and hold them in their hands. It is much more thrilling to feel the weight of a real ancient coin in your hand or to run your finger over the chisel marks on a small, Roman carving than to simply view the object behind plexiglass. Have a real connection with an item rather than simply check it off the list of things to see.

Like the British Museum itself, object handling sessions are free and happen daily.


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