Lesson Plan: Exploring the British museum

Lesson Plan: Exploring the British museum

Do you go to museums much? Have you ever been to a good museum? A bad museum? What did you like or dislike about it?

What do you think might be the highlights of the British museum?

Watch this video. What are its highlights? Would it be interesting to you?

  • Where does the speaker live?
  • How much does the museum cost?
  • What sort of people got to the museum?
  • What are the main atttractions of the museum?
  • What can you hire there?
  • What do they sell at the shops?
  • What other places can you go to at the museum?

What do the following numbers refer to?

10,000, zillions, 15, 1753, 3

Link the following halves of the sentences

One thing that I found really interesting and really impressivewas how many young people were actually there
It was really quite incredible how the mix of people
The other thing that struck me wasare a couple of eating places.
Dotted around the museumand has a great feel.
It’s an amazing day outmany people the museum attracts.


Place the following sentences in the passive voice:

  • They founded the British museum in 1753.
  • They located the museum in the centre of London
  • They housed the museum in a large, very impressing looking building.


What are the following artefacts?

Match those objects with their descriptions:

  • Granite head of Amenemhat III, from the Temple of Bastet, Bubastis, Egypt 12th Dynasty, around 1800 BC. From a colossal statue in a temple.
  • Seated Buddha preaching. Unusually for this hand gesture, the Buddha wears the over-robe on both shoulders with a thick curved neckline, an edge lying below the right forearm, the semi-circle between the legs rather deep and the fall of gathered drapery from the left wrist, where the backthrow may be visible, undulating in high relief to lie splayed and almost flat on the seat.
  • Hoa Hakananai’a, from Orongo, Easter Island (Rapa Nui), Polynesia, around AD 1000.
  • Part of grey and pink granodiorite stela bearing priestly decree concerning Ptolemy V in three blocks of text: Hieroglyphic (14 lines), Demotic (32 lines) and Greek (54 lines). The inscription is a decree passed by a council of priests, one of a series that affirm the royal cult of the 13 year-old Ptolemy V on the first anniversary of his coronation.

Look at the map: https://www.britishmuseum.org/visit/museum-map Where would you find these objects?

Plan a trip around the museum, You can use this as a help: https://www.britishmuseum.org/visit/object-trails

In pairs go on a trip through the museum. https://artsandculture.google.com/streetview/british-museum/AwEp68JO4NECkQ?sv_lng=-0.1266024509257022&sv_lat=51.51905368906714&sv_h=286&sv_p=0&sv_pid=JeKwUFYAMWXNWPh3IOg3jw&sv_z=1.0000000000000002

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