Night at the (British) Museum

Today I went to see the latest Night at the Museum movie. Considering that some scenes takes place at the British Museum, I thought it a fitting Boxing Day celebration (a holiday in the UK, which is also celebrated in Canada and other Commonwealth countries but not in the US). I wanted to see what they had done with the galleries and the collections—the ones in which they had actually filmed, such as the Great Court and the Parthenon Galleries (the other rooms you see are imaginary galleries filmed on a special set in Vancouver).

The movie was entertaining and the kids in the audience clearly enjoyed it. I did too. What I thought was most hilarious was when Larry, Teddy and the others burst into the Great Court with Ben Stiller saying, “Hurry, we have get to the Egyptian galleries’ (something to that effect). I giggled at this… because they had just exited from the door leading to the real Egyptian sculpture galleries!

There is a great blog post about this on the British Museum website, which is what I wanted to share with you today: Night at the (British) Museum, which offers great bits of information about the movie and the BM scenes. Just click on the above link and enjoy!

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Top 10 Tips for Aspiring Archaeologists

By happenstance, I came across a page on Boston University’s Archaeology department website that shared tips for aspiring archaeologists.  It fits with my How do I become an archaeologist chronicle, so I thought I would share.

Here’s the link: Top 10 Tips for Budding Archaeologists

Amenhotep III back on his feet

A statue of Amenhotep III has been put together again and raised back to his feet after it had toppled over during an earthquake…. more than 3000 years ago. You can read an article about this in Art Daily by clicking on the link.

Amenhotep III was an extremely prolific builder and there are numerous statues in His Majesty’s likeness still buried at his mortuary temple on the West Bank of Thebes, near Luxor.  I have a soft spot for this pharaoh… here’s a photo of yours truly at his feet. Literally.

At the feet of Amenhotep III

At the feet of Amenhotep III… a colossal statue of the king and his wife in the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.