Four children in Room 1 looking at a bust.

Family gallery activities

Key information

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Discover the galleries open at the Museum using these fun family activity sheets and trails. 

To support the one-way route around some of the Museum's most popular galleries, we've created these family resources.

Download onto your phone or tablet and discover the collection as you track down objects in the Museum and learn about their history. Alternatively, before your visit make sure you print copies of the activity sheets and trails you want to do and bring them with you. Don't forget them!

Paper copies of these resources are not being distributed in the Museum at this time. Thank you for your understanding.

Gallery activity sheets

The Lion of Knidos, marble, Knidos (Turkey), 2nd Century BC

Great Court

Roar like a lion in the Great Court as you enter the Museum and find out more about this impressive beast.

Limestone stela of Intef, son of Ka, Egypt, 2101BC-2070BC. 

Room 4: Egyptian sculpture (south)

Become a symbol detective in the Egyptian sculpture gallery and find all of the symbols. 

Gypsum wall-panel relief showing a colossal lion, one of a pair, much damaged by fire, which guarded the entrance to the temple of Ishtar Sharrat-niphi; inscribed

Room 6: Assyrian sculpture and Balawat Gates

Discover ancient Assyrian gods and monsters on relief panels. 

Marble head from a statue of a young woman or goddess, Knidos, 325BC-275BC.

Rooms 12–18: Ancient Greece

Follow the Museum explorer ancient Greece trail from Room 12: Greece: Minoans and Mycenaeans through to Room 18: Parthenon, and wander through 1,000 years of Greek history. 

Please note, Room 22 at the end of the trail will be closed. 

Pentelic marble statue of Dionysos

Room 23: Greek and Roman sculpture

Pose like a statue in this family activity. How many poses can you copy from the sculptures in the room? 

Gypsum wall panel relief: the king, Tiglath-Pileser III, Assyria, 728BC.

Room 8: Assyria: Nimrud

Identify what's fit for a king using the clues in this gallery activity. 

Red quartzite block statue of Teti, Egypt, 1475BC (circa).

Room 4: Egyptian sculpture (north)

Continue your journey through ancient Egypt and explore the sculptures of the pharaohs with our royal Ramses family activity.

The Rosetta Stone

Rooms 61–65: Ancient Egypt

Travel down the Nile across five galleries to discover life and death in ancient Egypt.

Headpiece depicting Mammy Wata, Nigeria, 20th Century.

Room 25: Africa

Travel to Africa to meet Mammy Wata using the Museum explorer trail. Discover wonderful colours, shapes and patterns. 

Drum made of wood, Ghana, 18th Century.

Room 26: North America

Discover African music in America using the journey of the Akan drum.

Double-headed serpent, made of turquoise mosaics, Mexico, 1400-1521.

Room 27: Mexico

Explore the colourful Mexican menagerie in Room 27 and find all the animals. 

Decorative central panel of a mosaic floor featuring sea creatures, Rome, 50BC-50.

Room 1: Enlightenment

Delve into this museum-in-a-room and explore the wonders of an age of reason and learning.

Glass roof and the top of a totem pole in the Great Court.

Great Court

As you end your journey around the Museum try and identify the different shapes to be found in the Great Court.