WhatMuseums & Galleries
British Museum, Great Russell Street , WC1B
£6 per guide.
Suitable for ages 4+.
"As my sister and I went off on the morning of a beautiful day to the British Museum to have a look at the new family audio guide, we weren’t quite sure what to think. When has an audio guide ever been fun? Is it even possible for an audio guide to be fun? However as we left later that day, we thought that the British Museum had achieved the impossible. The new audio guide has competition, interaction and learning at its core: as soon as Jemima and I turned it on, we were pitted against each other in what became a fiercely contested competition over the coming hours.
The device is extremely simple to use: just find an exhibit with the family logo, and type in its number. On doing that, 5 game modes pop up based around your chosen exhibit – a combination of Hunt, Imagine, Sound, Quiz, Memory, Pose and a few others. The esteemed role of ‘Game King’ is rotated every round – and whoever that is picks the mode, picks the winner and awards the points. Although the game ideally needs 3 or more players, Jemima and I managed well with just two – as we learnt about the original shape of the Rosetta Stone, roared like the Lion of Knidos, and found the beast on the Sutton Hoo helmet.
At the end of a ‘highlights tour adventure’, which took us to 5 of the museums most prized exhibits, Jemima triumphed in a 260-230 victory, also I took home the consolation of the ‘Posing Trophy’. The family audio guide is perfect for all ages – and the more players the better. It certainly made our trip to the British Museum much more worthwhile, and I don’t think I’m going to forget Jemima posing like the statue of Hoa Hakananai'a in a hurry"
Reviewed by Davy Turner
£6 per guide.
Suitable for ages 4+.
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