The Initiatives Taken by British Museum to Make Exhibits More Engaging

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The British Museum hosts many free activities and events for families who come with children, including digital workshops, themed family days, craft activities, and explorer backpacks. Close to one-third of the visitors who tour British museum are families. This is why the museum has worked with exhibit designers and curators to make a set of family labels alongside key objects featuring in the “Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia” exhibit.

The labels give insights to the peering visitors on a private tour British Museum of horseback riders cum nomadic travelers of Ancient China. One of the highlights of the exhibit is a golden plaque of a Scythian warrior riding a horse with a weapon in hand and in hot pursuit of a wild animal.

“Scythians carried their essential items with them,” reads a label alongside a shaded representation of a Scythian warrior mounted on a horse. The labels are meant to help 7 to 11 years old children who can acquaint the Scythians when they partake in “Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia” exhibit which prolongs until January next year.

People can engage with objects and stories and hence British Museum has put object-specific labels for the exhibits. Our fascination with ancient objects and the stories behind them often make everyone wannabe explorers of the world and British Museum is helping them explore more.

Over the last three years, schools and young audiences have been allying with the interpretation team of the British Museum to test with different family resources for the exhibits. The museum has asked families to give feedbacks on resources like family labels, hands-on stations, and portable activities for different demography. The feedbacks by adults and youngsters suggest that the labels provide fun and fast insights into the stories and themes of the exhibits.

The “Scythians: Warriors of Ancient Siberia” exhibit is accessible for free for the British Museum members and for under 16-year-olds who accompany a paying adult. The Scythian exhibit also features the surrounding sound of the whistling wind and whinnying horses, which give the visitors a feel of entering a Siberian landscape inside the museum.

These traditional initiatives are taken by the British Museum to make the exhibits fun and exciting for the visitors. This is one of the reasons, why British Museum says these exhibits go beyond the printed trails in the Scythian exhibit also.