King of the World – the Assyria gallery of the British Museum

What did it mean to be the king of the world 3,000 years ago?

The Assyrians with their heartland in northern Mesopotamia, once dominated the known world and created the first proper empire.

One of the Assyrian kings, Ashurnasirpal II, controlled an empire that stretched from Turkey to Arabia, Egypt to Iran. He controlled the people, made laws, managed the religion, he was also a warrior king, leading his armoured battering rams in to enemy walls and his troops across rivers in sophisticated amphibious assaults. And then he’d relax in an expansive palace of colourful friezes guarded by supernatural creatures. (He also fought lions in a his spare time.)

Join us on this virtual tour of the British Museum’s Assyrian gallery of Ashurnasirpal given by an ex-British Museum guide. We’ll be using walk-through images of the gallery to really bring it to life.

NB: Please note, this virtual tour is not an official tour of the British Museum.

About this virtual tour:

  • 45 minutes
  • Multiple dates (book via above link that will take you to the Eventbrite website)
  • Via Zoom app and we’ll email you the password on the morning of the tour
  • £7 per person or £10 per family (family can be in two locations on 2 devices)

How to join the virtual tour:

Book your tickets via the above link.

We’ll email you full details of the Zoom meeting link, password and Meeting ID on the morning of the tour.

Five minutes before start time, click on the link we send you or log in via the Zoom app and then sit back and enjoy the tour.

Please put your microphone on mute, but you will be able to unmute and ask questions at the end of every stop.

There is also a ‘chat’ feature on Zoom that enables you to write your questions in live time to the tour guide.