The British Museum has always had a spectacular collection of Egyptian artefacts, but a new, permanent gallery has added an extra dimension to its displays.

It focuses on magnificent paintings found in the tomb-chapel of Nebamun, an accountant who died about 1350BC. They show scenes of his aristocratic life – from feasting to partying with naked, nubile serving girls.

There are also numerous artefacts that cast light on broader Egyptian society, from the elite to the masses.

If all this isn’t enough, the adjoining rooms have dozens of mummies and relics, including exhibits on the rise of Egyptian civilisation some 5000 years ago.

A visit to this part of the British Museum would be a great way to warm up for a trip to Egypt.


» British Museum, Great Russell St, WC1B 3DG  Tube: Tottenham Court Road (020 7323 8299). Free