If you’re turned off by the British Museum’s long lines, head to the Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology for a far mellower family day activity. Belied by a basic brownstone façade, a statue-studded main hall makes for a staggering entrance. Grab one of the front desk’s complimentary torches and begin your exploration into a world of Egyptian treasures. The lights are kept low to protect the collection, so your family can play Indiana Jones while winding through cramped corridors of curio cabinets. In many areas, touching is encouraged, and the little ones will have an endless assortment of drawers to inspect, stuffed with myriad Mesopotamian mementos. After exploring the dimly lit dioramas, wander through the hall of wall carvings. Flanked on either side by tight passages scrawled with hieroglyphics, you’ll feel a sense of timelessness that helps the ancient world come into focus. When you’re ready to leave, drop your torches off at the desk and emerge once more onto the busy streets of the present day. With the time you saved not waiting in line, you and your kids can discuss your favorite displays while on route to your next great adventure.