See the development of human culture on every continent from prehistory to the present at The British Museum. The museum houses one of the largest collections of works in the world, some 8 million. You'll encounter many significant items here, including the Rosetta Stone, the Magna Carta, and the Parthenon Frieze. The museum is broken into various departments, each covering a specific place and time, such as ancient Egypt and Sudan, or a theme, such as coins and medals. The works cover a broad spectrum of styles, from ancient carvings, sculptures, stoneware, and gold metalwork to prints and drawings from famous Renaissance artists. You won't have time to cover all the museum's collections in a single visit, so you should choose subjects that interest you and focus on them. A map of the museum helps you navigate efficiently. Pick up a copy at an information point inside, or download a digital one to your smartphone or tablet ahead of time. If you're not sure which galleries to visit, you can join a highlights tour. Departing twice a day every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, these guided tours show you the museum's most important pieces. Book this tour online or at the information desk in the front court. If specific galleries interest you, try to catch one of the free daily Eye-Opener tours. Galleries host one of these 30- to 40-minute tours per day, giving you a deeper historical understanding of specific periods and regions. Arrange to visit The British Museum and other attractions in London using our London trip tool .
Tours To The British Museum
The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $45
Duration: 20 to 120 minutes
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $47
Duration: 60 to 120 minutes
Private Custom Tour: Day Tour of London BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $350
Duration: 6 hours 30 minutes
The British Museum Reviews
A great way to spend half a day. There are lots of amazing things in the collection - so many that it’s difficult to see and properly appreciate them all in one visit. Entrance is by donation and... more »
The majority of Museums in London are free of charge on entry (V&A) with the exception of crown properties (Kensington Palace, Tower of London). This Museum was "renovated" for the Milleneum with a..... more »
I loved my experience at the British Museum, it's free and they have a huge collection of artifacts and items from all across the world. In their early Egyptian history section they have whole walls and pillars excavated from those places. It's an interesting experience to see the things in real life, that you read about in books. The staff is very nice and helpful. Donations are encouraged but no fee for visitors. Enjoy your visit if you travel to London.
One of my favorite museums in Britain. Beautiful architecture and with amazing collections. The exhibition tickets usually selling fast. Have a friendly price souvenir shop with lots of variety items. There's quite nice cafe as well on the first floor. It's very hot and always crowded during the summer though. However, I met a very rude cleaning staff. When I was in the baby changing room, a female staff keep knocking on the door non-stop and then crossed at me because I locked the door (??). Apparently she wanted to take her mop and bucket which she placed inside the nappy changing room. Is it appropriate to violate people's privacy and act the way she did without any apology? The baby changing room also not clean and had a very bad smell. Luckily the other front desk staff were very nice and helpful. Or it will completely ruin the day..
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