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 $43
Duration: 20 to 120 minutes
Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $45
Duration: 60 to 120 minutes
Private Tour: Discovering the British Museum BOOK WITH VIATOR FROM $105
Duration: 3 hours
The British Museum Reviews
Loved it. Not completely organized as one would expect (sometimes just a little confusing). Tons of people checking out the Egypt colletion, other parts not so crowded. Beutiful museum, I just wish pe... more »
We were told not to my the British Museum during our first trip to London and it was great advice. The place is huge and I could easily spend several days in here. The Lobby is breathtaking. We had th... more »
I was here on vacation and it was my first spot! I knew it had to be a wonderful museum it is a huge place! As you walk in, you will see an amazing lobby with so much walking space, compared to NYC museums, it gets crowded, but the amount of space you have makes it very relaxing, the exhibits were amazing and Egypt was the top of my list. The halls and other exhibits are very creative. The collections they have here are one of a kind, as I am use to only seeing a long amount of artwork in NYC, I find this a treat to see such creative pieces and amazing history. I would recommend this place for anyone! Plus it is donation only, so you won't burn a hole in your pocket.
Absolutely huge... Good displays and decent organization progressing through time frames and regions. If you wish to actually read information about each piece, you'll be there for a week! They have so many things with a satisfactory extent of related information for the average history enthusiast. I could easily spend multiple days here. Plus, the only cost is a suggested donation.
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