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British Museum

British Museum

Open daily 10am - 5:30pm
Great Russell Street, London, England, WC1B 3DG

The Basics

Allow at least two hours for a British Museum tour, but don’t expect to see everything in one visit—it would take days to explore the entire museum and it’s easy to get lost. With so much to see, visiting with a tour guide is a convenient choice, and a small-group or private guided tour will ensure you maximize your time.

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British Museum Guided Tour
British Museum Guided Tour
$26.40 per adult
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Great tour
Fantastic tour guide who talked with passion about the items shown in the British Museum and went out of his way to make you happy.
SjoerdJan_t, Jun 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in London

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British Museum tour
rdmacs, May 2022
British Museum Guided Tour
We followed the directions for where to meet our tour guide but he/she did not appear. That was fine because we had not eaten lunch and so went to the cafe to eat. In addition, we only wanted to see a few select things which we were able to do easily on our own. We gave 5 stars for the review because the British Museum is amazing and well worth the visit.
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British Museum, a Must See!
Deborah_K, Mar 2022
British Museum In-Depth Private Guided Tour
We so enjoyed our private tour of British Museum. It’s truly a Must See! Jack, our Bespoken Britain Guide, was wonderful in a word. He is knowledgeable, entertaining & his enthusiasm is contagious. We so enjoyed this wonderful experience. I really suggest a guide, because there is so much to see & it could be overwhelming. Thanks Jack!
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The best way to tour a museum
Jenna_Z, Mar 2022
British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour
Becky was incredibly knowledgeable and charismatic, weaving stories into our tours of both the National Gallery and the British Museum that made the content come alive. It was incredibly informative, stimulating and fun!
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Sheldon is a must!
Bernadettem_a, Jun 2022
Semi-Private Guided Tour of British Museum
Sheldon is an excellent storyteller, pushed our minds at appreciating British culture and world wonder. He is fully recommended and add to appreciating the Museum and our trip!
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Anthony was a brilliant...
Andrew_W, Jun 2022
The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour
Anthony was a brilliant guide. He had unparalleled knowledge of the artifacts we saw and readily answered all of our questions. One of the best tours we’ve ever taken.
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Great experience!
Cassandra_C, Jun 2022
British Museum Guided Tour
Our tour guide was absolutely wonderful! She had so much knowledge of the museum and was very kind and helpful. I highly recommend a tour guide from Viator!
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British Mus is one of the...
Betsy_C, Jun 2022
The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour
British Mus is one of the great museums of the world. Great to be there. Amazing !!! Luis was our guide.
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Dealing with today’s social issues
Catherine_M, May 2022
Semi-Private Guided Tour of British Museum
Sheldon ensured we hit our priorities, while sharing social issues (need to make reparation) facing the British Museum.
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Great experience
ColinBotfield, Jun 2022
British Museum Guided Tour
guide was great , very knowledgeable, found us outside , good communicator, kept us moving , quick background to everything , much better than just looking a boards
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Wonderful Guide and Great Time
Cathy_Y, Jun 2022
British Museum Private Tour
Stephe was very knowledgeable and engaging storyteller and really brought the history behind each artifact to life. I highly recommend her!
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Wonderful
Katherine_P, Jun 2022
The British Museum Guided Tour - 10:30am Every Day
Tour guide very knowledgeable. He showed us the best with detailed background info. Would have liked to stay longer.
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Engaging and worth the time!
dawn_c, Jun 2022
Semi-Private Guided Tour of British Museum
Ellie did a great job and knew her history of the pieces she described. Loved her knowledge and Enthusiasm of the artifacts.
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Things to Know Before You Go

  • There is no admission fee for the British Museum, although donations are welcome.

  • Visitors are required to pass security checks to enter, and large bags and suitcases are prohibited.

  • On-site facilities include museum shops, cafés, and restaurants.

  • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the museum.

  • Audio guides are offered in several languages.

  • The British Museum is fully wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The British Museum is located on Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, in the heart of central London. The museum is easy to reach by bus or tube, and the Tottenham Court Road (Northern Line), Russell Square (Piccadilly Line), and Holborn (Piccadilly and Central lines) underground stations are all less than a 5-minute walk away.

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When to Get There

The museum is open daily, year-round. The quietest time to visit is on a weekday either when the doors open or after 3pm—school groups often visit in the mornings. Morning visitors should plan to visit the most popular exhibits (such as the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon sculptures) right away, while afternoon visitors might save these until later, when the crowds have left. Friday evenings are also a good time to visit, when there are normally fewer tour groups and families. Look out for special exhibitions, events, and film screenings throughout the year, too.

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Highlights of the British Museum

For first-time visitors, the most popular exhibits include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures from ancient Greece, the Persian Oxus Treasure, and the Ancient Egypt collection, which houses the Mummy of Katebet. Other must-see artifacts include the Portland Vase, which dates back to the 1st century BC; the Lewis chessmen, a collection of carved chess pieces dating back to the 12th century; and a statue from Easter Island, which is on display in the Living and Dying Gallery.

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