British Museum

Great Russell Street, London


The British Museum is a collection of the most fascinating pages of human history, art and culture. It is located in the Bloomsbury area of London. The British Museum was established in 1753. A vast collection of world art and artefacts has a free admission. Its permanent collection, numbering over 8 million works, not only from the Britain, but from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.
Although today principally a museum of cultural art objects and antiquities, the British Museum was founded as a "universal museum". Its foundations lie in the spirit of the Irish-born British physician and naturalist Sir Hans Sloane. During his lifetime Sloane gathered an enviable collection of curiosities. After his death King George II bought the collection: later it became the prototype of the museum, which is one of the most popular one in the world now.
The Museum has 10 departments, each presenting an exact aspect or era of human development. Among the departments are Department of Ancient Egypt and Sudan, Greece and Rome, Middle East, Britain, Europe and Prehistory, Asia, Africa, Oceania and the Americas etc.

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Open Hours:

  • Fri

    10:00 - 20:30

  • Mon

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Tue

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Wed

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Thu

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Sat

    10:00 - 17:30

  • Sun

    10:00 - 17:30

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  • Ryan Lannigan

    - 01 June 2018 -

    Amazing historical pieces -- from Egyptian mummies, Greek sculpture and the Rosetta Stone, to Edwardian furniture -- and all for free! Housed within a beautiful building with famous converted courtyard, the British Museum's collection is definitely worth a visit. Allow plenty of time, however, as seeing everything takes at least two to three hours. There are security checks here, so please be aware. Nothing to worry about, however. There is a luggage hold here and for a small charge you can store your luggage in the area, provided that it's below the 10kg weight limit. Highly recommended!

  • Eleni Tzampatzopoulou

    - 28 May 2018 -

    Amazing place with beautiful exhibitions and gardens. Staff is friendly and helpful around bookshops, restaurants and exhibitions making the visit even better. Despite the fact that it is crowded it remains really clean (the toilets as well) and everyone can enjoy the visit. Nice variety of food and drinks. The signs and maps are helpful and it is quite easy to navigate despite the many different rooms and floors.

  • Ryan Lannigan

    - 23 May 2018 -

    Amazing historical pieces -- from Egyptian mummies, Greek sculpture and the Rosetta Stone, to Edwardian furniture -- and all for free! Housed within a beautiful building with famous converted courtyard, the British Museum's collection is definitely worth a visit. Allow plenty of time, however, as seeing everything takes at least two to three hours. There are security checks here, so please be aware. Nothing to worry about, however. Highly recommended!

  • Jessica Sinclair

    - 22 May 2018 -

    One of the best museums in London. Awe inspiring building and cultural historical diversity from all over the world. Excellent baby changing facilities. With a very slow moving lift for wheelchair users and prams at the main entrance. Staff are friendly and informative. The museum shops have a wide range of wonderful products great to give away as presents. Take a packed lunch or eat before hand as the food is not nice

  • Panuwat Udyanin

    - 19 May 2018 -

    All sections of the museum were fascinating. Particularly enjoyed Chinese and Maori history. Can easily spend a few hours here. Easy to get to from a number of stations. An experience not to forget and a place I will return to in the future. Perhaps a touch busy when I went. Would have liked more of a collection on Maori history as what they did have was very interesting.

  • Rachid Chentouf

    - 07 May 2018 -

    One of the best museum's in the world . The displays are aesthetically pleasing and educational enriching. I have been over 30 times taking friends and family each time and have found new areas to visit and explore. The free entrance sections is a rewarding experience but the events are amazing are well worth the admission. The fact there is a free section donations help keep it that way but up to you on giving what you can afford. Only irony is the museum is not very British in essence but has a feel of what a museum should look like .

  • Stefan Georgescu

    - 25 April 2018 -

    An extraordinary museum with many exhibits from all over the world. It's worth visiting to see some of the unwritten history of our world.There is so much to be seen as worth a day's life for the visit. The ENTRANCE is FREE, but the entrance program must be checked. On some days it can be crowded at the entrance but also inside the museum. There are also some food and beverage points for those interested. And souvenir shops are fabulous. Is a magnificent museum.

  • Dave Shaw

    - 20 January 2018 -

    Probably the best museum in the world. Free entry to see objects which represent key moments in history or changed the course of history themselves. Often gets packed at weekends so try a mid week visit if you can. If you’ve never been before then make sure you cross off the highlights including the Rosetta Stone, Ancient Egypt and the Parthenon sculptures. If you’ve already seen the highlights the best thing to do is to lose yourself in a single room or small corner of the museum and really absorb what each display case offers. My favourite room is the old library with the history of the enlightenment and the museum’s collection. In this room you will find treasures that unlocked whole branches of modern science.

  • Dan Jordan

    - 17 January 2018 -

    Always an incredible place to visit, could easily spend hours just exploring the building itself, let alone all the exhibitions themselves. Far too much to see in one day. A big fan of the Egyptian exhibition, and the Rosetta stone is very impressive. Food can be a little prices, but I'm a sucker for the afternoon tea in the cafe at the top of the museum. And all for F R E E

  • Martin Brown

    - 08 January 2018 -

    Star rating reflects my personal preference. As a museum goes it has many artifact s and displaces on a variety of different topic. Personally I like my museum trips to be a bit more interactive (like the natural history and science museums). This museum, as said previously, had a large variety of exhibits but very few are interactive, with most areas set up for purely for walking around and viewing. Again personal preference, my girlfriend loves the place and I'm sure would give it 5 stars.

  • Pedro Pignatari

    - 27 May 2018 -

    no words to describe, appreciate the best of natural history.

  • Debbie Yee

    - 25 May 2018 -

    Rosetta stone lives here!

  • Rachel Roth

    - 07 May 2018 -

    The back entrance has shorter lines...

  • Emily Boulger

    - 19 April 2018 -

    They have an excellent cafe

  • Vladlena Chuvasheva

    - 15 April 2018 -

    Must visit when you in London

  • Tom Coates

    - 04 April 2018 -

    Of the world’s greatest museums if not the world’s greatest museum. Go for the Rosetta Stone, the Elgin marbles, the amazing Mesopotamian structures and the great court in the center.

  • J L

    - 28 March 2018 -

    Echte Mumien

  • Frédéric Fr

    - 27 March 2018 -

    Try to see the parthenon frescos before Greece successfully reclaims its heritage.

  • Carlos Duarte

    - 25 March 2018 -

    A rich collection that shows the history of diverse civilizations and their different cultures. Highlights of the Mesopotamian heritage, Greece and ancient Rome

  • Amy Carothers

    - 25 March 2018 -

    Stroll around the museum admiring the architecture while having a brush with history. Tip: Make sure to walk up the winding staircase for a bird’s eye view and a closer look at the ceiling.

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British Museum tours

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

See the sights of London aboard an open-top, double-decker Big Bus as you admire 360-degree views of top attractions and listen to captivating commentary. Use your 1-, 2-, or 3- days tickets on three different routes, one with an onboard guide and the other with audio narration, and hop on or off at...

British Museum Highlights Tour in London including the Rosetta Stone

See human history and culture brought to life on a 2.5-hour tour of the British Museum in London! With millions of artifacts spread over 70 galleries, the enthralling museum is vast and a visit to it without a guide can be overwhelming. So, follow a knowledgeable local guide around the exhibitions to...

Viator Exclusive: Small-Group London Sightseeing Tour Including Guided British Museum Visit, St Paul's Cathedral and Tower of London

Meet your guide at Temple Underground Station in London, then board a comfortable minivan and head to St Paul’s Cathedral. On arrival, show your pre-booked ticket or pay your entrance fee (depending on the option selected), and then explore the 17th-century cathedral on an independent, audio-guided...

London: Highlights of the British Museum Guided Tour

See the highlights of the British Museum on a 2-hour guided tour, and discover relics from Ancient Egypt to artifacts found at the burial sites of Sutton Hoo. See Egyptian mummies and hierogylphs, the famous Parthenon Frieze, and much more.

British Museum 2-Hour Tour in Spanish

Enjoy a 2-hour tour of the UK's most-visited museum with a Spanish-speaking guide. Marvel at some of mankind's most valuable historic treasures.

The British Museum Tour: The Ideas That Made Our World

Explore the British Museum with a guide and experience one of the greatest stories of all time. On the tour you'll learn how humans went from living in small, nomadic bands to building vast interconnected civilizations that now dominate the planet.

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