British Museum

Great Russell Street, London

4.5

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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  • Andrew Oram

    5
    - 26 August 2018 -

    This is an utterly amazing place! There is so much to see and learn; you'll really only scratch the surface in a day. The Assyrian exhibition coming up at the end of 2018 looks fascinating. Given that it is an incredibly old museum, everything is presented in a really relevant way. The Great Court also always takes your breath away when you walk in for the first time.

  • Hugo Lennon

    5
    - 25 August 2018 -

    Incredible, constantly changing, showcases! This is one of the best museums I've been to. The crowd control is excellent, there is not a massive crowd of people in any one area even though there were a lot of people around. The air conditioning is very good too, it's not too cold nor too hot. It's very easy to get around with all the signage and helpful staff around. Easily one of the best looking museums.

  • Peter

    3
    - 20 August 2018 -

    Worst bits 1. The museum is meant to be free but we found ourselves being forced to give a donation after the bag security check. Personally if something is free you shouldn’t be forced to give a “donation”. They employ staff to collect the “donations” surely if they didn’t employ these staff they could save the cost of the donations or simply be honest and charge an entrance fee. 2. Best avoided on a hot day. See picture of the state of the art air con system. We saw this solitary fan in one of the galleries. The museum is a sauna with a good view but nowhere to sit. Best bit: The Great Court restaurant serves excellent quality food. Its worth visiting the museum just for that lunch. Super quality at affordable prices.

  • Roland Hess

    5
    - 04 August 2018 -

    If you're into antiquities, you could probably spend an entire week crawling through this place and savoring everything it has to offer. Unfortunately, we didn't have that kind of time and to be honest we're not *that* into antiquities. However, they have a "the museum in one hour" and "museum in three hours" focused self-guided tours that hit the mind-blowing highlights. And they're mind-blowing. The Rosetta stone is here! A statue from Easter Island! Writing from Nebuchadnezzar! There is a room with a bunch of priceless sculptures from ~200AD and they're just *sitting there* with a sign that reads "PLEASE DO NOT TOUCH". It's truly amazing.

  • Sonam Jain

    5
    - 04 August 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!

  • Ambar Verma

    4
    - 30 July 2018 -

    The British History Museum is an institution in itself. So much information properly chronicled and arranged systematically, it's beautiful. The Egyptian section is the most interesting (and indeed most crowded). Lot of other areas are really good as well - South Asia, Ancient Levant, Mesopotamia all worth their time! African and Australia sections could be better. All in all a must visit place in London. Take out atleast 4 hours inside the museum to soak it in fully.

  • GM Jones

    5
    - 22 July 2018 -

    Outstanding museum, one of the best and largest in the world. Best to plan to see particular rooms as seeing the whole thing would take several days. Based on the Sloane collection. Has collections from all over the world, many artifacts spirited away from our old empire. Marvellous mummies and of course, the Rosetta Stone. It's free to enter but either please be generous in the contributions boxes or like me, become a member. As a member you can see the special exhibitions without extra payments and use the members' lounges and cafe. Very good gift shops with huge product and price ranges. Great gifts and postcards. There's a good cafe for all on the ground floor, perhaps not cheap; but in world class surroundings, an extra quid for a sandwich pales into insignificance.

  • anasuya ray

    5
    - 20 July 2018 -

    It is a huge huge place to quench thirst to all. I have never seen any thing like such a diverse collection under one roof. It is a jaw dropping collection but if one needs to do justice you will need at least 6-7 individual visits to absorb it's greatness. The museum also has a lot of resting areas, restrooms, refreshment areas, and is quite wheelchair friendly.

  • Karthik S K

    5
    - 20 July 2018 -

    Very huge and amazing place. I am not a museum going person but I would definitely recommend this. I was there for 2 hours and feel like I have seen less than 10%. It's so massive and have excellent collection across various fields. The entrance to the museum is absolutely free and interested visitors can offer their donation. At the entrance they provide free maps of the museum. I would recommend visitors to take that so that u won't miss any gallery or room. Art and history lover's can easily spend a complete day in here without getting bored. Photography is allowed here but just that you are requested no to use flash. Even you can professional digital camera inside the museum

  • Arafat Hussain Mollik

    4
    - 14 July 2018 -

    Amazing place. Great collection. Nice presentation. One day is not enough to explore it. I'll advise to take a audio guide for making it meaningful. There is a big gift shop with good collection. The shop has a good number of books also. Food shop in different locations. There are good number of washroom also for men and women. If you are lucky you may enjoy some special events also. Entry is completely free. Good time pass. Short time visit is not advised. It's a must go place in London.

  • lee hart

    - 16 July 2018 -

    free to enter and a fantastic museum, which takes you through the ages, and famous for having the Rosetta stone!

  • Nick Frantz

    - 06 July 2018 -

    The Rosetta Stone is amazing, but I think my favorite was the ancient game of Ur.

  • 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.

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British Museum tours

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British Museum Highlights Tour in London including the Rosetta Stone

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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.

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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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