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  • Address: Great Russell Street
  • Hours: Open daily 10am - 5:30pm
  • Admission: Free

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British Museum

The British Museum is one of the largest museums in the world, comparable only to the Louvre in Paris and the Met in New York. Established around 1750, the British Museum originated with Sir Hans Sloane's 'Cabinet of Curiosities' which he donated to the nation. It's now London's most visited attraction with over seven million objects and a wealth of world history - from Egyptian mummies to Roman sculptures, the Greek Parthenon marbles and the Persian Oxus Treasure (thanks to the British Empire's history of conquering distant countries - there is ongoing controversy about whether some of these treasures should now be returned to where they came from).

But this is no dull, dusty cupboard of old bits and pieces. The British Museum has a wide-ranging program of talks, films, family events, activities for kids, cafes and an excellent shop. The museum is housed in an imposing Greek Revival building dating from the 1850s. In 2000, the space was increased when the wonderful Lord Foster-designed glass and steel courtyard was created. In the heart of this is the famous Reading Room - once home to the British Library - where Karl Marx wrote The Communist Manifesto.

Practical Info

Located in Bloomsbury, the cultural heart of London, the British Museum is easily reached by bus or tube. Tottenham Court Road and Holborn are the nearest tube stations. The courtyard is the nerve-center of the museum and from here you can set off on a series of tours exploring different parts of the collection. Allow plenty of time and wear comfortable shoes. There's so much to see here, you might want to schedule more than one visit. 

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Best Private Tour: London Walking Tour of the British Museum and Soane Museum

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

Discover London's wealth of history and culture in style on a private walking tour of the British Museum and Sir John Soane's Museum, with an art historian to ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $92.04

British Museum Tour in London

4.5 star rating: Recommended 35 Reviews

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 ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: 2 hours (approx.)

From USD $32.29

Drawing in Silver and Gold: Leonardo to Jasper Johns at the British Museum

Explore the development of the artistic technique of metalpoint in this special exhibition. From its beginnings in the Renaissance to its resurgence in the ...  Read more

Location: London, United Kingdom
Duration: Flexible

From USD $14.61

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