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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
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Recent reviews from experiences in London

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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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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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Our guide Tony was...
Jorge_A, May 2022
The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour
Our guide Tony was outstanding. He gave us a lot of information and details of the various artifacts in the museum. You could tell he had passion history which we loved.
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Dani the rock star of the British Museum tours!
Randy_B, Apr 2022
The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour
Dani our guide for the British Museum tour was fantastic. She was so at home in the museum and made our experience all that much more wonderful. She knew the exact way to peak the interest of our 17 and 14 year old daughters and educate, inform, and make our experience super fun. Dani was very knowledgeable and we would be happy to take any tour she offered as we know we would learn and have so much fun. Thanks Dani for making our time at the British Museum so special!
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The Story Behind the Collections.
Nancy_S, May 2022
The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour
The history behind the museum’s pieces and the explanation of the social and political scene at the times.
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Very Good
JamesG_B, May 2022
British Museum Guided Tour
A wonderful place. Our guide was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Because of the acoustics and accents, those with hearing problems should bring those hated hearing aids.
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A must see adventure!!!
Rebecca_K, May 2022
British Museum Highlights Private Guided Tour
I would say it is a must see for anybody who comes to England. I don’t know what else to say? I don’t know what else you want me to say.
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Highly recommend!
Jean_M, Apr 2022
British Museum Guided Tour
Serena was our tour guide for the British museum. She was excellent - engaging, informative, and enthusiastic - all in a professional manner. She made our visit to the museum a memorable experience!
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Short on time, book this tour!
Melissa_B, May 2022
British Museum Guided Tour
Although our guide Joe was delayed by a late train, his colleague informed us of the delay, and Joe provided a very interesting tour primarily covering the Elgin marbles, ancient Egypt and the Assyrian collections. This tour was better than a canned headphone visit. I recommend the tour to anyone who would enjoy a brief introduction to some of the highlights in this magnificent museum.
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Excellent British Museum Tour
Renee_C, May 2022
Semi-Private Guided Tour of British Museum
Tony Matthews is an outstanding guide. We appreciated his time, effort and knowledge very much. He made the information come to life! Amazing!
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Great for kids!
Chris_M, Apr 2022
Private London British Museum Tour for Kids and Families
This was a great tour for those with kids. Just enough history but with some fun. Our tour guide, Denisa, was great with our kids (12, 9, and 8) and I think we hit all of the highlights in the museum. It’s worth the cost of the private tour to have it catered to your family.

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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