British Museum Tours

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Founded in 1753, the British Museum is London’s largest and most visited museum. Its gigantic permanent collection includes over 8 million historical artifacts, with everything from Egyptian mummies to Roman treasures. Highlights include sculptures from the Parthenon, the Rosetta Stone, and the 12th-century Lewis chessmen.

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. 

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. 

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. 
 
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. 

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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Address: Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, England
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Hours: Open daily 10am - 5:30pm
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Admission: Free
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Private London British Museum Tour for Kids and Families

Pique the kids’ interest in history during a family-friendly tour of the British Museum in London. With a private Blue Badge guide just for your family and friends, you’ll explore collections that span some 6,000 years and learn about the museum highlights through engaging commentary and activities. Fun facts about Ginger the Egyptian mummy, the Sutton Hoo treasure, and the Ramses II statue bring the past to life.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Private Guided Tour: The British Museum London

London’s British Museum is home to a staggering collection of 8 million items, some dating as far back as the prehistoric age. Make sure you see the best of this British Museum by taking this private 2 to 2.5-hour tour of the cultural institution. Alongside an engaging tour guide, you’ll visit a curated section of cultural and artistic works that represent the diversity of the museum’s collection: see samurai armor, the Rosetta Stone and 2 million year-old tools. This private tour gives you the chance to customize your itinerary according to your interests.  
  • Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs
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Semi-Private Guided Tour: the British Museum London

The British Museum in London houses around 8 million artefacts, making it difficult to sift out the must-sees on a first-time or short visit. This 2 to 2.5-hour small-group tour does the work for you, with a guide to show you around some carefully curated highlights.  View important pieces such as the Mummy of Katebet, Lewis Chessmen, and more, as you uncover their significance and history. Entrance to the British Museum is free.
  • Duration: 2 to 2.5 hrs
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SuperSaver Private Guided Tour: British Museum & National Gallery of London

Ideal for art and history buffs, this private 5.5-hour tour of London’s National Gallery and British Museum showcases the highlights of each cultural institution. The vast collection of art and artifacts in each museum means it’s difficult to ensure you see the top attractions: with your guide, you’ll focus on carefully selected artistic and historical treasures, and see legendary pieces such as Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’, the Rosetta Stone and the Mummy of Katebet. Taking a private tour allows you to customize your itinerary and receive undivided attention from your guide.
  • Duration: 5 to 5.5 hrs
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Super Saver Semi-Private Guided Tour: British Museum & National Gallery of London

Make the most of time in London with tours of two of its flagship museums: the National Gallery and British Museum. Explore the National Gallery, home to one of the world’s greatest paintings collections, seeing masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers.’ Plus, let your guide introduce you to some of the must-see ancient and medieval treasures at the British Museum. Both museums are free to enter.
  • Duration: 5 to 5.5 hrs
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Small Group London British Museum Tour for Kids and Families

Visiting a museum may seem like a difficult setting to keep children entertained, but this tour is the perfect solution. It’s especially geared towards children, with a kid-friendly blue badge guide to lead the way. You’ll save time studying the floor plan and trying to decide what to see, and instead have a guide to shortlist top sites and lead the way. Highlights include an Egyptian mummy, the Rosetta Stone, and lots of treasures.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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British Museum Tour with Spanish-Speaking Guide

Do not miss the museum and cancer, understands and enjoys knowing the most important without leaving anything!What do you find?Why the British Museum was one of the first places to have electric light?What other famous palaces were about to become the British Museum?How the British Museum collection was formed?Why is it important to the Rosetta Stone? Who discovered it?What goddess was dedicated the Greek Parthenon?What was the favorite sport of kings in Ancient Assyria?What served the Egyptian pyramids?Why was it so important for Egyptian mummification?Is there still any of the 7 wonders of the ancient world?ImportantDuration: 2 hour (s)Meeting point: stairs to the front door, left side facing the door.End: Near the British MuseumHours: 10: 00hOperating days: Tuesday, Thursday and SundayTicket: Take the printed email or mobile or tablet
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Private Tour: Discovering the British Museum

Visit the British Museum on this 3-hour private tour. With your own art historian guide, explore the British Museum, one of the world’s greatest historical treasure troves, as you wish. As British Museum tours go, it’s ideal for getting a personalized perspective on the collections and highlights such as the Parthenon sculptures.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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London: British Museum Family walking Tour

Explore the British Museum on a tour designed specifically for families with children. You'll discover the museum's wide variety of exhibits in a kid-friendly way with a guide who helps you navigate one of the busiest attractions in London and one of the best museums in the world.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Guided and Chauffered Tour of London

Make like a VIP in London with a private guide, personal chauffeur, and an itinerary tailor-made for you. Choose between a 3- or 6-hour tour and admire landmarks such as Buckingham Palace, Big Ben, and the Tower of London; hit the shops at Harrods or Oxford Street; or explore the local neighborhoods. Hotel pickup and drop-off is included.
  • Duration: 3 to 6 hrs
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  • Duration: 3 to 6 hrs
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The British Museum Tour - The Ideas That Made Our World

Because of its staggering collection of more than 8 million artifacts spanning the history of the world, the British Museum is best explored with a guide. Trace the progression of civilisation on a 2.5-hour guided tour of the British Museum, designed to reveal historic ideas that changed the world. See an eclectic selection of artifacts including the Rosetta Stone, a two-headed Aztec serpent, a mechanical solar system, and the Lewis Chessman, and enrich your knowledge of topics ranging from Egyptian pharaohs to the agricultural revolution.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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Skip the line British Museum Guided Tour

With a collection of at least 8,000,000 objects, and 80,000 on public display, you could spend weeks exploring the British Museum—and still not see it all. Skip the long lines and follow your guide on a whistle-stop tour of the museum’s key highlights: relics of ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and more. After your tour, explore independently for as long as you like.
  • Duration: 1 hour
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London : Private Family & Children British Museum Tour

Get your kids excited about history on a private guided tour of the British Museum. Choose a start time that works for your schedule and let the fun beginning. Deciding what to see in the vast museum can be a challenge.  But your guide hand picks two to three exhibits that are sure to hold your child’s short attention span and keep you interested as well.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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Private Guided Tour: British Museum & Westminster City Center

History buffs will be delighted by this private 5 to 5.5-hour historical tour of London, including the highlights of the British Museum. Alongside your personal guide, you’ll witness a Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, and see iconic landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Ensure you don’t miss the best of the British Museum on a guided tour of its 8 million-strong collection of artefacts. Private tour ensures undivided attention and the opportunity to customize your itinerary.   
  • Duration: 300 to 330 minutes
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Semi-Private Guided Tour: British Museum & Westminster City Center

The British Museum is one of the UK’s largest and most visited museums, chronicling over 2 million years of human history. Make the most of your visit on this 5.5-hour small-group tour, then marvel at London’s historic monuments on a guided walking tour, including Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, and the Houses of Parliament.
  • Duration: 300 to 330 minutes
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Private Chauffeur Driven London Sightseeing and Shopping Trip

Save time by combining sightseeing with a shopping trip in London. As your private chauffeur drives you around the city's best shopping destinations, such as Knightsbridge and Covent Garden, see top London attractions such as Buckingham Palace, Westminster Abbey, and the Houses of Parliament. Enjoy the flexibility of customizing your itinerary according to your preferences and benefit from local insight from your driver.
  • Duration: 5 to 8 hrs
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London Hop-On, Hop-Off Bus with skip the line Guided Tour of the British Museum

See the highlights of the British capital in less time on a double-decker, hop-on hop-off bus tour of the city. Choose from 24-, 48-, or 72-hour tickets, which allow you unlimited access to three different routes across the city. Encounter the famous sights, and disembark when you wish to get a closer look. To aid your explorations, tickets also entitle you to skip-the-line entry at the British Museum, plus a guided tour of its collection.
  • Duration: 1 day
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Small-Group British Museum Tour

The British Museum is home to more than 8 million historical artefacts, meaning that exploring alone is often a daunting task. Let a historian guide show you the museum’s highlights on a small-group tour, during which you’ll receive personalized attention and focus on objects that you may otherwise have overlooked. Even if you’ve only got limited time in London, this tour fits seamlessly into the busiest sightseeing schedule.
  • Duration: 3 hours
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London Tea and Sights Walking Tour

Visit some of London’s key landmarks, learn more about the history of British tea-drinking, and finally sit down for a traditional afternoon tea of your own on this small-group tour of the capital. In the company of your guide, you’ll learn more about London’s history and why tea has been Britain’s favorite national beverage for centuries. You’ll also see landmarks like Buckingham Palace, Trafalgar Square, and the British Museum, and will enjoy a full afternoon tea.
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
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