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.
2 to 2.5-hour tour of the British Museum in London
View selected highlights of the museum, a showcase of 6,000 years of history
See treasures such as the Mummy of Katebet, the Lewis Chessmen, and the Rosetta Stone
Learn about the artefacts’ history and significance from a guide
Small group tour with maximum of eight people and choice of morning or afternoon departures
Semi-Private" Means Group Size Is Never More Than 8 Guests Maximum
Professional Tour Guide
Duration 2 - 2.5 Hours
Tour price does NOT include hotel pickup or drop-off (we recommend UBER or Taxi)
Tour price does NOT include gratuities (optional)
Tour is NOT available for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair
Departure & Return
The British Museum, Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, UK
Returns to original departure point
What To Expect
Choose your desired departure time when you book. Then, meet your guide at the British Museum in central London, along with the rest of your small group of no more than eight people in total. Hear a brief introduction to the world-famous museum, one of the greatest repositories of world art and artefacts on the planet. This prestigious institution houses 8 million items spanning 6,000 years of human history, providing an incredible window into human achievement. Treasures items such as Samurai armor and a series of prized Assyrian lion hunting reliefs dating from the 7th century BC. Follow your guide through the rooms to see a carefully chosen selection of ancient and medieval exhibits considered to be some of the museum’s most beautiful and important. View pieces such as the Mummy of Katebet, the 12th-century Lewis Chessmen, and the Rosetta Stone; a stone slab engraved in the 2nd century BC with texts by Egyptian priests. While you explore, gain deeper insight into the artefacts as your guide puts them in engaging historical context, sharing intriguing facts about their significance and purpose. After about 2 to 2.5 hours of exploring, your experience finishes when your guide departs.
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
It is imperative that you provide us with guests MOBILE PHONE NUMBER (including country code)
A maximum of 8 people per tour allowed
Minimum numbers apply. This tour will not run without a minimum of 2 guests to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund.
Not wheelchair accessible
Near public transportation
Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
Notes: British Museum and other attractions or museums in London may be subjected to occasional closures without previous warning from the museum management. When this occurs, we will provide guests with an appropriate alternative if the museum opening time is delayed more than 1h from the tour starting time. In these cases we are unable to provide refunds or discounts. Appropriate dress is required for entry into some sites on this tour. No large bags or suitcases are allowed inside the museum, only handbags or small thin bag packs are allowed through security. Due to increased security measures at many attractions some lines may form on tours with 'Skip the Line' or 'No Wait' access. Some specific rooms inside the museum are subjected to a very quiet or restricted right to speak inside, in this cases your guide will provide the information about this places before entering the specific rooms where this rule applies. Some collections may vary along the year.
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Alex was the worlds best tour guide!
He was fantastic! We had a ten year old and a thirteen year old and two adults. We all loved history but thought that we really lacked any l relevant knowledge, especially for the children. Alex selected items as we went round the museum that were the best fit for us. His passion REALLY enthused us! He was patient, thoughtful and efficient. We would like to go on more tours with Alex. If you want to visit The British Museum and you have a group like ours, you must do this small group tour, otherwise it could be overwhelming.I would not hesitate to recommend this tour.
we very much enjoyed our small-group tour we were the only two in the group, our guide Becky asked us our main interest, as this is a huge museum, and adapted the tour likewise also showing us the other most interesting or controversial pieces of the museum.
the tour also took us to a few lesser known civilizations and sparked our interest in those .
Manny thanks to Becky for making our history tour a succes
Our tour with Becky was amazing! She knew so much about everything we saw and made the experience much more rich than it would have been if we had just wandered through on our own. Totally recommend this tour!
We signed up for a semi-private tour of the British Museum while were in London. Our guide, Becky, was truly amazing! We were late finding her our fault, not hers, but she was warm and welcoming and glad to see us. She was very familiar with the museum and very knowledgeable about the history of all the exhibits. We asked her so many questions, and she answered them all with so many interesting details. She was considerate about asking if we needed to sit down or use the facilities. She was so professional. The only problem we had was the crowds, but that's typical when touring in the summer. We will definitely make use of Viator again!
This was a wonderful tour. We cannot cay enough about our tour guide, Becky, she was knowledgeable, professional, and friendly. Her efforts made our tour of the museum a wonderful experience. She was GREAT!
Our guide was wonderful! A young Australia man that has duel citizenship! We enjoy the 2 hour overview and highlight he provided on the tour. This is such a large museum, a person can spend a few days viewing all the artifacts and still not see every display! Even thought it's a free museum, it's worth having a guide for the first time attendees.