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British Museum

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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The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour
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The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour
$96.69 per adult
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Tour guide, Jake, is the best! August 13, 2022
Jake is an excellent and knowledgeable tour guide. He gave us an overview of the museum and started the tour explaining about Sir Hans Sloane whose collection formed its original foundation. As we traveled through the British Empire’s world he especially noted the sculptures. Jake described details we might have missed that made them all the more meaningful. We were especially interested in Sutton Hoo and the Lewis Chessmen. Jake’s explanations did not disappoint! If you can, book Jake as your guide.
Leslie_M, Aug 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in London

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Wonderful afternoon at the British Museum
Walt_R, Aug 2022
The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour
We had a wonderful afternoon at the British museum with our guide. He navigated us through the crowds, sharing with us a mix of the highlights as well as lesser known, amazing pieces. Highly recommended
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Great small group experience!
Megan_R, Aug 2022
The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour
I loved getting to visit the British Museum and having a guide who knew what to see and all of the reasons why we should specifically see those items was great. Although the museum provides a map with the "important" items starred, having a small group and a knowledgeable guide meant we were talking about the exhibits and history as we walked.
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Do this tour!!
David_C, Jun 2022
The British Museum Small-Group Tour with Skip-the-Line Ticket
The tour operator and the tour guide we’re very helpful in accommodating us on our mobility scooters and in getting us entered into the museum. The tour guide was extremely knowledgeable, informative, professional, and friendly. We highly recommend this tour in every respect !!! The British Museum is not to be missed on any visit to London!!
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Very Informative
Deborah_V, Aug 2022
British Museum Guided Tour
So many interesting things in the British Museum and the guide was very informative and covered a lot.
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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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Perfectly Tailored Tour!
Karen_E, Aug 2022
British Museum Highlights Private Guided Tour
Jack was an amazing tour guide. He tailored his tour to our specific interests. We would highly recommend him!
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Stephanie was very...
Justine_B, Aug 2022
British Museum Guided Tour
Stephanie was very knowledgeable and friendly. It was well worth it. All members of my family enjoyed the experience.
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A plus tour.
Asish_B, Aug 2022
British Museum Guided Tour
Knowledgeable good English speaking guide Iwould recomend this tour without any hesitation. Moneys worth
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Excellent
Denise_S, Aug 2022
Semi-Private Guided Tour of British Museum
Excellent tour and very informative. Andy, our guide, was superb. Using this tour made the trip to a very large museum so much more manageable and also informative.
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Exceptionally knowledgeable guide
Sandra_B, Aug 2022
British Museum Guided Tour
Our guide, Joe, was exceptionally knowledgeable and very well spoken. My family (including two kids - 18 and 11) learned an incredible amount about Egyptian, Assyrian, Greek and Roman art. We would never have enjoyed the museum this much on our own. I can’t say enough good things about Joe. I meant to ask about his background but imagine he either has his PhD or is a candidate. Thank you, Joe, for making our visit to the British Museum so rewarding.
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British Museum
Sergio_G, Aug 2022
Private London British Museum Tour for Kids and Families
Great experience, guide was really helpful and easygoing. Very knowledgeable and nice. Alexandra knows how to keep the kids interested, made the visit interesting fin everybody.
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Happy to recommend
Brad_S, Aug 2022
British Museum with Self-Guided Audio Tour
This is not a skip the line tour but the line to the entrance moves very quickly. Great tour you can stop and start as you please. Comfortably complete in 2 1/2 hours while seeing the highlights Of the museum.
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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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Frequently Asked Questions
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