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British Museum

Visit the British Museum’s exhibitions and galleries to discover humanity’s last two million years.

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British Museum, London

The Great Court inside the British Museum. Photo: © British Museum

The British Museum hosts a permanent collection of more than eight million artworks from around the world, documenting the story of human culture. It was the first public national museum in the world.

In a little less than 100 thematic galleries for a total of 4 km the British Museum hosts a priceless treasure.  Visiting the British Museum is free. Throughout the year, the museum hosts temporary events and exhibitions, some free, others for a fee. To visit the entire museum it can take time ranging from 3-4 hours up to half a day.

The Great Court was transformed into an ehibithion space for etnographic collections and in 2000 its steel and glass roof was completed. The largest covered courtyard in the world is an architectural marvel that alone is worth a visit to the museum.

British Museum Tours

British Museum: Tour

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Travel back to ancient times and discover the history behind some of the British Museum’s most famous artifacts on a carefully planned itinerary led by an expert guide.

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€28.28

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London: Private British Museum Tour

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Discover a vast collection of artifacts from around the world at the British Museum with a knowledgeable guide, including famous pieces such as the Rosetta Stone and ancient treasures like the Egyptian Mummies.

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€57.74

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British Museum: Private Tour

5/5  

Travel back in time and discover the history behind some of the British Museum’s most famous artifacts on a carefully planned itinerary led by an expert private guide.

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€185.50

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National Gallery and British Museum: Tour

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Spend your time wisely by discovering two of London’s most important and popular museums in the same day on a 5-hour guided tour. Be lead by an enthusiastic young guide on a visit of the city’s best galleries.

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€179.14

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What is the British Museum?

The British Museum is one of the oldest museums of the world.

When was the British Museum built?

The Museum was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the Anglo-Irish physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane.

Who built the British Museum?

The British Museum was originally housed in the Montagu house, a sixteenth-century mansion. The building soon turned out to be too small to host the vast and expanding collection. In 1852 a new Greek Revival style building was created. It was designed by Sir Robert Smirke.

Why was the British Museum built?

The museum originally hosted Sir Hans Sloane’s collection. Over time the initial collection has been increased. The purpose of the museum is to document the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

General informations

Useful information for your visit to the British Museum.

Location

The British Museum is in the Bloomsbury area of London.

The address is: Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG.

Opening hours

To visit the British Museum the times are as follows:

  • Open daily: 10 am – 5:30 pm. Friday open till 8:30 pm (only certain galleries)

Closed: 1 January, Good Friday, 24, 25, 26 December.

How to get to the British Museum

To reach the British Museum:

Metro: Holborn, (Central and Piccadilly lines); Tottenham Court Road (Northern and Central lines).

Buses: 1, 7, 8, 10, 14, 19, 24, 25, 29, 38, 55, 73, 98, 134, 242 and 390.

Attractions nearby

  • Sir John Soane’s Museum (720 m)
  • Covent Garden (807 m)
  • Chinatown (878 m)
  • London Transport Museum (893 m)
  • National Portrait Gallery (1.1 km)

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