The British Museum
The British Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsArt MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 8:30 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
A museum of the world, for the world. Discover over two million years of human history and culture. Some of the world-famous objects include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: Bloomsbury
Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance access to many of London's most popular attractions. It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated museums, including the must-see British Museum. Despite an understandable popularity with students, tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury retain a quiet, residential feel year round and throughout the week.
How to get there
  • Tottenham Court Road • 6 min walk
  • Russell Square • 6 min walk
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  • Zoey
    Worcestershire, United Kingdom49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    A treasure trove of ancient civilisations
    A very interesting collection of worldly artefacts. Mostly contains early history such as ancient Egypt/Greek/Rome/Celts etc. it’s laid out rather well considering how much there is, over multiple floors with a restaurant, cafe and plenty of gift shops to choose from. Although I thought I knew what I was coming into I was pleasantly surprised to see treasures such as the Rosetta Stone, and Gebelein Man.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 23 July 2023
  • Joe
    2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Superb
    I spent 6 hours in the Museum and enjoyed every minute of it. The place is filled to the brim with beautiful artefacts to marvel at, with interesting placards to explain it all. I went to one of the paid exhibition, which was even more amazing as the curation allowed you to make better sense of the story behind everything and how it all ties together. Take a sandwich and a drink with you to eat in the Great Court to save a little money. Thoroughly recommend. I want to go back the next time I'm in London
    Visited July 2023
    Written 25 July 2023
  • VJ
    Kokkola, Finland56 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Impressive but crowded
    Visited 24th of july. The crowds here were no joke. The Rosette's Stone and the Eqyptian section is the death zone. The exhibitions were impressive and vast, but less from what the Natural History Museum and V&A Museum had to offer. Would recommend for someone interested in history and archeology.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 July 2023
  • CAPT. Nagaraj Subbarao
    Bangalore District, India87 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Excellent
    I was amused that as soon as I entered a young lady asked me for a donation. The amusement was due to the fact that after being reduced to utter penury on being colonised for over a century, we now need to donate to take care of what was once ours. A fantastic museum. Must see.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • seanzik
    Montreal, Canada117 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awesome museum
    Incredible and so much to see. One day isn't enough! Reserve your free timed tickets in advance (nobody ever checked) and wear comfortable shoes. My only reservations are that the place is absolutely mobbed, and that there are not many washrooms (only on certain floors and very long lines). Something for all ages!
    Visited July 2023
    Written 29 July 2023
  • xoxo
    United Kingdom119 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit as its free
    Free museum thats worth a visit. It gets very crowded if you go on weekends (not sure if this is the same during weekdays . There is no air con so it also can get really warm. We didnt eat from here so cannot comment on price or food. We paid £2 or £4 to store jackets so dont take anything heavy with you.
    Visited August 2022
    Travelled with friends
    Written 31 July 2023
  • JW42
    Espoo, Finland68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't try to do it all in one visit
    Try to figure out in advance what you want to see. There is so much, that it takes many, many visits to take it all in. If you have a chance, take a guided tour of what interests you. Seeing how much and what the British have "acquired" made me better understand the discussion about returning precious artefacts to the original countries.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 2 August 2023
  • David P
    Phoenix, Arizona219 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning, Vast and Comprehensive
    While constantly thinking that much of this collection should be repatriated to home countries, I was very happy that such a comprehensive collection of art, decor, jewelry, and more, spanning from the beginning of human civilization and across the globe. We only spent one day, and it got VERY crowded fairly quickly. We did not buy the audio tour, and were OK with the good descriptions throughout. We did think that a guided tour may be quite worth the price.
    Visited July 2023
    Written 4 August 2023
  • Footprints819487
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great for kids!
    I visited the “missions” for kids on the museum’s web page and they were great fun. I was there with a 7 and a 9 year old and it was a great way to have them discover the museum and learn about history. We visited the Egypt and Ancient Rome sections of the museum, they were amazing!
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 5 August 2023
  • Barbara C
    Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Luxury and power Persia to Greece exhibition
    Luxury and power Persia to Greece exhibition. This is well set out, as are all exhibitions at the British Museum. It was helpful that I had read some of Mary Renaults books about Alexander the great, Greece and Persia. The exhibition leads you through a chunk of history , well illustrated and documented by exhibits and maps and text. The exhibits are gorgeous. My main reason for the visit was to see the Thracian gold from Bulgaria. When I was at a museum in Bulgaria a few years ago unfortunately the gold was on loan abroad! The gold exhibits were fantastic with great detail surviving burial for a long time and show how carefully they were retrieved and cleaned
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 August 2023
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Lalita
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
The newly re-opened British Museum can be visited as long as you book in advance on line for a timed visit.
The ground floor which has such things as the Rosetta stone, the Parat's more than enough for tourists on a first time visit as it's massive. There is a one way system which is easy to follow and no danger from Covid 19! Staff are availalable as always to ask questions and the queue for the Ladies was monitored to prevent too many people crowding together.
Excellent visit. I'll be back.
Written 6 September 2020
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KimbKo
Bostonian39 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We were a group of six who purchased tickets to a private tour, there are a few each day, that begins at 8:50 when the museum is not yet open. It was such a joy to have a knowledgeable guide to take us through a virtually empty museum. This museum is one of the best in the world and daily admission is free so it gets crowded. Go early or book the private tour. It is really very much worth it.
Written 10 January 2020
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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,945 contributions
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Oct 2021
We were looking for something to do on our arrival in London and this seemed like a good way to spend the 3 hours or so we had spare. The museum has timed entry in effect to limit the number of people at any one time, so it was worth booking in advance just to be sure.

The museum has a bit of everything, set across many rooms, I do recommend downloading the app as it has two separate tours on it, 1 hour and 3 hours, so it will guide you through the highlights.

My personal highlight is the egyptian area with some large impressive statues and sarcophagus.

If you have the time, do not hesitate to visit and please make a donation.
Written 24 October 2021
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Sidney
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
As someone who loves ancient Greek and Roman history, I had so much fun
I bought an Audio Guide which was amazing because it really helped supplement the plaques that were with each item
If you're like me, who wants to see anything and everything, you need a lot of time. I think I spent about 6 hours in there and I didn't even see any other floor except the ground floor.
Wasn't terribly crowded when I went, though it did get a bit busy around 15-16:00 (3-4 pm)
Also while I was there, I got to see the Troy: Myth and Reality exhibition. That was fantastic to see and it gave great information, whilst giving you a story as you walk-through
Overall, if you like history, and you don't mind spending several hours in the museum, then I highly recommend
Written 23 January 2020
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Crystalwaters123
Mumbai, India486 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Ended up going to this museum on a rainy day.. The lines were long - however didn’t take much time to get in..
Like most London museums this is free - there is a recommended £5 donation.. The audio guide is £7..
The museum itself looks gorgeous - very modern.. It has a vast collection of artifacts ranging from varying times in history and has a collection spread across many countries.. I especially enjoyed the Indus Valley and the Chinese collections..
Written 27 January 2020
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Natasha Smith
United Kingdom5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
The British museum is very big. It has regular collections on display all the time and temporary displays which change every month or so. It has paid exhibitions and it used to show really good films on a friday evening for £3 etc in the lecture theatre but they seeemed to have stopped doing that recently which is ashame.
Written 2 April 2020
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Paul James H
154 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020 • Solo
Although the British Museum is free to enter, you still have to get a ticket; as social distancing limits the visitor numbers.

There is a large Egyptian area of the museum, taking you from the 4th millenium Bc, through the 3rd millenium Bc. There are interesting peices(doors), that depict Eqyptian life. Many statues to the various gods, and statues to pharoas; believed to be almost semi gods. I didn't realise that the depictions on the pharoa's tombs, were to represent what they want to have in the afterlife. Believing that the images would become real, these became quite detailed.

After this there's the early Greek, Minoans and Miceneans, and their culture, with musical instruments made out of bone. Next you have Greek vases and the Roman period, with bits of the Parthenon kept here (and abroad). There is also a complete recreation of the Parthenon, to give it some perspective. The statues are next, and then lead on to Assyria and the Balawat gates, and from there you have the modern African collection. It is important to note here, that knowledge about how the items were aquired, is given.

The African sulptures and arms, represent items that were for years excluded from museum collections. Their weapons of war and beliefs, contrast with those of the west. If you get a chance, there's a cystal skull from South America, just before this Collection. It is unknown whether it is genuine, or not. But it is in a glass case, and thought to hold some sort of energy/power.

You can easily stay all day here, but please note that it only opens Wednesday to Sunday.
A great day out, and if you still want some more information than the displays give you, you can use a QR reader (throughout the place). Alternatively go to the Google play store and download the British museum audio guide (for a fee ) from there.
Written 8 September 2020
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ElleDLosAngeles
Los Angeles19 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
Visiting from California, I took off without the family for a trip to this amazing Museum - not my first visit and definitely not my last I hope. While the line seems long, it moves relatively quickly and if you can manage without a backpack you’ll likely be shepherded I to separate and much quicker line that doesn’t require extensive search of belongings. This is an immense museum and any notion that you could do it in a day is impossible to accomplish. So recommend a little research before going and identifying the areas of prime interest - mine was Egyptology and Ancient Britain. I did get an audio
Your but be aware in peak they do run out for a while until returned. The descriptions on the items displayed are detailed and will probably inspire you to learn more once leaving. While I didn’t travel with the grandkids on this visit they have what seems to be a really good family activity visit, with things for the kids to look out for as you tour around. Architecturally it isn’t as gorgeous as the naturalhistory museum but the contents and exhibits more than make up for it. Really a spectacular place and worth the visit
Written 4 January 2020
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Joyce
509 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2020
The museum is open, but COVID-19 measures are in place. All guests will have to enter through the Great Russell Street entrance and exit through the Montague Place. Everyone's bags are checked. You will have to prebook a time to enter the museum - tickets are still free (there is an option to voluntarily donate!) but you will need to present your barcode to the front desk in order to go through to the exhibits. The coat and baggage areas are closed, so you'll be carrying everything with you around the museum. Most cafe and sit down ares are also closed, but there are still places in the museum you can get food and drink (near the entrance). Special exhibitions still require you to book and pay for a ticket. Everyone, unless exempted, must wear a mask at all times inside the museum. Many doors separating different galleries and museums have hand sanitisers.

All visitors are required to follow the arrows on the floor to walk through the museum. Unfortunately, many of the smaller galleries and rooms have been closed off for social distancing purposes, but the gems of the museum, the Ancient Egyptian and Greek galleries are still open for everyone to admire.

Social distancing measures are also being observed in the gift shops and in the bathrooms, so only a certain amount of people will be allowed in at any time.

While tourist numbers in London are down significantly, there were still surprisingly quite a few people coming into the museum late in the afternoon! I visited the museum 6 years ago and I found it fantastic; this time round my feelings have not changed.
Written 6 October 2020
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Stuart C
Rayleigh, UK3,214 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Solo
While entrance to this fantastic museum is free the Troy - Myth and Reality is an extra £20 per adult. You can buy in advance although the day of my visits lost of time slots had availability so I just turned up and purchased my ticket in the main hall and then went straight in. The first and to me most interesting section talked about the myth with lots of mainly Roman artefacts telling the story of the siege of Troy. Many were from the museums own collection but included exhibits from Berlin, the Ashmoleam and other museums. It was all very well told in chronological order using the exhibits. The second section is the actual finds from the real Troy. While the discovery was explained there was little attempt at describing what the city was actually like and it’s place in the ancient World and it mainly consisted of pots and everyday objects. The final section is some of the artwork depicting Troy through the ages. I really enjoyed it particularly the first section on the legend but came away wishing they had explained the ancient city better.
Written 26 January 2020
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