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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  • doupnikka
    Roanoke, Virginia886 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Didn't disappoint
    This museum is a definite see. We were originally supposed to tour this museum early in the week, but due to a strike, we didn't get to see it until today. We were limited in time, so we picked areas of the museum that we were really interested in. It didn't disappoint! We really enjoyed our visit and perhaps we can return to have more time to see more.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 14 April 2023
  • Sandy B
    207 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning
    We visited many of the museums in London, but this one was by far my favourite. We went in the afternoon and it was extremely crowded so I would suggest perhaps getting there just as it opens. You could spend most of the day enjoying the museum’s beautiful treasures. If you only have time to visit one museum during your day time in London, this would be my recommendation. Although visiting the museum is free, you will need a ticket for a timed entry. You can get this online the day of your visit.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 April 2023
  • TimeTraveler125
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Enjoyable!
    This museum is huge! I could spend days here learning. The exhibitions are really well done and it is quite easy to move around the museum despite a queue that went around the block at opening. I got my Rosetta Stone fix!
    Visited April 2023
    Written 25 April 2023
  • Michelle N
    Bristol, United Kingdom63 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth a visit
    There is so much to see in this wonderful museum you would need several days to see everything. However if you only have a couple of hours there a few highlights that are listed in the museum map. We particularly enjoyed seeing the Sutton Hoo artefacts, the Elgin Marbles and the Ancient Egyptian pieces. Definitely worth a visit.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 26 April 2023
  • mirunavrn
    Bucharest, Romania394 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely a must see
    This museum is just incredible. Exhibitions from various ages and geographies, amazing. A definitely must for people who love history and cultures, but not only. For some exhibitions, there are free daily guided tours conducted by the museum's historians. I think you need more than one week to properly explore this museum. And the fact that the entrance is free...
    Visited September 2022
    Written 1 May 2023
  • The Baobab Republic
    Bangkok, Thailand382 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great place to visit
    Visiting a museum is always one of the best things to do. It helps us to enrich our knowledge of history, culture, people and many other interesting things. The British Museum is one of the must-visit places in your trip to England.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 1 May 2023
  • Guo D
    Sannois, France5 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must-see for anyone visiting London
    From its unique artifacts to its knowledgeable staff and inspiring displays, this museum is a one-of-a-kind experience. From the moment you enter the grand entrance hall, you are surrounded by history and culture. The museum showcases artifacts from all over the world, including ancient artifacts from Egypt and the Middle East. The knowledgeable staff are always on hand to answer any questions you may have and provide helpful information about the artifacts and their history. The inspiring displays are sure to capture your imagination and give you a greater appreciation for the history and culture of the world.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 7 May 2023
  • Boris M
    350 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth a visit
    An amazing museum. It is extremely large, and in it you can find various objects of inestimable value. It took us 3 hours to go through it, but we just flew over some parts. It would take 2 days for a detailed review. The most interesting parts are the Rosette, mummies, Aztec and Babylonian ornaments, Greek statues, samurai clothing, etc. In my opinion, there are too many different vessels from Greece and Egypt and wall inscriptions from Mesopotamia. It is valuable, but it is of interest only to historians. It is good to make an entrance reservation from home, because that way you can skip the queue.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 May 2023
  • Aurelie Faltin
    Manchester, United Kingdom12 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The impressive architecture
    The informative tours and educational programs make it a great place to learn about the history of the city and the world. Whether you're a history buff or just looking for a fun afternoon out, the British Museum is sure to provide an enjoyable experience. The exhibits are well-curated and the staff are friendly and knowledgeable. I especially enjoyed the interactive exhibits and the educational programs. The museum is a great place to spend a few hours and learn something new. Highly recommended!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 9 May 2023
  • Kevin
    Mountain View, California91 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Lots of stuff to see related to history, very crowded.
    I only had time for about 2-3 hours at the British Museum, but you could easily spend an entire day here because this place is HUGE. Most of the exhibits cover history of different civilizations like Egypt, Greece, Asia, among others. There's a lot of stuff to read and artifacts to look at. The Rosetta Stone is located here as well, which was pretty cool to see in person. It does get pretty busy, especially considering admission is free. If you've got the time, definitely worth checking out if learning about history is your thing.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 10 May 2023
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Coconut1178
Chicago, IL45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Do not miss!! Spend at least three hours here. Buy a ticket for the exhibit to skip the long lines. Pack light....there is so much to see.
Written 13 April 2024
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Carol N
New York City, NY3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
The museum was amazing.
We loved our guide. She was informative and tailored the visit to us.
I definitely recommend it.
Written 12 April 2024
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Pillard
Paignton, UK203 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We really enjoyed our time there, the museum is massive and will take you a long time to see everything and a lot of walking involved
Sadly we were pushed for time so didn't see it all but what we did was great and it's free!
Would recommend
Written 11 April 2024
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Happy Larry 65
Ledsham, UK54 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We went in a Sunday at around 11.15am and there were already queues outside. We went to the front of the Museum but this was for members and ticket holders only so then had to walk to the back of the Museum and join a different queue. It wasn’t clear that we were at the wrong entrance initially as the signage is poor and I only knew to change queues as I over heard a member of staff giving directions to someone who had been waiting in the queue. Once in the museum there were just too many groups. The place was heaving even after it had only been open a short time. It’s a free museum and the exhibits are great, but I think they’d be better off charging and reducing numbers, or maybe restricting the amount of groups as they were loud and made it hard to see the exhibits. We were in London for a weekend so I’m not sure what it’s like on a weekday. The staff are lovely and the shop is fabulous. Obviously there are some must see items, but be prepared to have to fight your way through groups to get to see them.
Written 11 April 2024
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Sherpa52796888035
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
You can’t do it in a day! There’s just so much to see. If you’re in London for a couple of days. Spend a few hours each day. It’s worth it!
Written 10 April 2024
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Eric G
1 contribution
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
'Good but not that good'. Over-priced at £22 per adult , plus over-hyped and over-rated with several simple basics not sorted: lighting too dim, no clear road map specified, extraneous noise from interactive kid exhibits to be endured en route. Don't expect anything near Pompeii. Highlights for me would be the side exhibits such as the Molassian (?) hound statue, the barrel found near the Antonine wall in Scotland, and the gold roman coin hoard found near Didcot. Personally I got more from the marble greek centaurs exhibited (for free) in the adjacent hall.
Written 9 April 2024
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Laura C
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
This is always an amazing day out but i wasnt sure how it would go down with my young kids (0-6yrs). I needn't have worried as the children's adventure backpacks they offer at the family desk got my 3 and 6yr old totally fascinated by ancient Egypt by the time we left. Absolutely brilliant, hands on activities in one of the best galleries of the museum. Can't recommend enough for any young would-be explorers and all free with a small refundable deposit.
Written 8 April 2024
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redda398
Albuquerque, NM35 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
A great museum to go to and it’s free to get in!!! If you go early you won’t have to wait long. Easy place to go to without having to pay for a guide. It was a nice museum to just walk and see great pieces.
Written 8 April 2024
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MKW
Palm Coast, FL32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
The museum is fabulous. So much to see and experience. The beauty of the building, the wonderful exhibits are not to be missed.
Written 8 April 2024
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The truth of the matter
28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Family
Beware of the entitled group tours!
The museum is great apart from the entitled group tours that push you out of the way and think they are more entitled than you to look at the displays!
Extremely rude and disrespectful to other people!
Stand your ground and get in their way is the only advice I can give, makes an otherwise great experience disappointing
Written 7 April 2024
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