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British Museum
Founded in 1753, the British Museum is London’s largest and most visited museum. Its gigantic permanent collection includes over 8 million historical artifacts, with everything from Egyptian mummies to Roman treasures. Highlights include sculptures from the Parthenon, the Rosetta Stone, and the 12th-century Lewis chessmen.

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. 

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. 

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. 
 
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. 

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.
Address: Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, England
Hours: Open daily 10am - 5:30pm
Admission: Free
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British Museum Guided TourSkip-the-Line Tours

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British Museum Guided Tour

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With a collection of at least 8,000,000 objects, and 80,000 on public display, you could spend weeks exploring the British Museum—and still not see it all. Skip the long lines and follow your guide on a whistle-stop tour of the museum’s key highlights: relics of ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and more. After your tour, explore independently for as long as you like.
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Private Tour: Discovering the British MuseumHalf-day Tours

Private Tour: Discovering the British Museum

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Visit the British Museum on this private tour. With your own art historian guide, explore the British Museum, one of the world’s greatest historical treasure troves, as you wish. As British Museum tours go, it’s ideal for getting a personalized perspective on the collections and highlights such as the Parthenon sculptures.
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The British Museum Tour - The Ideas That Made Our WorldCultural Tours

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The British Museum Tour - The Ideas That Made Our World

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Because of its staggering collection of more than 8 million artifacts spanning the history of the world, the British Museum is best explored with a guide. Trace the progression of civilisation on a 2.5-hour guided tour of the British Museum, designed to reveal historic ideas that changed the world. See an eclectic selection of artifacts including the Rosetta Stone, a two-headed Aztec serpent, a mechanical solar system, and the Lewis Chessman, and enrich your knowledge of topics ranging from Egyptian pharaohs to the agricultural revolution.
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British Museum Experience Historical & Heritage Tours

British Museum Experience

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The British Museum is the greatest museum in the world. It has 15 million artefacts on display and I’ll take you on a 2 hour walk though 2 million years of world history. I’ll be interesting, accurate and entertaining throughout.
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Alone in the British Museum: Special Access TourCultural Tours

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Alone in the British Museum: Special Access Tour

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The British Museum in London is home to one of the world's most celebrated collections of artistic and cultural objects, showcasing the accomplishments of human civilization over millennia. Enjoy this impressive collection—without the typical crowds—on this VIP museum tour, where you head inside before the museum's opening hours. While exploring the peaceful galleries, you can see key collection objects, like the Rosetta Stone, and enjoy your guide's attention with just a few fellow museumgoers.
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The British Museum London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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The British Museum in London houses around eight million artifacts, making it difficult to sift out the must-sees on a first-time or short visit. This 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.
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 British Museum for Kids & Families Semi-Private TourFamily Friendly Tours & Activities

British Museum for Kids & Families Semi-Private Tour

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Visiting a museum may seem like a difficult setting to keep children entertained, but this small-group tour is the perfect solution. It’s especially geared towards children, with a kid-friendly, professional guide to lead the way. Save time studying the floor plan and trying to decide what to see, and instead have a guide to shortlist top sites and lead the way. Highlights include an Egyptian mummy, the Rosetta Stone, and lots of treasures.
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The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private TourLuxury Tours

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The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour

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London’s British Museum is home to a staggering collection of 8 million items, some dating as far back as the prehistoric age. Make sure you see the best of this British Museum by taking this private 2 to 2.5-hour tour of the cultural institution. Alongside an engaging tour guide, you’ll visit a curated section of cultural and artistic works that represent the diversity of the museum’s collection: see samurai armor, the Rosetta Stone and 2 million year-old tools. This private tour gives you the chance to customize your itinerary according to your interests.  
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British Museum Private Experience Luxury Tours

British Museum Private Experience

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The British Museum is unique. When you go to the French Museum or American Museum you will see artefacts relating to those countries. The British Museum has a very small collection of British items. What you will find instead is the history of the Ancient Civilisations, the whole history of the world in one building. There are 15 million items on display and no matter how hard you try you will miss some of the most precious and important items that formed the modern world as we know it. But... this is where I will help you. In 2 hours I can show you the critical pieces and explain their significance in the formation of society as you know it today. Join me in the discovering of this amazing museum. You will be able to travel all around the world in just 2 hours and discover the treasures of Ancient Egypt, Greece, the Enlightenment and, of course, the Rosetta Stone amongst much more!
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Private London British Museum Tour for Kids and FamiliesFamily Friendly Tours & Activities

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Private London British Museum Tour for Kids and Families

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Pique the kids’ interest in history during a family-friendly tour of the British Museum in London. With a private guide just for your family and friends, you’ll explore collections that span some 6,000 years and learn about the museum highlights through engaging commentary and activities. Fun facts about Ginger the Egyptian mummy, the Sutton Hoo treasure, and the Ramses II statue bring the past to life.
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British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxAttraction Tickets

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British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Make the most of your time in London with tours of two of its flagship museums: the National Gallery and British Museum. Explore the National Gallery, home to one of the world’s greatest paintings collections, seeing masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers.’ Plus, let your guide introduce you to some of the must-see ancient and medieval treasures at the British Museum. Both museums are free to enter.
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British Museum Fun TourCultural Tours

British Museum Fun Tour

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Welcome to our entertaining and family-friendly tour to discover The treasures of the British Museum! If you want to discover the treasures of this amazing museum while having fun and been entertained, then this tour is for you! Perfect for individuals, couples, groups of friends or families. We will have games, riddles, competitions and fun facts that will really bring The museum to life. The British Museum is dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection of some eight million works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence, having been widely sourced during the era of the British Empire. During the tour you will have the opportunity to discover some of the best treasures of humanity: .Rosetta Stone. ... .Egyptian mummies. ... .Parthenon Marbles. ... .Sutton Hoo mask and ship burial collection. ... .Enlightenment Gallery. ... . And many more ... So book now and join us for 2 hours of fun, mysteries and discoveries !
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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with dozens of possible stops, including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights. Hop off to enjoy a free walking tour and a Thames River cruise.
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The Original Tour London: Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour

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See the best of London without the stress of rigid tour times and massive crowds on this hop-on hop-off bus tour. With your flexible pass, hop aboard the double-decker, open-top bus for a comfortable sightseeing excursion. Great for kids and adults, your pass offers multiple route options with stops at main attractions like Big Ben, the Tower of London, Buckingham Palace and more. Bonus features include a free city walking tour, a Thames River cruise, and local discounts.
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London British Museum Semi-Private Tour with Exclusive Kid-Friendly Guide Family Friendly Tours & Activities

London British Museum Semi-Private Tour with Exclusive Kid-Friendly Guide

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Discover one of the world’s largest and most storied museums—and bring the whole family along—during a small-group tour of the British Museum. Pick between morning and afternoon start times, and meet your guide right outside. Head past the crowds and to the museum’s key highlights, from its Egyptian and Greek collections to the Sutton Hoo Treasures. Your kid-friendly guide will also share games and activities aimed at younger visitors.
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British Museum & London City Center Westminster Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl MaxLuxury Tours

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British Museum & London City Center Westminster Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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The British Museum is one of the UK’s largest and most visited museums, chronicling over two million years of human history. Make the most of your visit on this small-group tour, then marvel at London’s historic monuments on a guided walking tour, including Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, and the Houses of Parliament.
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Expert Led British Museum TourHalf-day Tours

Expert Led British Museum Tour

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The British Museum is home to more than 8 million historical artefacts, meaning that exploring alone is often a daunting task. Let a historian guide show you the museum’s highlights on a small-group tour, during which you’ll receive personalized attention and focus on objects that you may otherwise have overlooked. Even if you’ve only got limited time in London, this tour fits seamlessly into the busiest sightseeing schedule.
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London City Tour Hop On - Hop Off with Free Walking Tour and River CruiseBus Tours

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London City Tour Hop On - Hop Off with Free Walking Tour and River Cruise

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Maximize your time in London with a hop-on hop-off bus tour. Choose a 1-day, 24-, 48-, or 72-hour ticket and make the most of unlimited travel across several routes for the ticket validity period. Get views of top London sights such as the Tower of London and Big Ben from the open-top bus, listen to audio commentary and enjoy the flexibility to hop on and off at any of the well-placed stops. All tickets also include a complimentary river cruise and a walking tour.
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British Museum Guided TourLuxury Tours

British Museum Guided Tour

Discover years of history at the British museum on our Guided Tour. The British Museum is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection of some eight million years of works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence, having been widely sourced during the era of the British Empire. With various collections over the years including Ancient Egyptian artefact and mummy's, Japanese artefact the list goes on. So why not come on this historical tour and learn about the history.
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British Museum Small-Group Tour in London Private Sightseeing Tours

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British Museum Small-Group Tour in London

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Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour of the British Museum. You'll get the most out of your visit to the enormous museum by booking a tour, which will send you on a curated itinerary focused on the highlights of the collection. You'll be sure not to miss any of the important artifacts in the vast collection: stops include the Easter Island statues, the Parthenon Marbles, and the Rosetta Stone.
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Wonders of Civilisation: A crash course in archaeology at the British MuseumHalf-day Tours

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Wonders of Civilisation: A crash course in archaeology at the British Museum

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Follow in the footsteps of the great archaeologists, relic hunters and explorers who acquired the treasures of the British Museum, and learn about their adventures and the hazards they braved to make their astounding discoveries. You’ll unlock the secrets of the British Museum’s extraordinary collection with a qualified archaeologist, getting to grips with the history of human civilisation, exploring our earliest origins in Africa, to the great empires of Egypt, Assyria, Greece and Rome. Along the way, you'll tour the British Museum's most famous galleries, including Ancient Egypt and Assyria, Ancient Greece and Rome, the Vikings and the Aztecs, discovering world-famous artefacts such as the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon Marbles and the Lewis Chessmen. You'll also have some fun learning to play one of the world's most ancient board games, The Royal Game of Ur, whose rules were deciphered by British Museum scholars, and learn how to write your name in Egyptian hieroglyphs.
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London British Museum Tour w Egypt, Greece, China & South Asia HighlightsPrivate Sightseeing Tours

London British Museum Tour w Egypt, Greece, China & South Asia Highlights

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The British Museum contains over 70 galleries, and knowing where to start takes serious expertise. Cover standout exhibits from the Egyptian, Greek, Chinese and South Asian collections with your own personal guide during this private, in-depth tour. Get a first-hand peek at iconic relics, including the Rosetta Stone and millennia-old Egyptian mummies. Upgrade to include a longer tour that includes the Assyrian section.
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Expert Led Private British Museum TourHalf-day Tours

Expert Led Private British Museum Tour

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The British Museum contains one of the world’s most vast collections of antiquities from around the world. Get help navigating the renowned, attraction-packed galleries during an expert-led guided tour. Enjoy a fully private visit through the museum, with plenty of time to ask questions about the objects on display, from the iconic Rosetta Stone to millennia-old Egyptian mummies.
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Best of London: Experience the top 100 sights your own way, your own paceBus Tours

Best of London: Experience the top 100 sights your own way, your own pace

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Let technology lead the way and take a tour when you want with this self-guided tour of London the provides directions and commentary through your Smart Phone and right into your earbuds. Use the system without eating up any Smart Phone data and explore at your own pace while learning about London’s history, heritage, culture, traditions, and landmarks.
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British Museum hours of operation: Open daily 10am - 5:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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