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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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British Museum Guided Tour
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British Museum Guided Tour
$26.26 per adult
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Informative Guided Tour, Involving History of the British Museum
I enjoyed the overall experience learning from a tour guide about the history of the museum. I learned about how the history was built and why it was built, and I liked learning from a guide who understood the history to be able to explain it to tourists, as I otherwise would not have learned much about the history of this museum on my own.
Rudra_G, Dec 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in London

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Fantastic Tour
Remington_D, Nov 2022
British Museum In-Depth Private Guided Tour
Jack is a fantastic tour guide. The British Museum is massive and Jack tailored the tour based on my interests and pointed out details I would have never found on my own. He is very knowledgeable and is a great storyteller.
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A focused view of an otherwise dauntingly massive museum experience
Sandra_W, Oct 2022
British Museum Guided Tour
Damiano was the perfect guide for us as we visited the highlights within the British Museum. He was very knowledgeable of the sites visited. We enjoyed everything we saw and he was able to answer questions we had along the way.
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An encounter with the Benin Bronzes at the British Museum
Jacinta_B, Oct 2022
The British Museum London Guided Museum Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
My visit to the African section at the British Museum, in particular the Benin Bronze collection was an interesting experience. Our guide, Anthony, was very knowledgeable and engaging in his explanations and I enjoyed our conversations on the origins and traditional significance of the items. I enjoyed our debate on whether these ornaments should be returned to their homeland in Nigeria. Amazingly beautiful African Art.
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Great tour of The British Museum with Stephanie!
Anne_P, Oct 2022
The British Museum London - Exclusive Guided Museum Tour
Steph was a fantastic guide and really made the British Museum come alive for us. She is so knowledgeable, enthusiastic, witty and kind. A perfect tour guide! I would highly recommend this tour with only a maximum of 8 people- definitely worth the money!
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Do this tour!!
David_C, Jun 2022
The Private British Museum Tour
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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Great job
siobhan_n, Nov 2022
British Museum Guided Tour
Our guid was on time and very sweet. She was easy to under and engaged our children very well. She kept the pace going and gave us an opportunity to ask questions.
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Guide was knowledgeable and informative
JamesB_C, Nov 2022
British Museum Guided Tour
Anglo saxon treasures and Egyptian artifacts were explained well bt the guide. Also the story of the original museum as donated by the philanthropist .
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Must do tour guide, monstrous museum
Eric_C, Nov 2022
The British Museum London - Exclusive Guided Museum Tour
Anthony Matthews was an excellent, extremley knowledgeable yet more than capable of bringing the information to a concise and understandable level. Covered a vast array of exhibitions with explanations for multitidue of cultures and when asked any questions on point with further explanantion. Smashing good time, thanks Tony!
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Our guide was excellent....
Charles_G, Nov 2022
The British Museum London Guided Museum Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
Our guide was excellent. She was extremely knowledgeable of everything in the museum. She was superb!
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Best tour!!
Elizabeth_P, Nov 2022
The British Museum London Guided Museum Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
Matilda our guide was wonderful!! Extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the history of what she was teaching and showing us. I learned a lot!!!!
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British Museum Highlights Private Guided Tour
Catherine_W, Nov 2022
British Museum Highlights Private Guided Tour
Loved this tour! Our guide was professional, knowledgeable j all the exhibits and entertaining as well. He wisked us through the crowds to the museum highlights, which saved us tons of time if we had instead tried to do this on our own. He asked if we had any specific interests and made sure the tour covered those areas as well. Could not have asked for more. Highly recommended.
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Morning at the British Museum
Anne_R, Oct 2022
Private Guided Tour of the British Museum
Our tour guide, Anthony, whisked us right in and started the tour right away. He knew the layout of the museum so very well and is incredibly knowledgeable in a wide variety of art. He was truly professional and his stories were great entertainment! We learned so much!
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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
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
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