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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 Highlights Private Guided TourPrivate Sightseeing Tours

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British Museum Highlights Private Guided Tour

Described as 'the World's Museum', there simply is no other collection on earth as spectacular as that within the walls of the British Museum. With a dazzling swathe of artifacts from throughout the world and its history, your private expert guide will condense the very best it has to offer. Marvel at Ancient Egyptian statues and carvings, as you hear about the geniuses who cracked the code of hieroglyphics, using the famous Rosetta Stone. Then, be blown away by the craftsmanship and detail that the Parthenon Marbles boast, as you discover the contentious history of these masterpieces. Alongside your private expert guide, you'll also see mummies, Viking treasures, and even the chess set that inspired a magical version of the game in Harry Potter. This highlights tour will show you the best of the British Museum in an hour. If you'd prefer a more in-depth experience, with more of the hidden gems and secrets that the collection has to offer, check out our 3-hour version of this tour.
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British Museum In-Depth Private Guided TourHalf-day Tours

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British Museum In-Depth Private Guided Tour

Described as 'the World's Museum', there simply is no other collection on earth as spectacular as that within the walls of the British Museum. With a dazzling swathe of artifacts from throughout the world and its history, your private expert guide will condense the very best it has to offer. Marvel at Ancient Egyptian statues and carvings, as you hear about the geniuses who cracked the code of hieroglyphics, using the famous Rosetta Stone. Then, be blown away by the craftsmanship and detail that the Parthenon Marbles boast, as you discover the contentious history of these masterpieces. Your private expert guide will also show you mummies, Viking treasures, and even the chess set that inspired a magical version of the game in Harry Potter. Alongside these highlights, you'll also get to discover the hidden gems and secrets of this astounding collection as your private expert guide takes you through this in-depth experience.
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Stonehenge Express Half Day Tour with London Hop-on-Hop-off TourBus Tours

Stonehenge Express Half Day Tour with London Hop-on-Hop-off Tour

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With a $35-million visitor center tailored to the independent traveler, you really don’t need a guide to visit the ancient stone circle at Stonehenge. Save time and money with a handy shuttle service direct from central London, complete with interactive map and audio tour. The next day, explore the city at your leisure with a 24-hour hop-on hop-off bus ticket including commentary in 11 languages.
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'Ancient Stones' Tour of the British MuseumAttraction Tickets

'Ancient Stones' Tour of the British Museum

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Navigate the enormous British Museum with a dedicated guide on this 90-minute tour. You'll travel with a small group of 15 people or fewer, which ensures an intimate atmosphere and the chance you ask questions. The tour and the commentary will focus on the ancient stones in the collection as well as biblical art and artifacts.
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British Museum Highlights Private Tour in London including the Rosetta StoneAttraction Tickets

British Museum Highlights Private Tour in London including the Rosetta Stone

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Experience culture and art through the ages at London’s exceptional British Museum. In a small-group, accompany an expert on a 2.5-hour tour through some of the museum’s 70 galleries, then enjoy time on your own to explore exhibitions and genuine artifacts like mummies from Ancient Egypt, unique Anglo-Saxon coins and sections of the Athens Acropolis. With millions of items to see, the British Museum offers something for everyone!
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British Museum Treasure HuntPrivate Sightseeing Tours

British Museum Treasure Hunt

Treasure Hunts around museums or around the street are a great way to get to know a museum or area in a team (4 people works best). There will be about 18 clues and your team has to go round the museum looking for the answers. Then we will meet back at a specified place to mark the scores and announce the winners.
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