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British Museum

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454 Reviews
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 Highlights Private Tour in London including the Rosetta Stone

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British Museum Highlights Private Tour in London including the Rosetta Stone
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$246.89 per adult
Outstanding Overview of Top Sights in British Museum
We were in London for a limited time and realized that there was too much to see at the British Museum for an afternoon. We were so happy that we booked this tour with Viator because it concentrated on some of the top exhibits at the Museum. Our guid, Norma, was outstanding. She was enthusiastic and really "knew her stuff"! After our tour we were able to go back to areas of interest. This tour really cuts through the clutter of 'so much to see in a limited time". We definitely would recommend it to our friends.
galaxrex, Sep 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in London

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Fantastic Tour of British Museum
amandabokman, Feb 2020
Semi-Private Guided Tour of British Museum
Fabulous tour of the British Museum with Kathy. She was incredibly knowledgeable and truly brought the antiquities to life as she recounted their interesting histories. Would highly recommend this wonderful guide and tour!
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Highlight of our trip
jcellawilliams, Jan 2020
Semi-Private Guided Tour of British Museum
I honestly don’t know how you could do this museum without a tour. Craig was fantastic!!! Friendly, knowledgeable and just the right amount of humor. Would recommend without hesitation.
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Highlights of British Museum
N388JK, Nov 2019
The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour
Becky was a wonderful tour guide providing an engaging and informative talk on the history, culture and craft involved in a number of key pieces in the museum. A guide is the only way to go!
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British Museum Guided Tour
Steven H, Sep 2019
The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour
We signed up for a guided tour as we wanted to learn more than we would by just doing the self-guided tour. We met our guide Becky at the appointed time and place and spent an incredible 2 and 1/2 hours seeing highlights of the Museum. She was a wonderful guide, so knowledgeable and upbeat, and so full of great information. We could not have been any more pleased with her or the tour.
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Great and interesting tour
XinL427, Jan 2020
Semi-Private Guided Tour of British Museum
Becky was our tour guide. She's very knowledgable and fun. She led us to a couple of interesting and historic exhibits. Along the way, she gave us a lot of introductions and background information. The tour lasted a little bit over 2 hours, so we were not very tired. My family love this tour.
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Best of the British Museum
Arthur S, Jun 2019
Private Tour: Discovering the British Museum
Maria Rosa was an excellent guide. In 3 hours, we saw all of the highlights and she provided fabulous background information. She was very knowledgeable and friendly. A very worthwhile tour.
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ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL
Victoralfredo R, Jan 2020
Private Tour: Discovering the British Museum
Our Spanish guide got sick at the least minute, and the operator was so kind to get us a new guide overnight. Even thought Marguerite is not a Spanish-speaking guide, (she does Italian, German and English) she was wonderful. She was on time, friendly and so very professional. She knows SO much about art and history. She knows the museum to the detail. It was delicious to see it with her. The Brit Museum is something you DO NOT want to miss when in London. Book this tour, with good luck Marguerite will be your tour guide.
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Outstanding highlights tour
AndreiV05, Oct 2019
British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour
The tour was very thoughtfully organized with detailed information about the meeting point, the guide's name and phone number, check-in details. Our guide Danielle was excellent - very knowledgeable, friendly and effective at managing our small group and helping us assemble at the most advantageous viewing points or each exhibit. Danielle was very eloquent at explaining why she wanted to draw the group's attention to each individual artefact and provided facts to capture imagination. Overall, an excellent tour! Would highly recommend to anyone looking for a thoughtful introduction to the two museums.
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British Museum Tour
Voyager42724905769, Oct 2019
Semi-Private Guided Tour of British Museum
We had an excellent tour with Craig. We had been there before but Craig brought the Museum to life for us! We are still talking about our experience!
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The British Invasion
VLWILLIAMS2015, Aug 2019
The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour
The museum was so crowded the day I went, probably because of the rain. It was great having the guide navigate through all the people. Nice to be able to ask questions.
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Brit Museum
rwebster01, Sep 2019
Semi-Private Guided Tour of British Museum
Stephanie was well informed, engaging, and attentive to our questions. A wonderful morning in London!
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Excellent
Kathy H, Jul 2019
The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour
Our guide, Craig, was outstanding. He was funny and informative. With over 8 million pieces in the museum, he hit the highlights, the history behind them, and was able to answer all the questions we had. Definitely worth the money!

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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