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Private Tour: Discovering the British Museum

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Greater London, United Kingdom

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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.
  • Private walking tour of the British Museum
  • Guided tour of the British Museum, including the famous Rosetta Stone and Parthenon sculptures
  • Customize the tour to suit your own interests
  • Choice of morning or afternoon tour
  • Expert guide specializing in art history
  • Enjoy privileged, personalized attention from your guide on this special private walking tour
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Private tour
Professional art historian guide
Food and drinks
Hotel pickup and drop-off

Departure Point

Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG, UK

Departure Time

5/17/2021 - 7/8/2022
Monday - Sunday:10:00 AM - 01:00 PM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
Meet your art historian guide near the British Museum and go inside to start your private tour. When you book, list any special interests you have, such as art, history or culture, so your private guide can prepare your personalized tour in advance.

One of the world’s premier museums — on a par with Paris’ Louvre and New York’s Metropolitan museum — this world-famous institution houses a vast collection of historical artifacts and art across more than 70 galleries.

With your guide providing enlightening commentary throughout, stroll around to discover some of the museum’s highlights. View treasures such as the Parthenon frieze from the Acropolis at Athens; the fabled Rosetta Stone and Egyptian mummies; and check out more of the artifacts and sections as you wish.
Stop At:  
The British Museum
The Museum is the largest ethnographic Museum in the world - culture is its theme. It represents not only British culture but it is a collection of World cultures such as the Egyptian, Assyrian, Mesopotamian, Greek, Roman, Pacific Ocean, the Americas and Eastern Cultures etc. This British Museum tour is ideal for a personalised perspective on the collections. Everything is huge here, like the recently refurbished hall called the Great Court. The Museum owns over 9 million objects, of which 2 million are on display. You may not see them all!!!  Some of the most important -  starting from the very beginning - is the one million and six hundred thousand year old Hand Ax from Africa; to some of the rarest and best kept Egyptian statues; the Rosetta Stone; the Egyptian Mummies; the Assyrian Palace's Freezes with details of their battles quoted in the Bible, and among them the Lion Hunt; also inluded is the Mesopotamian 2000 B.C. Standard of Ur - from the small but powerful Mesopotamian town where Abraham was born and lived in those years; to the Parthenon Sculptures, as well as Roman sculptures like the Portland Vase; Caesar’s and Augustus’s Iate I century BC busts and the Anglo Saxon Hoards recently discovered found buried in Britain after the Roman Conquest etc. from 400 AD.
Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The British Museum
Halfway through our tour, we will take a 15 minute break for rest and refreshments!
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The British Museum
This is where the tour will end.
Duration: 1 hour 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A maximum of 8 people per booking
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Stroller accessible
  • Service animals allowed
  • Near public transportation
  • Infant seats available
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Surfaces are wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private Tour: Discovering the British Museum?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Private Tour: Discovering the British Museum?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
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What is the social distancing policy during Private Tour: Discovering the British Museum?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Private Tour: Discovering the British Museum?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
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What is the maximum group size during Private Tour: Discovering the British Museum?
A:This activity will have a maximum of 8 travelers.

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  • "Book this tour, with good luck Marguerite will be your tour guide." See review


24 Reviews
2 stars

Reviews by Viator travelers

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Victoralfredo R
, Jan 2020
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.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2020
Dear Friends, I am very pleased you enjoyed the tour, I was happy to show you these beautiful monuments and share our common interest for their history. Thank you for your very kind review, Marguerite
Musing at the Museum
, Aug 2019
On an August Tuesday afternoon, the museum was very busy with groups as well as families with young children. Our guide, Maria Letts, smoothly helped us navigate among the exhibits, and she increased the volume of her voice to enable us to better hear her over the rather loud background of the excited chatter of others nearby. Her breadth of experience and knowledge, and her gracious manner, enabled us to both identify and more deeply understand the significance of the almost overwhelming number and diversity of exhibits. She also went far out of her way to help me try to access a1782 British Army field map of significance in the American Revolution. This is the third Viator-brokered private tour that my wife and I have engaged this summer. Each, while different, has been an excellent value.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear Friend, How kind of you to give me such an excellent review with I value very much. It was particularly nice, however, to guide you and your impressive and lovely family around the British museum. You were all the time an interesting audience and one which shared everything we were seeing and even taught me about the marvellous 18 C Map of New York which the Museum had and it is now in the National Library in London. I know that you will catch up with it. You know that I will miss you, but at least I will be able to see again here in England your beautiful daughter in son common part of the Country. I know that you will have some very busy days ahead and I wish you all the most marvellous time in front of you and lots of Happiness. Love, From Rosa Maria
Pay for an audio tour instead!!
Mark H
, Jul 2019
This private 4 hour tour for my husband and me was a total waste of time and $$! Our guide was very nice and knowledgeable but she spoke very softly and was very hard to hear and understand most of the time. The museum was crowded so the background noise was quite loud which made it even worse! We covered a lot of the collection, but it was a painful three and a half hours! We would have done much better by going ourselves and using the audio guide for much less money! We have used Viator in the past years in multiple countries and been very satisfied but this current trip to Italy & England we’ve had 3 tours that have had major issues!! Do your homework!!
Best of the British Museum
Arthur S
, Jun 2019
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.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2019
Dear Friends, Thank you for the very kind review you gave me. I certainly enjoyed our tour together and hope that your whole trip continued to be happy and successful. Perhaps we will meet again, best regards Rosa Maria
Private Tour: Discovering the British Museum
, Aug 2018
A terrific day with a great tour guide! Such a big museum but one that needed to have someone as knowledgeable as our guide to weave through the exhibits to focus on what's important to our family!
Our guide was most knowledgeable on...
Bruce S
, Aug 2017
Our guide was most knowledgeable on all the arttifacts and exhibits we reviewed in the museum. He answered virtually every question we posed in depth. We did take issue with an 18 minute delay when he showed up late with a brusk , sorry for the delay and we were off. He also literally left us behind several times because our senior bodies could not keep up the pace. Overall, we had a great time, marred only by the Incidents cited .
This place is AWESOME. How else to...
James H
, Aug 2017
This place is AWESOME. How else to describe the amazing privilege to stand next to human artifacts cutting stones used on an axe or the like that date back 400,000 that's right, four hundred thousand years before Christ. Or to be able to take a selfie next to a bust of Julius Ceasar! The antiquities portion of this museum is incomparable. Full disclosure: Betty did not enjoy TBM as much as Jim. Jim and Betty Higgins Louisville KY USA
Excellent guide for the British...
Daniel M
, Jun 2017
Excellent guide for the British Museum. Rosa took extra time in explaining the history to our12 year old. She was very patient and knowledgeable!! We all learned a great deal!
Good tour. Guide was organized and...
, Jan 2017
Good tour. Guide was organized and knowledgeable. Would have given 5 stars, however he seemed a little detached. I have had other guides who we're much more personable.
Excellent tour! I highly recommend...
Trisha W
, Jul 2016
Excellent tour! I highly recommend getting a tour guide.

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