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The British Museum Tour - The Ideas That Made Our World

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Greater London, United Kingdom

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icon2 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

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.
  • 2.5-hour guided tour of the the British Museum in London—ideal for history buffs
  • Trace the route of civilization and see highlights of the museum's 8 million-strong collection
  • See the Rosetta Stone, a two-headed Aztec serpent, and the Lewis Chessmen
  • Learn about esoteric topics including germs, mythical gods, and the agricultural revolution
Your tour begins at 2pm by the King Edward entrance of the British Museum, located on Montague Place. Arrive 10 minutes prior to the tour to allow time to pass through the bag check area.

Once inside the museum’s lofty atrium, you’ll follow the progress of civilisation through a variety of eclectic artefacts. Highlights you’ll visit include the Rosetta Stone, heralded as the beginning of language itself, a two-headed Aztec serpent, the Lewis chessmen, a mechanical solar system, the Parthenon sculptures, a statue of Ramesses II, and the Holy Thorn Reliquary.

Through the tour, your guide provides fascinating historical context that covers everything from the destructive nature of germs, the origin of money, notorious kings and rulers, and how agriculture transformed the world.

Midway through the tour, you’ll have the chance to purchase refreshments and snacks from the museum’s cafe. After 2.5 hours, bid your guide farewell at the museum, opting to continue exploring if you so desire.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
The British Museum
Your guide will wait for you, holding an orange umbrella, by the stone lions outside the North Entrance, on Montague Place.
Pass By:  
Undiscovered London
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What is the maximum group size during The British Museum Tour - The Ideas That Made Our World?
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This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

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Tons of good information and highlights
thefourvaths
, Jan 2020
Sam was excellent guide; very knowledgeable and explained things clearly. He was personable and patient. I only wish we could have stopped to see and hear about more artifacts; Sam had so much information that we just didn't see as much since he spent a lot of time explaining everything. Museum was awesome and at the end of the official tour Sam helped us find additional areas to explore on our own. Just not enough time to do it all!
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Insightful History Adventure
John M
, Jul 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed this introduction to the British Museum. A practical way to first navigate this amazing heritage site. The experienced guide is insightful and knowledgeable, with a background in archaeology. He knows how to connect the dots between civilizations and time periods, bringing both details and themes into the story of humankind.
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Worth every penny!
leslierL9375IA
, Jun 2019
We had a fantastic tour with Russ! I highly recommend! He is extremely knowledgeable and articulate.
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Wonderful artifacts
slancas199
, May 2019
Excellent guide. Very patient with us old folks. Very knowledgeable. I liked the way he asked us if we knew the answer to his questions. Made the experience educational. He did a very good job especially considering how crowded the museum was that day.
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British Museum
Y4277MIcharlesg
, Jul 2018
This was a wonderful way to see the exhibits that really matter instead of wandering around all day. Our guide was informative and very entertaining. We went straight to the exhibits like the Rosetta Stone and ancient artifacts that are the most popular.
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Will is an amazing tour guide! He...
Kevin N
, Dec 2017
Will is an amazing tour guide! He made the whole experience interesting and fun and tied everything we saw together. He is very knowledgeable and has a pleasant personality.
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The guide was very knowledgeable, it...
Liset G
, Nov 2017
The guide was very knowledgeable, it was worthy to learn more about the museum in as short amount of time.
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Best way to see the museum without...
Sonya W
, Nov 2017
Best way to see the museum without being overwhelmed.
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Laura my guide was extremely well...
Herberth E
, Nov 2017
Laura my guide was extremely well prepared and knowledgeable about history Time was very well managed and she pointed out the most important items you want to see if time is limited for you I highly recommend this tour Roberto Vancouver - Canada
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Wonderful tour - couldn't have asked...
Margaret G
, Sep 2017
Wonderful tour - couldn't have asked for better. We were a small group 5 and Rossa was excellent - professional, knowledgeable and funny. He covered lots of topics from the clever perspective of Ideas that made our World and subjects we thought we knew were given a different and interesting slant. Highly recommended and far far better than just wandering around the British Museum gazing at all the different exhibits. Thanks once again to Rossa.

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