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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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The British Museum London - Exclusive Guided Museum Tour
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The British Museum London - Exclusive Guided Museum Tour
$102.94 per adult
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Highly Recommend
Becky was very knowledgeable and personable. The museum boots an impressive collection of world history. Highly recommend!
Ian_O, Jan 2023

Recent reviews from experiences in London

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The British Museum is iconic & even better with a guide
Nicholas_S, Jan 2023
The British Museum London Guided Museum Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
There's so much to see & learn in the British museum that a tour is the best way to make the most out of your time i.e., focus on the best bits. Our tour guide, Luis, was great. Easy to listen to & understand. On my next visit to London, I'll book Luis again for the Natural History Musem.
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Jan 2023 British Museum tour
Roselillian_S, Jan 2023
2-Hours Private Tour of the British Museum with an Expert Guide
Damiano was excellent. He was Very punctual, knowledgeable, friendly and fun to be with. Showed us all highlights of the British Museum. Would highly recommend him as your guide.
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Fantastic Tour!
Kelly_S, Jan 2023
British Museum Guided Tour
Our guide was excellent and made our time in the British Museum truly memorable! She did a great job finding us, quickly getting us through security, providing excellent background on the objects and showing us amazing highlights! We really enjoyed our time with her!
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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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British Museum tour
Paula_R, Feb 2023
British Museum Guided Tour
The tour guide was prompt and very knowledgable. Our family learned so much from her. I would recommend this tour.
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Archeology nerds rejoice!
Elizabeth_S, Jan 2023
Crash course in archaeology at the British Museum
Rossa was the tour guide, he did a wonderful job. Six glorious hours of archaeological information in one of the world’s best museum. Allow yourself time to see more artifacts after the tour, you will not be able to see everything in one visit.
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Tour was fascinating!
Lisa_B, Jan 2023
The British Museum London - Exclusive Guided Museum Tour
We took the 2.5 hour highlights tour of the museum with Jake. He was excellent! The stories he shared brought the museum to life. He shared such interesting information about each item and area we visited. We ended up staying at the museum that day for 6 hours...it is a fascinating place and this tour was a great way to get oriented!
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Sheldon rocks!
Ron_C, Jan 2023
The British Museum London - Exclusive Guided Museum Tour
Our guide Sheldon did an exceptional job. His expertise and passion for the “stories behind the story” was very insightful and entertaining.
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British Museum tour
SarahJane_W, Jan 2023
The British Museum London Guided Museum Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max
We enjoyed our guide Jake very much. He toured us through the vast collections, showcasing highlights along the way. Jake was great!
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A museum not to miss in London - and this guide was tops!
Richard_B, Dec 2022
British Museum Guided Tour
If you don't know much about the British museum, you need this type of guided tour to make at least a respectable dent into the enormous collection of human history on display there. Our guide was exceptionally good, as she led us through some of the key rooms for Egyptian, Assyrian, and ancient Greece artifacts. Two hours is barely enough to explore this museum, but when you are short on time, it was a great start that makes you want to come back.
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Best way to share the museum with our kids.
Jason_U, Dec 2022
Private London British Museum Tour for Kids and Families
Timothy was amazing! He was patient and extremely knowledgeable-and maybe most important of all - he used a scavenger hunt to help entertain 2 teenagers…and it worked perfectly! The museum is so massive - I felt like we saw the most prominent works. Definitely a strong recommend for families!!
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British Museum tour with family
DavidOwen_C, Dec 2022
The British Museum London - Exclusive Guided Museum Tour
The guide for our British Museum tour, Becky, did an amazing job and we couldn’t recommend her enough. She was super informative, friendly, personable and did a great job corralling the group through the key exhibits while avoiding the crowds and all in 2.5 hours.
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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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