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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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Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

Big Bus London Hop-On Hop-Off Tour and River Cruise with Optional London Eye

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Discover the grandeur of London aboard the open-top, double-decker Big Bus on this hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour. With your 1-, 2-, or 3-day ticket, design a personal itinerary with stops including Buckingham Palace, Hyde Park, St. Paul’s Cathedral and more. Enjoy unobstructed views and onboard commentary as you view the city’s highlights and upgrade to The Big London Day Out option to get an aerial view of the city aboard the London Eye giant observation wheel. Hop off to enjoy a Thames River cruise, currently operating Friday to Sunday only.
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British Museum Guided Tour

British Museum Guided Tour

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With a collection of at least 8,000,000 objects, and 80,000 on public display, you could spend weeks exploring the British Museum—and still not see it all. Skip the long lines and follow your guide on a whistle-stop tour of the museum’s key highlights: relics of ancient Egypt, ancient Greece, ancient Rome, and more. After your tour, explore independently for as long as you like.
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  • 2 hours
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$28.87
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Private Tour: Discovering the British Museum

Private Tour: Discovering the British Museum

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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.
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$291.65
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The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour

The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour

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London’s British Museum is home to a staggering collection of 8 million items, some dating as far back as the prehistoric age. Make sure you see the best of this British Museum by taking this private 2 to 2.5-hour tour of the cultural institution. Alongside an engaging tour guide, you’ll visit a curated section of cultural and artistic works that represent the diversity of the museum’s collection: see samurai armor, the Rosetta Stone and 2 million year-old tools. This private tour gives you the chance to customize your itinerary according to your interests.  
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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Semi-Private Guided Tour of British Museum

Semi-Private Guided Tour of British Museum

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The British Museum in London houses around eight million artifacts, making it difficult to sift out the must-sees on a first-time or short visit. This small-group tour does the work for you, with a guide to show you around some carefully curated highlights. View important pieces such as the Mummy of Katebet, Lewis Chessmen, and more, as you uncover their significance and history. Entrance to the British Museum is free.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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British Museum Highlights Private Tour in London including the Rosetta Stone

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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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Alone in the British Museum: Special Access Tour

Alone in the British Museum: Special Access Tour

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The British Museum in London is home to one of the world's most celebrated collections of artistic and cultural objects, showcasing the accomplishments of human civilization over millennia. Enjoy this impressive collection—without the typical crowds—on this VIP museum tour, where you head inside before the museum's opening hours. While exploring the peaceful galleries, you can see key collection objects, like the Rosetta Stone, and enjoy your guide's attention with just a few fellow museumgoers.
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  • 2 hours 45 minutes
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 British Museum for Kids & Families Semi-Private Tour

British Museum for Kids & Families Semi-Private Tour

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Visiting a museum may seem like a difficult setting to keep children entertained, but this small-group tour is the perfect solution. It’s especially geared towards children, with a kid-friendly, professional guide to lead the way. Save time studying the floor plan and trying to decide what to see, and instead have a guide to shortlist top sites and lead the way. Highlights include an Egyptian mummy, the Rosetta Stone, and lots of treasures.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Tour - Semi-Private 8ppl Max

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Make the most of your time in London with tours of two of its flagship museums: the National Gallery and British Museum. Explore the National Gallery, home to one of the world’s greatest paintings collections, seeing masterpieces such as Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers.’ Plus, let your guide introduce you to some of the must-see ancient and medieval treasures at the British Museum. Both museums are free to enter.
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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British Museum Private Experience

British Museum Private Experience

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The British Museum is unique. When you go to the French Museum or American Museum you will see artefacts relating to those countries. The British Museum has a very small collection of British items. What you will find instead is the history of the Ancient Civilisations, the whole history of the world in one building. There are 15 million items on display and no matter how hard you try you will miss some of the most precious and important items that formed the modern world as we know it. But... this is where I will help you. In 2 hours I can show you the critical pieces and explain their significance in the formation of society as you know it today. Join me in the discovering of this amazing museum. You will be able to travel all around the world in just 2 hours and discover the treasures of Ancient Egypt, Greece, the Enlightenment and, of course, the Rosetta Stone amongst much more!
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  • 2 hours
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Private London British Museum Tour for Kids and Families

Private London British Museum Tour for Kids and Families

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Pique the kids’ interest in history during a family-friendly tour of the British Museum in London. With a private guide just for your family and friends, you’ll explore collections that span some 6,000 years and learn about the museum highlights through engaging commentary and activities. Fun facts about Ginger the Egyptian mummy, the Sutton Hoo treasure, and the Ramses II statue bring the past to life.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour

British Museum & National Gallery of London Guided Combo Tour - Private Tour

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Ideal for art and history buffs, this private tour of London’s National Gallery and British Museum showcases the highlights of each cultural institution. The vast collection of art and artifacts in each museum means it’s difficult to ensure you see the top attractions: with your guide, focus on carefully selected artistic and historical treasures, and see legendary pieces such as Van Gogh’s ‘Sunflowers’, the Rosetta Stone, and the Mummy of Katebet. Taking a private tour allows you to customize your itinerary and receive undivided attention from your guide.
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British Museum Small-Group Tour in London

British Museum Small-Group Tour in London

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Enjoy an intimate atmosphere on this small-group tour of the British Museum. You'll get the most out of your visit to the enormous museum by booking a tour, which will send you on a curated itinerary focused on the highlights of the collection. You'll be sure not to miss any of the important artifacts in the vast collection: stops include the Easter Island statues, the Parthenon Marbles, and the Rosetta Stone.
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  • 2 hours
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Private Tour of London British Museum for Kids & Families with Egyptian Mummies

Private Tour of London British Museum for Kids & Families with Egyptian Mummies

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Established in 1753, the British Museum boasts one of the world’s great historical collections. Don’t try and see it all. Hit the highlights and make them fun for all the family on this kid-centric tour with themed activities and games. Discover the wonders of ancient Egypt, view some of the greatest artworks of ancient Greece, and admire a medieval treasure hoard. This is a private tour, exclusive to your family.
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Private Tour, The British Museum, popular with Families & Small Groups

Private Tour, The British Museum, popular with Families & Small Groups

Travel through the gates of the British Museum and across continents and into aeons of human history with this private tour. The museum is massive: this two and a half hour tour ensures you get the highlights, from the far flung empires of the ground floor to the British artifacts and mummies upstairs. Ask questions, delve deeper, and appreciate this cultural treasure.
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  • 2 hours to 2 hours 30 minutes
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London British Museum Tour w Egypt, Greece, China & South Asia Highlights

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London British Museum Tour w Egypt, Greece, China & South Asia Highlights

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The British Museum contains over 70 galleries, and knowing where to start takes serious expertise. Cover standout exhibits from the Egyptian, Greek, Chinese and South Asian collections with your own personal guide during this private, in-depth tour. Get a first-hand peek at iconic relics, including the Rosetta Stone and millennia-old Egyptian mummies. Upgrade to include a longer tour that includes the Assyrian section.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Exclusive London British Museum Tour with Top Rated Guide

Exclusive London British Museum Tour with Top Rated Guide

This fantastic tour will give you the opportunity to visit one of the finest and best-known museums in the world, accompanied by a highly qualified and experienced guide who will make this 2.5-hour private tour a thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining experience as well as an informative one. Learn all about the Rosetta Stone, which revealed to us so much of what we now know about the ancient world, as well as the ever popular Egyptian mummies. Visit ancient Greece and Rome, and admire the findings from the excavations at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk, England, constituting one of the most incredible and significant archaeological discoveries in British history. This tour promises to be a truly unforgettable experience!
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British Museum Guided Tour

British Museum Guided Tour

Discover years of history at the British museum on our Guided Tour. The British Museum is a public institution dedicated to human history, art and culture. Its permanent collection of some eight million years of works is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence, having been widely sourced during the era of the British Empire. With various collections over the years including Ancient Egyptian artefact and mummy's, Japanese artefact the list goes on. So why not come on this historical tour and learn about the history.
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  • 2 hours
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Highlights of the British Museum Private tour with Driver Guide

Highlights of the British Museum Private tour with Driver Guide

The British Museum is a must-see for any visitor to London. Due to the size of its collection it can be at times over-whelming for first time visitors. This Private guided tour will ensure you get the best out of your visit. Discover two million years of history and culture with your expert Guide who will ensure you see all of the incredible must-see highlights from the expansive collection at the world’s largest national public museum. Whether you're travelling solo, as a couple, group, or as a family, we're proud to offer a modern and prestigious fleet of luxury vehicles to cater for everyone.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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London British Museum Semi-Private Tour with Exclusive Kid-Friendly Guide

London British Museum Semi-Private Tour with Exclusive Kid-Friendly Guide

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Discover one of the world’s largest and most storied museums—and bring the whole family along—during a small-group tour of the British Museum. Pick between morning and afternoon start times, and meet your guide right outside. Head past the crowds and to the museum’s key highlights, from its Egyptian and Greek collections to the Sutton Hoo Treasures. Your kid-friendly guide will also share games and activities aimed at younger visitors.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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British Museum Private Tour

British Museum Private Tour

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Join us for a personalised tour of this Amazing Museum of 8 million objects! Meet 5500 year old Egyptian mummies, learn the secrets of the Rosetta stone, find hidden treasure from the Persian Empire, hear about England's Anglo-saxon past at the Sutton Hoo Helmet, marvel at the Greek Parthenon sculptures, and even see one of the Ancient Seven Wonders of the World! A guide is essential in this museum to navigate the vast collection. I can bring the highlights of the museums collection to life with the stories of their discoveries. Objects seen include: Rosetta Stone, Royal Game of Ur, Egyptian mummies, Oxus Treasure, Cyrus cylinder, Sutton Hoo Helmet, Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, Assyrian Lion Reliefs, the Parthenon Sculptures, Rameses the Second head.
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Kid-Friendly Small Group London British Museum Tour w Egyptian & Greek Sections

Kid-Friendly Small Group London British Museum Tour w Egyptian & Greek Sections

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Discover the British Museum’s most important artifacts with your family on a 2.5-hour kid-friendly tour. The guided visit is short enough to keep children (and adults) with short attention spans entertained and long enough to get a good look at the museum’s most exciting items. Get up close to a 5400-year-old mummy, see treasure from a buried ship, listen to exciting greek mythology stories, and more.
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The British Museum Tour

The British Museum Tour

This tour provides an expert tour guide to discover the highlights of the British Museum for this 3-hour private tour or include it on a flexible full-day London tour. The British Museum was founded in 1753 and today has approximately eight million objects from ancient history to modern technology giving you a glimpse into ancient cultures and civilisations. The tour will begin in Lord Foster's Great Hall. Here you will see ancient scripts on the Rosetta Stone from Egypt, architectural relics from temples and mausoleums in Mesopotamia, Assyria, Greece etc., the huge statues of Pharaoh Ramses the Great, many pieces of the friezes showing the Panathenaic festival of the ruins of the Parthenon at the Acropolis in Greece and a special hall was constructed so they could be on permanent display to all. There is so much more to see, such as the Islamic gallery, European and Chinese porcelain, clocks, medicine and many more! Follow us!
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  • 3 hours
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$530.14
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British Museum & London City Center Westminster Guided Tour - Private Tour

British Museum & London City Center Westminster Guided Tour - Private Tour

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History buffs will be delighted by this historical tour of London, including the highlights of the British Museum. Alongside your private guide, witness a Changing of the Guard ceremony at Buckingham Palace, and see iconic landmarks such as Big Ben and the Houses of Parliament. Ensure you don’t miss the best of the British Museum on a guided tour of its 8 million-strong collection of artifacts. Private tour ensures undivided attention and the opportunity to customize your itinerary.   
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  • 5 hours to 5 hours 30 minutes
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Frequently Asked Questions

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What are British Museum hours of operation?
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British Museum hours of operation: Open daily 10am - 5:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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