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Address: The Bubble | The O2, London SE10 0DX, England
Phone Number: 020 8463 2000
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Description: Britain's interactive museum of popular music. Combining cutting edge...
Britain's interactive museum of popular music. Combining cutting edge audio-visual technology with some of the most coveted music memorabilia – the only exhibition where you can select your favourite content to keep. Trace era defining moments through 60 years of music and its influence on art and fashion. See iconic British music memorabilia from David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust costume to Amy Winehouse’s dress. Develop your skills on guitar, bass, drums, vocals and even your dance moves!
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Expected more for the price

I am a big fan of British Museums, but this one disappointed me for the price we paid. A lot of information is not that interactive -- you basically go around and look at glassed... read more

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 1, 2014
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Sydney, Australia
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209 reviews 209 reviews
140 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2014

Had found out about this attraction by accident and spent a morning going through the place. We arrived not long after opening and had the place to ourselves for the first hour. Good to muck around on the interactive equipment in the band room, as well as a little time on the "dance floor". Enjoyed the memrobilia, and watching/listening to... More 

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London (originally from Belarus)
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27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

I am a big fan of British Museums, but this one disappointed me for the price we paid. A lot of information is not that interactive -- you basically go around and look at glassed displays of costumes and paraphernalia. To be objective, the dance booth was a lot of fun, and the idea that you can try out instruments... More 

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Alexandria, Virginia
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45 attraction reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

I realize that putting together a museum on music can be a challenge, but the British Music Experience is simply a failure. Futher, on the day of our visit, many of the interactive exhibits werenot functioning...not to mention generally difficult to operate. Save your time and money.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Great, fun museum. Children aged 6 &11 loved it as did grandma and grandad. Not a whole day but a good few hours can be spent here, we went in school holidays and it wasn't at all busy so we were able to use all instruments and danced to several songs ! My only complaint was that website suggested we... More 

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Los Gatos, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2014

Good history of the rock and roll music seen. Some fun interactive activities such as playing electric guitar, bass, piano and drums. Singing too and dancing. Worth the couple of hours we spent there.

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Melville, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

My wife and I are both practicing musicians so we really wanted to see this and frankly, it was good not great. It's like the Hard Rock Cafe on steroids with its collection of Rock artifacts. The "Jam Room" is cool for amateurs/hackers and letting the kids have a go. It's stocked with low-end Gibson instruments (I've got better at... More 

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UK
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

Being big music fans we were excited about going to see the British Music Experience and we did enjoy it on the whole. It was really quiet when we visited so we were able to have a good look around without fighting through crowds of people to look at things. The disappointing thing was that a number of the interactive... More 

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

My wife liked the BME especially the costumes and the area you can play instruments. I liked the displays too but personally these days I can get all the imagery online so museums like this need to work harder to make it worth visiting. For me there were too many snippets and not enough real in-depth information to soak up.... More 

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Martock, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

Anyone with an interest in music should visit this attraction, there is a wealth of memorabilia and music trivia housed in the wonderful setting of the O2 Arena. Turn a few dials and record your own experience onto a smart card to download later at your leisure. The only downside is that there aren't enough hours in a day to... More 

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Horsham
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31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014

This is a small exhibition of musical history from our little island and I have to say that it was a lot better than I had expected having read the reviews. I went with my teenage children and wife and they all had a great time. The experience provides a lot of information well laid out in chronological rooms that... More 

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