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British Museum

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Address: Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, England
Phone Number:
+44 20 7323 8299
Today
10:00 am - 5:30 pm
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Hours:
Fri 10:00 am - 8:30 pm
Sat - Thu 10:00 am - 5:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: No
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A museum of the world, for the world. Discover over two million years of...

A museum of the world, for the world. Discover over two million years of human history and culture. Some of the world-famous objects include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.

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It's one of the few free attractions in London, and one of the best. You get to see the Rossetta Stone, much of Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome culture, even mummies. It's a... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

It's one of the few free attractions in London, and one of the best. You get to see the Rossetta Stone, much of Ancient Egypt, Greece and Rome culture, even mummies. It's a beautiful place for kids, and there's even a special area for them.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Great experience overall. Good to see all of those things so if you don't have other plans, than definitely recommend.

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Whitchurch-Stouffville, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I visit on an annual basis. The main part of the museum is free to visit. Can not be done in a day. Best to pick area of interest and keep going back. Paid events are held all the time. Never been disappointed. Timed tickets are the best to purchase.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

So much to see! Be advised you need several hours (or days) to get through it all. Easy and free to just drop in, but I recommend planning what sections to see. Amazing displays of almost fully restored ancient Greek temples and treasures. The Rosetta stone made a great impression on the teenagers. Keep your jacket on, it's cold inside.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

The majority of attractions inside the museum belongs to other countries (Greece, Egypt, Romans etc). The only positive I spotted is the good maintenance of the statues and marbles. Britons shouldn't be proud to present others history in British museum.

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Reading, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I have lived in the south for 15 years having never been visited, we spent about 3 hours and didn't cover half of it. There is so much to see and fantastic to learn more about our own country and the world

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Beccles, Suffolk
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

What a great museum! We were thoroughly overwhelmed by the collection here! There is so much to see, so much history! We cannot wait to go back!

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Went as a group visit. A very large museum with lots of artefacts to see and very good displays, be prepared to do a lot of walking. The day I visited was very busy (Saturday), but still had an amazing day out. The cafe was in a nice area to relax with a pot of tea and cake after all... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Unfortunately, we were very disappointed with the exhibition especially after all the publicity and hype including on the British Museum website. Except for a few iconic exhibits the rest of the exhibition was sparse and lacked depth and content. Surely there could have been more on the different tribal art through the ages - it is not only beads and... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Truly, one of the most impressive museums in the world. Much like the Smithsonian, the price is modest (free, but donations are promoted). Very much worth spending a day or two, or even just an afternoon walking around in.

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Bloomsbury
Snuggly nestled within Central London is academic and leafy Bloomsbury, an area that boasts walking distance access to many of London's most popular attractions. It is also home to some of Britain's most celebrated museums, including the must-see British Museum. Despite an understandable popularity with students, tourists and day trippers, vast sections of Bloomsbury retain a quiet, residential feel year round and throughout the week.
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