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British Museum

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Address: Great Russell Street, London WC1B 3DG, England
Phone Number: +44 (0)20 7323 8299
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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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Amazing treasures

One of the best museums in the city. Great historical collection of different civilisations. Moreover, the building is a bright round space very pleasant to walk through.

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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Colchester, United Kingdom
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6 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

One of the best museums in the city. Great historical collection of different civilisations. Moreover, the building is a bright round space very pleasant to walk through.

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Thank Ana B
londonderry, northern ireland
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15 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

The thing that disappoints the most is the general lack of structure on entering the Museum. You have to go some way to get an information desk. We where then directed to the kids route, due to our children, but this started at section 51 (from memory) this was a good bit into museum and then meant we where going... More 

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Thank Wilson C
Summerfield, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Most of these great muses are free and really wonderful. This one is ! Egypt section is well organized and complete. Very large facility and well worth the time to see. Need three to four hours to begin to see it all.

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Thank Scotch351
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

I think the hype from "Night At The Museum" made us put this museum at the top of our "must visit" list in London. The Egyptian mummy section is impressive, but the layout makes the area super crowded, dark and oppressively warm in the summer. We got claustrophobia and couldn't even stay in this area. When we ventured to the... More 

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Thank Julie G
Birmingham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

I had no concept of the museum but was delighted at the variety of galleries and exhibitions. Good options of places to eat too and very reasonable prices

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Thank nicola063
Leicester, United Kingdom
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3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Great place! Ensure you get there in good time as there is so much to see. It is an added bonus tha it is free to visit. Its only a short walk from either Russell Square or Tottenham Court Road stations.

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Thank Steven S
Bastad, Sweden
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You can stay there for a week or two because there is so much to investigate. We focused on the egyptian and greek rooms with the rosetta stone as a high light in the egyptian section and the parthenon reliefs in the greek. It took as couple of hours and then we had lunch in the court, which was nice.... More 

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Dagenham, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

This is my favourite museum, I have been here a few times and it has so many interesting things to see. It is free which is very good and you can take your time. I have also been on an expedition there which you had to buy tickets for but it was so worth it, seeing the terracotta army was... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

For better or for worse, the British archaeologists and powers that be, appreciated and collected so many things from around the world and preserved them for the enjoyment of the masses and for the better understanding of historical events and of humanity. The Vatican museum and The Louvre also have centuries of art displayed, but what the British Museum has,... More 

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Thank Rafael V
London
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Impossible to see everything in one visit, it's better to choose a few galleries and really explore them, I love the Sutton Hoo treasures, the Assyrian sculptures and the Lewis chessmen.

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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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