The British Museum

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The British Museum
4.5
Speciality Museums • Art Museums • History Museums
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10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
About
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.
Suggested duration
2-3 hours
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The area
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Neighborhood: 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.
How to get there
  • Tottenham Court Road • 6 min walk
  • Russell Square • 6 min walk
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Steviefull
Kidderminster, UK1,326 contributions
Oct 2021
We were looking for something to do on our arrival in London and this seemed like a good way to spend the 3 hours or so we had spare. The museum has timed entry in effect to limit the number of people at any one time, so it was worth booking in advance just to be sure.

The museum has a bit of everything, set across many rooms, I do recommend downloading the app as it has two separate tours on it, 1 hour and 3 hours, so it will guide you through the highlights.

My personal highlight is the egyptian area with some large impressive statues and sarcophagus.

If you have the time, do not hesitate to visit and please make a donation.
Written October 24, 2021
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sarpor
201 contributions
Mar 2022
On visiting the website prior to visiting, it suggested we needed to book tickets and we did, however on arriving the tickets were not checked at all, so I am not sure if this is still necessary. Tickets to special exhibitions are definitely needed, but I felt pricey. Lots to see in the museum and something for everyone. There were some collections that didn’t interest me, but others that I thought were very interesting. I especially like the watches and clocks. There is a lovely Japanese restaurant nearby, called Cocoro and I would recommend eating here if visiting the museum as it is only a few minutes walk away.
Written March 8, 2022
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AndyP1998
Wakefield, UK799 contributions
Sep 2021
Like many London museums you have to book a time slot on a particular day. They didn’t have tickets on our preferred day and we set out really early on our confirmed day so we weren’t late, fearing being turned away. What a surprise we weren’t asked to show our prebooked tickets at any stage and we definitely didn’t sneak in. As for the museum, in light they are not doing tours at the moment, would recommend buying a guide book if you want to take full advantage of your visit. We didn’t, and although we spent a couple of hours there and saw lots of lovely interesting pieces, suspect we missed some must see artefacts. The other observation is that there is little British history at this museum, and probably explains why there were a significant number of Far East and Middle East/North Africa visitors on the day we visited, albeit I wondered how with the Covid restrictions they were here in significant numbers
Written September 3, 2021
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CapDeathCarpet
174 contributions
Jul 2021
We came to see the Thomas Becket exhibition as we're both hugely interested in Medieval history..

Less than an hour later we emerged feeling very underwhelmed, although there are some nice items on display the exhibition is far too short and the accompanying book way overpriced, oh and forget social distancing as soon as you get in.

The exterior gates aren't open until 10am, so we were kept waiting as the queue grew, instead of starting at the security point, would have less impact on our booking time that way.

I love the British Museum but this offering sadly didn't live up to the hype or expectations, the Magna Carta exhibition at the British Library was much better value.
Written July 5, 2021
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Aidan M
Sheffield, UK3 contributions
Nov 2021
A really impressive museum - well laid out, absolutely full of artefacts, everything is very well explained, and efficiently organised. The museum is free, although booking is advised (just so they can smooth numbers throughout the day I think). Well worth a visit if you are in London.
Written November 20, 2021
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FootienBeer
Shrewsbury, UK156 contributions
Oct 2021
Its free but booking a time slot at busy times might give you quicker entry. It was quiet when I went and other than a bag check I was in within five minutes.
The size of the collections is immense and you start by wondering where to start top to bottom right to left, then you enter each section and either walk around and on to the next or walk left to right, then do you go from the furthest time to the present.
It's all choice and looking at each exhibit and taking a small part in will take a minimum of two hours.
It's more of a collection of artefacts picked up from when Britain had an empire when collectors and archaeologists could dig or pick up and bring back almost anything they liked. You do wonder after a while ''How did they take so much from the poorer less developed areas of the World '' and could it be done today?

The ''British'' part is interesting and the story can be seen in many regional British Museums. The Museum is dominated by the earliest cultures that our own western ones would have developed from such as early Egyptian, Roman & Greek civilisations. I can't see a part of the planet that hasn't been covered.
You cannot fail to learn something from a visit and if you wanted to go in-depth into an era then you will need plenty of hours planned and possibly day's to do it justice. If you're local to London then as it's free and Public transport frequent then you could go whenever.
Its heavy on the feet if you intend seeing the lot and keeping kids interested might be a challenge, the Mummies might fascinate or scare them. it's warm inside due to the glass roof but it's cooler in some rooms that have large fans to stand by.
Gift shop is too full of irrelevant items that can be bought anywhere and have nothing to do with the museum there's a few London gifts like Taxis and Bus models.
I'd prefer more Museum specific based gifts .
Cafe's looked and expensive £3 for tea, with not more choice than a Train Station Newsagent would sell, Crisps and pre-packed Sandwiches it wasn't busy but was short staffed the queues added price were slow enough to avoid.
Written October 2, 2021
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Lalita
7 contributions
Sep 2020
The newly re-opened British Museum can be visited as long as you book in advance on line for a timed visit.
The ground floor which has such things as the Rosetta stone, the Parat's more than enough for tourists on a first time visit as it's massive. There is a one way system which is easy to follow and no danger from Covid 19! Staff are availalable as always to ask questions and the queue for the Ladies was monitored to prevent too many people crowding together.
Excellent visit. I'll be back.
Written September 6, 2020
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Mads
Llanelli, UK46 contributions
Aug 2021 • Family
We visited the British Museum in August. It was easy to get to via public transport and wow, the building is SO impressive! We were wide eyed before we'd even seen any of the exhibits.

Security and bag checks were nice and quick and the staff in the museum were helpful. The food in the cafe was definitely an acquired taste, and if you're visiting with children I'd advise eating before or afterwards, or bringing a picnic if allowed, because it was very expensive.

Walking straight in to see the Rosetta Stone was jaw dropping, we had no idea it was there but we explained it to our 7 year old who was equally thrilled. She is history mad and was in her element wandering through the Egypt and Assyria exhibits with her camera, reading the signs to anyone who would listen.

It was a shame that so many exhibits were closed, we would have loved to have seen more Greek artefacts, but it gave us time to see the brilliant Life and Death exhibit which is truly unmissable. The exhibit in the center of the room with the medication and the photographs around it is quite emotional really.

The gift shop is full of very creative gifts as well as great books, perfect for history nerds like us!
Written September 2, 2021
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TheShis
Tel Aviv, Israel34,625 contributions
Aug 2021
We were absolutely gutted with disappointment from this renowned museum.
After the 30-minute security queue, we entered the main hall and were immediately struck by an intense heat. It was 30 degrees outside and the museum's a/c were struggling. Bigtime!
Strolling through the countless galleries, it was apparent we've arrived to what is mainly an Egyptian and Babylonian exhibition, which we found not too interesting.
Shockingly enough, we gave up and left an hour later.
Written September 28, 2021
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JP99MA
England, UK153 contributions
Aug 2021
We bought tickets for the Nero exhibition. The online process was fast and simple. We queued up along the street with visitors to the main (free of charge) museum but that didnt take long. Then it was a fast trip down an empty queue lane to the place where they check your bags.

So, here i was amazed. There were staff stood behind tables and I walked up, perhaps without thinking too much and showed my ticket. I was promptly told in a very rude tone that it was a "bag search". Not "please can i inspect your bag". Anyway, had i not been with my daughter I would have called this official out there and then and demanded a discussion with his manager. So we are not off to a promising start.

And so into the exhibition itself. First, the staff were brilliant and friendly and helpful and cheerful. This restored my faith in our trip.

And so to the artifacts. Wow - for a Rome enthusiast like me it was brilliant. There were busts, statues, jewelry, mosaics, weapons, coins etc. All with excellent background context. The lighting is done to perfection, really bringing out the subtle details of this magnificent exhibition. We finished in just over an hour and I could happily have gone round again but my daughter looked like she had seen enough and so we left.

This exhibition is brilliant for any Rome enthusiast. Also, the stated aim is to challenge whether Nero was the ghastly creature history sees him as. When you look at the information in the exhibition it seems far from clear cut that he was the monster described. Indeed, plenty of indicators to the contrary. Highly recommended.
Written August 20, 2021
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