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“A family day out”
Review of British Museum

British Museum
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Small-Group Tour: The British Museum in London
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Private Tour: London Walking Tour of the British Museum
Ranked #1 of 1,736 things to do in London
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Useful Information: Activities for older children
Reviewed March 15, 2014 via mobile

Having done the NHM, Science and the Transport museum, we plumbed for a days visit.

The weather was glorious, so it to be frank a tad busy. The steps outside are a great place to rest and grab a coffee. But Lordy the drinks are not cheap.

It's free but they like £5 off you, it's worth stopping and thinking about that. We checked out a few of the rooms, to let our kids wander and see the size of the exhibits. Their imaginations went crazy when we saw the blue serpent and face mask. All good stuff.

We had tickets for the Vikings, really busy, perhaps a little staid. The curator did a fine job, but missed the point a little. Kids want to see swords, axes and gory stories of how horrible the Vikings were. It was a little lost of them.

The brooches and the 40m long boat are masterpieces.

The gem is sitting in the Great Court and looking up at the ceiling. Spell binding!

Thank GillyTricks
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

What a shame! This could have been so good, but the British Museum has been overtaken by greed - they pack so many people into the Viking Museum, it was a painful ordeal for all 3 of us. We've been to a few of these 'special' exhibitions this year and last, and this one was the most overcrowded by far, making the whole thing a waste of time. Not sure we'd want to try another one after this experience,ánd really can't recommend this, even though the actual exhibits (those we managed to see through the crowds) seemed to be good.

4  Thank Pyrford13
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

The museum caters for all. We arrived just as the museum was opening but once inside there was plenty of room and no queuing.

Thank markhas
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

This is a very wonderful museum, it has some fascinating exhibits the Elgin marbles are a treasure to behold, there is something for everyone here. The day I went was quiet not so many children around which enabled me to get to see the exhibits at my pace. I am particularly interested in the Egyptology stuff but also the Viking hoard is worth a look. It is so well laid out and one era blends into the next almost seamlessly. I would always put this on the itinerary of any tourist.

Thank Anthony M
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Reviewed March 15, 2014

We have been to a number of exhibitions at the British Museum such as the Chinese Warriers, Pompeii and the Gold of El-Dorado, and have enjoyed them all immensely. The Viking exhibition was a big disappointment.
The exhibition was too crowded, fewer people let in for each timed slot would have resulted in a much more pleasant experience. Some of the exhibits were spectacular but there was too much repetition of types of items and were they Viking artefacts or items traded or pillaged from other lands? We left not knowing more about the Vikings than when we came.
The centrepiece exhibit is initially awe inspiring but quickly that feeling disappears and all that you feel is that it is a space filler and there's the problem, this exhibition has too much space available but not enough to fill it. Not worth £16.50 pp - go and look at the Anglo Saxon rooms and the Sutton Hoo items instead, they are free!

2  Thank WH56
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