The British Museum
The British Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsArt MuseumsHistory Museums
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 - 8:30 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.
Duration: 2-3 hours
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Neighbourhood: 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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  • Zoe R
    3 contributions
    Amazing!
    They didn’t check our ticket and was no sign of how they were managing numbers that entered. Place was packed in some areas (Egyptian) and others weren’t too bad. There is so much to see, you could spend a week there. I will definitely return to see more
    Visited February 2023
    Written 21 February 2023
  • John N
    New York560 contributions
    So much to see so many people
    So much to see so many people. When you show up there is sure to be a line down the street, don't worry it moved pretty fast. Once inside it is easy to get overwhelmed with all that there is to see and how many people there are. Could take days to really try to read and look at everything and might be best to split it up and take a break to get a bite to eat, rest then attack it again. Not sure if I would be young children here can see they getting bored very quickly.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 23 February 2023
  • Sam D
    Ower, United Kingdom5 contributions
    Friday afternoon browsing
    Great way to while away a few hours on a rainy afternoon! We had a great time learning new things and sharing our own knowledge. Bad point was when we stopped for a cup of tea -very expensive and when we went to try to sit down at the communal tables, it was extremely hard to find 2 stools together and the tables were strewn with used cups, plates and crumbs. Tables could not have been wiped down for hours and there was no sign of anyone on the case.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 25 February 2023
  • Robert D
    2,718 contributions
    Hieroglyphs
    I went to see the Hieroglyphs exhibit in its last week. Parts of the museum were closed due to a strike, but the Hieroglyphs exhibit was open. It's always a good idea to book ahead for the special exhibits. The key to deciphering the Hieroglyphs is the Rosetta Stone, which was on exhibit. You also saw other examples of Hieroglyphs and learned how they were deciphered. It was an excellent exhibit.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 27 February 2023
  • Amy Y
    San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain66 contributions
    Busy, Interesting, and there's a great book shop!
    This museum is hugely popular with tourists and locals alike. We thought it would be quieter during a February on a weekday. However, we visited on the same day as many schools! Or perhaps this is normal! It was so busy and the museum is HUGE. As a Brit who doesn't live far away, I would visit again section by section. This time I was mainly interested in the Egyptian artefacts, having recently returned from Egypt. Next time, I'll visit to focus on the other sections. The book shop is amazing. They have some great books for kids and adults.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 28 February 2023
  • Camila P
    24 contributions
    The equivalent of the Louvre in London
    I did three of the free guided visits. I loved the last one: Ancient Rome (at 15:15). David was articulate and engaging. He gave us a recap of the Roman Empire in around 40 minutes. It was very my favourite out of the three guided visits I did. One of the best museums I’ve been in London so far ! Definetely recommend to come if you have at least 2 hours. There’s so much to see, you need to do several visits.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 2 March 2023
  • Zenaida
    London, United Kingdom8 contributions
    Definitely worth a tour
    The British Museum is a must-see for anyone visiting London. Its vast collection of artifacts from around the world is unparalleled, and its exhibitions are educational and captivating. A must-visit for history and culture buffs alike!
    Visited February 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 March 2023
  • Jane O
    Lincoln, Massachusetts40 contributions
    Set the tone for our London vacation
    Our first full day in London, began with the British museum, which was just an absolute delight! Stunning way to start a visit in London, beautiful beautiful museum reminded us of the Metropolitan Art Museum in New York, but deeper older history! We all loved it!
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 8 March 2023
  • sfmann106
    Colchester, United Kingdom921 contributions
    Extensive free to enter museum
    Visited here on a recent trip to London, as hadn't been there since I was a kid! Plenty of rooms, off rooms, off other rooms (!!) all full of artefacts and collections from different parts of the world, other cultures and times, so plenty to delight the ardent museum goer. Good free talks on variety of subjects throughout the day, although both the ones we'd have liked weren't running on the day we visited. We also found that some of the exhibitions we'd have liked to visit were closed 'for refurbishment' (or some such?) so we missed out on those. Nice that they have now infilled the main courtyard in the centre (Millennium project, I think?) so all indoors now. You could spend a week going round here and still not see all you wanted to see, especially as the rooms 'map' in the booklet is quite difficult to follow, we found. A half day was about right for us - after that we were 'museumed out'!!
    Visited March 2023
    Written 9 March 2023
  • I W
    Leicestershire, United Kingdom290 contributions
    Awesome collection
    We, 2 of us, we down in London to catch a show, so stopped at the British Museum on the way to the theatre to look around for an hour or 2. You could spend all day there. We tried the 1 hour self guided tour, to see the highlights, but kept getting distracted by everything else. We started in the Oriental section and South Asian section, both of which were fascinating. The whole museum is awesome, and awe inspiring! We visited on a saturday morning in March from 10.30 till 12.00, before lunch and a matinee show. It was quite crowded so you can't get around quickly.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 12 March 2023
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Ronald Mcvitie
Durham, UK9 contributions
Sept 2023 • Solo
I visit the museum every time I go to London. It's free, which is complete madness when everything else costs so much in London.

It gets really busy so if you get a chance to get over to the Rosetta Stone or Parthenon Marbles while they aren't crowded, take it.
Written 20 February 2024
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Jbt16399
8 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Was amazing seeing all the different history from all around the world in one place! Fascinating! However it was far too busy! Loads were people there so hard to see everything! The queue was massive getting in there and waited a long time!
Written 18 February 2024
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Tony Saffin
Coventry, UK126 contributions
Feb 2024 • Couples
Visited the BM for the first time.
The building and the exhibits are amazing.
The problems are that there are far too many visitors allowed in at once. Uncomfortably crowded, the internal signage is non existent and you constantly have to ask staff where things are.
The catering offer is appalling!
So much wasted space, appalling selection, inadequate staffing and a complete lack of seating.
Such a shame because you have the space to do something really good.
To say that you are missed sing a trick is an understatement!
I honestly can’t recommend visiting here.
Written 18 February 2024
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Peter B
1 contribution
Feb 2024 • Couples
I high so much excitement to visit this place sadly I was disappointed.

Far too small and the lack of thought of layout of exhibits and artefact’s was poor.

Very cramped and barely anywhere to sit the odd bench here and there. Most people resort to sitting on the steps to the centre of building.

Incredibly hot no air con which is made worse by overcrowding. Used the pre book ticketing system online which was supposed to be to avoid over crowding this was pointless. No checks to ticket and an endless stream of people allowed into the museum.

The cafe inside charging £2.65 for a small 330ml can of Coke awful!

Sadly wouldn’t recommend.
Written 17 February 2024
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Anthony B
Keighley, UK11 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
A breathtaking look at the world gone by.
The items on display are amazing to see, from the Rosetta Stone onwards.
We could have spent all day in the museum, and still not have seen half of what there was to view.
I would recommend pre booking tickets, or perhaps joining the membership scheme to fast-track your entry.
(We went on a rainy day in February and the general queuing time was over 2 hours)
Written 17 February 2024
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hayley J
5 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
This Museum is amazing! The amount of artefacts in there is incredible! one of the things I loved about it was that everyone from all over the world was visiting the museum and experiencing history and culture from all over the world!
The Egyptian exhibit is amazing! Definitely my favourite!
Written 16 February 2024
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Liz D
16 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Enormous queue for bag check, it was a half term afternoon, but there was no where near enough staff on. Booked a time slot that was never checked, people with exhibition tickets could jump the queque, but their tickets were not checked so anyone could gone in that queue. Once inside it was very overcrowded. I'm afraid I felt there were too many antiquities to take in .
Written 14 February 2024
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Jan B
7 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
It's so amazing to see so many artefacts of history from all over the world so well preserved and displayed!
Place like the British museum are so important, not just for the preservation of history, but also for the greater unity of humanity. Places where you can visit and see the culture of the entire world. It brings us all closer together!
Written 14 February 2024
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Pete the Musician
Rye, UK53 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
We travelled up from Hastings with a 10yr old...an 8 yr old and a 6 yr old. First off I booked a time slot for 12.20pm for two adults and three young kids. On arrival we were told that despite booking the time slot we had to join the main queue which went around the building and consisted of at least 200 people. Therefore booking a time slot is a complete waste of time. The poor security guy at the front was getting verbally abused by many because of this. I decided to go to the info desk and ask what was the point of the time slot if I am being asked to queue up. The reply from the info desk was to email the main office. Online booking....requests from the museum ask you to donate a sum as you are booking your time slot....as the time slot doesn't exist in reality DO NOT PAY unless of course you want to donate anyway.
When we eventually got in....our main interest was the Egyptian exhibition. The place was totally rammed. We struggled to see the exhibits and because of this the kids were getting tetchy so we decided to go to the cafe upstairs for a beverage. After purchasing our drinks and cake we had no where to sit because tables were taken up by many people who had brought their own lunches. I mentioned this to a member of staff and she said that there was nothing they could do.
This was a really disappointing experience. The management seriously need to address the way the museum is run. Due to not going in on our time slot we missed our allocated train back to Hastings. People who bring their own food and drink should not be allowed to sit in the cafe when those who have spent money in the cafe have nowhere to sit. Finally...there should be a limit on how many people enter the museum at particular times....you just couldn't move in there !!
Written 13 February 2024
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nosher
Dorking, UK22 contributions
Feb 2024 • Friends
Three main entrances.
Left, as you facd the building, prospect of joining ever-lengthening and hostile queue with no ticket on first day of half-term.
Middle entrance barricaded and for vehicular access.
Right-hand gate. Turned away....
Yet I had on my phone timed and pre-paid tickets for an exhibition.
Having been, quite wrongly, denied access and referred to long queue, from which I was manhandled away (?!) it dawned on me that the situation was patently ridiculous and that I needed to better articulate my privilege and right of entry through the right-hand gate.
This time, SUCCESS!
It subsequently occurred to me that:
A) that gate should have a large and clear sign saying something like
PRE-BOOKED TICKETS ONLY
B) A print out of your ticket(s) that bit more demonstrable than being on your phone, which mine were.

The British Museum has stood on the same site since 1823.
School holidays have been around for many many decades.
Maybe, just maybe, the Museum might just get the hang of better controlling admissions.....
Written 13 February 2024
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