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British Museum

Open daily 10am - 5:30pm
Great Russell Street, London, England, WC1B 3DG

The Basics

Allow at least two hours for a British Museum tour, but don’t expect to see everything in one visit—it would take days to explore the entire museum and it’s easy to get lost. With so much to see, visiting with a tour guide is a convenient choice, and a small-group or private guided tour will ensure you maximize your time.

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British Museum Highlights Private Tour in London including the Rosetta Stone
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British Museum Highlights Private Tour in London including the Rosetta Stone
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$231.54 per adult
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Outstanding Overview of Top Sights in British Museum
We were in London for a limited time and realized that there was too much to see at the British Museum for an afternoon. We were so happy that we booked this tour with Viator because it concentrated on some of the top exhibits at the Museum. Our guid, Norma, was outstanding. She was enthusiastic and really "knew her stuff"! After our tour we were able to go back to areas of interest. This tour really cuts through the clutter of 'so much to see in a limited time". We definitely would recommend it to our friends.
Rex_L, Sep 2018

Recent reviews from experiences in London

star-5
Relaxed and informative tour
Victoria_M, Dec 2021
The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour
This was an excellent way to make the most of a visit to the British Museum. Our guide Andy was very knowledgeable and engaging and we covered lots of ground. Thoroughly recommend.
star-4
Informative tour of British Museum
Gayl_H, Sep 2021
Semi-Private Guided Tour of British Museum
Andy was an excellent guide and we enjoyed our visit to the British Museum. We had been there before, however, having an expert to not only guide us to the highlights but to give narration to the stories behind them made the trip much more rewarding than a casual browse and read. I only gave it 4 stars because of the museum, not the guide, because restrooms were not as easy to get to and the cafe was a disappointment - located in the main entry hall cafeteria style.
star-5
Historical tour exceptional
elizabeth_c, Nov 2021
The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour
Anthony was an incredibly knowledgeable guide. As an archaeologist he made the history of the Greeks Roman’s and Egyptians come to life.
star-5
A great family experience
Virginia_H, Aug 2021
British Museum Private Tour
We did not miss a beat, everything was really interesting and fun. With a thourough knowledge and highly skilled speaker, Kathy made the visit a great experience, she had the full attention of kids and adult alike
star-5
Fantastic Tour of British Museum
amandabokman, Feb 2020
Semi-Private Guided Tour of British Museum
Fabulous tour of the British Museum with Kathy. She was incredibly knowledgeable and truly brought the antiquities to life as she recounted their interesting histories. Would highly recommend this wonderful guide and tour!
star-5
Roberta did a great job
Markus W, Aug 2019
British Museum for Kids & Families Semi-Private Tour
Roberta did a great job showing the treasures of the British Museum and keeping kids and adults engaged throughout the tour. My son learned a lot and I don't think we would have had a similar experience just on our own.
star-5
Fabulous tour of British Museum with knowledgeable guide!
Janis K, Aug 2019
Private London British Museum Tour for Kids and Families
Our guide, Ingrid, was fabulous! She kept things interesting for adults but also had activities for my kids. She was smart, kind, funny, and knew a ton about the artifacts in the British museum. I would recommend this tour to anyone!
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Turned private tour
colette_m, Mar 2020
British Museum Guided Tour
My daughter and I enjoyed being the only ones on the tour. Alaria was the guide. She was very personable, passionate. The tour was 2 hours. Could have done more!
star-5
The British Museum Tour- The Right Way
richard_r, Oct 2021
The British Museum London Guided Tour - Private Tour
Tony, our guide, was an absolute wealth of knowledge and made the background story of each exhibit interesting and entertaining. He gave us great bits of trivia which really led to a better understanding of each exhibit.
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Small group tour with Natasha
Tyler_L, Jan 2020
British Museum Guided Tour
Excellent tour. Natasha is just a wonderful personality and is obviously quite knowledgeable. Definitely a great and efficient way to experience the museum.
star-5
Great time
Elissa H, Dec 2019
British Museum for Kids & Families Semi-Private Tour
We had a fantastic time with Roberta. My 10 year old (who absolutely hates museums and was not interested in this tour) LOVED it!!!!! We have been to many countries and many museums and this was the first one that was a hit all because of Roberta. She made it so much fun for him but also made it enjoyable for me, my husband, and my 15 year old. I highly recommend this tour. Take it with Roberta if you can!
star-5
Best of the British Museum
Fern_S, Jun 2019
Private Tour: Discovering the British Museum
Maria Rosa was an excellent guide. In 3 hours, we saw all of the highlights and she provided fabulous background information. She was very knowledgeable and friendly. A very worthwhile tour.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • There is no admission fee for the British Museum, although donations are welcome.

  • Visitors are required to pass security checks to enter, and large bags and suitcases are prohibited.

  • On-site facilities include museum shops, cafés, and restaurants.

  • Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the museum.

  • Audio guides are offered in several languages.

  • The British Museum is fully wheelchair accessible.

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How to Get There

The British Museum is located on Great Russell Street, Bloomsbury, in the heart of central London. The museum is easy to reach by bus or tube, and the Tottenham Court Road (Northern Line), Russell Square (Piccadilly Line), and Holborn (Piccadilly and Central lines) underground stations are all less than a 5-minute walk away.

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When to Get There

The museum is open daily, year-round. The quietest time to visit is on a weekday either when the doors open or after 3pm—school groups often visit in the mornings. Morning visitors should plan to visit the most popular exhibits (such as the Rosetta Stone and the Parthenon sculptures) right away, while afternoon visitors might save these until later, when the crowds have left. Friday evenings are also a good time to visit, when there are normally fewer tour groups and families. Look out for special exhibitions, events, and film screenings throughout the year, too.

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Highlights of the British Museum

For first-time visitors, the most popular exhibits include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures from ancient Greece, the Persian Oxus Treasure, and the Ancient Egypt collection, which houses the Mummy of Katebet. Other must-see artifacts include the Portland Vase, which dates back to the 1st century BC; the Lewis chessmen, a collection of carved chess pieces dating back to the 12th century; and a statue from Easter Island, which is on display in the Living and Dying Gallery.

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