British Museum

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The British Museum's Collection Highlights

You could spend all day browsing London’s grand British Museum collection, but if you only have a couple hours, here’s the essentials of what to see.

  • The Rosetta Stone

    1. The Rosetta Stone

    Soldiers in Napoleon’s army discovered the Rosetta Stone (196 BC), the most critical key to deciphering Egypt’s hieroglyphics, in 1799.

  • Parthenon Sculptures

    2. Parthenon Sculptures

    Sometimes called the Elgin Marbles, these 2,500 year-old remnants of ancient Greece have been on display at the British museum since 1817.

  • Mummy of Katebet

    3. Mummy of Katebet

    She is one of the most studied mummies of modern times. Katebet, the ‘King of the Gods’ sang and performed rituals during temple rituals in ancient Egypt.

  • Japanese Samurai Armor

    4. Japanese Samurai Armor

    The British Museum holds a set of Samurai armor made up from different periods—the cuirass and sleeves is 16th century, helmet, 17th, and the rest, 18th and 19th.

  • The Royal Game of Ur

    5. The Royal Game of Ur

    This 5,000 year-old game was popular across the eastern Mediterranean, Egypt and Indian. This particular item dates from about 2600 BC and was found in southern Iraq.

Planning Your Visit

  • How long to visit

    How do you decide how much time to dedicate to the British Museum? It's difficult to say when faced with such a massive collection. These are just the highlights; you'd barely scratch the surface of all 8,000,000 objects within a few hours time. It is free to enter, so there is absolutely no rush. Ideally, budget for a day spent inside wandering through history.

  • Do your best to avoid peak times

    This means that it will be busiest on rainy days. Try to plan ahead and arrive at the 10:00AM opening.

Good to know

  • When should I visit?
    Open daily 10:00AM to 5:30PM, closed December 24, 25, 26 and January 1.
  • Is it expensive?
    Museum entry is free, but prices increase as you add recommended tours and other perks.
  • Will I need a guide?
    A guide is always a good decision in a museum this large. You'll see the pieces that interest you most, woven in with history along the way.
  • How to get there
    The nearest Tube stations are Holborn, Russell Square and Goodge Street, and many buses stop nearby.
  • Additional information

    • Selected galleries are open until 8:30PM on Fridays.

    • Luggage storage and cloakrooms are available onsite for a nominal fee.

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What people are saying about British Museum

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The tour was great, the information you got through the earphones was very well presented and funny also very factual and some of it is common knowledge but a lot more that I didn’t know, would definitely do it again, and the fact that it tells you before coming to a stop is great and it also gives you tips of where to go when you get off. Never got the chance to do the river cruise (which I’m gutted about) but it does seem like a great experience. Definitely recommend this tour bus and guide.

Great way to get about and to give you an overall idea where the main attractions are.Loved the boat ride.

Fab done night bus excellent Boay dwn to grenitch loved it the 2 lads knew everything it was great

Took a brother visiting london for the first from Belgium and he has a fantastic time! Thank you

Lula was extremely informative, friendly and patient. He was good with young and old