The British Museum
The British Museum
4.5
Speciality MuseumsArt MuseumsHistory Museums
10:00 AM - 8:30 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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  • Amy Y
    San Sebastian - Donostia, Spain66 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    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
  • TWMIM
    Horsham, United Kingdom171 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Awe-inspiring.
    This is a huge museum, of which only a tiny part can be seen on any one visit. The permanent collections are magnificent and like other similar institutions there is a rolling programme of temporary exhibitions, some of which are charged for (the museum itself has free entry). I recently visited specifically for the superb ‘Hieroglyphs’ exhibition, and come here about 4 times a year. I wish I could visit every week; it’s one of the World’s great museums and should be first on the list for any visitor to London interested in human history and culture.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 12 March 2023
  • Rob
    London, United Kingdom373 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unbelievable
    This museum is so huge and vast that one visit simply does not get you seeing everything this museum has to offer. I saw the coin area, Roman and Greek area and Egyptian area. I especially loved the Roman statues and Egyptian artwork, It's so beautiful and almost unbelievable it happened so long ago. I will come back again and see more of the museum.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 13 March 2023
  • Mausie
    Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom433 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well worth visiting
    I had been to the British Museum as a child so coming back forty years later was interesting. The Great Court is amazing. We loved to see the Benin Bronzes and Parthenon sculptures most of all as well as some of the ancient Egyptian exhibits. Unfortunately it was overrun with primary school kids who were so noisy . Never mind, it is a great free attraction. Highly recommended
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 13 March 2023
  • Kobus
    Sasolburg, South Africa188 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    It is a big museum! Worth your time
    This museum is true to its marketing - it is big! Take your time to visit all the halls and exhibitions. The bathrooms were clean during the December tourist season and the curio shop is packed with good quality items. Well worth your time and definitely a must see.
    Visited December 2022
    Written 16 March 2023
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ppoxon
Chipping Norton, UK76 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Friends
If going to the Roman Army special exhibition expect it to be very busy with hoardes of people around each exhibit. There are some fantastic exhibits but the whole thing is an uncomfortable experience. Best if you arrive forewarned and you might find the experience not as bad as feared!
Written 29 February 2024
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smallworld7354
Wellesbourne, UK37 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Life in the Roman Army. I had been looking forward to seeing this exhibition se we booked tickets for a Monday afternoon, half price for over 60’s! No lines to get in as it was later in the day.
Unfortunately my husband left after 30 mins, he couldn’t see the labels as he’s tall & got a backache from leaning over to read. I fared slightly better but got fed up with the lighting that created shadows on the labels when bending over thus blocking the writing for everyone else. I also found it hard to concentrate with the constant loop of the Roman Soldier letters to his father, and the noises that the interactive Horrible Histories exhibits created (I love HH & enjoyed following Ratusratus on his Legion journey!) I’m afraid I left earlier than I wanted for all the reasons above.
I did enjoy seeing artefacts from Vindolanda, the skeleton from Herculaneum and the various coins and personal items (when I could get near)
We agreed we were fortunate not to pay full price for what we both felt was a disappointing experience, even thought the exhibition itself would have been interesting.
Written 28 February 2024
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Martyn D
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
We had timed tickets to the Roman Legion exhibition - after queuing to just get into the Museum, my wife then queued for a further 20 minutes for the toilet (which was smelly and dirty).

The whole Museum was completely jam packed, like a football crowd, and visiting was a deeply unpleasant experience.

Having paid for timed tickets (£24 EACH) to visit the Life in the Roman Legion exhibition, we expected some relative peace to look at the exhibits. Far from it! If anything the ticketed exhibition was even more crowded and noisy than the galleries in the main Museum. We could hardly see anything, or read any labels - complete disaster and we left after just ten minutes.

The BM has completely lost control of its visitor numbers, and seems no longer to care at all about the visitor experience (except for charging rip-off prices where it can).

My advice would be to go to a smaller London museum and avoid the BM at all costs. It's a complete joke.
Written 28 February 2024
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ajlake87
Plymouth, UK46 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
I have had the pleasure of visiting the British Museum before, and each time, I've been captivated by its outstanding exhibits, which are truly a sight to behold. However, my most recent visit left me deeply disappointed, primarily due to the appalling entry system.

Having pre-booked a time slot and secured a ticket, I arrived at the museum with high expectations. Unfortunately, those expectations were shattered upon seeing the queue. It was unlike anything I've ever witnessed in my entire life. The line stretched down the road, winding its way through streets, and I'm not exaggerating when I say that it was probably miles long.

Feeling discouraged by the seemingly endless queue, my companions and I made the difficult decision to abandon our plans and return to our hotel. The pre-booking system, which should have streamlined our entry process, proved to be utterly ineffective.

It's a shame that such an iconic institution like the British Museum is marred by such logistical challenges. While the exhibits themselves remain outstanding, the sheer frustration of dealing with the entry process overshadowed any enjoyment we might have derived from our visit.

In conclusion, my recent experience at the British Museum serves as a cautionary tale. Despite the allure of its world-class exhibits, the disorganization of the entry system severely dampened my enthusiasm. Unless significant improvements are made to streamline the entry process, I fear that many visitors, like myself, may find themselves questioning the value of pre-booking altogether.
Written 26 February 2024
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Vegemightyuk
London, UK70 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
While I still think this is one of the best places to visit in London, in terms of the attraction itself, the entry system is chaotic. Having booked a timed ticket as requested we arrived to find a very long line, along the street and around the corner, which to be fair moved very quickly but closer to the actual gate it really is a free-for-all all with plenty of pushing in and no logic as to which line to join go through security. Plus no one ever asked to see the ticket so seemed a bit pointless getting one. This was a Sunday so hoping other days are better organized.
Written 25 February 2024
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Mark B
Norwich, UK18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The antiquities of the world are represented here.
Impressively long queue to get in but thankfully fast moving.
Just too much to take in. I’d recommend making a short list of what departments you want to see or you’ll end up seeing nothing in an effort to see it all.
The Rosetta Stone is the most viewed exhibit so that’s must.
Staff were helpful.l
Written 25 February 2024
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Odyssey JH
5 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Yes, this exhibition has amazing reviews in the press. But did any of the reviewers actually go during a public viewing time? Have any of the curators popped their heads in and wandered around when it's crammed full of people? It should be obligatory that before any exhibition is signed off, the curators are made to visit with ten people huddled around them, preferably with a mixture of six-footers and those with less than perfect vision. Then see how they get on with their low level info boards with teeny tiny writing that you have to read at exactly the right angle otherwise the glare from the soft mood lighting obliterates the surface. That is, of course, when people are not leaning over the said info boards to peer at the amazing artefacts... which is not to blame them. After all, that's what we've all paid good money to see.
I could go on ... ok I will:
-The artefacts are described in the text of the info boards rather than separately labelled so there's no 'quick view' option to snatch a glance in the three seconds that the info boards are viewable.
-Which bright spark decided that the best way to engage kids would be to set up a series of loud repetitive banging hands-on exhibits? (I've been involved with schools for 15 years and I can tell you that there are other options!)
-Did I miss the actual letters home from or are they not in the exhibition? And why not tell the public who Claudius Terentianus is right at the outset - there's a big blank wall crying out for an explanation about him and his letters.
-I'm queuing to wait my turn to shuffle past the Herculaneum skeleton and a recorded voice above me (Claudius Terentianus himself) keeps saying the same sentence on loop. And when I get to the info board I now can't concentrate as he's still going on and on...

I'm a massive roman history fan but even I'd lost the will by the end. The rest of the family were already through the exhibition and gift shop and had started messaging me to hurry up. My teenager's first words when I reappeared? "The crucified skeleton was pretty cool." What?! Where?! How did I miss that?! Pretty much summed up my experience.

Oh, and a tip, don't panic if you're late for your time slot because you've spent 20 mins getting your bag searched and another 20 minutes waiting in the ladies loo queue ... you'll still be let in. One further tip ... there's a loo immediately inside the exhibition where your tickets are checked (oh, how we laughed!).
Written 24 February 2024
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Ros223
Woking, UK121 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We had tickets for the Roman Legion exhibition at 11:20, so arrived early to have a coffee before going in. Received an email the day before stating there was an easy access entrance for exhibition ticket holders. Unfortunately there was no easy access for anyone as the sheer volume of people meant there were huge queues at the front and back of the building. We tried to ask where we should go in but no one seemed to know, so we ended up queuing & actually getting into the exhibition 10 minutes after our booked time.
The morning didn’t get any better. Although the exhibition was of the usual standard, it was ruined by the fact there were just too many people at once. We had to wait to view each artefact, it was impossible just to wander round as we have on previous occasions. In addition they had included kids toys around the exhibition which were totally out of place. There was constant banging & clunking from these, it sounded like we were in an arcade.
On leaving we walked through the Great Court which was rammed with people, many sitting on the floor eating. We would have liked to spend a bit more time wandering round but you could barely get through the crowds. A very disappointing & unenjoyable visit, not sure we will return.
Written 24 February 2024
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louise w
Manchester, UK4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
Our visit to the British Museum was a captivating journey through history and cultures. The vast collection of artifacts from around the world left us in awe. The museum's layout and exhibits were well-curated, providing a seamless and enriching experience.
Written 23 February 2024
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Charli M
Coventry, UK150 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Fascinating to explore, but do beware of overcrowding and sweltering temperatures on the third floor (my fingers were swelling up!). There was also some confusion as to the right queue to enter due to there only being one staff member at the gates, but other than that it was quick to get inside.
Written 22 February 2024
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