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British Museum, London

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See the development of human culture on every continent from prehistory to the present at British Museum. The museum houses one of the largest collections of works in the world, some 8 million. You'll encounter many significant items here, including the Rosetta Stone, the Magna Carta, and the Parthenon Frieze. The museum is broken into various departments, each covering a specific place and time, such as ancient Egypt and Sudan, or a theme, such as coins and medals. The works cover a broad spectrum of styles, from ancient carvings, sculptures, stoneware, and gold metalwork to prints and drawings from famous Renaissance artists. You won't have time to cover all the museum's collections in a single visit, so you should choose subjects that interest you and focus on them. A map of the museum helps you navigate efficiently. Pick up a copy at an information point inside, or download a digital one to your smartphone or tablet ahead of time. If you're not sure which galleries to visit, you can join a highlights tour. Departing twice a day every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, these guided tours show you the museum's most important pieces. Book this tour online or at the information desk in the front court. If specific galleries interest you, try to catch one of the free daily Eye-Opener tours. Galleries host one of these 30- to 40-minute tours per day, giving you a deeper historical understanding of specific periods and regions. Arrange to visit British Museum and other attractions in London using our London trip tool .
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  • It is pretty good in my opinion. It has collections of the best in the world. It's free and convenient. Don't miss the part devoted to Egypt and Greece. It needs time to see in dark conditions.
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  • So OK we paid a £5 donation and had to queue for 15 minutes but it is so worth it. Astonishingly superb and unique exhibits with multi-language audio tours. You could easily spend all day there and on...  more »
  • Amazing place. We went 3 times! Highly recommended! There are days that can't be people and you've got half an hour of tail, other days you enter very fast.
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  • Beautiful building, a huge collection and (apart from the mummies!) a good amount of space to view the exhibits without feeling crowded. It was very busy on a Sunday afternoon, but it felt much less manic than the natural history museum (also very enjoyable). There is more information than you can possibly take in during a single visit, so check the map and plan a rough route through before you start to tailor the visit to your interests. The cafe in the main hall sells expensive but pretty good cakes - they all looked well made.
  • The museum is huge and full of interesting exhibitions. There are fixed ones and some that are specially curated for a specific period of time, and it is definitely worth exploring. There is also a good selection of souvenirs in the shops on the ground floor if you feel like taking a bit of history home. And also a nice restaurant for an afternoon tea or lunch. Would definitely recommend going at least once! ⛲🏫📷
  • Ideally, I'd give it a 4.6. Huge, well curated museum. Has TONS of stuff from all around the world and all across time, including the Rosetta stone. Must see if you're in London. The ONLY reason i don't give it a five star review is the cost. Everything in London is expensive (it's an alpha++ global city after all) but, in addition to the cost, there are donating bins EVERYWHERE, to the point of almost being bothersome. Kind of took away from it. Also, very crowded, even on weekdays, but that's to be expected as well. But it's genuinely gorgeous, and the only museum i can think of that remotely rivals it is the Smithsonian... and I'd say the British is probably more extensive.
  • I remember the Greek panels that used to be on the acropolis I believe they were from when WWII was happening and the place with the columns in Greece used to be in good shape but in WWII someone was storing ammunition there and the place got blown up anyhow the British managed to get those panels to protect them. I think the Greeks want them back. Anyhow those are there at the museum which is cool. Also the head of Alexander the Great that is placed on a column. Apparently there were a lot of those made during Alexander's time. I was leaning over with my bag strapped over my shoulder and could have accidentally toppled that column if it wasn't secured real well. Glad they secured those well. I think there was a warning sign at a similar museum in Oxford when we were there about being careful with bags or something to that effect don't remember exactly - there was also some stuff at the museum about when the Romans were in Britain don't remember the details but they were there you know.
  • Great place to spend the day. Visited most of the galleries. Shops were well stocked and queues minimal. Security was tight but the queue moved along nicely. The rear entrance may be better in busier times. Will go back.

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