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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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  • Free and so much to See. You can spend hours and hours there. Worth it if you like museums ! The cafes inside are also pretty affordable and tasty.  more »
  • We spent a half day here and had a great time. The amount of important artifacts here is mind boggling. The building itself is amazing as well. Our 8 year old really enjoyed a multi faith spiritual so...  more »
  • This is a very large museum - and wonderful. From the Egyptian, Greek, Assyrian rooms and beyond - it is full of amazing artifacts. We targeted a few rooms and spent about 1.5 hours as our schedule wa...  more »
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  • Worst bits 1. The museum is meant to be free but we found ourselves being forced to give a donation after the bag security check. Personally if something is free you shouldn’t be forced to give a “donation”. They employ staff to collect the “donations” surely if they didn’t employ these staff they could save the cost of the donations or simply be honest and charge an entrance fee. 2. Best avoided on a hot day. See picture of the state of the art air con system. We saw this solitary fan in one of the galleries. The museum is a sauna with a good view but nowhere to sit. Best bit: The Great Court restaurant serves excellent quality food. Its worth visiting the museum just for that lunch. Super quality at affordable prices.
  • Incredible, constantly changing, showcases! This is one of the best museums I've been to. The crowd control is excellent, there is not a massive crowd of people in any one area even though there were a lot of people around. The air conditioning is very good too, it's not too cold nor too hot. It's very easy to get around with all the signage and helpful staff around. Easily one of the best looking museums.
  • Very huge and amazing place. I am not a museum going person but I would definitely recommend this. I was there for 2 hours and feel like I have seen less than 10%. It's so massive and have excellent collection across various fields. The entrance to the museum is absolutely free and interested visitors can offer their donation. At the entrance they provide free maps of the museum. I would recommend visitors to take that so that u won't miss any gallery or room. Art and history lover's can easily spend a complete day in here without getting bored. Photography is allowed here but just that you are requested no to use flash. Even you can professional digital camera inside the museum
  • Amazing historical pieces -- from Egyptian mummies, Greek sculpture and the Rosetta Stone, to Edwardian furniture -- and all for free! Housed within a beautiful building with famous converted courtyard, the British Museum's collection is definitely worth a visit. Allow plenty of time, however, as seeing everything takes at least two to three hours. There are security checks here, so please be aware. Nothing to worry about, however. There is a luggage hold here and for a small charge you can store your luggage in the area, provided that it's below the 10kg weight limit. Highly recommended!
  • Free to all, neatly organized with lot of information. Courteous and knowledgable staff. They helped me a lot with direction in such a big place. Thousands of objects arranged in highly coordinated manner. So sad I was only able to see 1/3rd of museum due to time constraint, but loved every part of it. (It's proved from the fact that I bought souvenirs worth over 60 Pounds!)
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