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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. Using our online itinerary creator, London attractions like British Museum can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • It is one of the best museums in the world by the large number of parts which houses of all civilizations. It is totally free.
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  • Had a great visit (again) to the British museum to see a fantastic American Pop art Exhibition - Art from the 1960's onwards. Really good and well worth a visit. The building and the other attractions...  more »
  • If you like history and global anthropology, it is unforgivable to not walk around this megamuseo and discover its treasures
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  • One of my favourite places in the whole of London. There are very few places that bring together the gorgeous classical architecture, contrasted with the modern central covered courtyard. Awe inspiring ( and I don't use that word lightly ) exhibitions of great museum pieces from antiquity inspire and connect you to history in a massively vivid way. No matter whether you are a regular or coming for the first time, you will find something new here to learn or some new insight that can change the way your view the world around. This isn't just the British Museum this is the Museum of humanity. A must see for every tourist and local alike..
  • Reasonable detection of the same stuff you've seen elsewhere... but a lot of the good-or-new stuff is now ticket-only or membership-only. Sad, because that exclusivity didn't encourage me to pay (as one assumes it's supposed to) it just left me feeling excluded. OK places for free (or optional contribution). Cafe appalling. Dirty tables. Staff who walked away from the till whilst I was waiting in line to pay for my meal... and didn't return! Incredibly bad. Hope they were having an off-day.
  • Wrap yourself in history , culture and see a mummy. Tour the world through the ages in a day . Grab a coffee and a cake and hit it .I loved the Chinese pottery , with its beautiful , extravagant and intricate craftsmanship . Also a must see is the mummies. Apparently my best friend Chloe reckons their was one mummy with a proper stiff area but has since been replaced. Not sure if it was on the basis that no teacher wants to explain to the children why a mummy has a pyramid or slightly embarrassing for more milder visitors. All round a great place too visit for the family. Why not drum some culture into the children and show them there was a world before Call of Duty shoot em ups on Xbox live .
  • Awesome place, it's free but please place some cash in the container before you lieve. You can spend all day learning, viewing ancient civilizations items and many other things. They have a coffee shop inside that is very good.
  • Loved the Ancient Egyptian stuff and the Japanese Exhibition. Really airy and open and a nice little cafe/seating area in the main hall. The Parthenon Sculptures are really quite nice and the hallway they're in is quite impressive, but I can't help but get that niggling feeling that the sculptures below back in Greece.