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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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  • Wasn't for me, would have rather spent time elsewhere. Nothing that really impressed us at the this museum.  more »
  • There is so much to see in the British museum, and so much to learn that it is mind boggling. I spent time in the halls of sculpture, wall decorations, gates etc of Greek antiquity, Egyptian and Assyr...  more »
  • I'm not a real museum enthusiast, but it was nice to be able to walk around briefly and see some of the sights and be educated on our trip to London. The museum is huge and beautiful. There is a secur...  more »
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  • Huge. Impressive. Well curated. Bring your walking shoes and your brain. You could probably spend a day in here and have not read everything. The afternoon tea is pretty decent as well, though it can get a little hot under the glass roof in the summer. Service is not always 100% but you'll appreciate the option to relax between exhibits.
  • Great museum. Even greater that it has free entrance. Amazing for kids. Bit crowded, nice rest areas. Very interesting building. Multicultural exhibitions (let's not call them all "stolen"...I'm Greek 😂😂!). Over all great contribution to world culture.
  • If history is your think then this is the place for you. This museum is fantastic and you can get lost in world's gone by. It's a great opportunity to learn and discover about times gone by and it puts perspective on were we are now. Enjoy!
  • Have been a member for a couple of years now and it has been a brilliant investment. I have been to every major exhibition in that time and they have all been excellent. Also, the variety and number of objects and cultures on display in the permanent collections means that you will always learn something new every time you visit (Photos from recent exhibition on traditional North American cultures).
  • It's the British Museum. It's huge and world class. Items are presented well and the place is nicely organised. If you can't find something to interest you here, then it's probably your fault. Serious scholars can and do spend weeks here. Free talks are frequent and fascinating.

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Many of London's main attractions are spread out, so nearby public transportation is key. There is no downtown area as such in London, and some of the least expensive hotels have more convenient access to tourist sites than the costlier ones. For a quintessential London experience, consider staying in the West End. This part of town offers excellent theaters, historical sites, and eating and shopping options for every taste. Lodging won’t be cheap, but you’ll have the colorful variety of London life right at your doorstep. Look at Notting Hill or Chelsea for charming and less expensive boutique hotels and B&Bs.
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