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British Museum, London

Categories: Art Museums, History Museums, Museums
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4.6/5 based on 42,000+ reviews on the web
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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  • My first trip to the British museum and it was more impressive than expected. The amount of culture and artifacts is overwhelming. Really a collection of our history as residents of same planet. I wou...  read more »
  • Superb location, beautiful architecture, building beautiful, clean, airy location. Rich collection, culture and show information. Even for those who do not like museums worth a visit, simply unforgettable.
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  • Museum with much disorder in the rooms. Recommend you see only the ground floor, where in my opinion are most of the best works. Highly recommended the Museum of natural history
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  • One of the most important, if not the most important, museums in the world. Come here to see the Rosetta Stone, Bog Man, Elgin Marbles, the Assyrian Lion Hunt reliefs, the myriad of mummies, and the Lewis Chessmen but stay all day to see so much more. Just like with the Victoria and Albert, someone could come here once a week for a year and see something new and different each time. Please do yourself a favor and give yourself a whole day to explore - there are a number of good dining options in the museum where you can get a delicious lunch before going back to seeing some of the most important discoveries and relics in human history.
  • One of the must visit place in London. Huge museum with good interior design (night at the museum was film here). Free entrance expect certain area in this museum. Personally felt that too much info to absorb on the day which made me couldn't stay long. Nonetheless, worth my time to go here. Highly recommend !
  • An amazing collection of treasures and artefacts that the British have stolen from around the world! The famous Egyptian collection is definitely worth seeing. It contains several items you have probably seen in your history text book. When you see nothing but the backs of the tourists, the Rosetta Stone is there in the middle..
  • Plan a couple of weekdays for this. Nearly impossible to see it all in 2 days, but stick with it. I did not try the audio-tour, I was limited in time. They do have quick tours that you can see the most important items within an hour. When you go, plan out the most important items you want to see and do those first, In my case, they were the Egyptian displays. Many items, of course, are behind glass, so bring a polarized filter if you want to photograph them. Also, lighting is poor, so adjust your camera appropriately. During the Saturday crowds, I found that a good mono-pod will get you the steadiness you want without the problems a tripod would induce.
  • There is a great selection of artifacts from all over the world. Some of my favorites were the Greek and Egyptian areas. There is also an "under water" city exhibition that costs 16 pounds, unfortunately I didn't have time to visit, but I'm also a bit happy as it gives me another reason to return to this great museum. Side note, the majority of the museum is "free" but donations are greatly appreciated. I highly recommend dropping a few pounds into the donation bucket to keep this amazing museum up and running for years to come.
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