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The British Museum, London

Must see · Art Museum · History Museum
See the development of human culture on every continent from prehistory to the present at The 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 The British Museum and other attractions in London using our London trip tool.
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  • Interesting as usual. However security guard was quite unreasonable. We left some of our party to go and have lunch that they had brought on the greenery by the main entrance. We then went in search.....  more »
  • So big suggest the 3 hour guided tour on the website, this way you get to see the main attractions and you go through most of rooms in a way you don’t get lost. Been a few times before but this time.....  more »
  • It really is a no brainer, this is probably the best free thing to do in London - it would be impossible to list every priceless treasure under the roof of this museum and one visit is nowhere near...  more »
  • Great Museum with stolen monuments from all over the world.... The audio guide was very helpful for my visit here. I spent whole day here to explore. It is huge, so better to decide in advance which items you would look. That is quite efficient if not you will be lost in the museum.. Good luck!
  • Wonderful collections from everywhere (even isolated Mexican American Tribes). Nice to see the variety of finds. Nicely labeled and investigated. The Chinese section had many modern pieces, which would be more 'art museum' pieces, and not history, but the rest was spot on. More restrooms would be nice, and the upper levels get very warm. It's better to visit during the week, wouldn't recommend weekends, too many people.
  • Magnificent, beautiful, spectacular, brilliant, amazing, breathtaking.. Such a wonderful place! It's huge, you will need more than one day to see everything in this great museum. Plan your visit with time, you will need every minute. One of the best things to do while visiting London. You will love it!
  • One of the top museum in the world. The MUSEUM IS FREE, THEY WILL ASK FOR A DONATION JUST SAY NO. As soon as you pass the security check they will address you to a counter where the person will recommend to give a donation. The process is designed to make you pay for the entrance, don't be fooled. The majority of the exhibits are not British if they cannot support them themselves, they can send them back to their original country. The exhibits are excellent and definitely worth a visit when you are in London. The great court, beautiful, but it is basically the food hall of a shopping center.
  • Fantastic day out. For some a little trip down memory lane. Interactive, ideal for children. Lists of very curious information and interesting history in bite size. Perfect location in Coven Garden. On the way out of the museum a stroll around the Square and shops and stop in a cafe. Easy reach by underground.

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