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The British Museum, London

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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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  • Lovely museum with great displays. I loved the Sutton Hoo horde. Gift shop and restaurant were both great meeting all needs. 
    Lovely museum with great displays. I loved the Sutton Hoo horde. Gift shop and restaurant were both great meeting all needs.  more »
  • Amazing collections with well written descriptions. Wheelchair access was good for the most part, some additional assistance was needed. A very busy location which can make it difficult to navigate... 
    Amazing collections with well written descriptions. Wheelchair access was good for the most part, some additional assistance was needed. A very busy location which can make it difficult to navigate...  more »
  • This is my favourite of all the museums in London bar one, the Imperial War Museum. The variety and content of the exhibits here are simply stunning. However, I firmly believe that we should return... 
    This is my favourite of all the museums in London bar one, the Imperial War Museum. The variety and content of the exhibits here are simply stunning. However, I firmly believe that we should return...  more »
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  • The British museum is one of the best FREE entry museums in London. Its a huge museum with many rooms and floors to see so make sure you plan a day of visit when planning to see it. Generally 4 to 5 hours and more can be easily spent here as there is a lot to see ! There are also free kids activities provided , make sure you ask at the info counter. There are clean accessible toilets with baby changing stations♿🚼 They have also hearing loop installed and guide available. The cafe has good food. 🍽The museum has lots to walk and see so wear comfortable shoes. 👟The museum is fully accessible♿
  • Beautiful building filled with so much to see! It's amazing it's free to see a lot of history. The central part of the museum has a lovely light airy feeling and it's a pleasant place to have a quick lunch during a visit. Prices for food were a tad on the high side which is to be expected. I could spend days in the museum. Definitely will be visiting again and again!
  • Stunning building! A vast array of things to look at - we focused on the Egyptian displays and that took us a couple of hours to get round. It's worth planning what you want to see before you go. There is a fabulous book shop too which stocks a wide variety of things in addition to books. The food court is lovely. The museum is definitely a great place to visit.
  • This was definitely your traditional museum, but in steroids. Every item on display was amazing, unlike most museums with some filler placed between the real meaningful pieces. Everything here was phenomenal. But alas, as with most museums, once you spend a healthy bit wandering the collections, you start to get a bit immune to their charms. But for free admission albeit with a very modest suggested donation, you really can’t go wrong. We really enjoyed the visit, and really, every piece on display is magnificent.
  • Another wonderful museum in London! The queue was long but moved fast. Astonishing collection and artifacts. Egypt Mummy was interesting section. It's a huge museum be there early. They have about 8 million artifacts all around the world so that what I loved to see everything under 1 roof. The library is interesting and insightful ! Bravo to the Curators.

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