British Museum

British Museum

Great Russell St, London, Greater London, WC1B 3DG
Hours:
Closed until 10:00am (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sat–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:30 PM
  • Fri
    • 10:00 AM–8:30 PM
Credit Cards:
Yes (incl. American Express)
Wi-Fi:
Yes

A museum of the world, for the world. Discover over two million years of human history and culture. Some of the world-famous objects include the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon sculptures and Egyptian mummies.

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  • "Make sure you see the Rosetta Stone. As you enter the large hall with the..." (4 tips)
  • "Visit the parthenon galleries. The marbles stolen from the..." (9 tips)
  • "Houses over 7 million objects. Don't miss the Rosetta Stone, Room 4, &..." (4 tips)
  • HISTORY UK

    The British Museum began from the collection of naturalist Sir Hans Sloane which he left to the nation on his death in 1753. Now it houses 7 million objects including more than 100 Egyptian mummies.

    HISTORY UK · February 15, 2011
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  • The Telegraph

    The exhibition Treasures of Heaven: Saints, relics and devotion in medieval Europe at the British Museum, is an exploration into the deeply spiritual world of medieval relic veneration. Read more

    The Telegraph · August 19, 2011
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  • USA TODAY

    The British Museum has more than 7 million objects from every continent, some of which have been controversial. Read more

    USA TODAY · December 1, 2010
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  • Time Out London

    Officially the country's most popular tourist attraction, the British Museum opened to the public in 1759 in Montagu House, which then occupied this site. Read more

    Time Out London · February 23, 2012
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  • Emma H.

    The Egyptian Exhibition is amazing and they have outstanding exhibitions

    Emma H. · March 10, 2010
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  • Katherine D.

    There is a great room full of sarcophagi downstairs from the large Egyptian works.

    Katherine D. · January 29, 2010
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  • @StratosAthens

    Visit the Parthenon Marbles and imagine how these would look under the bright Athens sunlight. It's time for the British Museum to allow the Marbles to be re-united at New Acropolis Museum of Athens.

    @StratosAthens · October 6, 2010
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  • Londonist

    Good place to keep in mind if you're in Bloomsbury and need the toilet. Oh, it also has a few artefacts, we hear.

    Londonist · February 22, 2011
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  • Contiki Holidays

    Try and find the skeleton of the mermaid, ha. It's in one of the galleries on the right side of the Great Court as you walk in ;)

    Contiki Holidays · August 18, 2011
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  • DHR.com

    Learn about London's and UK's history by visiting this museum. Don't miss the Rosetta Stone and the collection of mummies. Open daily from 10am - 7:30pm (until 8:30 Fridays). Entrance is free.

    DHR.com · September 29, 2011
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  • Natalie D.

    Great Mummies

    Natalie D. · February 5, 2010
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  • Otel.com

    There are at least 8 million objects within the museum! Come, see them all!

    Otel.com · April 2, 2013
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  • Agnieszka

    see Greek exhibitions and Asian art

    Agnieszka · November 29, 2009
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  • Browhaus

    With some of the best exhibit and artworks in the world, the British Museum is appealing visually and stimulating for the mind. Within the museum, the Egyptian room and Rosetta Stone are a must-see.

    Browhaus · April 26, 2012
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  • sofiagk

    It would be a good idea to donate some money as entry to the museum is free.

    sofiagk · November 5, 2010
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  • Beth P.

    Listen to BBC Radio 4's series The History of the World in 100 Objects then go and visit them here!

    Beth P. · February 17, 2010
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  • Thomas G.

    Check out the Assyrian relief carvings of the royal lion hunt

    Thomas G. · December 30, 2009
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  • Gülşah Ç.

    no doubt, the biggest historical steal for the world ;)

    Gülşah Ç. · June 25, 2013
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  • Ciaran Q.

    Challenge by my 12-year-old to all others: try and find a statue of a man without something cut off. Hand, nose, arm, etc :-)

    Ciaran Q. · August 10, 2012
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  • Stephanie K.

    ROSETTA STONE!!!

    Stephanie K. · November 27, 2011
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  • O. Atilla İ.

    British Museum!

    O. Atilla İ. · March 30, 2010
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  • Hendy O.

    Don't be like the million other people around you, put your camera and phone away and seize the moment! Take the time to learn about the Rosetta stone and other historical facts!!

    Hendy O. · January 4, 2013
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  • Time Out London

    Selected galleries of the British Museum are open until 8.30pm every Friday evening, augmented by tours, special events and food and drink. Read more

    Time Out London · March 27, 2012
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  • Sylvie S.

    Can you find the statue found at Easter Island? Read more

    Sylvie S. · June 6, 2010
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  • Ricardo M.

    Make sure you have a few spare hours if you plan on visiting the entire thing. Do not miss the mummies!

    Ricardo M. · June 15, 2013
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  • New York Habitat

    This 258 year old museum houses more than 7 million objects of history and culture. The Egyptian exhibit is very popular here.

    New York Habitat · October 12, 2011
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  • London Symphony Orchestra

    Brilliant museum and displays, but best of all is the new (ish) glass covered atrium with the old British Library Reading Room in the centre. Wonderful just to sit in.

    London Symphony Orchestra · September 16, 2011
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  • Purple Frog

    Some exhibitions are open until 8.30pm on Fridays, but if you''re short of time, go for the Rosetta Stone in ground floor Room 4 and the Mummy of Katebet in upper floor Room 63. Read more

    Purple Frog · June 15, 2011
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  • Joris P.

    Damn you can spent ours here, go check it out

    Joris P. · March 29, 2010
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  • Burcu Yagmur I.

    BEST MUSEUM EVER ! I <3 mummies !

    Burcu Yagmur I. · August 6, 2013
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  • ThePurplePassport.com

    If you are a history buff or a lover of artifacts, plan for plenty of time here. The sheer size of the collection makes it difficult to see everything that you would like to see in one trip. Read more

    ThePurplePassport.com · October 27, 2011
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  • Kristiana L.

    LOVE IT.... It has everything..

    Kristiana L. · October 14, 2011
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  • NOWNESS

    London: Models descended from stairs on either side of the museum's Great Court for Alice Temperley's 10th anniversary runway presentation. Click more info to watch our behind-the-scenes film Read more

    NOWNESS · February 22, 2011
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  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

    Visit the Round Reading Library where Marx + Dickens read before checking out the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin marbles. – Green Guide Editor

    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle · October 11, 2013
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  • Marlyn Guzman

    The British Museum is a must must see in London and the UK. There is always something to discover, to learn and to see, no matter if you are interested in museums, history or not - you will get addict

    Marlyn Guzman · November 5, 2010
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  • Paul M.

    Check out the incredible Sutton Hoo Helmet. Around 1,400 years old and crafted for a special king. A glimpse into our Anglo Saxon past. Read more

    Paul M. · May 26, 2010
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  • George A.

    Great place amazing collections. Pity that the glory of place comes from stolen items. Please return the marbles to Greece .

    George A. · November 1, 2013
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  • -NатнаN К.

    1day not enaf to finish visit.too big n very beautiful

    -NатнаN К. · September 24, 2013
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  • Fulham Football Club

    Visit room 49, case 6, to see the ‘Fulham Sword’. Found next to Craven Cottage it dates back to 43 AD, is the best example of its kind in Britain & is the best named sword in the Museum (so we think)

    Fulham Football Club · October 11, 2012
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  • Massimiliano S.

    Best museum. I love the Egyptian zone.

    Massimiliano S. · June 10, 2012
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  • Sony Xperia™ Football

    There's more to see here than you could hope to in a day, why not take the 30 minute eye opener tour?

    Sony Xperia™ Football · November 23, 2011
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  • Lin H.

    Be sure to hit the Sainsbury Gallery with the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon. These architectural elements have been subject of a long battle between the UK and Greece.

    Lin H. · August 20, 2011
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  • Wisnu Y.

    Check out the ancient Egypt exhibit and see the Rosetta Stone.

    Wisnu Y. · October 18, 2010
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  • Calum H.

    The Chinese jade exhibit is great. Nice Guinness in the Museum Bar across the road.

    Calum H. · May 15, 2010
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  • Carrie S.

    Have lunch in the cheap and cheerful little Korean cafe (Bimbimbap) on Museum Street outside the main entrance.

    Carrie S. · November 18, 2009
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  • Michelin Travel & Lifestyle

    Visit the Library frequented by Marx and Dickens. Don’t miss the Rosetta Stone, Elgin marbles, or Mildenhall treasure. – Green Guide Editor

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  • M7mmd_s

    متحف خورافي ، تجي لندن ماتزوره زيارتك ناقصه ، فيه من كل العصور والحضارات باختصار ياخذك جوله في التارررريخ ،،، لاتنسى تزور قسم الحضاره الاسلاميه

    M7mmd_s · May 7, 2013
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  • M7mmd_s

    تجي لندن ماتزور المتحف البريطاني ،، زيارتك ناقصه ، فيه من كل تاريخ وعصر وزمان قطعه ،

    M7mmd_s · May 7, 2013
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  • mügüş

    Özellikle 61-66 nolu galerilerdeki mumyalari mutlaka görün, ölmüş de olsa Cleopatra ile tanışın

    mügüş · October 16, 2013
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  • Aurelio F.

    Imperdível e super interessante!

    Aurelio F. · July 13, 2013
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