British Museum

British Museum

Great Russell St, London, Greater London, WC1B 3DG, United Kingdom
Hours:
Open until 5:30 PM (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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  • 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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  • 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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  • @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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  • Emma H.

    The Egyptian Exhibition is amazing and they have outstanding exhibitions

    Emma Harrison · March 10, 2010
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  • Katherine D.

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

    Katherine Davison · January 29, 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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  • Gülşah Ç.

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

    Gülşah Çatakoğlu · June 25, 2013
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Natalie D.

    Great Mummies

    Natalie Donovan · February 5, 2010
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  • Thomas G.

    Check out the Assyrian relief carvings of the royal lion hunt

    Thomas Gatley · December 30, 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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  • Agnieszka

    see Greek exhibitions and Asian art

    Agnieszka · November 29, 2009
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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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  • 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 Quinn · August 10, 2012
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  • Stephanie K.

    ROSETTA STONE!!!

    Stephanie Kroll · November 27, 2011
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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 Achillias · November 1, 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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  • Ricardo M.

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

    Ricardo Magalhaes · June 15, 2013
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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 Ongkodjojo · 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 Sturrock · June 6, 2010
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  • O. Atilla İ.

    British Museum!

    O. Atilla İlhan · March 30, 2010
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  • Gerry D.

    Wonderful stuff. Incredibly rich collection. Fact is, shouldn't all these be given back to their rightful owners?

    Gerry Diaz Bartolome · August 9, 2014
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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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  • 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 Pol · March 29, 2010
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  • Jack T  👑

    Stunning building with the glass roof!

    Jack T 👑 · August 7, 2014
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  • Vanessoulini ♊

    Thieves! Return the greek marbles! 😡

    Vanessoulini ♊ · May 3, 2014
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  • Alice Yagmur

    BEST MUSEUM EVER ! I <3 mummies !

    Alice Yagmur · August 6, 2013
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  • Kristiana L.

    LOVE IT.... It has everything..

    Kristiana Lulle · 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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  • Milena

    British Museum says: "We stole everything from all around the world, you can see this by visiting me."

    Milena · March 22, 2014
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  • Giorgos A.

    Parthenon marbles do not belong here!!! They belong to the new acropolis museum in athens beside parthenon!!!

    Giorgos A. · February 3, 2014
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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 Marsden · May 26, 2010
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  • Chris 

    Amazing building, great selection of (stolen?) treasures from each and every corner of the earth. Don't miss it!

    Chris  · January 26
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  • Maria B.

    All these fantastic (stolen) items should be returned to the original owners!! Parthenon marbles must go back to Greece at the NEW Acropolis museum!!

    Maria Bl · October 12, 2014
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  • Theresa T 💞

    Was so excited to visit here and see the Egyptian exhibition. Stunning museum

    Theresa T 💞 · August 7, 2014
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  • Delfin English Schools

    One of the world's oldest and one of London's largest museums. Join us on our first timers' walk on Mondays featuring highlights such as the Rosetta Stone, the Parthenon Marbles and Lindow Man.

    Delfin English Schools · July 15, 2014
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  • Erica P.

    One of my faves, the British Museum is the world's oldest museum, opened in 1753. There are countless items dating from prehistory exposed in its 94 galleries, belonging to worldwide civilizations.

    Erica P. · December 26, 2012
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  • Anna T.

    Return the marbles. And put down the ridiculous sign about how you got them. A propaganda against Greece. If you dont have anything to show of your own then show nothing at all.

    Anna Trifonidou · October 12, 2014
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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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  • 🌷🍀 Fondation I.

    Un bel hommage à la culture.

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