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British Museum

British Museum

History Museum and Art Museum · Bloomsbury
Great Russell St, London, Greater London, WC1B 3DG, United Kingdom
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Closed until 10:00 AM tomorrow (Show more)
  • Mon–Thu, Sat–Sun
    • 10:00 AM–5:30 PM
  • Fri
    • 10:00 AM–8:30 PM
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Yes (incl. American Express)
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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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    DHR.com
    "Don't miss the Rosetta Stone and the collection of mummies."(46 Tips)
    Delfin English Schools
    "Parthenon Marbles and Lindow Man."(16 Tips)
    ilianna
    "Greek and Egyptian exhibits are the best ones."(11 Tips)
    Michelin Travel & Lifestyle
    "Rosetta Stone and the Elgin marbles."(8 Tips)
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  • Cenk G.

    A must-see of course but I always feel like I'm wandering around in a thief's vault. Most of the heritage held in the museum are taken there under colonial possession and actually don't belong there.

    Cenk Gümüşcüoğlu · February 9
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  • Simon

    A must-do if you are visiting London. Just take enough time to enjoy every piece of art. There is a huge variety of artworks, you will surely find something interesting or appealing to you!

    Simon · November 4, 2014
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  • Blue G.

    Take a look at the beautiful Japanese gallery. Beginning with this simple and complete map was the most incredible surprise i could have at the entry, best way to enter into another world!

    Blue Gaugin · October 2, 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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  • Ali A.

    This is indeed one of the best museums in the world! Basically you can find anything you want in there. Don't forget to check out ancient Egypt, Iran (Persia), & Greece.

    Ali Ahi · July 10, 2015
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  • Tamires R.

    This museum has on its focus international culturals all around the world. For me the best part was the Egiptian, upatairs you can see the mummies. The greek part has a lot of sculptures from Partheon

    Tamires Ribeiro · January 19, 2015
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  • Parth A.

    Possibly the best collection of ancient history anywhere in the world. The British Museum is not nearly as expansive as the Louvre but its focus is much more on anthropological heritage than cultural.

    Parth Awasthi · 1 week ago
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  • 3asak

    stunning free entry courtyard with a glass roof. there is plenty of things to see in a day however feel free yourself to skip pathernonrelieferna. that side dirty and damged.

    3asak · May 30, 2015
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  • Olga T.

    The museum is huge!Be sure to read what is in before you go there or the visiting will be useless for you. It shows how Great the Great Britain is. Strong historic place.Don't forget the audio guide.

    Olga Tsybulska · August 14, 2014
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  • Maurice K.

    Go early! Once the tourists start filling in you'll never see more then the tip of the Rosetta Stone! (and the entrance on the other side of the building is a less impressive but easier way to get in

    Maurice Kirschbaum · September 27, 2015
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  • Marlyn Guzman

    The British Museum is a fantastic museum and a beautiful building on its own. If you love museums, you'll love the BM. If you're not a big museum fan, spend a little less time there, but don't miss it

    Marlyn Guzman · October 7, 2010
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  • Sherie S.

    Do your research ahead of time to decide what's important to see. We saw the Pompeii Exhibit and thought it was extremely well done. Great lunch spots and it's worth the trip just to view the space.

    Sherie Swerdlow · April 6, 2014
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  • Fatih K.

    One of the biggest museums in the world. It reflects the domination of UK all over the world throughout recent history. Different pieces from all over the world. Definitely it is worth to be seen

    Fatih Kuran · May 18, 2015
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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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  • A

    favourite museum in London. main hall space, Queen Elizabeth II Great Court, is just gorgeous — raise your eyes on the ceiling. btw, this place contains one of the largest ancient Egypt expositions.

    A · August 30, 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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  • Robert A.

    In any legitimate list of worlds best museums this will be on the list towards the top. You can't miss it. Half the artifacts in any history book that still exist are here. Pretty amazing.

    Robert Accettura · January 2, 2015
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  • David

    Very rich collection of ancient Egyptian, Greek, Roman, European and Asian artefacts. The Rosette stone and Ramses II head are among the most famous pieces. Free WiFi.

    David · June 17, 2015
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  • Bojana N.

    If you have limited time make sure to check in advance which exhibition part is where, as the museum is enormous. Look in the atrium for free maps, they also exist, apart from the £2 ones!

    Bojana Nikolić · August 16, 2014
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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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  • Rachel M.

    My new favorite place. Pillaging aside, the Hutton Soo and Egyptian exhibits are a must see (um, Rosetta Stone anyone?). As is the legendary Crystal Skull, which is on display despite being a fake!

    Rachel Mercer · August 20, 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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  • Elliott B.

    Massive museum. A lot of walking. Not much place to sit. Too much to see in one visit. 3 hours is enough before you want to go. Cafes and restaurant in Grand Court area. Limited tables for those.

    Elliott Brown · August 26, 2015
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  • Bob H.

    The Egyptian rooms often get extremely crowded, but the Middle Eastern pieces on the lower floors are really amazing. The Assyrian works are globally unique, and the China India wing is worth a visit

    Bob Hooker · October 24, 2012
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  • D !.

    I've been in nearly all the major museums of the world, the British museum put all the history at hand for free. Don't forget the Rosetta Stone, The Partenon Frescoes and The Ishtar Door.

    D ! · December 28, 2015
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  • Monsieur S.

    As a long-time admirer of assyrian art (yes, there's a bunch of us left), I enjoyed. A LOT. Plus, there you get to see part of the hammurabi code, the oldest law code in history (1772 BC)

    Monsieur S. · September 17, 2012
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  • Easyart.com

    The British Museum has an amazing collection of non-western art, as well as the unmissable Elgin Marbles and Egyptian art section. They also have occasional Japanese Tea Ceremony demonstrations!

    Easyart.com · April 17, 2012
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  • Dimitris K.

    One of the best museums I have ever been! The best of all is absolutely FREE .. and it's enormous! In addition you can relax by drinking some coffee or eating a snack at the restaurant !

    Dimitris Kotsios · December 12, 2014
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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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  • Richard H.

    Whenever I visit, it is nearly always the unnoticed items that appeal the most - the round granite bowl in the Egyptian section is a prime example - beautifully made from solid stone-but why and how?

    Richard Holder · October 10, 2010
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  • Robert J.

    For parents on the weekend skip coat check and go to the ford family center on-1. Large lockers to put everything in, plus lunch tables. Grab food from one of the cages, plenty of seats here

    Robert Jeffers · January 15, 2012
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  • Matt B.

    If there's a big crowd around the Rosetta Stone, try heading across the way to the Enlightenment gallery. There's a replica of the Stone in there, and - bonus! - this one you're allowed to touch.

    Matt Boothman · August 7, 2012
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  • Charmain L.

    Tried to 4square this, but didn't work. Finally appeared hours later! Anyway, it's worth visiting! Love how the different countries are in separate sections. A must-see if you love history like me! Read more

    Charmain Lee · October 10, 2010
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  • Jack J.

    Pick out your favourite things in the map as soon as you go in. Otherwise after a couple of hours you may get fed up. The section with the mummy's seemed to be very popular - traffic jam alert

    Jack Jenkins · March 8
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  • Augustus Collection

    Whether it’s the Parthenon Sculptures or ancient Egyptian mummies that take your fancy, it can all be found here. And best of all, entry is free! Read more

    Augustus Collection · February 23, 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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  • Adam S.

    Don't try and see it all. Get a map and a cup of tea and work out what you really want to see. I love the displays on Roman Britain, clocks, money and the Ancient Greek friezes.

    Adam Smith · October 14, 2010
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  • Martin T.

    14 February: Seek out Aphrodite on St Valentine's Day. At the heart of the Ancient Greece & Rome section is a romantic version of Aphrodite, goddess of love, showing her crouching at her bath.

    Martin Tiedemann · July 17, 2012
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  • GoToMidtown

    You are either about to enter or have just enjoyed the UK's #1 tourist attraction. You are only a few dozen paces away from another popular spot for tourists: the GoToMidtown Information Centre Read more

    GoToMidtown · August 23, 2012
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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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  • National Maritime M.

    The 16th-century mechanical galleon clock from the ‘History of the World in 100 Objects’ project once shuffled along imperial banquet tables playing music and firing cannons. Find your maritime story. Read more

    National Maritime Museum · July 11, 2011
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  • Will B.

    Wonderful museum, with much to see and adore! Free entrance fee. You'll get to know everything about the civilization of places, such as Greece, Cyprus, Egypt and Messopotamia and Italy!

    Will Belford · September 18, 2013
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  • MissRachelle D.

    Call in advance to go to the Prints and Drawings room. They will give you desk space and over see your viewing of some of the greatest artist in history, up close and private

    MissRachelle D · October 29, 2010
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  • Salwan F.

    Lots and lots of Ancient Egyptian stuff, but you'll find a lot about Persian, Assyrian, Roman, Greek and Asian as well....mind you they took all of these, they weren't acquired...

    Salwan Finj · June 12, 2015
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  • Cynthia W.

    For yound kids, head to the Paul Hamlyn Library for some chill out time reading on the rug in the kiddies' corner. Small area but the librarian was very attentive. Great to get away from the tourist

    Cynthia Wei · August 8, 2010
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  • Henrique X.

    Huge museum with crafts from all over the world. Free entrance, no fuss to go in and out, so there is no need to make it worth. Enjoy it as a stroll in the park!

    Henrique Xavier · January 25, 2015
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  • A H.

    Maybe one of the biggest history museum in the world. One day NOT enough to explore all section of this museum. Free admission except special exhibition #Traveling #London

    A Hazet · July 21, 2015
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  • Jenna A.

    An amazing collection overall. You could spend days wandering this museum. It can get very busy in the summer, but in the off season it's a slice of museum heaven.

    Jenna Anderson · October 9, 2014
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  • Victoria K.

    Do not miss a chance to see Shakespeare's own writings, the first folio, Southampton's portrait... etc. Parts of the plays recorded for this exhibition by the actors of RSC help you to feel the magic.

    Victoria Kinney · September 18, 2012
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  • John K.

    To cover the entire museum, you would probably need 2 days at the very minimum. Try arriving early to avoid the crowds. Short walk from Tottenham Court Road tube station.

    John Kow · August 25, 2014
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