Admission to the British Museum is FREE. Opened in 1795 it is still the Britain's most popular museum, enjoyed by more than six million visitors every year.
The British museum, centred around the Great Court, provides an overview of the development of human culture, illustrated by items from all of the world's major civilizations.
With some 2 miles of galleries the British Museum provides visitors with a unique opportunity to compare the treasures of world cultures under one roof. The museum is to big to let you see everything in one day..
You could plan your tour of the British Museum to see the Rosetta Stone from Egypt, ( the object that finally enabled scholars to decipher hieroglyphics ), the Elgin. ( or Parthenon ), Marbles from Ancient Greece or a 7th-century Saxon ship burial and it's treasure from Sutton Hoo, in Suffolk. contd...
The British Museum has so much more to see; giants heads from Easter Island, mummies from Egyptian tombs, totem poles from Canada, Chinese sculptures, Roman statues, and African art are part of a list of exhibits that goes on and on.
The British Museum stages temporary exhibitions, often in the circular reading room in the Great Court, and details of these an be found on the museums website.
Eye Opener Tours
The British Museums Eye Opener gallery tours, led by volunteer guides, are short tours (30–40 minutes each) introducing you to different areas of the Museum's collection.
These tours are free and a timetable can be found here.
Visiting with Children
Free daily activities for children make the British Museum a great place for all the family to visit.
Visiting the British Museum
British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG
( Alternative entrance in Montague Place )
Admission to the British Museum is FREE
British Museum Opening Times
Saturday – Thursday
Museum open: 10:00 - 17:30
Galleries start closing 17:20.
Museum open, 10:00 – 20:30
Galleries start closing 20:20
Museum is closed Good Friday and
24 - 27 December
Getting to the British Museum by public transport
Underground stations closest to the British Museum:
- Tottenham Court Road (500m)
- Holborn (500m)
- Russell Square (800m)
- Goodge Street (800m)
There is limited parking in the Museum's forecourt for disabled visitors only. Museum is in congestion charge zone.
Numbers of buses that stop near the museum:
Numbers: 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242
Stop on New Oxford Street
Numbers: 10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390
Stop northbound on Tottenham Court Road,
southbound on Gower Street
Number: 59, 68, X68, 91, 168, 188
Stop on Southampton Row