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British Museum

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...

Great Court at the British Museum. British Museum, Great Court

giant head from the Easter Islands at the British MuseumThe 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

By Tube
Underground stations closest to the British Museum:

- Tottenham Court Road (500m)
- Holborn (500m)
- Russell Square (800m)
- Goodge Street (800m)

By Car
There is limited parking in the Museum's forecourt for disabled visitors only. Museum is in congestion charge zone.

By Bus
Numbers of buses that stop near the museum:

Numbers: 1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242
spacer Stop on New Oxford Street

Numbers: 10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390
spacerStop northbound on Tottenham Court Road,
spacersouthbound on Gower Street

Number: 59, 68, X68, 91, 168, 188
spacerStop on Southampton Row

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