British Museum

The British Museum features a massive collection exceeding 7 million items from around the world

Entrance to the British Museum
Entrance to the British Museum cc licensed photo by Juan de Dios Santander Vela

Founded in 1753, the British Museum features a massive collection that exceeds 7 million items which come from all over the world, representing and revealing human history and culture from its origins all the way to the present.

The British Museum is constructed around a central courtyard (pictured below) which is completely covered with a roof made of 1656 individually shaped glass panes set in a steel frame. This is the largest covered courtyard in all of Europe. The front facade is of Greek Revival Style featuring 44 columns that are 45 feet in height. The museum has nearly 100 different galleries covering over 800,000 square feet.

Since the British Museum is a national museum it has free admission and is open daily, making it a great place to visit if travelling on a budget. The museum also has rotating exhibitions, however there is an admission charge to view them.

For more information about the British Museum as well as exhibitions and hours see the official website link above.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

Currently Closed

Hours This Week:
  • Monday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Tuesday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Wednesday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Thursday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Friday: 10:00 AM – 8:30 PM
  • Saturday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM
  • Sunday: 10:00 AM – 5:30 PM

Address: Great Russell St, Bloomsbury, London WC1B 3DG, UK

Phone: 020 7323 8299

Official Website: British Museum

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Directions

Tube Line Nearest Station Walking Time
Northern and Central LinesTottenham Court Road5 Minutes
Piccadilly LineHolborn8 Minutes

How to get to British Museum by Tube

From Tottenham Court Road Station exit onto Tottenham Court Road and go left (north), then right on Great Russell Street. The museum is a couple of blocks ahead on your left.

From Holborn Station exit onto Kingsway and go right (north), then left on High Holborn, then right on Southampton, then left on Bloomsbury Way, then right on Bloomsbury Square, then left on Great Russell Street. The museum is just ahead on your right.

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Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5The British Museum Star Rating

5 Star Rating Absolutely incredible museum and a must-visit location for anyone in London. However, be warned that you need to plan to be here for HOURS or make two trips. It has that much packed inside. I would seriously advise picking up a museum map to help identify the places/pieces you'd most like to see. Be warned, the museum is likely to be filled with people. However, there is lots of space and traffic moves quickly throughout.

Ryan Cleary - 12 hours ago

5 Star Rating What is there to say? It's The British Museum and entrance is free. Thousands of years of history, lovingly preserved to be seen by all. For Christians visiting, I highly recommend buying from the museums bookshop or Information desks the guide book "Through the British Museum with the Bible" and seeing where Scripture and observed history validate each other. Superb!

Paul C - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Never been here before this visit I did last month but it was good. The layout to the museum and signs to each sections are well placed. The staff who work here are helpful and kind. Only issue I have is when it wasn’t busy outside (the time I was there) the entrance barriers could of been opened up to allow easy access rather than navigating though 100 of them side to side. Overall nice finish to my visit to London, if your interested and are visiting London I would recommend.

Peakee - 3 days ago

5 Star Rating Now this is a world class museum and is a MUST visit in London. Firstly unlike some of the other London museums the combination of old building a new is not only beautiful to look at but it enables the museum to handle crowds a lot easier than say the natural history museum does. Once you have entered the main hub of the building which is massive and spectacular and seen the crowds that is the last time you'll see them. There are so many ways to go from the hub into some many different exhibits that is quickly disperses the crowds. Unlike say the natural history museum the British museum is much less of a maze with everything in a logical grid layout so you don't miss anything and if you do get lost just head back to the hub to find your bearings. Although it's called the British museum it's actually more a history of the world museum looking at the growth of civilization in different areas of the world. So exhibits are laid out based on culture, for example ancient Greece, Egypt, Africa etc. This museum has some stunning examples from all these cultures so bring your camera. This museum is open from 10-5 most days and I'd advise being here for 10 as if you haven't been before it is easily an all day place. They have several restaurants and coffee places scattered about the museum with different menus (my favourite is the pizzeria found over in the ancient Greece area) but expect those near the hub to be the busiest. This museum probably has the largest gift shop in all of the London museums so plenty of opportunities to get gifts. If you fancy some shopping after your visit the museum is only 10 mins walk from one end of Oxford Street which stays open till 10 weekdays

Richard Fulford - 11 days ago

5 Star Rating One of the best museums in the whole world. I do not recommend it if you do not have much time since it is huge and there are many things in each room. It is very worth visiting, a necessary place if you are in London. And it's free. There are many cultures and highlights the Egyptian. The souvenir shop is quite good, has a low price (well, it is high but compared to other museums the price is generally cheap).

Oussama Rakye - 13 days ago

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