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 below.

Facts For Your Visit

Fee: Yes

British Museum Hours:
Opening hours may differ on holidays

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

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

Phone: 020 7323 8299

Official Website: British Museum

British Museum Reviews

Rated 4.7 out of 5 Star Rating

5 Star Rating A remarkable journey through the annals of world history and civilization. With its awe-inspiring architecture, grand statues, and captivating exhibits, it’s truly a sight to behold. From ancient mummies to priceless artifacts, there’s an abundance of treasures to discover within its walls. The cleanliness and maintenance of a place can significantly enhance the overall experience. The well-maintained toilet facilities further contribute to the positive impression, ensuring that guests can freshen up comfortably.
Dhibin Suresh - a month ago

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3 Star Rating It was an okay experience. The collection was good. It could be better planned in terms of layout. The place was fairly crowded. We got free tickets, but you may check the entry fee. There are eateries, toilets inside. The place is accessible to someone on wheel chair.
Rajesh Chhatre - 3 weeks ago

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5 Star Rating We thought this would be, somehow, a boring museum. But for us was a surprise. Very fresh items that we haven't seen elsewhere (especially Cleopatra's mummy :))), a lot of objects gathered from occupied territories, the Easter Island statue, the African art...they all impressed us. Take your time to visit this museum, it will last a while - around 4 hours (and we almost skipped the greek and romans since we saw these in Rome and Athens). Worth visiting.
Raluca Berescu - 2 weeks ago

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4 Star Rating This is an excellent museum and FREE. However the downside is, as it is free it is extremely busy and hard to move around and see things which is why I have it 4 and not 5 stars. If you have pre-booked your ticket it is a different entrance from walk ins, on different streets. Make sure you are in the correct queue
J Wood - a week ago

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5 Star Rating Incredible. So many items from so many countries. Yes, it’s crowded of course but you’ll still see plenty. We went at 10:30am on a Saturday and the lines were organized and we eventually made it in right at an hour. Reserve at the restaurant early for lunch. Reserve a free ticket for quicker entry. If I was to go again, I’d make a list of what I wanted to see then download the map and mark them. It’s massive!!
Carl Doane - a month ago

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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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