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
Official Website: British MuseumFee: Yes
- 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
Great Russell Street
London WC1B 3DG
Phone: +44 20 7323 8299
mark k. Apr-21-2019
This place is absolutely brilliant. I spent 3 hours in the Egyptian section alone. You could easily spend 2 days in there if you wanted to see... Read More
David B. Apr-18-2019
Absolutely one of the world's great museums. Everyone raves about the Elgin Marbles and the Rosetta Stone, and rightfully so, however there's lots more of... Read More
Annelot N. Apr-10-2019
The British Museum is very impressive - definitely a required stop for any visit to London. There are many large exhibits with an expansive amount of... Read More
Accommodations near British Museum:
|Tube Line||Nearest Station||Walking Time|
|Northern and Central Lines||Tottenham Court Road||5 Minutes|
|Piccadilly Line||Holborn||8 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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