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
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
Ashley A. Aug-17-2019
Beautiful museum! When we first arrived on the premises, we were quite shocked at how long the line extended outside. Although it looked daunting, the line... Read More
Christine S. Aug-01-2019
Honestly this was the least favorite of the museums we visited on our trip to London. I felt it somehow lacked character compared to the V&A or the Natural... Read More
Emily M. Jul-29-2019
I went to a friend's house once and he had a lot of stolen stuff. i felt quite awkward just looking at it. same feeling here 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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