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

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 Amazing! For something that’s free to do in London this has to be about top of the list! We arrived at around 11am on a Saturday, there was a very fast moving queue for bag inspection and when we got in the museum was still fairly peaceful- by about 12:30 it started to get very busy. The Asia exhibit was fantastic, extensive number of pieces and very well curated. I felt the Africa exhibit was the opposite: a very random mix of items. I think it’s good to plan what you want to see in advance: there’s so much to see it’s overwhelming!

Penny Eager - 6 hours ago

5 Star Rating Hands down the single best Museum I've ever been to. The sheer amount of history from every corner of the globe contained here is mind blowing. Its also completely free to enter, although I would highly recommend paying the extra fee to enter the special exhibits. You need multiple hours here, if not a few days, to properly see everything here.

Julian Rittmayer - 19 hours ago

5 Star Rating Absolutely amazing history & artifacts. Such an incredible experience to see all of the ancient history in these walls. If you are in London, you really need to stop here and see some of the most breathtaking artifacts you might ever see! All the staff are very friendly & helpful, and its free to enter, all they ask is for a small donation if you can! Loved spending an entire day here and could have come back several days to really take it all in.

Toxic_Tasha - 2 days ago

5 Star Rating Amazing place, but you need to know what you want to see, plan you visit, otherwise you will be overwhelmed. We took 'Meander Bible Tours', they were so interesting using the Bible and exhibits to show us what the Celts were like. Highly recommend both the museum and the tours. Staff were great in the museum, but is very busy. You may have to queue to see a particular exhibit. Planning my next visit.

Terena Harrington - 8 days ago

5 Star Rating This place is amazing to tour either as a tourist or student studying in UK. There is so much to see in this museum that you may need 2-4 days to fully see everything what the British Museum has to offer. There is a lot of exhibits that it is hard to list all of them but it is worth coming here to explore the history behind all the artifacts and exhibits To the best of my knowledge admission is free. However donations would be appreciate to keep the admissions free. Also there is a cafe on the top floor of the museum. The prices are reasonable and the staff are very friendly. I recommend touring the British Museum for both the massive exhibits and afternoon tea.

Richard York - 1 month ago

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