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
Many tourist attractions are temporarily closed due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Please verify any opening hours below with the attraction before visiting.
- 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
Susan L. Mar-18-2020
The British Museum will be closed until further notice, due to the coronavirus situation. Read More
CC B. May-12-2020
We loved the British Museum! This place is huge. I made the mistake of wearing uncomfortable shoes and I was so miserable I didn't get to see everything... Read More
David S. Jan-15-2020
When they say it's $Free.99 to get in to the British Museum, well you just can't pass on that, now can you? They have a descent collection of artifacts, I... 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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