Established in 1735 and located in Bloomsbury, the British Museum is amongst some of London’s most notable museums and is home to a permanent collection of 8 million works! The museum is one of the largest and most comprehensive sights in existence, with its artefacts widely sourced during the reign of the British Empire, with the aim to document the story of human culture from the past to the present.
The museum is a perfect location for anyone who is interested in ancient and international histories such as Egyptian, Greek and Roman as it’s a unique collection that cannot to be missed!
This museum is free to enter. However, any exhibitions that are on may be ticketed and must be purchased from the ticket stool located in the Great Court.
Open from 10am- 5:30pm everyday but Friday when the museum extends its opening time to 10am-8:30pm.
Yes, photography is allowed in the museum, however please be weary of the flash due to the age of some of the artefacts.
Yes, located in certain rooms this museum does have interactive technology which enables visitors to investigate the wider histories of the artefacts on display.
Facilities for kids:
The museum offers exciting free trails for children to follow around the museum, as well as free gallery activity backpacks – pop to the families’ desk in the Great court for more information and to pick up these packs.
Art materials such as crayons, pencils and pads are also available to borrow from the desk, as well as a family guide of the museum and a hidden objects trail in which children must uncover the hidden gems in which the museum holds!
Yes, guides are available at the museum and are located in most rooms. A map of the museum is available upon entry (recommended donation of £2).
Yes, audio guides are available at a fee of £7 per adult and £6 for concession. They are also available in 10 different languages.
Top 3 things not to be missed:
1. Rosetta Stone.
Of course this wouldn’t be a guide to the British Museum without mentioning the Rosetta Stone! Located in the ‘Ancient Egypt and Sudan’ department in the Grand Court, the Rosetta Stone is perhaps the museums most famous and most visited exhibit and people can always be found surrounding it and taking pictures.
The Rosetta Stone is a granodiorite stele (a form of slab which was erected in the ancient world as a monument, usually used for funerary of commemorative purposes) and is perhaps one of the world’s most famous Ancient artefacts. Created on behalf of King Ptolemy V in 196 BC, the Rosetta stone is an important composition of three decrees in Egyptian hieroglyphic script, Demotic script (used in the Nile delta) and Ancient Greek.
The stone was rediscovered in 1799 by a French soldier named Pierre-Francois Bouchard during the Napoleonic campaign in Egypt, but was re-possessed by the British in 1802 following a French defeat in battle. The stone has been on public display at the British Museum, almost continuously, since 1802.
2. Easter Island Statue.
This Basalt statue known as Hoa Hakananai’a (meaning lost or stolen friend) is from Easter Island, a Chilean Island in the south-eastern Pacific Ocean. Popularised in movies such as ‘Night at the Museum’ trilogy, these statues were erected to represent an ancestral figure, or ‘Moai’.
It is understood that the erecting of these stone sculptures took place between AD 1100 and 1600, with the size and complexity of the Moai increasing over time. Experts believe this statue dates to around AD 1200.
3. Statue of Ramesses the Great.
As one of Ancient Egypt’s most famous and successful Pharaohs (as his name subtly suggests!), this statue of Ramesses II was erected and placed in the Ramesseum, his mortuary temple (a place of worship for a deceased Pharaoh, where food and objects were offered to them for their journey in the afterlife) where the cult of Ramesses worshiped for centuries.
This specific statue was designed to present him as a beneficent ruler, a mighty warrior and a living god. – see if you can find him in Room 4 on the ground floor!
Food and Drink facilities:
Yes, the museum has a variety food and drink facilities. The Court Café and Pizzeria which are both located on the ground floor, and the Great Court Restaurant which gives visitors to dine under the magnificent roof of the Great Court – a sight to behold for sure.
Yes, free tours are available in most departments of the museum. Be sure to look out for the tour sign and times when visiting the department, you wish to tour in more depth.
The nearest tubes are Tottenham Court Road (500m), Holborn (500m), Russell Square (800m) and Goodge Street (800m).
1, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242 (1)
Stop on New Oxford Street.
10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390 (2)
Stop northbound on Tottenham Court Road,
southbound on Gower Street.
59, 68, X68, 91, 168, 188.
The British Museum, Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG.
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Visitors who are Deaf or hard of hearing:
The British Sign Language guide is available free of charge for deaf or hard of hearing visitors. Tours in BSL are also provided for some special exhibitions – just ask at the audio guide desk in the Great Court for more information.
Induction loops operate in the Clore Centre and information Desk and sound enhancement systems with portable induction loops are available for most gallery talks and highlights tours.
Visitors who are Blind or partially sighted:
An audio descriptive guide is available free of charge for blind or partially sighted visitors and is also available for some special exhibitions.
Visitors with Mobility Impairments:
Wheelchairs are available at both entrances to the museum and must be pre-booked before visiting. Guide and assistance dogs are also welcome at the museum, as well as self-operable lifts upon entrance to the museum.
The majority of galleries and exhibitions are fully accessible, and there are a limited number of parking spaces available for disabled visitors (please book spaces in advance due to these limitations).