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The British Museum

On this page you find practical information, photos and videos about The British Museum.

The British Museum features in these preplanned City Guides:

3-day London City Guide5-day London City Guide

Why visit / Interesting facts:

  • Oldest museum in the world
  • One of the world's best known museums
  • Fascinating collection of treasures and artifacts from all over the world

Time required: 100 minutes

Phone: +44 20 7323 8299

Web site: http://www.thebritishmus...

Opening hours:

Time period Opening hours
Daily: 10am - 5:30pm
Fridays: 9am - 8:30pm
Jan 1, Dec 24-26: Closed


Ticket type Charge
General: Free

Public transport:

  • Central Line: Tottenham Court Road station
  • Northern Line: Tottenham Court Road station

Address: Great Russell Street, London, WC1B 3DG

Photos: (see more photos)

Photo: fmpgoh

Things you need to know:

  • British Museum is the oldest museum in the world that was opened in 1753
  • The museum was started with Sir Hans Sloane's donations
  • Its collection includes more then 6 million items spanning 1.8 million years
  • The displays include the Rosetta Stone, the colossal bust of Ramesses II and Parthenon Sculptures
  • Its present Classical building was completed in 1850
  • The Great Court, the central courtyard, was covered with a glass dome and opened in 2000

What to do there:

  • Follow this 1 hour highlights tour recommended by the British Museum (do not forget to download it and print it out)

Tips & Insights:

  • Free eyeOpener gallery tours: 30-40 minutes tours introducing different areas of the Museum's collection, led by volunteer guides
  • Multimedia guide is avaible for £5 (separate one for kids)
  • Nice caf├ęs are located in the Great Court

The British Museum features in these preplanned City Guides: