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The British Museum - London

The British Museum, London
The British Museum, London

The British Museum opened on January 15, 1759. It was the first national public museum in the world. Today, it’s one of London’s most popular museums, drawing over six million visitors a year. It’s one of the world’s largest and most interesting museums. And home to over eight million objects spanning the history of the world’s cultures, including the Egyptian Statue of Ramessess II and The Rosetta Stone. With over 23 galleries, there’s so much to see. So plan on spending at least one day, if not two, to see everything. It makes a fun and educational day out with your family. 

Sutton Hoo and Europe – Room 41

The popular 2021 Netflix movie “The Dig” depicts the historic Sutton Hoo excavation. It led to one of the most extraordinary discoveries in British archaeology. The Anglo-Saxon ship burial and its chamber was filled with hundreds of priceless treasures. It was discovered in 1939 beneath a large burial mound at Sutton Hoo, in Suffolk, UK. The finds were donated to the British Museum that year. Today, visitors from around the world come to admire the gallery’s stunning centerpiece.

Free Guided Gallery Tours & Gallery Talks

The British Museum offers a range of free 90-minute Guided Gallery Tours and 45-minute Gallery Talks with guest speakers and curators, plus daily Audio Tours.

Museum Restaurant

The Great Court Restaurant, located on the upper floor, has a spectacular glass-and-steel roof. Open daily for lunch, afternoon tea (and dinner on Fridays). The museum also features several cafes.

Nearest Underground Stations

Tottenham Court Road, Goodge Street, Holborn and Russell Square.

More Info

The British Museum is located on Great Russell Street. Open daily 10am-5pm. Free admission. Check the museum’s website for more info on its galleries, special exhibitions and events.

The British Museum

Book British Museum and London Sightseeing Tours & Day Trips

Get a Skip-the-Line British Museum Guided Tour and enjoy priority access without waiting in long lines, especially during peak tourist season. Follow your guide on a tour of the museum’s highlights. See Egyptian mummies and ancient sculptures. Or book a Private Tour with your own art historian guide and have fun exploring this flagship London museum.

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