British Museum
People waiting in the hall of British Museum, London
People waiting in the hall of British Museum, London

British Museum Tours and Tickets

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Founded in 1753, the British Museum is London's largest and most visited museum. Its gigantic permanent collection includes over 8 million historical artifacts, with everything from ancient Egyptian hieroglyphs and mummies to Roman treasures. A veritable temple of history and culture, the museum is best known for its Ancient Greek sculptures, the world-famous Rosetta Stone, and the 12th-century Lewis chessmen.

  • Open daily 10am - 5:30pm
  • Great Russell St., Bloomsbury, London, Greater London, WC1B 3DG

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Steve_Z, Nov 2023
British Museum Highlights Tour
An absolutely superb "highlights" private tour of the museum. Highly recommend if you've never been in the British Museum before OR simply want to see the highlights within a 2+ hour range of time. Our guide as friendly, personable, extremely knowledgeable and a lot of fun. I give this tour an A+.
Emily_C, Nov 2023
Great tour and guide!
Our guide, Serena, was fantastic! She answered the phone in the morning. She was waiting where she said she would be. She told us fascinating facts and was so great at explaining everything. We feel lucky to have had her as our guide. It was a great tour and the British Museum is definitely worth going to!
SylviaMarcela_G, Nov 2023
Our tour guide was fabulous. Having a tour guide makes a huge difference.
Visiting museums and learning about cultures and history is one of my favorite things to do. The British museum is a beautiful place. Our tour guide was fabulous. Having a tour guide makes a huge difference.
Valerie_H, Sep 2023
A Must Do!
Jake was a fantastic tour guide! Incredibly knowledgeable and readily able to answer any and all questions. We had actually been to the British Museum (solo) about six years ago and please know that a guided tour is the way to go! We saw and understood way more than before. The National Gallery part of the tour was superb as Jake had written his dissertation on Vasquez. Perfect experience!
Frequently Asked Questions
Q:What are British Museum hours of operation?
British Museum hours of operation: Open daily 10am - 5:30pm. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Q:Should I book British Museum tickets in advance?
We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since British Museum can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
Q:How much does it cost to visit British Museum 2024?
Currently, an entrance ticket to British Museum costs USD 172.77. Guided British Museum tours start around USD 172.77 per person.
People Also Ask
Q:How long does it take to tour the British Museum?
A:It takes around three hours to complete the Museum Trail—a route suggested by the British Museum. This covers the museum’s highlights, such as the Rosetta Stone and Parthenon sculptures, and reveals artifacts from across human history. There’s also an express 1-hour route if you're short on time.
Q:Is there a dress code for the British Museum?
A:No, there is no dress code for the British Museum. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes, as the museum’s colossal size means you’ll be doing plenty of steps, and take some lightweight layers—in the summer, the atrium can get hot. You must undergo a quick security check on entry if you take a bag.
Q:What is the best day to visit the British Museum?
A:The best day to visit the British Museum is Wednesday, outside European school holidays. Most European travelers spend a long weekend in London—typically from Thursday to Tuesday—so you'll miss the majority. Alternatively, head to the museum early and spread out your visits over a few days.
Q:Can you bring water to the British Museum?
A:You can't bring food and drinks into the museum, as you cannot consume anything inside the galleries. You can, however, eat and drink in the museum forecourt or in the on-site cafe, where you can buy hot and cold drinks and a selection of European-style snacks.
Q:Is it cold inside the British Museum?
A:Depending on which part of the British Museum you’re in, you might experience temperatures ranging from warm to slightly colder. On hot days, the sun tends to stream through the glass-paneled atrium, making it feel much warmer. Take an extra layer and a bottle of water to account for all climates.
Q:Are there restrooms at the British Museum?
A:Yes, there are restrooms at the British Museum. You’ll find accessible toilets on the museum’s three floors, which you can travel between using the stairs or the elevator. There are also baby changing facilities, baby feeding stations, and a cloakroom.