The British Museum in London is one of the largest museums in the world, with over eight million items in its collection. The museum is home to some of the most famous artifacts in human history, including the Rosetta Stone and the Elgin Marbles. The British Museum was founded in 1753, and since then has been one of the most popular tourist destinations in London. The museum is free to enter, and its collections span a wide range of human history and culture.
🕒 Opening hours
Our opening hours are daily, 10.00–17.00 (Fridays: 20.30)
Last entry: 16.00 (Fridays: 19.30)
- Box Office: 10.00–16.50, Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays)
- Cloakroom: 10.00–17.00 (20.30 on Fridays). Last deposit is one hour before closing.
- Families Desk: 10.00–12.30 and 13.15–16.30, weekends and London Borough of Camden school holidays only.
- Ford Centre for Young Visitors: 10.00–16.30, weekends and London Borough of Camden school holidays only
- Galleries: 10.00–17.00 (please note: we begin clearing galleries 10 minutes before they close)
- Great Court: 10.00–17.30 (Fridays 20.30)
- Guide Desk: 10.00–16.30
- Information Desk: 10.00–17.00
- Ticket Desk: 10.00–16.30
The Museum is closed 24–26 December.
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🗣️ The British Museum: Reviews
The entry to the museum was well organized and easy to get in. Once you enter the building, you'll see how grand the Great Court is. They have pieces from all around the world (North America, Africa, Europe, Asia, etc.) The museum is nicely laid out and you spend all day walking around...starting from the top floor or the bottom floor. Visited on Weekend Wait time Up to 10 min Reservation recommended Yes … More
Don’t tell The Louvre but thus far, this was my favourite museum in Europe. I was shocked and surprised at the quality of exhibits and vast array of subject matter. The British Museum did not disappoint and I highly recommend checking it out if you’ve any interest in art, culture, history or happiness. Wander the halls and take the day to explore all the amazing wonders you come across. Don’t miss the Rosetta Stone!
I really enjoyed my short visit! This is a FREE place to visit and it is amazing! However, they have travelling exhibitions that do cost a fee (buy those in advance) and depending on your interests, they are definitely worth the money!). I could spend days looking at everything and reading all the information about them in this place! But not only are the artefacts beautiful and interesting but so is the buildings architecture. So beautiful just sitting in the area with the cafe and shop and enjoying the mix of sandstone and modern architecture. Stunning! My recommendation is to go to the northern Entrance as there was hardly anyone there when I went. But I went at 3pm on a Sunday when it closes at 5pm! So definitely check it out for yourself. Two hours was not enough! There is so much to see!
I’ve been to the British Museum several times during my life, it’s always a pleasure. It reminds you of the classes you take in middle school. Other visitors were pleasant and made efforts to be accommodating. It’s always a bit of a crowd. Photos are allowed without flash. I had just myself and a wallet in my pocket and the guards let me bypass the whole security check line.
This is the place where you MUST visit when you are in London. This is my destination on the first day I arrived London, spectacular moment and amazing history with lots of artifacts in one place. The museum is so huge that probably you need half a day to complete everything. I gave up after 2 hours as there are too many things to view and enjoy the history which is really good. Highly Recommended!
This place is mind blowing. There is so much I would almost recommend splitting it up over 2 days... If you a museum fan your in for a treat Becuase there are so many things to see here. It takes you around the world with what I can only assume is 10s of billions of pounds worth of treasures. I 100% recommend this 5 out of 5 museum!!
An absolutely amazing place and I got learn a lot more about my culture and have a deeper & greater appreciation for it. There were too many areas to check out and 1 whole day wouldn't be enough. I highly recommend to come to the British Museum at least once in your life
I went here on a Saturday afternoon. There was a bit of a queue at the start but it moves quickly. On the inside it’s such an of an impressive museum. There is so much to see and you definitely need a couple of hours here don’t miss the Rosetta Stone and the mummies. Also don’t miss out on the Greek section. It’s amazing that they don’t charge you to see everything.
Great place to see what the British stole from around the world. To be able to see the original Rosetta Stone (Egypt has the replica of course), was exciting for my children. Magnificent displays. Admission is free as it should be considering it’s the museum of the world artifacts. They should invest in centralized air. Visited on Weekday Wait time 1 hr+ Reservation recommended No … More
Been there at the opening time, but I've never seen this museum with so few people. Took advantage of having little tourists and took a lot of pictures. I had booked a free ticket but was not asked to show anything. There were queues before the bag search but it was pretty smooth. People with no bags could just walk through a difficult aisle. It's really spacious and there are lots of benches to sit and rest. The main cafe and restaurant were open but small coffee bars were closed. The souvenir shop gave me 20% off voucher valid for only today, so if you are planning to buy something more than one, you probably want to buy one first and the rest with the voucher. Great museum with historical items, large and small and all. Just can't believe you can just walk in without paying. Utterly impressive.
Amazing experience and all for free! The history of the museum and its additions is a story within itself. The Egyptian section really tapped into imagining what life was like for them. The original museum building being staged how it was originally designed to be used was an insight into society and their interpretation of other cultures at that time. Absolutely fantastic and a Covid safe place to visit. It's hard to describe all the magnificent collections, you'll need to visit yourself
A great museum with an ocean of history, culture and art dating back to the early days of human civilization and extending to modern era. This is a museum that will take good number of hours to explore and have good understanding of the collection of historical works and items. A whole day will be suggested to tour the entire museum. There is no ticket to enter the museum, however, the souvenirs in the shops seemed expensive to me. I had a sole 3+ hours in the museum today but i will go back some day again in future to get a decent souvenir and keep in my collection.
Entry is free to the British Museum. There are headsets available for self guided tours. This is something I'd recommend if you want to go at your own pace. There are also tours with real guides, or you can just browse on your own as there is lots of information displayed next to the artifacts. The museum is huge and I would definitely recommend spending the whole day inside. Wear comfortable shoes. There is also a gift shop with lots of fun souvenirs and goodies as well as a book section with titles in multiple languages. There are also multiple points where you can make an optional donation towards the museum if you are so inclined. Great experience!
This is definitely worth a visit if you are in London. Just the whole scale of the museum is overwhelming as it doesn’t look that big from the outside but when you actually enter and walk around it feels as if it never ends (in a good way!) There are so many artifices from all over the world in just this one place and they all have a unique story that is worth while reading about. You can learn so much from each item and I felt as no item was out of place. The book shop allows you to learn more about the museum and the items you are interested in. Would definitely give it a go.
The British museum is my favourite museum. If you are in London Town and you are wondering what museum is going to give you the most bang for your buck (as in worth your time - the museum is free) it’s going to be the British museum. Here are the reasons why: 1. it’s so extensive and fascinating you won’t be bored. 2. The staff are passionate about their work and very friendly! 3. The tea rooms and restaurants are great! 4. The gift shop is cool. 5. It feels like you are traveling to different countries and your preconceived ideas of the world are challenged because you’ll learn about the art, culture and sophistication of countries you probably pass by in your everyday life. In short go to the British Museum kids!
Just WOW. Paradise for the curious mind. So much history, culture, mythology, education, and archeological discoveries and more packed under one roof. Be prepared to spend hours at the museum. I recently visited the feminine power exhibition and was not disappointed! A definite must visit for all museum lovers. They have a small cafe within the museum that’s well stocked with sandwiches and cakes. Plenty of food options around the museum as well. Great place to visit with family, like minded friends, or for a solo adventure back in time.
What can I say about this place! Absolutely incredible exposition. I mean I'll skip the ethical part and just say that it was incredible to see all the pieces they have. Also, the restaurant at the top is really great! We had an afternoon tea with a few pastries and it was great! Highly recommend to go for at least half a day if not a full day!
This is one of those attractions that is free to the public, except special exhibitions which you may have to pay, that is a credit to the city of London. I love visiting here because not only is it a beautiful building but it is jam packed with numerous items from several periods of history including those that map the British past events along with world discoveries. There are guide books in several languages along with gifts from each area of the displays, a cafe, toilet facilities and seating areas are easy to access, clean, tidy and well maintained. There is clearly a substantial amount of material to observe, too much in my view for one visit, which is why I keep going back especially for Egyptian history. There are a number of places that you can donate and you may wish to join the membership which also helps with the financial support. A truly wonderful experience and totally recommended.
Just excellent! Discover two million years of human history and culture in this public museum with an interactive experience through time, continents and cultures, featuring some of the most fascinating objects in human history. One of the best museums of the world with the Rosetta stone, mummies being the prime attraction! Don't forget to checkout their limited time exhibits! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ 5/5
The British Museum is a great place to visit if you're interested in history or art. The museum has an incredible collection of artifacts from all over the world. I was particularly impressed by the Iraqi and the Egyptian collection. The museum is also very well-organized and easy to navigate. I would definitely recommend a visit to the British Museum.
Astonishingly massive archaeological collection of items throughout human history. There are more items than you can browse in one day. To the main exhibition there's free entrance, but there are also changing exhibitions in the middle which you need to pay for. Absolutely mandatory to visit for anyone who has slightest interest towards the archaeological history of our planet. There was no queue on Friday evening, but it is highly recommended to book an entrance ticket in advance.
Another wonderful museum in London! The queue was long but moved fast. Astonishing collection and artifacts. Egypt Mummy was interesting section. It's a huge museum be there early. They have about 8 million artifacts all around the world so that what I loved to see everything under 1 roof. The library is interesting and insightful ! Bravo to the Curators.
Honestly, if you take one thing away from this review, please just try visiting the museum. I'm not the type of person to enjoy history and I haven't been enjoying museums either, however this happened to be right next to my hotel and since the admission was free, I just went straight in. You don't need to book tickets for the place because it took be around 20m to get in without it. The moment you step inside, your faced with a beautiful ceiling and I just thought I should go in one room. 3 hours later I came our of the other side of the museum with a big smile on my face. There is truly something fascinating for everyone here and everything is interconnected and huge. They have memorable items like the Rosetta stone and everything there is so we'll kept it's honestly so impressive. I'm so happy I gave this place a try and everyone else should too. They are also really well adapted for wheelchairs and you can visit the entire museum through the lift.
Make sure you arrive 20-30 minutes before your planned visit time, as the 'Q' is too long. Been with kids . Lots of rooms/ galleries inside. May feel like you are lost at times. Lovely entrance and front area. Lots of facilities available inside. So many things to see inside this magnificent museum. Visited on Weekday Wait time 10–30 min Reservation recommended Yes … More
Very beautiful museum. It is free which is a big plus and it's very well located in London. Very diverse expositions as well. Very big focus on Egypt and mummies so if you like that I definitely recommend going there, but even if not there are plenty of other countries represented here so everyone will find something they like!
One of the must places to visit when in London. The array of history within this extremely huge and attractive museum is truly mind blowing. One is captivated to every artifact and there isn't enough time to give every piece its due concentration as there's so much to see. I went during the heatwave and though quite uncomfortable at times it didn't put me off my visit as there's a cafeteria for refreshments when needed, and once replenished back to the exhibits.
A great museum with excellent exhibitions. Particularly noteworthy is the Rosetta Stone. A visit is highly recommended. Admission is free of charge. However, we should book our free ticket and a time slot in advance. When we were at the museum at the specified time, there was a very long queue and we were asked to line up, despite prior reservation. Then all those waiting were allowed in at the same time. The museum was therefore very very crowded. The previous time slot booking therefore makes no sense. Perhaps the museum should regulate admission differently.
Excellent experience. Beautiful place outside and inside. Many interesting collections. Enough to do here for a whole day.. Download the app and you have your personal audio guide for all the exhibits throughout the museum. Food and drink is sold on site, and a nice gift shop to get yourself a memoir. Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Yes … More
Fantastic. Fascinating. Unreal. You get to experience so many different cultures and histories in one place. A place many will find themselves keep getting back on a Sunday morning and only leave when they close in spite of the long queue EVERY time. Time well spent, you won’t regret a minute of it if you are someone fascinated by culture and history.
So much incredible history under one roof. Definitely one of the greatest collections of art and artifacts in the world. I mean, the Rosetta Stone is here! I would highly recommend a visit for anyone visiting London. Every time I come back to the British Museum, I discover something new and wondrous.
I've been to many museums around the world, this is by far my favourite. It is massive and has an incredible collection from all around the world. You can easily spend days there if you want to see everything, but you could also have a quick look around in 1-2 hours. Must do when in London. Visited on Weekend Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More
We came on a weekend in March and it was pretty crowded. However, it was a great place to visit! It’s super nice that it’s free to visit here and there is so much history within. We had to stand in line for a bit, but getting in went pretty smoothly. It’s a huge museum. There are tons of different areas and sections to visit, so something for everyone. You could spend hours and hours here. We didn’t have a ton of time to spend here, but we saw some really awesome things in such a short amount of time. Certain areas can be a bit crowded (Rosetta Stone), but it’s worth a visit if you’re interested in history. Be prepared to walk up stairs and walk a lot around this building if you want to see a few different areas.
History is written by the victors, and oh boy does this place have a lot of history. It's shocking to see so much of the wider world on display in this little corner of London. Some amazing artifacts live here and the space overall has a neat indoor/outdoor vibe with its gloriously glassy ceiling above the main inner courtyard. Worth a stop and worth any price of admission. Don't leave this place unvisited; at least once.
One of the best museum in the whole world. You cannot complete your visit within a day if you want to see every room in detail. Restaurant and food and coffee stalls are available. Free entry but donation is high recommended.
Massive museum over several floors with plenty of history to see from over the world. Benches to have a sit down. Lots of seating in cafeteria and refreshments. Toilets with disabled access too and baby changing rooms. Gift shops with gorgeous souvenirs from different regions, accepting cash and card. They deliver also.
My favourite place to spend time while in London. I have visited an exhibition called Feminine power: the divine to the demonic. The exhibition was structured on themes such as: creation and nature, passion and desire, compassion and salvation, justice and defence. Each theme had its own representatives. It was interesting to see the diversity of feminine energy embodiments according to culture, history and traditions. I have also visited the Japanese Mitsubishi Galleries and enjoyed learning about The Japanese Edo Period with its pottery, samurai and tea house. The restaurant is nice. The gift shop hosts some great souvenirs - I have bought a few books of Japanese poetry. :) Great place to visit!
I liked it. My family and I went and walked around for two and a half hours. So much to see. You need a week. Very well done. I highly recommend going, if you can. I enjoyed the Egyptian section. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended No … More
It’s great and massive! Amazing collection if you’re into ancient art. It might take you more than 3 hrs to see the galleries, get the map from the info disk it will make your trip easier. I was amazed the whole time. There’s no need to get your tickets in advance. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Yes … More
A massive museum that is free to enter. There's so many rooms over multiple floors with so much to see. I'd recommend putting aside a day to see everything. My visit was for about 4 hours and I still wouldn't say I saw everything. I was really blown away by the rooms displaying the Ancient Egyptian artefacts. I felt as though I'd taken a step back in time! I'd love to visit again to see more. I'd highly recommend a visit.
If there was an establishment which keeps reminding you that 'one life is not enough', it's the British Museum. The global reach of the erstwhile British Empire can be seen in the wealth and depth of the collections from the various parts of the globe where Britannia ruled when 'the sun never set on the British Empire'. An awe inspiring collection: a treasure which is NOT to be missed in a lifetime!
a massive place with loads of detailed areas which provide a lot of information about history all over the world. the place is free to enter and has a cafe and toilet facilities. my favourite part of the museum was the free daily tours which are once a day. this museum is great!
A very large place with a variety of historical monuments. I expected to spend 4 hours seeing the whole museum, but it did not happen. I will go at least another full day at the next opportunity. There were some special historical works from the region of Iran that I had read in textbooks before. But I was able to read more closely and patiently. Be sure to enter to see this place with planning and purpose.
Superb few hours here with our first visit. Allow loads of time as there is so much to see and explore. There is something for everyone and would recommend going to each level. Although it's free entry it's worth doing a donation as well. My grandchildren are also fascinated with the museum. Plenty of facilities to make the visit more enjoyable.
I visited on a Tuesday during Easter half term with my history mad 15 year old Son. There was a huge queue when we arrived but this moved very swiftly so no issues there. We purchased a map & started where we were most interested which was in the Egyptian & mummies sections. The museum is huge so there is a lot of walking but there are plenty of seating areas all around the main & exhibition spaces. There are also cafe areas & toilets galore. I would recommend getting there when the museum opens as we were able to view each exhibit freely at first. It becomes very crowded as the day wears on however. We took 4 hours to see everything we wanted to & both enjoyed the visit very much.
Great museum. Besides the collections the building is beautiful and impressive! I was there with my kids. They loved the ancient Egypt collection, specially the mummies. There are lots of great things to see! The cafeteria is very good and not expensive. Visited on Weekday Wait time No wait Reservation recommended Yes … More
I keep coming back here as it is such a wonderful museum. There is so much to see and you could spend an entire day exploring. It's an absolute labyrinth so a map is advisable. It was a hot day and the museum was quite warm so dress accordingly. There are some temperature controlled areas and seating throughout, should you need a rest or cool off
The best museum I’ve ever been to. We went with a group and had booked a tour guide online through another company. We did a really interesting Bible tour and it was about one hour. After the tour, we walked around on our own a bit. The best part? The fascinating history! You’re left needing to come back so you can learn more. The worst part? There’s just too much to see that you will not be able to see it all in one visit. Please go if you have the chance and booking a tour guide will at least help you see the main displays and parts of the museum. You will walk a lot but there’s benches you can sit at if you need to rest. They also have a small shop inside. The museum is also close to many other shops and restaurants that we were able to walk to once we were done. There’s also going to be a lot of people so find a time that won’t be too busy. We went early in the morning and it was busy but not too packed.
The British Museum is FREE to visit. It is packed full of history. Time sits still in this place. So many timelines to see. So much knowledge. There are some events you can pay to see/enter otherwise 90% is available to see. There's also plenty of toilets, seating, staff to assist you, maps on the right at the entrance, outdoor cafe food and drink stand with seating. Indoor food court downstairs and upstairs. Also, a lovely big gift shop! Your bags are searched before entering for safety which I liked! Worth a visit and will spend quite a bit of time here.
Best advice I could give about the British Museum, get there early and go straight to the top and work your way down. Ideally pick up a floor map ( tick off each room as you go ) from the main foyer and go and lose / immerse yourself in the various collections / art pieces from the Egyptian pharaohs to the Islamic influence on south Europe to Britain through the ages. Some of the collections just take your breath away, how they were made and have been preserved through the ages. This is a must visit for anyone visiting London. We booked tickets online but there was no checks of tickets so i think the website is out of date, now that C-19 restrictions have been lifted. The venue is free which gives anyone the chance to enjoy the various collections regardless of your status. I liked they had benches in the main foyer so you can enjoy your own food and drink. ( no food and drinks allowed in the main halls ) there is a shop on site but doesn't sell food or drink. There are various collections / exhibits taking place throughout the year so always check the website for details. Enjoy, soak in the atmosphere and awe at the collections and forget about the crazy modern world we live in for few hours.
There is no entry fee for the museum. Some of the pavilions are restricted entry due to high volume of customers. Timed free tickets are needed to enter into these pavilion. Especially India, china. The whole tour of the museum will take 3 hours minimum. Its a five floor museum, well maintained and staffed.