British Museum

The British Museum is a museum in London dedicated to human history and culture. Its permanent collection, numbering some 8 million works, is among the largest and most comprehensive in existence and originates from all continents, illustrating and documenting the story of human culture from its beginnings to the present.

The British Museum was established in 1753, largely based on the collections of the physician and scientist Sir Hans Sloane. The museum first opened to the public on 15 January 1759 in Montagu House in Bloomsbury, on the site of the current museum building. Its expansion over the following two and a half centuries was largely a result of an expanding British colonial footprint and has resulted in the creation of several branch institutions, the first being the British Museum (Natural History) in South Kensington in 1881. Some objects in the collection, most notably the Elgin Marbles from the Parthenon, are the objects of controversy and of calls for restitution to their countries of origin.

Private Tour: London Walking Tour of the British Museum and Soane Museum

Discover London’s wealth of history and culture in style on a private walking tour of the British Museum and Sir John Soane’s Museum, with an art historian to guide you. You will enjoy personalized attention on your special private tour of two of London’s most famous museums.

British Museum is one of the largest museums in the world, comparable only to the Louvre in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.

Your expert guide will provide illuminating insights into the many treasures you will see, including the famous Rosetta Stone, Egyptian mummies and sculptures from the Parthenon

Prices

Admission

Adult Ticket: Free Entrance (€0.00)
Child Ticket: Free Entrance (€0.00)
Family Ticket: Free Entrance (€0.00)
Senior Ticket: Free Entrance (€0.00)

Dierections

By Tube

Nearest underground stations:
Tottenham Court Road (500m)
Holborn (500m)
Russell Square (800m)
Goodge Street (800m)

By Bus

Buses that stop near the Museum:
1, 7, 8, 19, 25, 38, 55, 98, 242
Stop on New Oxford Street
10, 14, 24, 29, 73, 134, 390
Stop northbound on Tottenham Court Road,
southbound on Gower Street
59, 68, X68, 91, 168, 188
Stop on Southampton Row

By Bicycle

Bike racks

There are bike racks inside the Museum gates on Great Russell Street.

Barclays Cycle HireThe nearest docking station is just outside the Museum gates, on the corner of Great Russell Street and Montague Place.

By Car

Congestion chargeThe Museum is within the Congestion Charge zone.

About the Congestion Charge

ParkingThere is little on-street parking available. The nearest car park to the Museum is located at Bloomsbury Square, WC1A 2RJ.

Disabled parking

There is limited parking in the Museum’s forecourt for disabled visitors only.

To make arrangements please telephone +44 (0)20 7323 8299 at least 24 hours in advance.

You will be asked to provide the registration number, make and model of your vehicle and the date of your visit.

Facilities

Opening Hours

Monday: 10:00 – 17:30
Tuesday: 10:00 – 17:30
Wednesday 10:00 – 17:30
Thursday: 10:00 – 17:30
Friday: 10:00 – 17:30
Saturday: 10:00 – 17:30
Sunday: 10:00 – 17:30

Selected Galleries are open until 20:30 on Thursdays and Fridays.

Please contact the Museum on 020 7323 8000 for more details.

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