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British Museum

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About British Museum

One of the UK's main national museums, although despite it's name, it focuses mostly on other countries.

Has an impressive collection from Egypt, Greece, Roman remains and a host of other item specific collections such as the clocks or money galleries.

Most of the galleries lead off a huge central courtyard which is under glass.

You can easily spend a day there.

A tip for visitors - the main entrance is often very busy with queues, but the entrance on Montage Place usually has much quieter, although occasionally they close it to the public.
 

Address

British Museum,
Great Russell Street,
London,
WC1B 3DG

Ticket prices

The museum is free to visit. The temporary exhibitions usually charge for entry, but they make up only a small part of the museum collection.

Prices last checked July 2023.

Link to British Museum's website

Opening Hours

The museum is open daily from 10am to 5pm, with late opening until 8:30pm on Fridays.

Opening hours last checked July 2023.

Accessibility

For accessibility, please click here.
What's the nearest railway station to British Museum

The nearest station is Tottenham Court Road station which is 0.3 miles away.

News

Tickets Alert: Tours of the British Museum’s round reading room

Feb
09
2024

Beyond Gladiators: British Museum sheds light on Roman life through the eyes of a homesick soldier

Feb
08
2024

British Museum to put recovered stolen gems on display

Feb
01
2024

British Museum secures £50 million sponsorship deal with BP

Dec
19
2023

For a few weeks only: British Museum displays a fragile 1,500 year old Chinese scroll

Sep
29
2023

The Golden Letter of Alaungpaya to go on display at the British Museum

Jul
18
2023

British Museum’s richly decorated look at China’s final century of imperial rule

May
18
2023

Persia to Greece at the British Museum challenges the clash of cultures

May
08
2023

See a Japanese float on display in the British Museum

May
03
2023

British Museum now offering free membership for young people

Apr
07
2023

British Museum to look at China’s “long” 19th-century of conflicts and change

Mar
07
2023

Tickets Alert: Tours of the British Museum’s round reading room

Feb
08
2023

See the British Museum’s own Crystal Skull

Jan
10
2023

Tutankhamun as street art at the British Museum

Dec
21
2022

British Museum reveals the Rosetta rivalry at the heart of Egyptian Hieroglyphs

Oct
13
2022

See the Admonitions of the Instructress to the Court Ladies

Sep
29
2022

British Museum displays shattered glass from the Beirut explosion

Aug
29
2022

At the British Museum – Coffee culture in the Islamic world

Aug
24
2022

Feminine power the divine to the demonic at the British Museum

Jul
25
2022

British Museum celebrates 200 years of reading Egyptian hieroglyphs

Jul
05
2022

British Museum shows off the first coin portrait of The Queen

Jun
06
2022

Tickets Alert: Early hours tours of the British Museum

Apr
18
2022

Female spiritual beings are coming to the British Museum

Mar
18
2022

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Exhibitions open at the moment

Superb line prints and drawings from Genoa 1500–1800
Showcasing prints and drawings from Genoa's golden age, this display spotlights an artistic powerhouse that rivalled Venice, Florence and Rome.
Superb line prints and drawings from Genoa 1500–1800
10am to 5pm
Russell Square
Ends on Mon 1st April
2023-10-05
2024-04-01
Rediscovering gems
A display of gems collected in classical times -- including some recently recovered by the British Museum from an alleged theft.
Rediscovering gems
10am to 5pm
Russell Square
Ends on Sat 15th June
2024-02-15
2024-06-15
Legion life in the Roman army
This exhibition transports you across the Roman Empire through the life and service of a real Roman soldier, Claudius Terentianus, from enlistment and campaigns to enforcing occupation and then finally retirement.
Legion life in the Roman army
10am to 5pm
Russell Square
Ends on Sun 23rd June
2024-02-01
2024-06-23

 

Exhibitions opening soon

Michelangelo: the last decades
This exhibition looks at the last 30 years of Michelangelo's remarkable life.
Open from Thu 2nd May to Sun 28th July
Michelangelo: the last decades
2024-05-02
2024-07-28

Forthcoming events


Online events / webinars

Join Time Team's Guy de la Bédoyère, Vindolanda Trust Curator Barbara Birley and historian and novelist Adrian Goldsworthy to explore the realities of fort life on Rome's northernmost frontier.
Thursday, 7th Mar 5:30pm to 6:30pm