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About the The 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.

The museum is free to visit, although the major temporary exhibitions often have to be paid for.

You can easily spend a day there.

IMPORTANT - Although venues are reopening, their hours may differ from normal, and most now need prebooking before you visit.


Address

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

Link to The British Museum's website

 

Exhibitions open at the moment

Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything
In a world-first, a group of rare drawings by Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai will go on display at the British Museum.
Hokusai: The Great Picture Book of Everything
10am to 5pm
Russell Square
Closing soon Sun, 30th January
2021-09-30
2022-01-30
Enticing Peaks - Swiss prints from the Lloyd Bequest
A selection of the finest prints from Lloyd's collection that reveal his admiration for the Alpine landscape and his interest in Swiss customs and mythology.
Enticing Peaks - Swiss prints from the Lloyd Bequest
10am to 5pm
Russell Square
Closing soon Sun, 30th January
2021-08-24
2022-01-30
Peru: a journey in time
Step into the vibrant world of Peru and discover how people have thrived for millennia in one of the most complex and challenging environments on the planet.
Peru: a journey in time
10am to 5pm
Russell Square
Ends on Sun 20th February
2021-11-11
2022-02-20
Life in a cup - coffee culture in the Islamic world
Life in a cup presents a fascinating beverage story and explores the traditions that make coffee a way of life in parts of the Islamic world.
Life in a cup - coffee culture in the Islamic world
10am to 5pm
Russell Square
Ends on Sun 18th September
2021-10-27
2022-09-18

 

Exhibitions opening soon

The world of Stonehenge
Informed by recent archaeological and scientific discoveries, this exhibition offers new insight on one of the world’s great wonders, bringing the true story of Stonehenge into sharper focus than ever before.
Open from Thu 17th February to Sun 17th July
The world of Stonehenge
2022-02-17
2022-07-17
 

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Frequently asked questions

What's the nearest railway station to The British Museum

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


The British Museum - Latest News

Travel to the Swiss Alps inside the British Museum
Travel to the Swiss Alps inside the British Museum

There’s a little-noticed exhibition at the British Museum at the moment full of watercolours and drawings of the Swiss Alps.

Peru comes to the British Museum in eye opening new exhibition
Peru comes to the British Museum in eye opening new exhibition

If your idea of ancient Peru is all death cults, mountainous Incan cities, and that curious era where seemingly every UK high street had Peruvian pan-pipe players at weekends, then the British Museum is about to change your mind radically.

The world’s oldest star map is coming to the British Museum
The world’s oldest star map is coming to the British Museum

Made some 3,600 years ago, the world’s oldest known map of the night sky is coming to London to go on display in the British Museum early next year.

Hokusai – British Museum fills a room with rare Japanese drawings
Hokusai – British Museum fills a room with rare Japanese drawings

For the first time since they were made around 200 years ago, a set of exceptionally rare drawings from the Japanese artist Katsushika Hokusai have gone on public display.

Treasures of Peru are coming to the British Museum
Treasures of Peru are coming to the British Museum

A new exhibition opening later this year at the British Museum will see a host of objects loaned by Peruvian museums coming to the UK, many of which have never been seen in this country before.

Tickets Alert: British Museum offering pre-opening tours at weekends
Tickets Alert: British Museum offering pre-opening tours at weekends

The British Museum has started running tours of its Egyptian galleries before the museum opens to the public at weekends.

Mythbusting Nero at the British Museum
Mythbusting Nero at the British Museum

Almost everything you think you know about Nero is probably wrong. He didn’t fiddle while Rome burned, probably didn’t kill his wife, might not have killed his mother, and even his suicide is in doubt.

The British Museum presents Becket, Bling and Beatification
The British Museum presents Becket, Bling and Beatification

Man meets King. Man gets favours from King. Man becomes Bishop. King banishes Bishop. Bishop returns. King kills Bishop. Dead Bishop becomes Saint.

Nero is coming to the British Museum
Nero is coming to the British Museum

An exhibition about one of the most notorious, and misunderstood Roman Emperors is coming to London next month.

British Museum’s Becket exhibition will include entire stained glass window from Canterbury Cathedral
British Museum’s Becket exhibition will include entire stained glass window from Canterbury Cathedral

For the first time since it was made 800 years ago, an entire stained glass window dedicated to Thomas Becket will leave Canterbury Cathedral to go on display in the British Museum.

20th anniversary of the British Museum’s Great Court
20th anniversary of the British Museum’s Great Court

For the British Museum, the relaxation of the lockdown has come just in the nick of time, for this weekend also marks the 20th anniversary of the opening of the Great Court.

Take in an arctic adventure at the British Museum
Take in an arctic adventure at the British Museum

An exhibition about the Arctic that opens with a warning that the lands you are about to visit are rapidly vanishing might sound like it’s going to be a bit of a downer, but this exhibition is really quite uplifting.

Tantra at the British Museum is more death than sex
Tantra at the British Museum is more death than sex

Tantra, that sex thing that people talk about, Indian isn’t it? And Sting, and 1960s flower power. And decapitations, death, skulls, covering yourself in human ashes.

Tickets Alert: Tantra and the Arctic at the British Museum
Tickets Alert: Tantra and the Arctic at the British Museum

Two new exhibitions are opening soon at the British Museum, and in these covid times of restricted visitor numbers, tickets are now available.

The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum
The Tomb of the Unknown Craftsman at the British Museum

A sculpture of an iron ship, sailing into the afterlife has appeared in the British Museum, a work of art by Grayson Perry.

The new socially distanced British Museum
The new socially distanced British Museum

The British Museum reopened last week, as society slowly returns to some semblance of normality.

British Museum makes 1.9 million images available for free
British Museum makes 1.9 million images available for free

The British Museum has revamped its online collections database, making over 1.9 million photos of its collection available for free online under a Creative Commons license.

A turbulent priest appears at the British Museum
A turbulent priest appears at the British Museum

To mark the 850th anniversary of the assassination of the Thomas Becket, the British Museum has announced a major exhibition about the man, the Archbishop, the saint.

Exhibition Review: Notgeld and the farting coppersmith
Exhibition Review: Notgeld and the farting coppersmith

In the British Museum at the moment is an exhibition about a period of German history that’s both well known, and hardly known at all – the hyperinflation of the world war periods.

See the Admonitions of the Instructress to the Court Ladies
See the Admonitions of the Instructress to the Court Ladies

A document that is so rare and fragile that it can only be seen for a few weeks each year has gone on display in the British Museum.

Postcards as art and politics at the British Museum
Postcards as art and politics at the British Museum

At a time when art seems to be getting ever larger and less able to fit into private homes, there’s an exhibition of the opposite end of the spectrum, of postcards as art.

Money in board games — a British Museum exhibition
Money in board games — a British Museum exhibition

Monopoly is the famous money obsessed board game, but an exhibition now open looks at the much wider appearance of money in games, boards and otherwise.

British Museum reveals how Asia viewed Europe
British Museum reveals how Asia viewed Europe

Looking at how Europeans traded with Asia from the 18th century onwards, an exhibition shows how Asia viewed these strange foreigners in their homelands.

Pots with Attitude – Georgian satire at the British Museum
Pots with Attitude – Georgian satire at the British Museum

Satire, that great British tradition of puncturing the pomposity of the great and good is the topic of a new ceramics and print display at the British Museum.

 

Recent exhibitions

A rare display of the British Museum’s collection of shadow theatre puppets from Southeast Asia.
2016-12-24
2017-01-29
This exhibition shows off coins and other objects that were defaced, usually to condemn the memory of deceased Roman Emperors.
2016-12-23
2017-05-07
Trace 60 years of a superpower in this major new exhibition.
2017-03-09
2017-06-18
Experience the beautiful and sublime work of one of Japan’s greatest artists.
2017-05-25
2017-08-13
This is the first exhibition devoted to landscape drawings and watercolours by British artists in the Victorian and modern eras.
2017-02-23
2017-08-27
This exhibition offers glimpses into LGBTQ histories, experiences and lives by examining objects from around the world,
2017-05-11
2017-10-15

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