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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 today

Nero - The man behind the myth
This exhibition explores the true story of Rome's fifth emperor informed by new research and archaeological evidence from the time, challenging the biased historical accounts written after Nero’s death that have shaped his legacy.
Nero - The man behind the myth
10am to 5pm
Russell Square
Ends on Sun 24th October
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
Reflections contemporary art of the Middle East and North Africa
This display weaves together a rich tapestry of artistic expression from artists born in, or connected to, countries from Iran to Morocco.
Reflections contemporary art of the Middle East and North Africa
10am to 5pm
Russell Square
Ends on Sun 15th August
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
Thomas Becket - Murder and the making of a saint
Discover the murder that shook the Middle Ages in this dramatic exhibition about the life, death and legacy of Thomas Becket.
Thomas Becket - Murder and the making of a saint
10am to 5pm
Russell Square
Ends on Sun 22nd August
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
 

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Fequently 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

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.

 

Recent exhibitions

This exhibition shows off coins and other objects that were defaced, usually to condemn the memory of deceased Roman Emperors.
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
This is the first exhibition devoted to landscape drawings and watercolours by British artists in the Victorian and modern eras.
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
This display highlights recent acquisitions of posters, prints, drawings, photographs and artists’ books.
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
The exhibition brings together their artworks, photographs, letters and personal possessions in the UK for the first time.
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
Currency in crisis - German emergency money 1914-1924
Intrinsically bound to German identity and the upheaval that followed the First World War, Notgeld is a fascinating microcosm of public feeling in post-war Germany.
2021-06-19
2021-06-19
Arctic - culture and climate
This exhibition celebrates the ingenuity and resilience of Arctic Peoples throughout history.
2021-06-19
2021-06-19

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