The British Museum

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.


The British Museum,
Great Russell Street,

Admission Charges

Entry Tickets 

Link to The British Museum's website

The British Museum Opening Hours

This Week

15th Jan
10:00am - 5:30pm
16th Jan
10:00am - 5:30pm
17th Jan
10:00am - 5:30pm
18th Jan
10:00am - 5:30pm
19th Jan
10:00am - 5:30pm
20th Jan
10:00am - 8:30pm
21st Jan
10:00am - 5:30pm

Next Week

22nd Jan
10:00am - 5:30pm
23rd Jan
10:00am - 5:30pm
24th Jan
10:00am - 5:30pm
25th Jan
10:00am - 5:30pm
26th Jan
10:00am - 5:30pm
27th Jan
10:00am - 8:30pm
28th Jan
10:00am - 5:30pm


Exhibitions Open Now

A rare display of the British Museum’s collection of shadow theatre puppets from Southeast Asia.
(Ending Soon! Sun, 29th Jan)

This exhibition shows off coins and other objects that were defaced, usually to condemn the memory of deceased Roman Emperors.
(Open 23rd Dec 2016 to 7th May 2017)


Forthcoming Events at The British Museum

Free   (Friday, 20th Jan)
‘Ubuntu’ is a phrase widely used in southern Africa, meaning the ‘universal bond of sharing that connects all humanity’
Friday, 20th Jan
£15   (Monday, 23rd Jan)
Jago Cooper, Head of the Americas at the British Museum, reveals some of his latest discoveries made during fieldwork on Isla de Mona in the Caribbean
Monday, 23rd Jan
Free   (Friday, 3rd Feb)
In a special performance marking Chinese New Year 2017 (the Year of the Rooster), students from the Department of Music at the Chinese University of Hong Kong present a repertoire of traditional music
Friday, 3rd Feb
£5   (Sunday, 12th Feb)
“History”, as we know it today, suggests the only contributions Africans played was the role of slaves and poverty stricken souls unable to survive without the aid of their enforced enslavement an
Sunday, 12th Feb
£15   (Monday, 13th Feb)
John Julius Norwich's latest book discusses Henry VIII of England, Francis I of France, the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V and the Ottoman Sultan Suleiman the Magnificent.
Monday, 13th Feb
Free   (Friday, 17th Feb)
In this lecture, using evidence from Pompeii, Professor Mario Torelli will show how the funding of public works secured advancement in the ancient world.
Friday, 17th Feb

The British Museum Map

Nearby Venues

1. Cartoon Museum
2. Museum of Comedy
3. Wiener Library
4. The Building Centre
5. Brunei Gallery, SOAS
6. Pollock's Toy Museum
7. The Library and Museum of Freemasonry
8. Petrie Museum of Egyptian Archaeology
9. Sir John Soane's Museum
10. Novelty Automation

11. Grant Museum of Zoology
12. Foundling Museum
13. Charles Dickens Museum
14. Wellcome Collection
15. London Transport Museum
16. The Photographers' Gallery
17. Courtauld Institute of Art
18. Somerset House
19. National Portrait Gallery
20. The British Library

Nearby Heritage Plaques

1. Caldecott, Randolph (1846-1886)
2. Du Maurier, George (1834-1896)
3. Nash, John (1752-1835)
4. Fawcett, Dame Millicent Garrett (1847-1929)
5. Morrell, Lady Ottoline (1873-1938)

6. Cavendish, Henry (1731-1810)
7. Pre-raphaelite Brotherhood, The
8. Butterfield, William (1814-1900)
9. Hawkins, Sir Anthony Hope (1863-1933)
10. Hodgkin, Thomas (1798-1866)