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The British Museum, London

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See the development of human culture on every continent from prehistory to the present at The British Museum. The museum houses one of the largest collections of works in the world, some 8 million. You'll encounter many significant items here, including the Rosetta Stone, the Magna Carta, and the Parthenon Frieze. The museum is broken into various departments, each covering a specific place and time, such as ancient Egypt and Sudan, or a theme, such as coins and medals. The works cover a broad spectrum of styles, from ancient carvings, sculptures, stoneware, and gold metalwork to prints and drawings from famous Renaissance artists. You won't have time to cover all the museum's collections in a single visit, so you should choose subjects that interest you and focus on them. A map of the museum helps you navigate efficiently. Pick up a copy at an information point inside, or download a digital one to your smartphone or tablet ahead of time. If you're not sure which galleries to visit, you can join a highlights tour. Departing twice a day every Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, these guided tours show you the museum's most important pieces. Book this tour online or at the information desk in the front court. If specific galleries interest you, try to catch one of the free daily Eye-Opener tours. Galleries host one of these 30- to 40-minute tours per day, giving you a deeper historical understanding of specific periods and regions. Arrange to visit The British Museum and other attractions in London using our London trip tool.
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  • The museum is beautiful and staff are excellent but as a place founded by an aristocrat to house his collections, it does not tell the stories of other cultures and own country the way more modern... 
    The museum is beautiful and staff are excellent but as a place founded by an aristocrat to house his collections, it does not tell the stories of other cultures and own country the way more modern...  more »
  • What a wonderful and free (donations accepted) museum! We missed so many exhibits because we just didn't have enough time. 
    What a wonderful and free (donations accepted) museum! We missed so many exhibits because we just didn't have enough time.  more »
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  • The British museum is one of the best FREE entry museums in London. Its a huge museum with many rooms and floors to see so make sure you plan a day of visit when planning to see it. Generally 4 to 5 hours and more can be easily spent here as there is a lot to see ! There are also free kids activities provided , make sure you ask at the info counter. There are clean accessible toilets with baby changing stations♿🚼 They have also hearing loop installed and guide available. The cafe has good food. 🍽The museum has lots to walk and see so wear comfortable shoes. 👟The museum is fully accessible♿
  • Beautiful building filled with so much to see! It's amazing it's free to see a lot of history. The central part of the museum has a lovely light airy feeling and it's a pleasant place to have a quick lunch during a visit. Prices for food were a tad on the high side which is to be expected. I could spend days in the museum. Definitely will be visiting again and again!

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