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Top Tips for Visiting the British Museum

The British Museum, one of the most important museum of antiquities in the world, is a fascinating collection. However, there’s so much to see and it’s very easy to become overwhelmed.

If you want to see as much as possible or only the highlights, there are several ways to get the most out of your visit.

Take a guided tour

A 90-minute guided tour of the museum’s highlights runs on Friday, Saturday and Sunday at 11.30am and 2pm.  £12 per adult. Children under-12 are free.

Buy tickets from the information desk in the Great Court or book online

Do a self-guided tour

1 or 3 hour self-guided tour

Their website suggests two tour routes:

  • See a selection of the museum’s highlights in 1 hour
  • The 3 hour itinerary shows the variety of objects held at the museum

Museum map

Pick up the free* museum map. It lists some of the museum’s highlights to see in 1 hour. *There’s a suggested donation of £1.

Visitor’s guide

The British Museum’s visitor guide includes 15 self-guided tours for £3.50. Available online or at the museum.

Multimedia guide

The multimedia guide gives you a detailed insight into over 200 objects in 61 galleries.

£5 adult
£4.50 student/13-18
£3.50 under 12.

Commentary is in English, Korean, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Arabic, Russian, Japanese and Mandarin.

Available from the Multimedia Guide desk in the Great Court.

Free gallery talks and tours

eyeOpener gallery tours

Listen to a free 30-40 minute eyeOpener gallery tour – daily talks inspired by themes from the collection. Tours run between 11am–3.45pm. No need to book. Just meet at the room/gallery.

No tours will run between 21 December 2015 to 3 January 2016

Lunchtime gallery talks

Free 45-minute gallery talks with a guest speaker or curator. Tuesday–Saturday 1.30pm. No need to book. Meet at the relevant gallery/room.

Visit in the evening

The British Museum is open until 8.30pm on Fridays. Take one of the free 20-minute Spotlight Tours.

  • The Parthenon – 5pm and 5.30pm
  • The Enlightement – 6.30pm and 7pm
  • The Rosetta Stone – 5pm and 5.30pm
  • Death in Egypt – 5pm and 5.30pm

Visit the British Museum website for details of all tours and talks

Address: Great Russell St, London WC1B 3DG

Open: Daily 10am–5.30pm (open 8.30pm on Fridays)

Transport: Holborn, Tottenham Court Rd or Russell Square tube