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The British Museum Tour

Updated: December 22, 2023

The British Museum has one of the most important collections of historical artifacts anywhere in the world.

Famously, it can be visited for free on our Free British Museum Tour, but, with over 8 million objects it can be hard to know where to start and easy to get lost among the labyrinth of galleries and civilizations.

You can also watch this 1-hour virtual version of the British Museum's highlights.

Let our experts guide you through some of the museum's most famous and fascinating collections while we tell the story of the cultures and characters that produced them, and see how they shaped who we are today.

No tour of the British Museum is complete with controversy, fakes, and scandal - we don't shy away from the complexity!

Our 2.5-hour free British Museum tour visits all 6 of the inhabited continents and takes in 7 of the 'Unofficial' Top 10 objects in the British Museum.

You'll walk away from this tour fascinated and intrigued, with a greater understanding of the world's most famous museums, and museums in general.

Rosetta Stone British Museum

What’s Included on British Museum Tour:

  • The Museum's History and Architecture
  • Insider information from a museum professional
  • The Tara Statue and treasures of South Asia
  • The Rosetta Stone (or two....)
  • The Ife Head and Benin Bronzes
  • Trinidadian Moko Jumbie figures
  • The Assyrian Guards, and the Royal Game of Ur
  • Hoa Hakananai'a (Easter Island Moai)
  • The Parthenon Sculptures (Elgin Marbles) and its many controversies
  • The Younger Memnon (Ozymandias)
  • The Sutton Hoo Anglo-Saxon Ship Burial and Helmet
  • The Lewis Chessmen
  • First Nations Totem Poles from Canada's west coast
  • An Egyptian mummy's coffin
  • The 'FeeJee Mermaid"
Tour information

Reservations: Click here to reserve.

WHERE: At the Rear Entrance to the Museum, the King Edward Entrance on Montague Place WC1E 7JW. (Please note this is not the main entrance). Your guide will be waiting outside the entrance by the Lion statue. (map)

British Museum Meeting Point

Duration: Approximately 2 hours.

When: View our full tour calendar.

Cost: This tour is free to take, and you get to decide what, if anything, the tour was worth when it's done. A name-your-own-price tour is a tour for any budget.

Save even more money with a London tourist discount card. Be sure to check out our other tours in London.

About The Author

Jessica O'Neill

I'm Jessica O'Neill, and I am an expert in London's museums and culture. I love sharing my knowledge with my tour guests and my viewers on my YouTube channel, The Museum Guide. Read More... I first moved to London more than a decade ago to complete an MA in Cultural Heritage Studies at UCL, and continued my studies in memorials and contested heritage at the PhD level. I specialise in private tours of the East End, the British Museum, the National Gallery, and all kinds of oddities, medical history, and macabre history. I run the London Urban Oddities Facebook group. I hope to see you there! You can arrange a private tour with me by getting in touch with , or visiting my website at The Museum Guide.
Updated: December 22nd, 2023
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