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Your Visit to the British Museum

British Museum main entrance

Your Visit to the British Museum

The British Museum is visited by over eight million people every year, and it is free to visit the permanent collections at the British Museum. Special Exhibits have a fee for entry however the vast majority of the museum is free.  Before your visit, please check the museum’s website to confirm your visit details.

Tips for the British Museum

Avoid Peak Times

Plan to visit the most famous objects of the museum at the first opening hour or during the late night openings. Reserve the middle of the day for the less popular galleries. So see the Parthenon Sculptures or the Rosetta Stone first thing in the morning or during a late night session.

Introductory Tours

The museum offers free tours and fee-based tours. Confirm availability via the website or at the information counter. There are also many private tours available depending on your interests. A tour is an excellent way to gain an introductory overview of the many collections.

Take multiple visits and breaks

Entry to the British Museum is free, so you do not need to see everything in just one visit. Spread your experience over multiple visits and take breaks for food and hydration. Reading this book during a tea or coffee break is a great way to refresh in between gallery visit.

Prepare in advance

Research the best underground tube location from your home base and how to get to the museum from the train station. None of the Underground tube station exits are not located close to the museum, so there are a few blocks to be walked. It is best to prepare in advance with a general idea of how to get to the museum using a map or a smartphone.

Use the Museum Map

A map with the general layout of the museum, descriptions for the important galleries and highlight attractions within the museum is a useful aid. Maps are available at the inquiries desk and the bookshop.

Location

Great Russell Street, London, United Kingdom.

Public transport access via “London Underground” or the Tube at the following Underground train station:

  • Goodge Street
  • Holborn
  • Tottenham Court Road
  • Russell Square

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 “Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm.”
– Winston Churchill

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